Xian Lanzhou High Speed Train

The great ancient city Xian in Shaanxi Province and the Yellow River city Lanzhou in Gansu Province in China are both key places along the Ancient Silk Road attracting so many tourists every year, and the two cities have a distance of about 500 kilometers which usually takes about 8.5 ~ 9 hours by driving for about 650 kilometers. As the opening of the Xian Lanzhou High Speed Railway between Xian and Lanzhou, travellers can get to Lanzhou from Xian or to Xian from Lanzhou by taking a bullet train for 2.5 ~ 3.5 hours.

The high speed railway from Xian to Lanzhou is 568 kilometers long, and it passes through Xianyang, Baoji, Tianshui, Dingxi, etc. Some of them enjoy several popular tourist attractions. After Lanzhou, the railway also stretches to Xining where the beautiful Qinghai Lake is located. So you could plan your tour longer to enjoy more splendors in China.

Xian Lanzhou High Speed Train Schedules

● Xian to Lanzhou

From To Frequency (day) Operating Hours Duration Detailed Schedule >
Xian North Lanzhou West About 40 About 07:40-21:10 About 2.5-3.5 hours

● Lanzhou to Xian

From To Frequency (day) Operating Hours Duration Detailed Schedule >
Lanzhou West Xian North Over 40 About 06:30-19:20 About 3-3.5 hours

Top Xian/Lanzhou City Torus:

>> 3 Days Classic Xian Tour

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Other Recommended Sections on Xian Lanzhou High Speed Railway

Apart from taking a high speed train between Xian and Lanzhou directly, you can also take a stop at the midway railway stations, including Baoji South Railway Station and Tianshui South Railway Station. If you want visit the Famen Temple in Baoji or Maijishan Grottoes in Tianshui, you can travel the two cities from Xian or Lanzhou easily.

From - To Frequency (day) Operating Hours Duration
Xian - Baoji: over 50 G trains and D trains about 07:30-21:00 about 20-70 minutes
Xian - Tianshui: over 35 G trains and D trains about 07:40-20:40 about 1.5-2 hours
Lanzhou - Baoji: about 30 G trains and D trains about 06:30-19:20 about 2-2.5 hours
Lanzhou - Tianjihua: over 40 G trains and D trains about 06:30-18:00 about 0.5-1 hour

Please Note: This information of time and duration might changes slightly, be free to contact us for the up-to-date schedule.

What to See along Xian Lanzhou High Speed Railway

If you take a Xian Lanzhou high speed train, you could have many great attractions to enjoy. Among all the great tourist places, you could plan several days to have a wonderful time in Xian, Tianshui and Lanzhou. If you have a longer vacation, you could also transfer to other popular destinations with easy means of transportation, like Zhangye, Qinghai, Dunhuang, Urumqi, Luoyang, Zhengzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, and so forth to have an unforgettable trip in your life.


Xian as both one of the “Four Great Ancient Capital Cities in China” and one of the top tourist destinations in China is really popular with lots of attractive and worth-seeing highlights. You don’t miss the Terracotta Warriors to admire the so skillful ancient Chinese and mysteries of the so large project. Biking on the Ancient City Wall to feel the old flavor and tasting rich delicious food in the Muslim Quarter are the two must-do things for world travellers coming in Xian. The Giant Wild Goose Pagoda of 1,300 years old has amazing shining points and stories to tell. Apart from that, you could also visit a series of other places and have fun with the local activities to savor the long history and brilliant culture in ancient China. Check all the top things to do in Xian.

Useful links:

Xian Travel Guide | Popular Xian Tour Packages | Top Xian Things to Do

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Xian Terracotta Warriors

Xian Terracotta Warriors

Xian North Railway Station

Adress: Lijiajie Village, Weiyang District, Xian (西安市未央区李家街村 西安北站); about 20km to the downtown, 15km to Ancient City Wall and 50km to Terracotta Warriors.

Transportation: It is available to take metro Line 2 to the downtown, Ancient City Wall, Muslim Quarter, Shaanxi History Museum, Bell Tower, etc. within 1 hour. It takes about 1 hour to drive to Terracotta Warriors and Horses. You can use a taxi to get there. > Check more about Xian North Railway Station.


Tianshui city is one of the major stop to travel along the Silk Road and appreciate many excellent attractions. You could go to Maijishan Grottoes that is one of the “Four Great Grottoes in China” and the World Cultural Heritage Site to marvel at the unbelievable carvings and statues on the cliff. And you could visit Fuxi Temple to know the stories and legends about the great ancient King Fuxi.

Tianshui South Railway Station

Address: Middle Road, Xihuang Avenue, Maiji District, Tianshui (天水市麦积区羲皇大道中路 天水南站), about 14km to the downtown and about 30km to Maijishan Grottoes, 35km to Jingtu Monastery and 16km to Fuxi Temple.

Transportation: Since there is no subway available in Tianshui, calling a taxi is the best way to travel from Tianshui South Railway Station to the downtown area and the attractions in Tianshui. It usually takes about 1 hour to Maijishan Grottoes, about 1.5 hours to Jingtu Monastery and about 50 minutes to Fuxi Temple by driving.

Maijishan Grottoes

Maijishan Grottoes


Lanzhou is reputed as the key stop along the Silk Road. Therefore, you are advised take 1 to 2 days to experience the special charm of this city. Among all the attractions, the Gansu Provincial Museum, Iron Bridge of the Yellow River and White Pagoda Mountain Park are the top recommendations. Besides, you could transfer to Xiahe County to appreciate the well-known Labrang Monastery and Bingling Temple to enjoy the natural sceneries and beautiful constructions.

Useful links:

Popular Luoyang Tour Packages | Top Lanzhou Things to Do

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>> 4 Days Lanzhou Labrang Monastery Tour

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Lanzhou Iron Bridge of Yellow River

Lanzhou Iron Bridge of Yellow River

Lanzhou West Railway Station

Address: No. 197, West Xijin Road, Qilihe District, Lanzhou (兰州市七里河区西津西路197号 兰州西站), about 10km to the downtown and about 2.5km to Guansu Provincial Museum

Transportation: From Lanzhou West Railway Station, you can easily take a taxi to Gansu Provincial Museum (about 15 minutes), Iron Bridge of Yellow River (about 50 minutes) and White Pagoda Mountain (about 40 minutes), etc.

Tips for Booking and Taking Xian Lanzhou High Speed Train

1. Seats choosing & price comparing

On Xian Lanzhou high speed trains, there are three types of seats: the "Business Class Seats" like the first class seat in an aircraft and the most comfortable and expensive, with the price of 525.5RMB per person, the "First Class Seats" of the middle class of 231.5RMB per person and the "Second Class Seats" of the most economical class of 174.5RMB per person. Some D trains between Xian and Lanzhou have no Business Class Seats.

>> Check more about types of seat on high speed trains.

Second Class Seat on Bullet Train

Second Class Seat on Bullet Train

2. Booking & collect your bullet train ticket

To book a Xian Lanzhou high speed train ticket, you could choose to book it at the official website: China Railway Customer Service Center or with a travel agency, also you could directly tell China Discovery to book the tickets for you. Besides, you could go to the Railway Station or Designated Ticket Offices to do that.

To collect your high speed train ticket, you could go to the railway station nearby, however, the Self-service Ticketing Machines are not serving foreign people. Besides, you can tell China Discovery to help you to do the collection, which only needs your passport information.

>> Check more about booking and collecting high speed train tickets.

3. How to embark the bullet train?

1) Prepare your documents well (valid passport with China Visa); 2) Get to the right train station in advance; 3) Collect train tickets; 4) Read your train ticket; 5) Pass the security control; 6) Pass through Security & Luggage Checks; 7) Find the right waiting room; 8) Cross the ticket checking gate; 9) Get to the right platform; 10) Get on your train. Keep the ticket well, because the ticket will be checked again to leave the station after you get off.

>> Check more about boarding on & getting off a high speed train.

4. Facilities and service

All high speed trains in China are equipped with advanced facilities and good service to make your journey more convenient and comfortable. There are different places you can put your luggage onboard, racks and specialized luggage storage areas. Besides, the air-conditioner train offers you plug under the seats to charge your phone or laptop, sightseeing window to view the outside scenery as well as western-style toilets. There is also available dining area you can get some supplies. Bilingual signs and the broadcast use both Chinese and English so that you don’t need to worry about the communication.

>> Check more about facilities & service on high speed train.

High Speed Train Travel with China Discovery

We China Discovery are very willing to help you with the high speed train tickets booking, tour customization and local guide and transfer arrangement, so you can be able to experience the superb bullet train in style and enjoy all the highlights of your ideal destinations in China without any worry. If you are interested, please feel free to contact our professional travel consultants who are here ready to build your own tour to best suit for your needs and likes.

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