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 weekly and arrives on Monday. 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 South 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. After booking, individual passengers need to wait for 7 days to get the printed tickets, and group passengers need to wait for 14 days. 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.
See details of Purchase an International Rail Ticket
 

General information

K9795/9796:

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:

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.
 

Tips:

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.
 
Other International Trains between China and nearby Countries

K23/K24:
Beijing - Ulaanbaatar

K27/K28:
Beijing - Pyongyang

T8701/T8702:
Nanning - Hanoi

4652/4653:
Hohhot - Ulaanbaatar

Z5/Z6:
Beijing—Hanoi

K7023/K7024:
Harbin—Vladivostok

K19/K20
Beijing - Manzhouli - Moscow

K3/K4
Beijing - Ulaanbaatar - Moscow

Erlian - Ulaanbaatar


 International railways under construction/planning from China to:
- Last modified on Oct. 12, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China - Kazakhstan Trains
Asked by Alberto from INDONESIA | Apr. 17, 2019 17:49Reply
Astana - Almaty - Urumqi train
Hello. Does the Astana to Urumqi train stops at Almaty in its way. If yes, may I know the expected train schedule for October 2019? Will the trains from Astana or Almaty stop at Urumqi station only and not anymore at Urumqi south?
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Apr. 19, 2019 04:51
00Reply


Thank you for your inquiry.
However, we are sorry that we are not clear about information about this international train from Astana. Based on the international trains that depart from Urumqi, they should still stop at Urumqi Station, not South Station. For detailed information about this trip, you may need to contact a local company in Kazakhstan instead. Hope for your kind understanding.
Asked by Ngui Yi Ting from MALAYSIA | Feb. 15, 2019 06:08Reply
Almaty to Urumqi
Hi. May i know the webside to book the almaty / astana train to urumqi in advance ?
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Feb. 17, 2019 18:39
00Reply


Thank you for your inquiry.
However, we are sorry that we are not able to book the ticket for this international trip from Almaty or Aastana to Urumqi. You would need to contact a local agent in Kazakhstan instead. Sorry for the helpless on this issue. Hope for your kind understanding.
Asked by alex yeo from SINGAPORE | Oct. 16, 2018 18:18Reply
is there a train number 9001 from khorgos/huoerguosi station
Answers (1)
Answered by Fisher | Oct. 20, 2018 01:12
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No, from Huoerguosi, there are only K9762/KK9761/K9760.
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