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Beijing - Xining Train

Only 3 or so pairs of normal trains are running between the two cities for a distance of 1,785 – 2,092 kilometers (1,109 – 1,300 miles). The journey time is 18.5 – 24 hours.

If you want to save time, high speed train is a good choice, but you need to make a transfer in Lanzhou. By this way, the total travel time will be about 10 hours.

Besides, passengers can take flights to travel between the two cities. There are 9 direct flights available for passengers' choices. The journey time is about 2.5 hours. Although it costs a little more, it can save a lot of time. Nevertheless, flight delays may happen frequently owing to air traffic control or changeable weather. Passengers are advised to think twice before departing.

Beijing to Xining Train Schedule 

(Last Update on Jun 8, 2020)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
T17513:05 - 10:36+21h31m
Z15116:03 - 14:20+22h17m
Z2120:00 - 15:01+19h1m
See more Beijing Schedule

Xining to Beijing Train Timetable 

(Last Update on Jun 8, 2020)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
T17612:15 - 09:37+21h22m
Z2213:40 - 08:28+18h48m
Z15214:25 - 14:26+24h1m
See more Xining Schedule

1. "+" means the second day.
2. The above timetable is for reference only. You can search for the real-time schedule through the search tool on top of this page.


Ticket Price

(Last Update on Jun 8, 2020)
Soft SleeperHard SleeperHard Seat
CNY 601 - 674
USD 88 - 98
CNY 377 - 428
USD 55 - 62
CNY 206 - 236
USD 30 - 34


Running Routes

 For Z21/Z22, and T175/T176: Baoding, Shijiazhuang North, Taiyuan, Jiaocheng, Wenshui, Fenyang, Lvliang, Suide, Jingbian, Dingbian, Zhongwei, Lanzhou, Haishiwan, Ledu
 Z151/Z152: Baoding, Shijiazhuang, Anyang, Xinxiang, Luoyang, Xi'an, Baoji, Tianshui, Gangu, Longxi, Dingxi, Lanzhou, Haishiwan, Ping'anyi
 K885/K886: Xuanhua, Zhangjiakou South, Jining South, Hohhot East, Baotou East, Baotou, Linhe, Mahai, Huinong, Shizuishan, Yinchuan, Zhongwei, Jingtai, Baiyin West, Lanzhou

Faster Transfers by High Speed Train

Another choice to make a tour between the two cities is to take high speed trains, but passengers need to make a transfer in Lanzhou at present. Beijing – Lanzhou High Speed Train has been put into operation, and takes 9 hours for a single journey. More than 20 pairs of Lanzhou – Xining bullet trains take about 1 – 1.5 hours for a single trip. Compared with normal trains, the total time onboard is greatly shortened. It costs about CNY750 if traveling by second class seat all the way and CNY 1,150 by first class seat.

Beijing – Xining Direct High Speed Train

As the opening of Beijing – Xi'an, Xi'an - Lanzhou, and Lanzhou – Xining high speed railways, it is expected direct daytime high speed trains and bullet overnight sleeper trains will also be operated between Beijing and Xining in the near future. By then the journey time will be greatly reduced to 10 hour or so.

Major Cities along the Way

As the capital city of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, Yinchuan is located to the west of Yellow River. The city with a long history of over 1,300 years has brilliant cultural and historical relics, and fantastic natural scenery. Shapotou, Helan Mountain, Sand Lake, and China Western Film Studio are all famous attraction sites there.

Lanzhou, the capital city of Gansu Province, was once an important point along the ancient Silk Road. The Yellow River runs through the city, nurturing different culture and scenery. When going to the city, you should not miss those attractions including Waterwheel Garden, Zhongshan Bridge, and Gansu Museum.

Major Rail Lines from Beijing to:
Major Rail Lines from Xining to:

- Last modified on Sep. 18, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Beijing - Xining Train
Asked by Kyra from LEBANON | Sep. 18, 2019 01:33Reply
Taking a transfer at Lanzhou West for high speed train
If I will take train G437 at 6:27 to Lanzhou West at 13:40, can I catch train at 14:18 to Xining? Is this G437 always on time?
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Sep. 18, 2019 18:36

Thank you for your inquiry.

Usually 30min is OK for transfer at same station with paper tickets for both trip in hand in advance. However, if you are new to rail service and traveling a long distance train for the first part, it would be better if you can prepare around 1 hour between. High speed rides hardly delay unless there is any emergency. Hope this information can help you.
Asked by Tonya from CHAD | Apr. 10, 2019 02:33Reply
Soft Sleeper on train Z21
I want to buy soft sleeper tickets on May 05 from Beijing to Xining. I prefer the train Z21. However, I checked that there is no soft sleeper or even hard sleeper tickets on it. Did the tickets sold out so quickly? Is there any chance of getting a soft sleeper on Z21?
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Apr. 10, 2019 18:56

Thank you for your inquiry.

Xining is not the final stop of Z21, it will continue the trip to Lhasa. Therefore, the tickets are under great control and very hard to get on Z21. If possible, we suggest you to choose Z151 instead. Hope for your kind understanding.
Asked by Berwin from GREECE | Nov. 27, 2018 00:39Reply
We are planning to take Z22 from Beijing to Xining.
If we choose the soft sleeper, we will need to share the space with another 2 passengers? Or maybe we can buy 2 child tickets as well to hold the extra two beds?
Answers (1)
Answered by Edwin from GERMANY | Nov. 27, 2018 19:13

Yes, if you buy two tickets, the cabin will be shared. It is possible to buy another 2 child tickets to get extra beds, but this against the official policy, one passenger can only buy one ticket. Therefore, there is a possibility that this may not work well. If the beds are under great needs, for example, some people want to make an upgrade from hard sleeper to soft sleeper, the train staff may sold them again.
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