How to Get to & around Qinghai

Qinghai is an inland province. Flight, train and bus are the most important transportation tools available to get in/out of Qinghai. As the capital city of Qinghai, Xining is the gateway of Qinghai. When you travel to Qinghai, you will firstly arrive at Xining, then escort around.

By Air

Xining Caojiabao Airport is situated in Gaozhai Town, Huzhu County, Qinghai Province, with an average of 2178m. It is 28km away from Xining City downtown. Xining Caojiaobao Airport connects many cities in China, including Beijing, Xian, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Shenzheng, Lhasa, Nanjing, Shenyang, Hohhot, Qingdao, Golmud, Chengdu, Wuhan, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Urumqi, etc. There is no international flight so far.

Traveler can take airport shuttle bus to downtown, which will cost you 25¥. If take a taxi, you will afford about 50¥ . You are suggested to get a pickup service from your hotel or travel agency.

Xining Caojiabao Airport

Xining Caojiabao Airport

By Train

Qinghai has built a functional railway network from east to west. Qinghai Tibet Railway, Lanzhou Qinghai Railway and other 54 train expresses run through Qinghai. Xining is the junction city of Qinghai Tibet Railway, Lanzhou Qinghai Railway, connecting Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Chengdu, Lanzhou, Lhasa, etc. There are two train stations in Xining – Xining West Train Station and Xining Train Station.

Xining Train Station is the modernest train station in northwestern China. Both regular and high speed trains to Xining will make stops here. It is located in Chengdong District, near to the city center. It is also the starting point of Qinghai Tibet Railway.

Qinghai Tibet Railway

Qinghai Tibet Railway is the world's highest altitude railway, starting from Xining to Lhasa with a path length of 1956km. It runs through 89 train stations, including Qinghai Lake Station, Gulmud Station, Nagchu Station, etc. It is the only railway to Tibet. Thus, trains from Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Lanzhou, Xining and Chongqing also have to run on the Qinghai Tibet Railway line to Lhasa. Along the road, you will be amazed by the breathtaking landscaped of Tibet Plateau.

There are 14 trains running between Xining and Lhasa, only Train Z6801 begins in Xining and Train Z6812 takes Xining as the terminal.

High Speed Trains to/off Xining

From Xining, travelers can take comfortable high speed trains to Lanzhou, Zhangye, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Turpan and Urumqi, taking the newly built Lanzhou Xinjiang High Speed Rail. There are usually more than 10 trains from Xining to Lanzhou, Zhangye, Jiayuguan each day, about 7 trains to Dunhuang, and 6 trains to Turpan and Urumqi.

Besides, Xining also has many high speed trains between Xian, and it takes only a little more than 4 hours for the whole riding.

>> Check Xian Xining High Speed Rail Map

>> Check detailed Xian to Xining Train Schedule

>> Check detailed Xining to Xian Train Schedule

Qinghai Tibet Railway

Qinghai Tibet Railway

Buy Bus

There are 5 national highways running through Qinghai Province. No.109 starts from Beijing, via Xining, arrives at Lhasa with a distance of 4590km. No.214 connect Qinghai and Yunnan from Xining to Jinghong(景洪) County in Yunnan with a distance of 3184km. No.215 starts from Liuyuan Town of Gansu, via Dunhuang, ends at Gulmud. No.227, also called “Ning - Zhang” Highway, connects Xining of Qinghai Province and Zhangye of Gansu. No.315 is the major road from Qinghai to Xinjiang Autonomous Region, starting from Xining, stopping at Kashgar City.

Qinghai Xining Bus Station is the major bus station in Xining, offering daily bus to most of cities in Qinghai as well as some nearby provincial cities, such as Gansu, Ningxia, Shaanxi, Henan, Xinijiang, Tibet, etc. There are 6 other bus stations in Xining – East Bus Station, Xinninglu Bus Station, Nanchuan Xilu Bus Station, Kaifaqu Bus Station, Chengnan Bus Station and Hutai Bus Station.

Qinghai Bus

Qinghai Bus

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