How to Get from Urumqi to Tianchi Lake 2023

Tianchi Lake, also known as Heavenly Lake, is “the Pearl of Tianshan Mountains”, a top-rated attraction in Xinjiang and a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site. It boasts itself with superlative natural scenery of sapphire lake and fabulous reflection of snowy peaks and primitive forests. Tourists in Uruqmi often take a day trip to Tianchi Lake to explore this wonderful jade pool. If you’re planning a Tianchi Lake tour from Urumqi, here is the most useful transfer guide with detailed travel distance and means of transportation.

How far is Tianchi Lake from Urumqi?

Tianchi Lake of Tianshan Mountains is located in Fukang City, Changjia Hui Autonomous Prefecture, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (XUAR)(新疆维吾尔自治区昌吉回族自治州阜康市天山天池风景区). The scenic area lies about 68 km (42 mi) east of Urumqi.

Uruqmi to Tianchi Lake Urumqi to Tianchi Lake Transportation Map (click to enlarge)

Urumqi to Tianchi Lake by Private Car - Most Recommended & Efficient Way

Taking a private car of China Discovery is the fastest and most convenient way to get to Tianchi Lake from Urumqi. If you travel with us, you won’t need to search traffic information, worry about the travel time, luggage storage and communication problems. Our local tour guide and driver will meet you and pick you up from the airport or train station in Urumqi, or from your hotel in the downtown, or from any attraction and places you appoint. And then, they will escort you to Tianchi Lake directly by a licensed, clean, comfortable and non-smoking private car. The entire ride is on the well-paved highways, so you can have a good rest, enjoy landscape on the way and focus on the sightseeing trip.

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Urumqi to Tianchi Lake by Bus

Meanwhile, tourists can take a public transportation - tourist bus to get to Tianchi Lake from Urumqi. Four bus stations in Urumqi operate the direct buses and they are Urumqi Beijiao Bus Station (乌鲁木齐北郊客运站), Urumqi Nanjiao Bus Station (乌鲁木齐南郊客运站), Urumqi Bayi Jungong Bus Station Tourist Distribution Center (乌鲁木齐八一军供客运站旅游集散中心) and Urumqi Gaotie International Bus Station (乌鲁木齐高铁国际汽车客运站). All buses depart in the morning and take about 1.5 hours. For the limited buses and longer time, most tourists prefer a private transfer service instead.

Urumqi to Tianchi Lake Bus Urumqi to Tianchi Lake Bus

The following are the four bus stations information and bus schedules:

Bus Station Departure Time Returning Time Bus Station Address Bus Station Transportation
Urumqi Beijiao Bus Station
09:30, 10:30 (daily) 17:30, 18:30 (daily) No.959, Nanhu North Road, Shuimogou District, Urumqi 乌鲁木齐市水磨沟区南湖北路959号 About 5 km, 20mins’ drive from downtown; About 15 km, 30mins’ drive from Urumqi Diwopu International Airport; About 10 km, 20mins’ drive from Urumqi Railway Station.
Urumqi Nanjiao Bus Station
09:30, 10:30 (daily) 17:30, 18:30 (daily) No.1 Yanerwo Road, Tianshan District, Urumqi 乌鲁木齐市天山区燕尔窝路1号 About 10km, 20mins’ drive from downtown Urumqi; About 25 km, 35 mins’ drive from Urumqi Diwopu International Airport; About 14 km, 25 mins’ drive from Urumqi Railway Station.
Urumqi Bayi Jungong Bus Station Tourist Distribution Center
09:30, 10:30 (daily); 39-seat luxury bus with special interpreter 17:30, 18:30 (daily) Nanzhan Road, Saybag District, Urumqi 乌鲁木齐市沙依巴克区南站路 About 7 km, 15mins’ drive from downtown Urumqi; 9.5 km, 15 mins’ drive from Urumqi Railway Station; Nearly 19 km, 25mins’ drive from Urumqi Diwopu International Airport.
Urumqi Gaotie International Bus Station
09:30, 11:00 (daily) 17:30, 18:30 (daily) No.236 Gaotie Beiwu Road, Saybag District, Urumqi 乌鲁木齐市沙依巴克区高铁北五路236号 Just 400m, 5mins’ walk from Urumqi Railway Station; About 10 km, 20mins’ drive from downtown Urumqi; About 12 km, 20mins’ drive from Urumqi Diwopu International Airport.

How to Plan A Urumqi Xinjiang Tour

How to Get to Urumqi: Fly to Urumqi from Beijing (4-4.5hrs), Shanghai (5.5hrs), Guangzhou (5hrs), Shenzhen (5.5hrs), Xian (3.5hrs)..., or take a high speed bullet train from Dunhuang (4hrs), Zhangye (7-7.5hrs), Turpan (1hr), etc.

Best Time to Visit Urumqi: May to October when the temperature is comfortable and the seasonal scenery is very beautiful.

Top Places to Visit Urumqi: Tianchi (Heavenly Lake) of Tianshan Mountains, Xinjiang International Grand Bazaar, Xinjiang Regional Museum, Red Hill Park, Nanshan Pasture.

Most travelers start a Xinjiang tour from Urumqi and take Urumqi as the transfer center of visiting the Northern Xinjiang. Usually, tourists spend one day exploring Urumqi’s highlights in the down area, including the Xinjiang International Grand Bazaar, Red Hill Park and Xinjiang Regional Museum. Making a day trip to Tianchi Lake is a popular itinerary if you won’t visit Kanas. Nanshan Pasture is a good summer resort worthy of your visit if you happen to visit Urumqi in summer.

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