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Lanzhou - Zhangye Train

About 30 pairs of normal speed overnight sleeper trains serve between Lanzhou and Zhangye with a distance of 530 kilometers (329 miles). Duration is 4 – 8.5 hours. It costs CNY178 per person for a hard sleeper.

The high speed trains once taking 3 - 3.5 hours are not available for the trip currently. 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.

Normal Trains of Lanzhou - Zhangye

Lanzhou to Zhangye Train Schedule:

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
Z620507:46 - 12:384h52m
T19711:55 - 17:215h26m
Z29313:28 - 18:515h23m

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 Apr 25, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
Z13607:59 - 13:205h21m
Z29408:07 - 13:275h20m
K206014:58 - 21:516h53m

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 Apr 25, 2023)
Deluxe Soft SleeperSoft SleeperHard SleeperHard Seat
CNY 161.5 - 214
USD 24 - 31
CNY 107.5 - 142
USD 16 - 21
CNY 54.5 - 75
USD 8 - 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 updated on Apr. 25, 2023 by Brenda Lian -
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.
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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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