How to get to Xinjiang & around

By Air

Xinjiang has a relatively functional flight network which is constitutive of more than 10 airports covering Urumqi and other regions. Usually, people choose Urumqi International Airport to transfer in and off to take Xinjiang tour.

Urumqi International Airport has 99 domestic air lines which connects most provincial cities and some important cities in China, such as Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, etc. There are 17 international airlines. You can fly to Ürümqi from a number of Central Asian cities, including Almaty (Kazakhstan), Bishkek and Osh (Kyrgyzstan), Islamabad (Pakistan, via Kashgar), Novosibirsk (Russia), Moscow, Baku (Azerbaijan) and Tashkent (Uzbekistan).

Travelers can also take flight to other most visited destinations in Xinjiang, such as Kashgar, Kanas, Altay, Turpan, Yining, etc.

Airport to Downtown Transportation Guide

Urumqi International Airport is located northwest of Urumqi City, which is 18 km to the downtown area.

1. Airport Shuttle Bus

Route: Airport - Mucaichang(木材厂) - Youyunsi(邮运司) - Balou(八楼)- Railway Station
Ticket: 20¥

2. Taxi: rate from 6¥(2.8 km), then charge 1.3¥/km.

Urumqi International Airport

Urumqi International Airport

By Train

Xinjiang has the largest territory in China. Plus, it is located in far northwest of China. As a result, taking a train to Xinjiang is a long journey. While compared to flight, taking train reduce tour budget a lot. At the same time, you will experience stunning nature views.

Lanzhou - Xinjiang Railway

Lanzhou - Xinjiang Railway is only railway heading out from Xinjiang to interior China, starting from Lanzhou in Gansu, stopping at Urumqi Railway Station. Xinjiang connects 11 domestic cities, including Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Jinan, Zhengzhou, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Xuzhou, Nanjing, Hankou and Lanzhou. And all overland train will meet in Lanzhou and steer to Urumqi in Xinjiang.

All trains provide three kinds of seats – softer sleeper, hard sleeper and hard seat. On each railway carriage, there is a bathroom and hot water supply. During meals time, there are dining cars carrying meals, fruit and other food to your seat. You can also go to the dining carriage to have meals which is more convenient and of more choices.

Northern Xinjiang Railway

North Xinjiang Railway is the extending railway of Lanzhou Xinjiang Railway. It connects Urumqi and Alataw Pass. Alataw Pass is the second Asia-Europe continental bridge and out of the gateway to China. Northern Xinjiang Railway is a recommended transportation tool when traveling in Northern Xinjiang.

Southern Xinjiang Railway

Southern Xinjiang Railway starts from Turpan, Go through northern side of Taklimakan Desert, via Korla(库尔勒), Aksu(阿克苏) and Kashgar, arrive at Khotan(和田). Kashgar area is one of the most popular destinations in Xinjiang.

Urumqi Railway Station

Urumqi Railway Station

Northen Xinjiang Railway

Northern Xinjiang Railway

By Bus

Highway is the best transportation tool recommended when traveling in Xinjiang. Xinjiang has built up a highway network which is known as the "3 Transverses and 5 Verticals". "3 Transverses" means the three national roads 312, 314 and 315 which run from east to west. These three national roads are the modern roads of "Silk Road". "5 Verticals" are four national roads 216,217,218, 219 and the Tarim Desert High Way.

Xinjiang Bus

Xinjiang Bus

Recommended Xinjiang Tours

Top 3 Xinjiang tours chosen by most customers to explore Xinjiang in the best way. Check the detailed itinerary, or tailor your own trip now with us.

Xinjiang Regional Museum
5 Days Urumqi City Discovery Tour


Id Kah Mosque
5 Days Urumqi and Kashgar Tour


Mogao Caves
12 Days Silk Road Tour from Beijing

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