How to Get to Kanas | Altay Transportation

Kanas in Mongolian means "a beautiful and mysterious lake". It has always been a dreamland in many tourists' hearts for the breathtaking landscape. Many people equal Kanas to Kanas Lake. However, it is just a part of Kanas National Geological Park. Apart from the tranquil lake, tourists coming here will appreciate the lush forests, winding streams, deep valleys, and primitive villages. Located in Burqin, Altay, Xinjiang, northwestern China, Kanas can be reached by flight from Urumqi (capital of Xinjiang and transfer hub to other parts of Xinjiang). Here we provide you with specific transfer information about how to get to Kanas and other attractions in Altay, such as Hemu Village and Keketuohai National Geological Park, as well as how to get around Altay to help you better travel to Kanas and its surroundings in 2021.

Where is Kanas - Kanas Location

Kanas (48°81′46″N, 87°04′10″E) is in the north of Burqin County, Altay Prefecture, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. It is in the farthest northwest of China and that's also why it keeps primitive beauty.

Kanas Location Map

Kanas Location Map (click to enlarge)

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Get to Kanas by Flight

Since Kanas is far from big cities, the most efficient way to get there is by flight. There are 3 airports around Kanas, namely Burqin Kanasi Airport, Altay Airport, and Fuyun Koktokay Airport. The nearest and most recommended one is Burqin Kanasi Airport.

Burqin Kanasi Airport (布尔津喀纳斯机场, IATA: KJI, ICAO: ZWKN)

Address: Burqin County, Altay Prefecture, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region 中国新疆维吾尔自治区阿勒泰地区布尔津县

Burqin Kanasi Airport is about 50 kilometers away from Kanas Lake in the north. It operates about 6 airlines to/off about 9 cities, including Zhengzhou (6.5h), Urumqi (1.5h), Turpan (1h15min), Altay (35min), Yining (1h20min), Fuyun (1h), Bole (2h), etc. Learn more about Burqin Kanasi Airport: Location, Flight Schedules, Transportation>

Major Kanas Flight Schedules:

Route Duration Route Duration
Zhengzhou to Kanas 6.5h Urumqi to Kanas 1.5h
Turpan to Kanas 1h15min Altay to Kanas 35min
Yining to Kanas 1h20min Fuyun to Kanas 1h
Bole to Kanas 2h

Altay Airport (阿勒泰机场, IATA: AAT, ICAO: ZWAT)

Address: National Highway 216, Altay Region, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region 新疆阿勒泰地区阿勒泰市216国道

Altay Airport is connected with more cities than Burqin Kanasi Airport does. You can get to Altay from Korla (1h20min), Kashgar (4h), Urumqi (1h20min), Yining (1h20min), Karamay (1h15min), Tacheng (1h), Xian (4h), Chongqing (6.5h), etc.

Fuyun Koktokay Airport (富蕴可可托海机场, IATA: FYN, ICAO: ZWFY)

Address: Fuyun County, Altay Region, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region 新疆阿勒泰地区富蕴县

Fuyun Koktokay Airport is usually chosen by tourists planning to travel to Koktokay. It is connected with several cities, such as Urumqi (1h15min), Kanas (1h), and Karamay (1h).

Burqin Kanasi Airport

Burqin Kanasi Airport

Kanas Flights Map

Kanas Flights Map

Get to Kanas by Train

There are no train stations in Kanas. You can get to Altay and Funyun from Urumqi by train first and then transfer to Kanas. For travelers who are interested in a relaxing train journey or a budget transfer, traveling by train is a nice choice.

Altay Railway Station 阿勒泰站 is at Qiangguo Road, Altay City, Altay Prefecture, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (新疆阿勒泰地区阿勒泰市强国路), about 250 km, 5 hours' drive from Kanas. It operates 2 daily overnight trains from Urumqi. The train journey is about 11-12 hours.

Fuyun Railway Station 富蕴站 is in Fuyun County, Altay Prefecture, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (新疆维吾尔自治区阿勒泰地区富蕴县), about 400 km, 7.5 hours' drive from Kanas. It operates 1 daily overnight train from Urumqi. The train journey is about 14 hours.

Altay Railway Station

Altay Railway Station

Get from Urumqi to Kanas

Distance: about 860 km (534.4 miles)

Travel Time: about 2 hours by nonstop flight, or 14.5~24 hours by train.

By flight: Urumqi Diwopu International Airport operates 4 direct flights (1h20min) to Burqin Kanas Airport. From the airport you can take a tourist bus or charter a car (70min) to Kanas. If the flight schedule doesn't fit your itinerary, you can fly to Altay first (1h20min) and then take a car (about 5 hours) to Kanas.

By train: Tourists need to take a train (10.5 hours to 12 hours) to Altay first. After arrival, you have to take an extra drive (about 255 km, 4 hours 40 minutes) to Kanas Lake.

By car: It takes about 12.5 hours to drive from Urumqi to Kanas, which is a long journey. However, it is also a scenic drive as you will pass the wind-erosion landform in Wuerhe Ghost City in Karamay and view colorful Rainbow Beach stretching along the banks of Irtysh River in Burqin.

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Urumqi Diwopu International Airport

Get from Zhengzhou to Kanas

Distance: 3720 km (2,311.5 miles)

By flight: For such a long distance, traveling by flight is the only recommended way. Zhengzhou is the capital of Henan Province (home to the famous Shaolin Temple and Longmen Grottoes) in central China. Apart from Zhengzhou, other cities connected by Burqin are all in Xinjiang. Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport operates one stopover flight to Burqin Kanasi Airport on Saturday. The whole flight takes about 6.5 hours.

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Zhengzhou to Kanas

Zhengzhou to Kanas Transportation Map (click to enlarge)

How to Get to Hemu Village

Hemu Village, the farthest and largest village of Tuva people, is only 70 km away from Kanas Lake. The traditional living style and unparalleled natural landscape make Hemu a perfect retreat away from the world.

Therefore, Hemu is usually traveled with Kanas. After you get to Kanas and finish the visit, you can keep driving for about 1.5 hours to get to Hemu and spend a couple of days there. If you want to get to Hemu directly, you can charter a car in Burqin (175km, nearly 4 hours’ drive from Hemu) or Altay (290km, 5.5 hours’ drive from Hemu). Burqin Kanasi Airport sometimes runs tourist buses to Hemu in the peak season or when there are many tourists.

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Hemu Village

How to Get to Keketuohai

Urumqi to Keketuohai

Keketuohai (also called Koktokay) town, home to Keketuohai National Geological Park, is in Fuyun County, Altay Prefecture. It is about 525 km, 7.5 hours’ drive to the north of Urumqi. People usually get to Urumqi first and then transfer to Keketuohai.

By flight: There is one daily direct flight from Urumqi Diwopu International Airport to Fuyun Koktokay Airport. The flight takes about 1h15min. The airport is about 80 km, nearly 2 hours’ drive to Keketuohai Geopark. You can charter a car to get there or take a bus to Fuyun County (28 km, 50 minutes’ drive) first, and then take a bus or charter a car to the geopark.

By train: An overnight train which takes about 14 hours runs from Urumqi Railway Station to Fuyun Railway Station every day. Fuyun Railway Station operates tourist buses to Keketuohai National Geological Park. The distance is about 62 km, 1.5 hours’ drive.

Kanas to Keketuohai

As both Kanas and Keketuohai are in Altay, some tourists will travel to these two places together. Keketuohai is about 500 km, 9.5 hours' drive to Kanas. After visiting Kanas, you can drive to Burqin County first and continue to drive to Keketuohai the next morning after a good rest. Or you can travel by plane. Burqin Kanasi Airport operates a daily flight (1 hour) to Fuyun Koktokay Airport.

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Keketuohai National Geological Park

Travel around Altay (Kanas, Hemu, Keketuohai)

Altay Prefecture covers a vast area of 118,000 square kilometers. The main attractions such as Kanas Lake, Hemu Village and Keketuohai National Geological Park are a little far away from each other and it is not very convenient to travel by bus as the bus schedule is not fixed and sometimes it may not operate when there are not many tourists.

The most chosen and recommended way to travel around Altay is by chartering a car. The well-paved path is overall in good condition. In winding paths there is a speed limit for safety reasons. You can take some medicine for carsickness before the road trip.

Warm Tip: The local people don’t speak English or other foreign languages, so we suggest you use the private transfer from a local travel agency like China Discovery.

Get to Kanas

On the Way from Burqin to Kanas

How to Plan A Kanas Xinjiang Tour

How to Get to Kanas? Kanas can be arrived by flight and drive. Currently, Urumqi has the most frequent daily flights to Burqin Kanas Airport. Turpan, Yili, Boyue and several other Xinjiang cities also operate some weekly flights to Kanas. Travelling to Kanas by land driving from Urumqi takes about 9 hours.

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Kanas Nature Reserve is vast. Its highlights are Kanas Lake, Kanas Rivers, Kanas Three Bays, Hemu Village, Beautiful Peak, etc. To explore Kanas to the fullest, you should stay at least 3 full days in the nature reserve, usually 1 day for Hemu Village and 2 days for Kanas Lake Scenic Area (Kanas Lake, Kanas Rivers, Kanas Three Bays...). Below are two recommended Kanas tour packages. They are all flexible private tours which can be tailored to meet your own needs.

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

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