International Trains

China - Kazakhstan Trains

Two scheduled pairs of trains, K9795/K9796 and K9797/K9798 ( (Numbered as 53/54 in Kazakhstan) are running between China and Kazakhstan:

K9795/K9796 operated by China run between Urumqi and Almaty (Alma-ata) via Khorgos and Altynkol ports;

K9797/K9798 operated by Kazakhstan run between Astana and Urumqi via Dostyk and Alashankou ports;

In summer, more trains may be operated between the two countries on a daily basis. 

Urumqi - Almaty Train

Basic Facts:

Open Date: 1992
Distance: 1,048 kilometers (651 miles)
Ticket fare: CNY 1,041 for a soft sleeper
Via ports: Khorgos Port in China and Altynkol Port in Kazakhstan
Operator: China Railway Bureau

Urumqi to Almaty Train Schedule

(Last update on July 10, 2018)
From To No. Duration
Urumqi Almaty K9795 departs on Saturday and Monday weekly and arrives on Monday and Wednesday respectively. 25h45m 

Almaty to Urumqi Train Timetable

(Last update on July 10, 2018) 
From To No. Duration
Almaty Urumqi K9796 departs on Tuesday weekly and arrives on Wednesday. 23h31m

Urumqi - Astana Train

Basic Facts:

Open Date: 2008
Distance: 1,898 kilometers (1,179 miles)
Via ports: Dostyk Port in Kazakhstan and Alashankou Port in China
Operator: Kazakhstan Railway Bureau

Urumqi to Astana Train Schedule

(Last update on July 10, 2018) 
From To No. Duration
Urumqi Astana K9797 departs on Monday weekly and arrives on Wednesday  38h22m

Astana to Urumqi Train Timetable

(Last update on July 10, 2018) 
From To No. Duration
Astana Urumqi K9798 departs on Saturday weekly and arrives on Monday 39h39m

Ticket Fare of Urumqi - Astana Train

Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper
In China CNY 955 CNY 597
In Kazakhstan CNY 1,000 CNY 625

How to buy tickets

Passengers can purchase, change or refund tickets at ticket window no. 12 in Urumqi Railway Station, or at the Asia - Europe Hotel International Transport Ticket Office. Tickets of K9795/K9796 can also be purchased at ticket window no. 1 in Khorgos Railway Station.
For individual passengers, the international train tickets are usually open for sale 30 days prior to departure, but for group passengers over six, tickets are buyable 60 days in advance. When buying tickets, passengers need to provide valid passports and visas.

For K9795/K9796, ticket selling stops 90 minutes before departure. However, for K9797/K9798, ticket issuing stops 2 days before departure.
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General information


As the first trains operated between China and Kazakhstan since 1992, K9795/9796 used to run to Almaty via Alashankou, which ran for a distance of 1,359 kilometers (844 miles) and took over 30 hours. Also, passengers needed to transfer to Kazakhstan trains after entering the country. However, since October, 2017, along with the change of rail route, the distance is shortened to 1,048 kilometers (651 miles) and the journey time is greatly reduced to 23.5/25.5 hours. Passengers also do not need to change trains anymore. Five carriages provide 168 soft sleeper berths in total, so passengers had better book tickets as early as possible. This saves a lot of time and all-soft-sleeper trains ensure passengers a more comfortable and pleasant trip.


K9797/9798 (or no. 53/54 in Kazakhstan) was first opened in 2008. Passengers need to change trains when entering or exiting the border of Kazakhstan. A total of 260 berths are provided for passengers’ convenience, while only 20 of them are soft sleeper berths.


1. Passengers need to apply for a Chinese or Kazakhstan visa in advance before entering either country.
2. Traveling by China - Kazakhstan international rails provides passengers a good chance to appreciate the scenery along this way. Passengers can not only see the vast desert, but also see many lakes which look pretty beautiful at dawn or dusk.
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- Last updated on Aug. 07, 2023 by Brenda Lian -
Questions & Answers on China - Kazakhstan Trains
Asked by Em from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 07, 2023 01:18Reply
Visa requirements for Urumuqi to Almaty transit
Hi there, if I want to fly to Urumuqi then leave by train to Almaty (transit only, no travel) - as an Australian citizen there is a 72 hour automatic visa for China but is there additional immigration or travel permit requirements if I just want to transit out of the airport and leave by train?
Answers (1)
Answered by James | Aug. 07, 2023 22:40

As I know, Urumqi Airport only has 24-hour visa-free transit and there is no 72-hour visa-free transit available. Also, the train from Urumqi to Almaty is not in service recently.
Asked by Qifang from AUSTRALIA | Jun. 03, 2023 17:08Reply
Hi, just wondering if the Kazakhstan to Urumuqi trains have started operating again or in the near f
Answers (1)
Answered by Helen | Jun. 05, 2023 02:26

Not yet, and there is no related news about reopening in the near future.
Asked by Saniya from CHINA | Jun. 03, 2020 23:32Reply
Urumqi-Almaty train
Hello, is there a train from Urumqi to Almaty for July, did they open the border?
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Jun. 04, 2020 23:22

Not yet. Due to the Virus, the border is still closed, and the trains are stopped now.
Asked by eggsy from UNITED KINGDOM | Feb. 25, 2020 00:20Reply
which station does the train k9795/9796 arrive in urumqi
Answers (1)
Answered by Ava | Mar. 11, 2020 23:05

The main station, Urumqi Station.
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