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Lanzhou - Zhangye Train

Over 15 pairs of bullet trains run between Lanzhou / Lanzhou West Railway Station and Zhangye West Railway Station, two hot tourism destinations along the ancient Silk Road. The 500-kilometer (311-mile) journey can be quickly finished within 3 - 3.5 hours. A second class seat only costs CNY149.5 or CNY 152.5 based on the different operation stations.

Besides the fast high speed ride, about 30 pairs of normal speed overnight sleeper trains also serve between the two cities with a distance of 530 kilometers (329 miles). Duration is 4 – 8.5 hours. It costs CNY178 per person for a hard sleeper.

A few direct flights are available between the two cities with duration of an hour. The full fare for an economy class seat is CNY880, but usually the ticket fare can be low to CNY200 or so when the airlines give great discounts.

Lanzhou - Zhangye High Speed Train

Basic Facts:

 Open Date: December 26, 2014
 Distance: 500 kilometers (311 miles)
 Top Speed: 200 km/h (124 mph)
 Duration: 3 - 3.5 hours
 Stations along the way: Minhe South, Ledu South, Haidong West, Xining, Menyuan, Minle

Lanzhou to Zhangye High Speed Train Schedule

(Last Update on Jan 10, 2020)

Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
D270108:07 - 12:194h12m
D274912:09 - 16:244h15m
D267317:02 - 21:244h22m
Over 15 departures in total: departure time from 07:25 to 18:27; duration from 3H7M to 3H35M.
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Zhangye to Lanzhou Bullet Train Timetable

(Last Update on Jan 10, 2020)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
D267208:34 - 13:014h27m
D267413:37 - 17:353h58m
D270617:54 - 22:114h17m
D274619:45 - 23:524h7m
Over 15 departures in total: departure time from 09:53 to 20:39 ; duration from 3H5M to 3H27M.
Note: The timetable listed above is for reference only. Please search for real-time schedule by the tool on page top.

Ticket Fare of Lanzhou – Zhangye High Speed Trains

(Last Update on Jan 10, 2020)
First Class SeatSecond Class Seat
CNY 239 - 244
USD 35 - 36
CNY 149.5 - 152.5
USD 22


Normal Trains of Lanzhou - Zhangye

Lanzhou to Zhangye Train Schedule:

(Last Update on Jan 10, 2020)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
Z620507:46 - 13:125h26m
T28309:48 - 15:305h42m
T19712:04 - 17:265h22m
Z29313:28 - 18:545h26m
Around 30 departures in total: departure time from 04:11 to 21:55; duration from 4H3M to 7H17M.

Zhangye to Lanzhou Train Timetable:

(Last Update on Jan 10, 2020)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
Z23205:26 - 10:465h20m
Z13607:58 - 13:185h20m
Z29408:07 - 13:345h27m
K206015:06 - 21:586h52m
K17615:43 - 22:126h29m
Around 30 departures in total: departure time from 01:02 to 23:59; duration from 4H4M to 8H20M.
Note: The timetable listed above is for reference only. Please search for real-time schedule by the tool on page top.

Ticket fare:

(Last Update on Jan 10, 2020)
Deluxe Soft SleeperSoft SleeperHard SleeperHard Seat
CNY 417
USD 61
CNY 250
USD 36
CNY 142 - 178
USD 21 - 26
CNY 75
USD 11

 Stations along the way: Yongdeng, Tianzhu, Gulang, Wuwei South, Wuwei, Jinchang, Shandan

They are operated at Lanzhou Railway Station. In Zhangye, more trains are operated in Zhangye Railway Station, and only 6 pairs of them are in West Station, but West Station also operates bullet ones, so if passengers need to change to a high speed rail, then west station is recommended.

Four types of trains including Z, T, Y, K types are used for this trip. Some Z types such as Z232/Z231, Z42/Z41, Z106/Z105, Z136/Z135, and Z294/Z293 take the shortest time of 4 – 4.5 hours. In this case, passengers are recommended to buy Z types for this journey. Besides, overnight sleeper trains departing in the evening and arriving in the next early morning are also good choices because they save one-night hotel expenditure and the day time.

Lanzhou – Zhangye Bullet Train vs. Normal Train

The ticket fare and travel time of high speed rail and normal speed Z type do not differ much. But the Z types offer sleepers so passengers can lie down while the high speed ones have more advanced facilities.
High Speed Train  Normal Speed Z Train
Duration  3- 3.5 hours  4 – 4.5 hours
Price  Second class seat: CNY149.5/152.5  Hard sleeper: 136/142
Departures frequency  14 departures per day 5 departures per day
Punctuality  On time  Occasional delays
Facilities   Modern  Kind of backward; Sleepers available to lie down
Major Rail Lines from Lanzhou to:

Major Rail Lines from Zhangye to:
- Last modified on Aug. 30, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Lanzhou - Zhangye Train
Asked by Janet from SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES | May. 08, 2019 03:43Reply
Is there any meal offered to first class traveler on D2687?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ramona from USA | May. 08, 2019 18:31

There is no free meal offered but see from the train time, there may be still meal for sale at that time. If you like, you can take food yourself as well.
Asked by Judy Ann Burgos from UNITED STATES | Mar. 12, 2019 23:28Reply
is there a train from lanzhou train station to lanzhou airport?
Answers (1)
Answered by Warren | Mar. 13, 2019 19:27

Yes, around 10 rides a day. You can ues "Zhongchuan International Airport" as destination.
Asked by Solomon | Jan. 09, 2019 00:52Reply
How to transfer from Zhangye Railway Station to West Station?
Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Joyce from INDONESIA | Jan. 09, 2019 18:06

No direct bus, so the most convenient way would be taxi which takes around 30min. If you want to use bus service, you can take bus No. 1 to ICBC bank first (I suppose it is the 12th stop) and then change to bus No. 6 and get off at Nanzhaocun. The bus stop is near West Railway Station, maybe 500m walking. You need to prepare at least 1 hour for this trip.
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