How to Get to and around Baotou 2024

Baotou, known as “Jiuyuan” (九原) and “Lucheng” (鹿城), is the largest industrial city in Inner Mongolia and the global center of light rare earth industry. It is reputed as the "Steel City on the Grassland" and the "Capital of Rare Earth". As the communications hub between the nomadic culture of the northern grassland and the farming culture of the Central Plains, Baotou boosts with rich natural and cultural resources like Xilamuren Grasslands, Wudangzhao, Meidaizhao, Great Wall Ruins of the Zhao Dynasty and Qin Dynasty, etc.

It’s convenient to get to Baotou by high-speed trains from the capital of Inner Mongolia Hohhot and the capital of China - Beijing, or from other hot but distant destinations in China by flight, flight-train transfer or train-train transfer. Continue to read the following passage and check detailed information about getting to Baotou by flight, train and bus, etc., and how to get around Baotou, Baotou to attractions nearby to plan your Baotou, Inner Mongolia tour in 2024/2025!

Where is Baotou?

Baotou is bordered by Dornogovi Province of Mongolia in the north, Ordos City and the Yellow River in the south, Hohhot in the east, Bayannur in the west, and the Yinshan Mountains run across the central part. It is about 170 km northwest from Hohhot - the capital city of Inner Mongolia, about 100 km north from Ordos, about 660 km northwest from Beijing, 830 km north from Xian, 1,860 km northwest from Shanghai, and 2,400 km north from Guangdong.

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Get to Baotou by Flight

Baotou Donghe Airport (包头东河机场, NGB)

Baotou Donghe Airport (BAV) is a 4D international feeder airport and the “sister airport” of Zhangjiakou Ningyuan Airport. Till May 2020, there are two terminals in the airport and 28 airlines connecting Baotou to 25 domestic cities including Beijing (1.5 hours), Shanghai (3 hours), Xian (2.5 hours), Chengdu (2.5 hours), Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Kunming, Harbin, Xiamen, Hangzhou, Guiyang, Dalian, Sanya, etc.

Address: Intersection of Galamu Road and Feiairport Road, Donghe District, Baotou (包头市东河区嘎腊木路与飞机场路交叉口)

Transportation: Donghe Airport is about 23 km from Baotou city center, usually taking about 30-40 minutes to transfer by car. There is no public bus or airport shuttle bus directly connected to the city center. Independent travelers may take a taxi and the estimated cost would be over CNY 40. Furthermore, the airport is 8 km from Baotou East Railway Station, 17 km from Baotou Railway Station, 50 km south from Wudangzhao Temple and 45 km north from Kubuqi Desert.

How to Get to Baotou - Get to Baotou by air

Baotou Donghe Airport

Get to Baotou by Train

Trains to Baotou

With the completion of the Hohhot-Zhangjiakou high-speed rail line, the Beijing-Baotou high-speed railway line is fully open to traffic. Therefore, it’s convenient to get to Baotou from Beijing (3.5-4 hours), Zhangjiakou (2.5-3 hours) in Hebei province and Datong (3.5-4 hours) and Pingyao (5.5-6 hours) in Shanxi province by high-speed trains. There are frequently operated high speed / bullet trains to Baotou from Hohhot (1-1.5 hours), Ulanqab (2.5-3 hours), etc. in Inner Mongolia. Besides, there are also normal trains to Baotou from Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Harbin, Dalian, Xian, Chengdu, Yinchuan, Qingdao, Hangzhou, Xiamen, Guangzhou, etc.

Baotou Train Station

There are several railway stations in Baotou City. The two most commonly used are Baotou Railway Station and Baotou East Railway Station.

Baotou Railway Station (包头站)

Address: Alatanhan Street, Kundulun District, Baotou (包头市昆都仑区阿拉坦汗大街)

Distance to the City Center: about 7 km to Baotou city center, which takes 20 minutes by car.

Baotou Railway Station is an important passenger and cargo distribution center in Baotou. It is the junction of Beijing-Baotou Railway, Baotou-Lanzhou Railway, Jining-Baotou Railway, Baotou-Xining Railway, Baotou-Dongsheng Railway and Baotou-Baiyenebo Railway, etc. Baotou Station is about 62 km from Wudangzhao, 50 km from Kubuqi Desert, 7 km from Sahantala Grassland Resort, 10 km from Northern Weaponry City.

Baotou East Railway Station (包头东站)

Address: No. 32, Nanmenwai Street, Donghe District, Baotou (包头市东河区南门外大街32号)

Distance to the City Center: about 23 km to Baotou City Center, which takes 40-50 minutes by car.

The main railway lines through Baotou East Railway Station are Beijing-Baotou Rail Line and Baotou-Lanzhou Line. Baotou East Station is about 50 km from Wudangzhao, 48 km from Kubuqi Desert, 13 km from Sahantala Grassland Resort and 20 km away from Northern Weaponry City.

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Baotou High Speed Rail Map (click to enlarge)

How to Get to Baotou - Get to Baotou by train

Baotou Railway Station

How to Get to Baotou - Get to Baotou by train

Baotou East Railway Station

Beijing to Baotou

Beijing is about 660 km southeast from Baotou, which takes over 8 hours by car. High-speed trains are the most recommended way to get from Beijing to Baotou and around. There are also direct flights every day running between two cities. Moreover, as Beijing is the capital of China, it has the best transportation network connecting to countries all over the world and almost all famous destinations in China. So if you want to get to Baotou from places outside Inner Mongolia, Beijing is the perfect transit city.

By High-speed Train: The fastest trains from Beijing to Baotou take only 3 hours and 20 minutes. Everyday, about 5 trains leave Beijing at Beijing North Railway Station or Qinghe Railway Station and arrive at Baotou Railway Station or Baotou East Railway Station in Baotou from 08:20~17:50.

By Flight: There are about 4 direct flights departure from Shoudu International Airport at 9:55 and 12:55 and arrive at Baotou Donghe Airport at 11:30 and 14:35.

(Notice: Information about the train/flight time given above are only for your reference, might change according to the real situation)

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Hohhot to Baotou

The distance between Hohhot and Baotou is only 170 km, which takes 2.5-3 hours by car. Since these two cities are both important tourist cities in the central area of Inner Mongolia, most tourists would visit them together. Taking private cars and bullet trains are two most popular ways to transfer between Hohhot and Baotou. For your information, there are also some buses running between two cities.

By Private Car: Even though there are many bullet trains running between Hohhot and Baotou. Most travelers would still choose to book a private car service in advance, because there are many attractions and highlights worth visiting on the way from Hohhot to Baotou, such as Xilamuren Grassland, Daqing Mountain, Wudangzhao, Meidaizhao... All those mentioned above can not be reached by train or bus. In this respect, if you prefer a worry-free and relaxing trip, want to get rid of the hustle of public transportation and other troublesome tour planning, you can take a private tour package which covers sightseeing, featured grassland shows and activities, private car services and professional English-speaking guides, etc. Contact China Discovery to tailor your Hohhot Baotou Tour >>

By Bullet Trains: For independent travelers, taking a train is the most convenient and quickest way to get to Baotou from Hohhot for 1-1.5 hours. There are over 20 G/D trains operating between Hohhot (Hohhot East Railway Station / Hohhot Railway Station) and Baotou (Baotou East Railway Station / Baotou Railway Station) from 06:20~21:30. Besides, there are also nearly 35 normal trains running from day to night and the whole journey takes 1.5-2.5 hours.

By Coach: There are several buses leaving from Hohhot Bus Station to Kundulun District, Baotou East and Bayan Obo in Baotou from 07:00 ~ 17:30.

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Get Around Baotou

There is no metro in Baotou city, travelers may get around the city by taxi or public buses. However, as the airport, train stations and most popular attractions in and around Baotou are not situated in the downtown area but distance away, the most convenient way to travel around the city is by booking a private car.

The referable distances between Baotou city center and famous attractions:

From - To Distance (KM) Estimated Time by Car
Baotou - Wudangzhao 58 KM Around 1.5 hours
Baotou - Meidaizhao 90 KM Around 1.5 hours
Baotou - Kubuqi Desert 55 KM Over 1 hour
Baotou - Xilamuren Grassland 190 KM Around 3 hours
Baotou - Mausoleum of Genghis Khan 166 KM Around 2.5 hours
Baotou - North Weapon City 5 KM 15 minutes
Baotou - Saihantala Grassland Resort 5 KM 15 minutes

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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 Baotou, Inner Mongolia tour package which covers sightseeing, accommodation and transfers from us. Our local tour guide and driver will escort you to Baotou city center, your accommodation, nearby attractions like Wudangzhao, Meidaizhao, Kubuqi Desert, Mausoleum of Genghis Khan 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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Baotou to Wudangzhao

Being praised as “The Potala Palace on the Grassland”, Wudangzhao, together with the Potala Palace in Tibet, the Tar Monastery in Qinghai Province and the Labrang Monastery in Gansu Province, are known as the four famous monasteries of Lamaism in China. The only way to get from Baotou to Wudangzhao temple is by car. Wudangzhao is located in Shiguai District, about 58 km away from the city center. The whole journey takes about 1.5 hours. Travelers may visit Wudangzhao on your way from Hohhot to Baotou or around.

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Baotou to Kubuqi Desert

The Kubuqi Desert is the most popular desert in the middle of Inner Mongolia. It has magnificent landscapes, unique scenery, mature hiking routes and famous Resonant Dune Bay, which is suitable for family vacation. The driving distance between Baotou and Kubuqi Desert is over 55 km, which takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes by car. There is no public bus to Kubuqi Desert, therefore the only way to get there is by taking a private car or renting a taxi. Contact us to book private car services >>

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Baotou to Mausoleum of Genghis Khan (Ordos)

Genghis Khan Mausoleum is the world's first large-scale tourist attraction with Genghis Khan culture as the theme. It’s an unmissable highlight for your trip to central Inner Mongolia. Baotou is about 166 km north from the Mausoleum of Genghis Khan in Ordos city. It takes around 2.5 hours by car. Or tourists may also get from Baotou (Baotou / Baotou East) to Ordos (Dongsheng West / Ordos) by train, then transfer by car, bus or taxi to the scenic area of Mausoleum of Genghis Khan. Ordos Railway Station is about 24 km (about 30 minutes’ drive) away from the scenic area and Dongsheng West Railway Station is about 44 km away, which takes about 50 minutes by car.

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How to Plan a Baotou Tour

Best Time to Visit Baotou: May ~ October, especially in June, July, August and September…

How to Get There: Flights from Beijing (1.5hrs), Shanghai (3hrs), Xian (2.5hrs), Chengdu (2.5hrs), etc. and bullet train from Beijing (3.5-4hrs), Datong (3.5-4hrs), etc.

People usually take 2-3 days to explore diverse natural and cultural landscapes in Baotou. 1 day to visit famous Buddhist temples (Wudangzhao Monastery, Meidaozhao Monastery) and highlights in Baotou downtown; 1 day to visit Xilamuren Grassland (located between Hohhot and Baotou and closer to Hohhot city) and enjoy grassland activities and performances; 1 day to spend a relaxing desert vacation at Resonant Sand Bay and have fun with featured desert activities like camel riding and sand sliding, etc.; If you’re interested in desert hiking, you are recommended to spend more days extending to the more authentic Yemingsha Scenic Area. It usually takes 3 days to hike across the desert from east (Engebei) to west (Resonant Sand Bay).

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More than 80% of tourists would start their Inner Mongolia trip from Hohhot and visit Hohhot, Baotou and Ordos together. A classic central Inner Mongolia trip takes about 5 days, which includes visiting famous Buddhist temples and historical sites, having fun in grasslands and trekking through deserts.

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For those who have more time, may continue their trip to Hulunbuir (4~5 days), Badain Jaran (3~5 days), Xilingol (4-5 days) and Chifeng (4~5 days), etc. If you visit Inner Mongolia in autumn, don't miss the Populus Euphratica Forest in Ejina and the enchanting Arxan National Forest Park in Xingan League. Please feel free to tell us your likes and let our experienced travel consultant customize a tour for you!

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Travel Baotou with China Discovery

Baotou and Inner Mongolia differ a lot with the classic mainland 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 Baotou 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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