How to get to & around Lanzhou
Lanzhou is one of the transfer hubs in Northwestern China. It is very convenient to get to Lanzhou by air, by train or by road. So are there are a airport, a train station and several bus stations.
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Get to Lanzhou By Air
✈ Lanzhou Zhongchuan Airport (兰州中川国际机场) the only airport in Lanzhou which is approximately 70km away nearly an-hour driving from Lanzhou city. So far, there are more than 60 air lines connecting Lanzhou with major cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Xian, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Dunhuang, Jiayuguan, etc.
Location: Zhongchuan Town, Yongdeng County, Lanzhou
Transfer to Lanzhou City
• High-Speed Train: There are about 20 high-speed trains departing from the airport to Lanzhou West Railway Station/Lanzhou Railway Station from 6:30 am to 10:30 pm with the duration around 50min. Both of the train stations are located in the downtown area and you can easily grab a taxi to the scenic sites in Lanzhou city.
• Shuttle Bus: There are shuttle bus running between airport and downtown. They usually depart every half-hour and take about one hour to Lanzhou city.
• Taxi: Most taxicabs are metered, but you are suggested to negotiate with the driver to reach a cheaper price instead of paying by metes.
Lanzhou International Airport
Get to Lanzhou By Train
People can get to Lanzhou through Lanzhou Weat Railway Station and Lanzhou Railway Station. The former one is usually frequently used as the high-speed train station.
Lanzhou West Railway Station (兰州西站)
Location: 197 Xijin West Road, Qilihe District, Lanzhou City, Gansu Province (甘肃省兰州市七里河区西津西路197号) near Gansu Provincial Museum
Lanzhou Railway Station is about 8km to the east of downtown. Lanzhou West Railway Station, or Lanzhouxi Railway Station is the only high-speed train station in Lanzhou. It is the terminal station of both Lanzhou-Xinjiang Railway and Lanzhou-Lianyungang Railway, and it operates trains to the megacities like Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, and the cities in western China, such as Xining, Jiayuguan, Urumqi, Zhangye, Dunhuang, etc.
Lanzhou West Railway Station
Lanzhou Railway Station (兰州站)
Location: No. 393, East Road, Lanzhou Railway Station (兰州市火车站东路393号)
Lanzhou railway station is located in the south of the city,and it mainly serves normal trains and some high-speed bullet trains. There are express trains from Lanzhou to Zhangye, Jiayuguan and other popular scenic cities in and outside Gansu province. Also you can take a normal train to Beijing, Shanghai, Qingdao, Changsha, Chengdu, Xi'an, Urumqi, and other places.
Lanzhou Railway Station
Lanzhou Train Schedules:
- Beijing to Lanzhou
- Lanzhou to Beijing
- Xian to Lanzhou
- Lanzhou to Xian
- Shanghai to Lanzhou
- Lanzhou to Shanghai
- Zhangye to Lanzhou
- Lanzhou to Zhangye
- Dunhuang to Lanzhou
- Lanzhou to Dunhuang
- Jiayuguan to Lanzhou
- Lanzhou to Jiayuguan
- Xining to Lanzhou
- Lanzhou to Xining
- Urumqi to Lanzhou
- Lanzhou to Urumqi
- Chongqing to Lanzhou
- Lanzhou to Chongqing
- Chengdu to Lanzhou
- Lanzhou to Chengdu
Get from Beijing to Lanzhou
Beijing is about 1450km to the east of Lanzhou. It is highly recommended to travel from Beijing to Lanzhou by plane and high speed train because the normal train will take about 18 hours.
There is four direct flight (2.5h) from Beijing Capital International Airport/Beijing Daxing Airport to Lanzhou International Airport. During the peak season, the flights are more frequent.
Beijing West Railway Station operates two high-speed bullet trains from Lanzhou West Railways Station in the morning by 11 am, and all the normal trains depart in the afternoon to Lanzhou Railway Station.
Aerial view of Beijing Daxing International Airport
Get from Shanghai to Lanzhou
Shanghai and Lanzhou, one in the southeast and the other in the northwest China, are 2,000km apart. Unless you are interested in a 30-hour normal train trip, we would recommend you to get from Shanghai to Lanzhou by plane/high speed train.
There is four direct flight (2.5h) from Shanghai Hongqiao Airport/Shanghai Pudong Airport to Lanzhou International Airport. During the peak season, the flights are more frequent. The high speed bullet G trains depart from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station in the early morning and the duration is about 12 hours. If time permits, you can spend some days on the trains to enjoy the scenery on your way to Lanzhou.
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Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Get from Xian to Lanzhou
Xian is about 650km to the southeast of Lanzhou. People can take it as a transfer city from other part of China to Lanzhou or start your Silk Road trip here.
There are over 40 hight speed bullet trains running all day from 7am to 9pm between Xian North Railway Station to Lanzhou West Railway Station, and the duration is about 2.5h to 3.5h. Besides the bullet trains, there are also over 30 normal trains (about 7h) to Lanzhou. For the developed railway network, there is no direct flights connecting the two cities.
High Speed Train from Xian North Railway Station
Get from Xining to Lanzhou
Only about 220km away from each other, Lanzhou and Xining are located in two different provinces, namely Gansu and Qinghai.
There are nearly 20 hight speed bullet trains running all day from 7am to 10pm between Xining North Railway Station to Lanzhou West Railway Station, and the duration is about 2h to 2.5h. Besides the bullet trains, there are also over 15 normal trains (about 2.5h to 4.5h) to Lanzhou. For the developed railway network and short distance, there is no direct flights connecting the two cities.
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Get from Urumqi to Lanzhou
Lanzhou and Urumqi are two terminal station of Lanzhou-Xinjiang Railway. They are about 2,000km apart. Both planes (3 hours) and trains (12 - 24 hours) are available.
Travelling by plane is still more recommended. There are 2 - 6 direct daily flights from Lanzhou Zhongchuan International Airport to Urumqi Airport. As for the trains, there are four bullet trains (12h) and over 15 overnight trains (16h ~ 24h).
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Northen Xinjiang Railway
Get from Zhangye to Lanzhou
Lanzhou and Zhangye are two of the most famous destinations on the ancient Silk Road. They are about 500km, 6.5 hours by car. You can take either train (4h to 7h) or flight (1h) to Lanzhou from Zhangye.
Beside taking a flight at Zhangye Airport, if time allows, you can take the high speed bullet train to Lanzhou from Zhangye and enjoy the beautiful Gobi scenery on your way from Zhangya West Railway Station to Lanzhou West Railway Station and the duration is about 4h to 4.5h.
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Zhangye West Railway Station
Get from Jiayuguan to Lanzhou
Jiayuguan is about 700km away from Lanzhou, located in the west Gansu Province. You can take either train (5.5h to 10h) or flight (1.5h) to Lanzhou from Jiayuguan.
Except for the peak season, the flight is very few from Jiayuguan Airport to Lanzhou, and many travellers choose to take the high speed bullet train and the duration is about 5.5h.
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Jiayuguan Railway Station
Get from Dunhuang to Lanzhou
Dunhuang is an important outpost city along the silk road. It is nearly 1,100 km, 13 hours’ drive to the northwest of Lanzhou.
You can get to Lanzhou from Dunhuang, taking either trains or flights. There are four daily trains, including one bullet train and the duration is 8 hours by bullet train. The flight takes about 1.5 hours, and it departs more frequent during the peak season.
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Dunhuang Railway Station
Getting Around Lanzhou
Lanzhou has a fully connected highway system. There are 7 long distance bus passenger stations. The most important one is the Lanzhou Bus Station. If you want to travel to nearby places of Lanzhou or southern Gannan area, you can take bus from one of these bus stations. But if your destinations are cities along the Hexi Corridor, you are suggested to take train.
Lanzhou Bus Station
Route: Lanzhou - Xian, Yinchuan, Xining, Tianshui...
Address: No. 338, Huochezhan Dong Road, Chengguan District, Lanzhou 甘肃省兰州市火车站东路338号
Surrounding: Lanzhou Train Station
Lanzhou West Bus Station
Route: Lanzhou - Yongdeng, Xining, Wuwei, Liujiaxia...
Address: No. 456, Xijing Dong Road, Lanzhou 甘肃省兰州市西津东路456号
Lanzhou South Bus Station
Route: Lanzhou - Linxia, Xiahe, Langmusi Monastery...
Address: Qilihe District, Lanzhou 兰州市七里河区212国道
Surrounding: Lanzhou University of Technology
Lanzhou Bus Station
How to Plan a Lanzhou Tour
Lanzhou is rather a transfer hub than a popular tourist destination. Traveler usually choose Lanzhou as the starting point of their holidays because there are a great number of trains to Gansu, Qinghai, Tibet, Xinjiang making stops here, as well as many domestic flights from Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Shanghai, Guangzhou, etc. From Lanzhou, you can extend your trip to Xiahe Labrang Monastery and Langmusi Temple in southern Gansu(2~3 days), or travel northwestwards to the famous Hexi Corridor - Zhangye, Jiayuguan and Dunhuang(4~5 days).
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