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Turpan Jiaohe Airport (IATA: TLQ) 吐鲁番交河机场

Location: Northwest of Gaochang District, Turpan City, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region 新疆维吾尔自治区吐鲁番市高昌区西北郊, about 17 km, 30 minutes’ drive to Turpan downtown.

Turpan Jiaohe Airport was officially opened on July 9, 2010. It covers an area of 5300 square meters with 30 parking spots. Apart from serving flights to and off Turpan, it is also an alternate airport of Urumqi Diwobao International Airport. As of April 2020, Turpan has 4 airlines connecting 8 cities in China such as Urumqi (1h), Beijing (5.5h), Lanzhou (2.5h), Changsha (4.5h), Korla (1h), Burqin (1h15min), etc. From the airport, independent travelers can take a taxi to downtown, or take a free shuttle bus to Turpan North Railway Station first and then transfer to a bus to downtown.

Turpan Airport Turpan Jiaohe Airport

Turpan Jiaohe Airport Flights

Turpan Jiaohe Airport actually has limited flights between domestic cities. The flight schedule changes a lot and you need to verify before your trip. Sometimes there are daily flights and sometimes there may be just a couple of flights in a week. You can get to Turpan by air from Urumqi (1h), Beijing (5.5h), Lanzhou (2.5h), Changsha (4.5h), Zhengzhou (4.5h), Korla (1h), Burqin (1h15min), etc.

Note: It is also viable to get to Urumqi first and then take a high speed train (1h) to Turpan or get to Turpan by train as the train schedule is more regular.

Turpan Airport Turpan Jiaohe Airport Flights Map (updated in June, 2021)

Major Turpan Jiaohe Airport Flight Schedules:

Route Duration Flight Type Check Details
Beijing → Turpan 5.5-13h Stopover Flight Beijing to Turpan Flight Schedule >
Shanghai → Turpan 8-13h Stopover Flight Shanghai to Turpan Flight Schedule >
Lanzhou → Turpan 2.5h Direct Flight Lanzhou to Turpan Flight Schedule >
Chengdu → Turpan 5.5-10.5h Stopover Flight Chengdu to Turpan Flight Schedule >
Changsha → Turpan 4.5h Direct Flight Changsha to Turpan Flight Schedule >
Zhengzhou → Turpan 4.5-12h Direct/Stopover Flight Zhengzhou to Turpan Flight Schedule >
Urumqi → Turpan 1h Direct Flight Urumqi to Turpan Flight Schedule >
Korla → Turpan 1h Direct Flight Korla to Turpan Flight Schedule >
Burqin (Kanas) → Turpan 1h15min Direct Flight Burqin (Kanas) to Turpan Flight Schedule >

*The above flight schedule is listed for reference only and is subject to seasonal adjustment by the airline companies. You can contact us to get updated, detailed flight information.

Turpan Jiaohe Airport Location & Transfer

Turpan Jiaohe Airport is located in Northwest of Gaochang District, Turpan City, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, about 17 km to Turpan downtown. You can take a taxi or charter a car to Turpan downtown first and then get to main attractions such as Jiaohe Ancient City and Flaming Mountains. Airport shuttle bus is only available between the airport and Turpan North Railway Station, which is only 2 km away.

  • To Turpan downtown: about 17 km, 30 minutes by car;
  • To Jiaohe Ancient City: about 18 km, 30 minutes by car.
  • To Gaochang Ancient City: about 50 km, 1 hour by car.
  • To Flaming Mountains: about 40 km, 45 minutes by car.
  • To Karez System: about 14 km, 30 minutes by car.
Turpan Airport Turpan Jiaohe Airport Location Map

Turpan Jiaohe Airport Shuttle Bus

Turpan Jiaohe Airport only operates shuttle bus (for free) between the airport and Turpan North Railway Station. The railway station is only 2 km away. So if the bus is not available, you can also walk there. At the railway station, you can take a bus to downtown. The bus is only available on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The schedule below is for your reference only:

Airport → Turpan North Railway Station Turpan North Railway Station → Airport
Monday 13:50; 15:40; 16:20 13:10; 13:10; 15:15; 15:50
Thursday 11:30; 14:00; 16:20; 20:20 10:45; 13:10; 15:25; 19:45
Friday 11:30; 13:50; 15:40; 16:20; 20:20 10:45; 13:10; 15:25; 19:45
Sunday 11:30; 20:20 10:45; 13:10; 15:25; 19:45

Note: The chart above is for reference only. The specific schedule and route shall be subject to the timetable shown at the airport.

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How to Plan A Turpan Tour

How to Get to Turpan: There are high speed trains to Turpan from Xian (about 12.5h), Lanzhou (about 9.5h), Xining (about 8h), Zhangye (about 6.5h), Jiayuguan (about 5h), Dunhuang (about 3.5h), etc. and flights from Urumqi (1h), Beijing (5.5h), Lanzhou (2.5h), Changsha (4.5h), Korla (1h), Burqin (1h15min), etc. Many travelers also travel to Urumqi by flight first and then transfer to Turpan.

Best Time to Visit Turpan: May to October is the best time to visit Turpan. It is cold in late autumn and winter (November ~ next February) and rather windy in early and mid-spring (March and April). The temperature is high in summer, but you will get a lot of sweet fruits.

Generally, a classic Turpan tour takes 2 ~ 3 days. If your time is limited, you can focus on the essence of Turpan City. We suggest you spend 1 day touring the highlights of Turpan City, such as Karez System - a magic project bringing out underground water to this barren land, Turpan Museum where lots of historical exhibits including mummies are collected and Jiaohe Ancient City - the world's largest and oldest city ruins, and another day exploring its attractive surroundings, including Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Cave with exquisite murals & profound Buddhist culture, Flaming Mountain Grand Canyon with breathtaking landform, and peaceful Mazar Village (in Tuyuk Valley) where people still live traditionally. If you have one more day, don't miss Kumtag Desert, a beautiful desert offering amazing desert landscape and many interesting activities (like jeep safari, desert hiking, desert surfing, etc.).

☛ 2 Days Turpan Essence Tour from Urumqi

Of course, it's far from enough if you just visit Turpan. Travelers always travel Turpan with Urumqi - the tourist center in northern Xinjiang together. It needs about 1~2 days to visit landmarks of Urumqi City, like Xinjiang Regional Museum, Red Hill Park and Erdaoqiao Grand Bazzar. Heavenly Lake, only 70 km away from Urumqi downtown is a must. If you are interested in Muslim culture and Silk Road culture, don't hesitate to go to Kashgar, one of Xinjiang's golden triangle tourist cities together with Turpan and Urumqi. In Kashgar, there is time-honored Kashgar Old City, yellow-tiled Id Kah Mosque, busy Grand Sunday Bazaar, etc.

☛ 5 Days Urumqi Discovery to Turpan and Heavenly Lake
☛ 6 Days Urumqi and Turpan Highlights Tour
☛ 8 Days Xinjiang Classic Tour (Urumqi - Turpan - Kashgar)

If your time allows, traveling along China's Silk Road is strongly recommended. You can trace the footprints of ancient travelers from Xian - China's old capital city of 13 dynasties, to Qinghai (Xining, Qinghai Lake), Gansu (Zhangye, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang) and Xinjiang (Urumqi, Turpan, Kashgar). An in-depth Silk Road tour can be 2 weeks long, but you can spend a shorter time admiring the essence at your own pace.

☛ 10 Days Classic Silk Road Tour (Xian - Dunhuang - Turpan - Kashgar)
☛ 11 Days In-depth Wild Silk Road Adventure Tour (Lanzhou - Zhangye - Jiayuguan - Dunhuang - Urumqi - Kasgar)
☛ 12 Days Silk Road Tour from Beijing (Beijing - Xian - Dunhuang - Turpan - Urumqi)

Turpan Tour Mazar Village in Tuyuk Valley Heavenly Lake of TianshanPotala Pa Heavenly Lake of Tianshan Zhangye Danxia Lanform Mrs. Chan's group from Canada visited Matisi Temple along the Silk Road

Recommended Turpan Tours

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

Jiaohe Anicent City Sunset
2 Days Turpan Essence Tour from Urumqi

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Taking a relaxing cruise on Heavenly Lake
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Lanzhou / Zhangye / Jiayuguan / Dunhuang / Turpan / Urumqi / Kashgar

Tashkurgan Fort (Stone City Ruin) in the morning of September
8 Days Classic Xinjiang Tour including Urumqi Turpan Kashgar Tashkurgan

Urumqi - Turpan - Kashgar - Tashkurgan

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