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Lanzhou - Dunhuang Train

Around 3 pairs of trains are running from Lanzhou to Dunhuang or vice versa presently. They finish the 1,110 kilometers’ distance (690 miles) in 11-14.5 hours. The ticket cost is around CNY 300 for a hard sleeper. The bullet trains may be put in service in high travel seasons, cutting the travel time to about 8 hours.

Basic Facts

Duration: 11 - 14.5 hours
Distance: 1,110 kilometers (690 miles)
Top speed: 120 km/h (75 mph)
Operated at: Lanzhou Railway Station, Dunhuang Railway Station
Major stations along the way: Lanzhou West, Yongdeng, Tianzhu, Weiwu South, Weiwu, Jinchang, Shandan, Zhangye, Jiuquan, Jiayuguan, Yumen, Shulehe, Guazhou 

Lanzhou to Dunhuang Train Schedule

(Last Update on May 7, 2019)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
K966716:52 - 08:10+15h18m
Y66718:03 - 06:30+12h27m
K36719:00 - 08:38+13h38m

Dunhuang to Lanzhou Train Timetable

(Last Update on May 7, 2019)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
K36909:12 - 23:3414h22m
K966918:46 - 09:15+14h29m
Y66920:07 - 07:25+11h18m
See more Dunhaung Schedule

1. "+" indicates the second day.
2. The timetable above is for reference only. Please search for real-time schedule by the tool on page top.

Ticket Fare of Lanzhou - Dunhuang Train

(Last Update on May 7, 2019)
Deluxe Soft SleeperSoft SleeperHard SleeperHard Seat
CNY 731.5
USD 111
CNY 398.5
USD 60
CNY 261.5
USD 40
CNY 141.5
USD 21

Lanzhou - Dunhuang High Speed Train

High speed trains between Lanzhou and Dunhuang had been operated before, but they are now out of service. If they are reopened in the future, the duration on the train is around 8 hours and a ride on a second class seat is CNY 324.

Lanzhou - Dunhuang Train vs. Flight

Aside from a rail trip, passengers can also travel by direct flight which takes about 2 hours. The full price for an economy class seat is up to CNY1,950 per person, but usually passengers are given a 20% - 60% discount. In this case, flight is a preferable choice for travelers.

In contrast, trains take a longer time, but they cost less, so passengers with limited budget and adequate travel time are recommended to take trains between Lanzhou and Dunhuang.

Major cities along the way

Located in the western region of Gansu Province, Zhangye is about 500 kilometers (311 miles) from Lanzhou city. As a vital point on the ancient Silk Road, Zhangye has a long history and beautiful natural scenery. When going there, tourists cannot miss the Wooden Pagoda Temple, Danxia National Geological Park, Shandan Horse Farm, and Giant Buddha Temple. Passengers can go there easily by air, train, and long-distance bus.

Located in the northwest part of Gansu Province, Dunhuang city is well-known to the world because of the amazing Mogao Caves which is a shrine of Buddhist art treasures, including 735 cases, 45,000 square meters (53,820 square yards) colorful murals, and 2,415 Buddha statues. In addition, Dunhuang city also has Yangguan Pass, Yumenguan Pass, Yardang National Geopark, Crescent Lake and many other attraction sites which are worth a visit. The city can be reached by air, train, and long-distance bus.

 Major Rail Lines from Lanzhou to: Major Rail Lines from Dunhuang to:
- Last modified on May. 06, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Lanzhou - Dunhuang Train
Asked by Saul from SOUTH AFRICA | May. 06, 2019 20:56Reply
When is the earliest bus from Dunhuang Station to Mogao Caves?
Is it easy to find a taxi if no bus service at early morning? Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Namit from AUSTRIA | May. 07, 2019 18:16

I am not sure about the bus information. I used to read that there is bus to the cave but no any of them reviews mentioned more details. I will also plan to use it but if not, I think it is not hard to get a taxi at station. Taxi works 24 hours and in such a famous tourist city, it should not be a problem to get a taxi to the cave. It is just a 20min way by car.
Asked by Baker from USA | Jan. 09, 2019 00:56Reply
Is Dunhuang the final stop? How do I know if I reached correct stop?
Is there notification in English?
Answers (1)
Answered by Diego from GERMANY | Jan. 09, 2019 18:08

English notification is hardly found on overnight rides, but Dunhuang is indeed the last stop so you do not have the chance to miss it. Also, the staff will find you to change your paper ticket before your destination, so no worries about it.
Asked by JACKLYN from USA | Nov. 05, 2018 23:20Reply
HIGH speed Train from Lanzhou to Dunhuang!
Is there a high speed train directly from Lanzhou to Dunhuang? If so what is the price of the seat?
Answers (1)
Answered by Abell | Nov. 06, 2018 00:03

It seems there is no high speed rail service in Dunhuang recently, only 3 normal overnight sleeper rides in service.
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