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Beijing - Lanzhou Train

One pair of high speed trains and two pairs of normal trains are operated between Beijing and Lanzhou. The high speed types take 7 hours for the whole journey, and the normal types take 16 to 21 hours.

Alternatively, you can travel by flight which takes 2.5 hours or so, but the ticket costs a little more than train ticket, especially in peak season for tourism. If you travel in a hurry, flight is a good choice. However, you may suffer from flight delays as flights can be easily affected by weather changes.

High Speed Train

Basic Facts

 Open time:  July 9, 2017
 Running distance: about 1,784 kilometers (1,109 miles)
 Top speed: 300 km/h (186 mph)
 Duration: about 7 hours 
 Ticket cost: CNY700 for a second class seat

Beijing to Lanzhou High Speed Train Schedule

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
G9107:55 - 14:396h44m
G42912:50 - 21:378h47m
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Lanzhou to Beijing Bullet Train Timetable

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
G43008:55 - 17:148h19m
G9215:59 - 22:426h43m
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Note: The timetable above is for reference only. Please use the tool on top of this page to search for the real-time schedule.

Ticket Price

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)
Business Class SeatFirst Class SeatSecond Class Seat
CNY 2,415.5 / USD 355CNY 1,243.5 / USD 183CNY 777 / USD 114

Beijing - Lanzhou Railway Map
Beijing - Lanzhou Railway Map

Running Route

 Beijing - Zhengzhou: It takes 2.5-4 hours to travel between the two cities, and passes Gaobeidian East, Shijiazhuang, Xingtai East, Anyang East, and Xinxiang East.

 Zhengzhou - Xi'an: This section runs for a distance of 505 kilometers (313 miles), taking 2 to 3 hours. The stations along the way include Zhengzhou, Zhengzhou EastLuoyang Longmen, Lingbao West, Weinan North, and Huashan North.

 Xi'an - Lanzhou: Xi'an-Lanzhou High Speed Railway was put into service on July 9th, 2017. Journey time between the two cities has been shortened to 3 hours or so. The section passes by Xi'an North, Xianyang Qindu, Yangling South, Baoji South, Tianshui South, Taian, and Dingxi North.

Normal Trains

Beijing to Lanzhou Train Schedule

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
T17513:05 - 07:31+18h26m
Z5514:49 - 07:48+16h59m
Z12915:53 - 10:43+18h50m
Z15115:59 - 11:27+19h28m
Z2119:55 - 12:16+16h21m
K88523:58 - 04:52++28h54m


Lanzhou to Beijing Train Timetable

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
K88608:26 - 11:15+26h49m
T17615:01 - 09:37+18h36m
Z2216:29 - 08:28+15h59m
Z15216:58 - 14:26+21h28m
Z13017:15 - 14:32+21h17m
Z5621:11 - 13:38+16h27m


Beijing - Lanzhou Train Ticket Fare

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)
Soft SleeperHard SleeperHard Seat
CNY 527.5 - 598
USD 78 - 88
CNY 343.5 - 388
USD 51 - 57
CNY 189.5 - 213
USD 28 - 31

Both pairs originate and end in Beijing West Railway Station. Subway line 7 and line 9 and many city buses connect this station with the downtown area.

At the other side, all of them are operated in Lanzhou Railway Station, but some of them just stop there for 15 minutes or so. Passengers should prepare in advance to detrain or aboard in time. Since all are overnight sleeper trains as they depart in the afternoon and arrive in the next morning, passengers can save the day time and one-night accommodation fee.

Major Rail Lines from Beijing to:
Major Rail Lines from Lanzhou to:

- Last updated on Apr. 25, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on Beijing - Lanzhou Train
Asked by Norris from USA | Sep. 10, 2019 23:27Reply
Is Grand Mercure Beijing Dongcheng near Beijing West Station?
Is it easy to get taxi at Beijing West Station around 10pm and how much it approximately costs? Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Tate from NEW ZEALAND | Sep. 12, 2019 04:23

You can always find taxi service at a railway station, even in mid-night. It should be around 40min though a 12km distance. If at night time, the taxi fare could be higher, maybe around 50RMB. If you do not have too much luggage with you, you can consider metro line 7 from the station to Ciqikou and then change to line 5 to Beixinqiao. The exit D is in walking distance to the hotel. The duration is almost the same as taxi.
Asked by Dolly from FRANCE | Apr. 02, 2019 16:57Reply
Is there any meal offered on train Z55 to Lanzhou?
Answers (1)
Answered by Henry | Apr. 03, 2019 19:05

There should be box meal for sale in dinner time, but surely Chinese type of food. During other times, there can be snacks and fruits etc. Chinese passengers like to bring their own food or eat cut noodle. You can have a try as well.
Asked by Justin | Nov. 23, 2018 00:57Reply
If I will take the train G427 at 6:20am, how early should I be there for ticket collection?
Will the ticket office work in such early morning?
Answers (1)
Answered by Luana from MEXICO | Nov. 25, 2018 16:32

It would be better to be there about 1 hour in advance. The office should be in service, or at least a few of counters should be in service. I can see that there are even a ride from Beijing West station at 5:14am. So it should be fine.
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