Lanzhou Train

Lanzhou Railway Station

Lanzhou Railway Station is an important transportation terminal both in Chinese Silk Road and Eurasian Continental Bridge. The station also functions as a window for the northwest area looking into the rest areas in China. It is either a starting point or a terminal point of five main railways to Lianyungang, Baotou, Alataw Shankou (Pass) in Xinjiang, Xining and Chongqing.

Address: No. 393 of East Huochezhan Road


Arrival and Departure

Facing to the north, the station is composed of a large square and a three-story station building. Passengers can take taxis and buses to reach the square, and there are parking lots for buses, taxis and personal cars in the square. When passengers arrive at the station from other cities, then need to note that there are two exits, eastern exit and western exit. Getting out of the eastern exit, you can have easy access to the public buses, and the western exit leads to taxi stands. It’s quite difficult to get a taxi out of the exits, so you are suggested to walk a few minutes to the front street to hail a taxi to the downtown area.

Lanzhou Railway Station

Ticket Office

The station entrance is in the middle of the station building. You can find the Ticket Hall to the west of the entrance, very obvious. There are two Ticket Offices in the hall, one is in service 24 hours with 24 windows open for ticket selling, and the other is usually open during the busy season, such as in holidays, school vacations and spring festivals.

Waiting Room

After purchasing the ticket, you can get to the entrance, where you can take the escalators to the second floor. You may find your waiting room according to the information presented on the LED screen. In the waiting room, there are listed facilities and services as below.

 International Waiting room: Foreign passengers can get into the room. There are books, magazines and music in multiple languages accessible.

 Soft seat/sleeper Waiting Room: The room also has books, magazines and newspaper services. The passengers in this room can board the train in advance under the station staff’s guide.

 VIP Room: There are also VIP rooms available, charging an extra fee of CNY 10 per pax. Passengers can utilize the WI-FI there for free.

 Mother & Baby Room: There will be station staff to guide and help the passengers to board in prior.

Soft Sleeper Cabin
Soft Sleeper Cabin

Other services:

 Battery Charging: On the pillars of the waiting room there are sockets that you can charge your mobile phones, laptops and other electronic gears.

 Left Luggage: Near the station entrance, there is left luggage service. It charges about CNY 5 for a small bags and CNY 10 around for a large piece of luggage in 24 hours.

 News Stands: In the waiting hall, there are newsstands, where you can do some reading to kill the time.

 Drinking Water: In the drinking center, you can get boiled water for free, just take a bottle with you.

 Wheelchairs: On the first floor of the waiting hall, there are wheelchairs available for the physically challenged passengers.

 English-speaking Service: In the central check-in counter, International and soft seat/sleeper room, English-speaking service is available.

Train Schedule

 Major Rail Lines from Lanzhou to:


High Speed Train Schedule

(Last Update on Sep 9, 2020)

ToTrainsDurationTicket Fare (CNY)
First/ Second Class Seat
D2743, D2751, D2701, D55...
17 departures from 06:40 to 20:52
2h00m - 2h29mCNY 88/ 55
USD 13/ 8
G3186, D4062, D2680, G2686...
49 departures from 06:01 to 19:05
2h31m - 3h27mCNY 231.5/ 174.5
USD 34/ 25
D2566, D2570, D2568 from 08:42 to 15:026h41m - 6h49mCNY 606.5/ 378
USD 89/ 55
D2701, D55, D2711, D2703 from 08:07 to 10:5711h30m - 12h27mCNY 882/ 551
USD 129/ 80
D754, D752 at 09:11 and 15:356h40m - 7h6mCNY 356/ 222
USD 52/ 32


Normal Speed Train Timetable

(Last Update on Sep 9, 2020)

ToTrainsDurationTicket Fare (CNY)
Soft/ Hard Sleeper
K453, K679, K4351, K543...
36 departures from 04:11 to 22:00
2h50m - 5h27mCNY 185.5/ 100.5
USD 27/ 15
K453, K679, K543, T269...
24 departures from 04:11 to 22:00
7h15m - 10h10mCNY 285/ 190
USD 42/ 28
Z274, K1616, T6608, K4238...
31 departures from 01:44 to 23:52
2h5m - 4h23mCNY 163.5/ 78.5
USD 24/ 11
K9667, Y667, K367 from 16:52 to 19:0011h53m - 14h33mCNY 398.5/ 261.5
USD 58/ 38
Z378, Z274, K1616, K4238...
36 departures from 01:31 to 23:52
3h52m - 5h15mCNY 155.5/ 97.5
USD 23/ 14
K1616, K4896, K9664 from 03:55 to 20:007h14m - 10h39mCNY 214/ 142
USD 31/ 21
Z378, T118, K2188, Z42...
8 departures from 01:31 to 18:42
23h19m - 31h10mCNY 685/ 436
USD 100/ 64
Beijing West
K4238, K886, Z22, Z130...
7 departures from 08:25 to 21:10
15h58m - 28h55mCNY 527.5/ 343.5
USD 77/ 50
K778, Z136, K228, Z232 from 08:18 to 21:3630h23m - 38h22mCNY 850.5/ 506.5
USD 124/ 74
Shenzhen West
K132, Z232 at 11:09 and 13:1232h5m - 44h4mCNY 879.5/ 536.5
USD 128/ 78
Z22, Z56, T176 from 15:05 to 21:1011h21m - 13h35mCNY 405.5/ 247.5
USD 59/ 36
Z378, Z274, K4238, K420...
35 departures from 01:31 to 23:52
7h55m - 10h29mCNY 296/ 174
USD 43/ 25
K596, T114, K306, K1042 from 10:46 to 22:0528h49m - 32h1mCNY 674/ 428
USD 98/ 62
K454, K1060, K1618, K2618...
8 departures from 00:04 to 23:35
10h34m - 12h42mCNY 315/ 208
USD 46/ 30
Z232, T308, Z136, Z294...
6 departures from 11:09 to 21:36
18h53m - 25h2mCNY 549.5/ 343.5
USD 80/ 50
Z378, Z274, K4238, K420...
23 departures from 01:31 to 23:45
14h18m - 18h24mCNY 415.5/ 272.5
USD 61/ 40
Z274, K1028 at 01:44 and 23:4527h6m - 31h43mCNY 699/ 444
USD 102/ 65
K886, 2636, K1518, Z312...
5 departures from 09:03 to 20:11
15h43m - 18h54mCNY 398.5/ 244.5
USD 58/ 36
K2637, K1517, K177, K815...
16 departures from 04:42 to 18:34
2h29m - 3h31mCNY 124.5/ 78.5
USD 18/ 11
K679, K4351, K543, K4629...
20 departures from 04:56 to 21:42
16h29m - 26h16mCNY 611/ 397
USD 89/ 58
 The above schedule is for reference only. For real-time schedule and ticket booking, please click the arrival stations.

See detailed Lanzhou Train Schedule 


 How to reach the station?
You can take any of the listed buses to reach the Lanzhou Railway Station square: No. 1, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 16, 31, 33, 110, 114, 124, 126, 131, 137, 181, 302, 601, 801 and K102.

From West Railway Station, you can take the bus No. 1, 31 and K102 to this train station directly.

You can take the airport shuttle bus to HNA Business Hotel, and then you walk along the Dingxi Road westwards about 150 yards to take the bus No. 124, 12, 114 or 33 to the railway station.

 How to get around from the train station?
To Waterwheel Garden: Walk to the front of the station square, you will find the Lanzhou Railway Station bus stop, where you can take the bus No.6 to Shengwei Station. Then walk northwards about 760 yards to the garden. Alternatively, take the bus No. 7 or 126 to Jinchanglu Beikou station, then walk about 820 yards to the destination.

To Gansu Provincial Museum: Take the bus No.1, 31, 302 or 137 to Qili Heqiao Station, which is about 380 yards from the museum. You can cover this distance in some minutes of walking.

To Zhongchuan Airport: Take a direct train to the airport which is available daily from  07:38 to 20:58. Duration is about 50 minutes and ticket fare is CNY 26 for a first class seat and CNY21.5 for a second class seat.

- Last modified on Jun. 01, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Lanzhou Railway Station
Asked by Josephine from ISRAEL | May. 27, 2020 20:06Reply
Need some information
I am in Lanzhou now, and I will take train Z231 17:15/ 10:17 to Urumqi, how early should I arrived at the station?
Answers (1)
Answered by Caroline from AUSTRA | Jun. 01, 2020 18:38

Do you have the paper ticket in hand? If no, I suggest you arrive at the train station at least one hour before the train departure time, collect the paper ticket and then find the waiting area for boarding. If you already have ticket, then you can arrive at the train station 40 minutes before departure.
Asked by Mazleena from MALAYSIA | Nov. 01, 2019 01:10Reply
Train to lanzhou train sttuon
What time the last train depart from airport going to lanzhou train station?
Reaching lanzhou ard 11pm.
Answers (1)
Answered by Tammy | Nov. 01, 2019 02:37

The last one should be at 11:59pm from Zhongchuan airport to Lanzhou Station. If your flight will land at 11pm,it is a little bit risky to catch it, but shuttle bus should be available. Usually shuttle bus works accoring to flight landing.
Asked by AZAM AZIZ from MALAYSIA | Aug. 01, 2019 04:31Reply
staying overnight at lanzhou station
i will arrive around 1:00 a.m at the lanzhou railway station and my train is on 06:33 a.m, is it recommended to stay in VIP room? is it enough seat inside there even we pay to enter?
Answers (1)
Answered by Marin from LITHUANIA | Aug. 04, 2019 23:04

The station open 24 hours so it should be no problem to stay there until the 6:30 train. There are VIP lounge. If you cannot find free seats in common waiting room you can pay extra to wait in VIP lounge. If you hold a soft sleeper ticket got the second trip, there should be a waiting room for soft sleeper ticket holder too.
Asked by Oprah | Jul. 26, 2019 03:18Reply
If we book soft sleeper beds for night train to Xi'an, can you confirm to give us a private cabin?
We have 3 people but we can buy one extra ticket if necessary.
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Jul. 28, 2019 17:26

Thank you for your inquiry.

According to the policy, each passenger can only buy one tickets on each train. Therefore, to buy one extra ticket, you need a fourth passenger’s passport. To buy 4 tickets, we will always tried our best to book a whole cabin for clients. It is usually OK as long as there are still suitable cabin offered for sale. However, after boarding, according to our experience, there is a possibility that the forth empty bed may sold again to other people by train staff. In this case, we cannot 100% guarantee if you will be able to have a private cabin of your own even with 4 beds booked. Hope for your advanced notice.
Asked by Patrick Mayne from DINAMARCA | Jun. 16, 2019 08:33Reply
HI, I have 1 hour transfer between train rides, is that enough in this train station? i
is it easy to navigate for non chinese speakers? thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Fatima | Jun. 16, 2019 20:11

It should be no problem if you transfer within the same station.
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