How to Get to & around Hohhot 2021

Wrapped by gobi deserts and prairie grasslands, Hohhot, the political, economic and cultural center of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, is not only an important stopover for Inner Mongolia Tours, but also an excellent place to learn about local history and minority culture. Hohhot has a well-established land and air transportation network. The Hohhot-Zhangjiakou high-speed railway, which was put into operation on December 30, 2019, has greatly shortened the time of rail transit from Beijing to Hohhot from over 9 hours to around 2 hours. Continue to read the ultimate Hohhot transportation guide to know where Hohhot is, how to get there by flight or train, how to travel around and plan your own Hohhot, Inner Mongolia tour in 2021/2022.

Where is Hohhot?

Hohhot, the capital city of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, is located in the central part of this province in north China. It borders Baotou City and Erdos City in the west, Wulanchabu City in the east and Shanxi Province in the south. It is only about 480 km from Beijing (2 hours’ bullet train riding), 1680 km from Shanghai (2.5 hours by flight), 1000 km from Xian (2 hours by flight), 1690 km from Chengdu (2.5 hours by flight), 200 km from Datong (2.5 hours’ bullet train riding), 310 km from Zhangjiakou (1.5 hours’ bullet train riding). Convenient daily flights, high speed trains and normal trains can take you to Hohhot from almost domestic cities and popular tourist destinations. Besides, there are also international flights/trains link Hohhot with Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia.

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Get to & away from Hohhot

By Air

Hohhot Baita International Airport

Hohhot Baita International Airport (HET) is the largest aviation hub in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. By the end of May 2020, Baita International Airport has opened a total of 154 domestic and foreign airlines, connecting more than 90 cities. The domestic flights are connected to Hohhot with major cities of China like Beijing, Datong, Shanghai, Xian, Guilin, Chengdu, Kunming, Guiyang, Guangzhou, Urumqi, Zhengzhou, Harbin etc. There are also flights to some nearby cities in Inner Mongolia such as Hulunbuir, Bayannur, Chifeng, Tongliao, Xilinhot, Ulanhot and Hailar. The international airlines are to Hong Kong, Taipei and Ulan Bator in Mongolia etc.

Address: Jichang Road, Saihan District, Hohhot City, Inner Mongolia (内蒙古自治区呼和浩特市赛罕区机场路)

Transportation: Hohhot Baita International Airport is located 17 km away from downtown (Xinhua Square), usually taking about 0.5 hours to transfer by car. You can take Metro Line 1 to get to Hohhot city center for about 35 minutes. Besides, airport shuttle bus line 1 runs between the airport and city center every 15 minutes for CNY 15/person, taking about 50 minutes.

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Hohhot Airport - Hohhot Baita International Airport

Hohhot Baita International Airport

Hohhot Baita International Airport

Hohhot Baita Airport Location Map

By Train

Trains to Hohhot

There are two railway lines passing through Hohhot, which are Beijing- Baotou Railway and Jining-Baotou Railway, running trains to cities in Inner Mongolia like Baotou, Ulanqab, Ordos, Tongliao, Xilinhot, Manzhouli and to major cities of China like Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Chengdu, Lanzhou, Yinchuan, Nanning, etc. and international trains to Ulan Bator and Moscow. 

High Speed Trains/Bullet Trains to Hohhot

The main high speed railway pass through Hohhot is Beijing-Baotou Railway (京包铁路). The railway runs from Beijing through Zhangjiakou in Hebei Province, Datong in Shanxi Province, Ulanqab and Hohhot in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, and ends at Baotou. Zhangjiakou-Hohhot high-speed railway is a part of Beijing-Baotou Railway, linking Zhangjiakou, Hebei province with Hohhot city in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region. After the Zhangjiakou-Hohhot high-speed railway connecting with the Beijing-Zhangjiakou high-speed railway, greatly reducing the travel time from over 9 hours to around 2.5 hours.

High Speed Trains/Bullet Trains to Hohhot
From Time Consuming
Frequency (per day)
Beijing 2-3 hours Over 20 runs
Baotou (Inner Mongolia) 1-1.5 hours Over 20 runs
Ulanqab (Inner Mongolia) 0.5-1 hour Over 20 runs
Zhangjiakou (Hebei) 1.5 hours Nearly 20 runs
Datong (Shanxi) 2.5-3 hours 3 runs
Taiyuan (Shanxi) Around 5 hours 3 runs
Zhengzhou (Henan) Around 8.5 hours 1 runs
Jinan (Shandong) Around 9.5 hours 1 runs

Hohhot Train Stations

There are two major train stations in Hohhot City, one is Hohhot Railway Station and the other is Hohhot East Railway Station.

Hohhot Railway Station 呼和浩特站

Address: No. 41 Railway Station East Street, Xincheng District, Hohhot (呼和浩特市新城区车站东街41号)

Distance to Hohhot City Center (Xinhua Square): about 2km, takes 10 minutes by car/metro.

Distance to Dazhao: about 5km driving distance, takes about 20 minutes by car.

Hohhot Railway Station is the nearest to the city center. The platform of Hohhot Station is divided into north and south squares. The platform 3 and platform 4 are in the north square are for normal speed stations. Platform 1 and 2 in South Square are high-speed railway platforms. The station scale is 4 sets and 20 lines. It serves most bullet trains from/to Beijing, Baotou, Zhangjiakou, Ulanqab and Ordos, etc. and normal trains from/to Shanghai, Xian, Guilin, Guiyang, Harbin and Qingdao, etc.

Hohhot East Railway Station 呼和浩特东站

Address: Nandian Village, Wantong Road, Xincheng District, Hohhot (呼和浩特市新城区万通路南店村)

Distance to Hohhot City Center (Xinhua Square): about 12km, takes about 25 minutes by car and about 40 minutes by metro.

Distance to Dazhao: about 13km, takes about 30 minutes by car.

Hohhot East Railway Station is the largest modern passenger Station in Inner Mongolia. By the end of 2019, there are overall 9 platforms and 20 lines in the station, among which 3 platforms and 7 lines are for normal trains and the rest are for high-speed trains. Tangshan-Hohhot Railway and Hohhot-Zhangjiakou High-speed Railway pass through the station. It serves most bullet trains from/to Beijing, Baotou, Jinan, Taiyuan, Ulanqab and Ordos, etc. and normal trains from/to Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Yinchuan, etc. This is a more frequently used high-speed rail station.

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How to Get to Hohhot - By Train

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How to Get to Hohhot - By Train

Hohhot Railway Station

How to Get to Hohhot - By Train

Hohhot East Railway Station

Beijing to Hohhot

Beijing is about 480 kilometers away from Hohhot, which takes 6.5-7.5 hours by car. Travelers can transfer between two places by high-speed trains, flights, normal trains or private cars.

By High-speed Rail/Train

It takes about 2.5-3 hours with a driving distance of about 180-200 kilometers.

By Train

By the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020, the Beijing-Baoding high-speed railway was officially put into operation, with a total length of 659.9 km. The stops include Zhangjiakou, Qinghe, Ulanqab and Hohhot. Thanks to the newly opened high-speed railway, it greatly shortened the Beijing-Hohhot railway transfer time from 10 hours to 2 hours. There are around 25 high-speed trains operating between Beijing (Beijing North/Qinghe Railway Station) and Hohhot (Hohhot East/Hohhot Railway Station) from 07:15~20:00.

Besides, there are also over 10 (K/Z) normal trains running between Beijing (Beijing/Beijing West Railway Station) and Hohhot (Hohhot/Hohhot East Railway Station) every day from 02:50~23:40, and the whole journey takes 9-10.5 hours.

By Flight

Every day, there are about 7 direct flights flying between Beijing Shoudu International Airport and Hohhot Baita International Airport, which usually takes about 1.5 hours.

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Datong to Hohhot

Datong is about 200 kilometers southeast from Hohhot, which takes about 3 hours by car. Because the distance between two places is not very far, there are no direct flights and the most convenient transfer way is by taking normal trains or bullet trains.

By High-speed Rail/Train

The most convenient and time-saving way to get from Datong to Hohhot is by taking bullet trains. Everyday, there are 3 bullet trains running between Datong (Datong South/Datong Railway Station) and Hohhot (Hohhot East/Hohhot Railway Station) from 11:30~14:30. The whole journey takes 2.5-3 hours.

Apart from bullet trains, there are also over 15 normal trains connecting these two cities from 3:00~20:15. Moreover, compared with bullet trains, the time consumed of normal trains doesn’t increase much. The quickest normal trains only take 2 hours and 50 minutes.

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Shanghai to Hohhot

Shanghai is only 1680 kilometers away from Hohhot. Taking a flight is the fastest and most convenient way. Every day, there are over 30 direct flights flying between Shanghai (Pudong/Hongqiao International Airport) and Hohhot (Baita International Airport), which usually takes about 2 hours. Also, you can take trains from Shanghai South Railway Station to Hohhot/Hohhot East Railway Station, which usually takes about over 24 hours.

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Xian to Hohhot

Xian is about 1000 kilometers away from Hohhot. The most convenient way is taking a flight. There are about 6 flights daily, which runs about 2 hours from Xian Xianyang International Airport to Baita International Airport in Hohhot. Besides, you can take a K train from Xian South or Xian Railway Station to Hohhot or Hohhot East Railway Station, which needs about 13~14 hours. Most of them are night trains leaving Xian in the late afternoon/evening and arriving at Hohhot in the morning.

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Chengdu to Hohhot

Chengdu is about 1690 kilometers southwest from Hohhot. Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport has over 10 direct flights to Hohhot daily, which takes 2.5 hours. There are also normal trains connecting two cities. However, the journey is too time-consuming, some of them take over 30 hours, so transfer by train is not recommended.

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Guangzhou to Hohhot

Hohhot and Guangzhou are about 1125 kilometers away. Guangzhou Baiyun Airport offers frequent direct flights to Hohhot every day, which usually fly for at least 3 hours. Besides, Guangzhou Railway Station has altogether 2 trains to Hohhot, which take nearly 40 hours for arrival.

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Get Around Hohhot

By our Local Private Transfer Service

Deserts, Grasslands and many famous historical attractions around Hohhot are all distances away from the city. Therefore, traveling with a local private transfer service is the most recommended way. If you want to get rid of the hustle of public transportation and troublesome navigation, you can book a private Hohhot tour package which covers sightseeing, accommodating and transferring from places to places. Our local tour guide and driver will escort you to Hohhot city center, surrounding deserts and grasslands, your hotels or yurts, and any place you want to go with speed and convenience with our non-smoking and comfortable licensed private vehicle, and take care of all the details. You just need to focus on sightseeing. Please feel free to contact us directly if you need any help!

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By Subway

Taking a metro to travel around Hohhot city is convenient and budget. So far in October 2020, there are altogether 2 metro lines, namely Metro Line 1 and Metro Line 2. You can take Line 1 to Baita Airport, Hohhot East Railway Station, Hohhot Museum and Xinhua Square, etc., take Line 2 to Hohhot Railway Station, Xinhua Square and Inner Mongolia University, etc.

By Bus

Some long-distance bus stations are used for getting around Hohhot. From those stations, travelers could get to the grasslands, Baotou, Ordos, Datong, Beijing etc. The main station - Hohhot Long-distance Bus Station is situated near the Hohhot Railway Station.

By Taxi

A taxi can be a good way to take you around the city. During the day, taxi fare charges 6 Yuan within 2 kilometers and 1 Yuan for every subsequent 1 kilometer (1.1 Yuan/km at night).

Hohhot Transportation - Local Private Transfer Service

Local Private Transfer Service

How to Get around Hohhot - Hohhot Metro

Metro in Hohhot

Hohhot Transportation - Hohhot Bus

Hohhot Bus Station

Hohhot to Baotou

Baotou, an important transit city to Kubuqi Desert, Wudangzhao and Meidaizhao, is one of the must-visit cities for your first trip to Inner Mongolia. Taking private cars and trains are two common ways to get from Hohhot to Baotou, vice versa. Moreover, there are also buses/coaches running between two cities.

By Private Car

Baotou is about 170 kilometers west from Hohhot. It usually takes about 2-2.5 hours to go by car with a driving distance of about 180-190 kilometers. Another advantage of taking a private car is that you can also visit some highlights along the highway, such as Daqing Mountain, Wudangzhao Temple and Hasu Lake, etc.

By Train

There are over 135 pairs of trains running between Baotou and Hohhot, over 20 of them are (D/G) bullet trains, which only take 50 minutes to 1.5 hours to transfer between two cities from 6:20~19:50

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By Coach

Several coaches are available from Hohhot Bus Station to bus stations in Baotou, with the whole ride of about 2.5-3 hours.

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Hohhot to Ordos

For many people, the Mausoleum of Genghis Khan is one of the must-see spots in Inner Mongolia. Ordos city is the nearest city to the historical site, only 25km away. Travelers can get from Hohhot to Ordos by car, (regular/bullet) trains and coaches.

By Private Car

The driving distance from Hohhot to Ordos is about 270km. It usually takes about 3 hours and 15 minutes to 3 hours and 45 minutes to go by car.

By Train

There are 5 bullet trains running from Hohhot/Hohhot East Railway Station to Ordos/Dongsheng East Railway Station every day and the whole journey takes 1.5-2 hours. Besides, there are also over 5 normal trains leaving from Hohhot to Ordos every day. However, it would take 3.5-4 hours.

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By Coach

There are also few coaches who can take you to Ordos from Hohhot Bus Station. However, it would take a much longer time and bus departure time is also not fixed.

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Hohhot to Grasslands in Ulanqab (Huitengxile & Gegentala)

If you are looking for a more authentic, less crowded and less commercialized grassland, but don’t have enough time to visit the Hulunbuir Grassland in far north Inner Mongolia. Huitengxile Grassland (about 110km east from Hohhot) and Gegentala Grassland (about 133km north from Hohhot) in Ulanqab would provide you with a better travel experience. There are limited coaches to grasslands in Ulanqab from Hohhot and it would take a really long time. Therefore, the most convenient way to get to grasslands is by hiring a car. It is recommended to take the Hohhot Grassland Tours, which the private transfer service is included.

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Hohhot to Hulunbuir

Hulunbuir, famous for its vast picturesque grasslands, primitive wetlands, wildlife habitats and Russian style idyllic villages, is about 1600km northeast from Hohhot. Taking a flight is the quickest and most convenient way to get to Hulunbuir (Hailar) city. There are over 15 direct flights from Hohhot Baita Airport to Hulunbuir Dongshan International Airport every day, which takes about 2.5 hours. There is also one over-30-hour normal trains leaving from Hohhot East Railway Station to Hailar Railway station every day, passing through Jining, Tongliao, Baicheng and Tsitsihar, etc.

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How to Plan a Hohhot Tour

Usually, visitors spend 2~3 days to visit Hohhot, including one day to explore the highlights in the city, like Dazhao Temple and Inner Mongolia Museum, and 1~2 days to have fun at the nearby grasslands, like Huitengxile Grassland or Xilamuren Grassland.

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Travel Hohhot with China Discovery

Hohhot and Inner Mongolia differ a lot with the classic China you know. And it is not an easy job to arrange the daily flight, train and car travel at this relatively vast land. Therefore, travel with a professional travel agency is usually the best way to visit there. We China Discovery know Hohhot and Inner Mongolia a lot and we are experienced in organizing tours to this region. If you need any help, please feel free to contact us! Private cars, one-to-one guide and travel consultant… Everything is only for you and your group or family! The tour is customized by your interest, budget, plan and every special need!

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