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Xi'an - Urumqi Train

At present, over 12 pairs of normal speed trains are running overnight between Xi'an Railway Station and Urumqi Railway Station. The journey time is 24 – 37 hours. Xi'an to Urumqi distance by train is 2,547 – 2,894 kilometers (1,583 – 1,798 miles).

Passengers can make a high speed train transfer in Lanzhou or Xining, which can cut the total journey time to 14 – 15.5 hours.


Xi'an to Urumqi Train Schedule

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
T19703:46 - 06:53+27h7m
Z29305:10 - 07:08+25h58m
T30706:56 - 09:23+26h27m
K153707:15 - 15:54+32h39m
Z13507:50 - 08:49+24h59m
Z4108:43 - 09:38+24h55m
K59509:58 - 18:14+32h16m
Z10511:02 - 12:06+25h4m
Z30513:03 - 14:24+25h21m
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Urumqi to Xi'an Train Timetable

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
K59610:31 - 21:06+34h35m
Z10617:23 - 19:25+26h2m
T30817:40 - 21:40+28h00m
T19818:09 - 00:30++30h21m
Z4218:36 - 20:41+26h5m
Z13619:45 - 22:24+26h39m
Z29420:02 - 22:45+26h43m
Z30620:27 - 23:27+27h00m
K135222:08 - 06:41++32h33m
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Note: The timetable listed above is for reference only. Please search for the real-time schedule by the search box on top of this page.

Ticket Fare of Xi'an - Urumqi Trains

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)
Soft SleeperHard SleeperHard Seat
CNY 767.5 - 780.5
USD 113 - 115
CNY 495.5 - 504.5
USD 73 - 74
CNY 273.5 - 278.5
USD 40 - 41

 Running routes:
 Most of them: Xianyang, Xingping, Wugong, Yangling, Caijiapo, Baoji, Tianshui, Wushan, Gangu, Longxi, Dingxi, Lanzhou, Xining, Wuwei South, Wuwei, Jinchang, Shandan, Zhangye, Zhangye West, Qingshui, Linze, Jiuquan, Jiuquan South, Jiayuanguan, Diwopu, Yumen, Shulehe, Liuyuan, Kumul, Tuha, Shanshan, Shanshan North, Turpan, Turpan North, and Urumqi South

 K1582/K1584: Pucheng East, Yan'an, Zizhou, Jingbian, Dingbian, Zhongwei, Wuwei, Jinchang, Zhangye, Qingshui, Jiuquan, Jiayuanguan, Yumen, Liuyuan, Kumul, Shanshan North, Turpan North, and Urumqi South

Travel Tips for Xi'an - Urumqi Train

1. A soft sleeper or hard sleeper berth is highly recommended when you travel for such a long journey, and you should book sleeper tickets in advance as they are always in great demands
2. Bring some food or drink as it is expensive onboard.
3. Although the beautiful scenery along the way may give you some relief from the long boring journey, you should also download some videos, bring some snacks or chat with travel companions to kill the time.
4. You'd better bring a portable charger device as only a few sockets are available in each sleeper carriage, and none is provided in hard seat carriage. 

A faster transfer by high speed train in Lanzhou or Xining

After Xi'an- Lanzhou High Speed Railway was put into operation on July 9th, 2017, Lanzhou and Xining can be easily reached by high speed trains from Xi'an. If you are tired of a long and boring journey by normal rail, then you can take high speed trains to Lanzhou or Xining first and then take other high speed trains to Urumqi along Lanzhou-Xinjiang High Speed Railway. Traveling like this will save a lot of time.
Total Duration  Total Ticket Fare
First Class Seat Second Class Seat
Transfer in Lanzhou  14 – 15.5 hours  About CNY113.5 About CNY735.5
Transfer in Xining About CNY1108.5 About CNY722.5

Xi'an - Urumqi Train vs. Flight

Direct flights are available between the two cities, taking about 3 hours. This is a good choice for those who need to travel in a hurry, or those traveling in low season. But in peak season, the flight ticket may be expensive. Also, flight delays caused by weather change or air traffic control may affect the trip performance.

In contrast, a transfer by high speed train may also be a good experience for budget travelers. Compared with normal rail ride, it saves a lot of time. Compared with a flight trip, it costs less. The beautiful scenery along the way will also be a great gift for this journey.
Major Rail Lines from Xi'an to:


 Major Rail Lines from Urumqi to:

- Last updated on Apr. 25, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on Xi'an - Urumqi Train
Asked by Siew hong Yap from MALAYSIA | Nov. 03, 2023 03:23Reply
Soft sleeper
How many passengers in a cabin with sleepers. Can we book the whole cabin just for 2 people. If we do that how much would it cost from Urumqi to XIAN. How far in advance can we book and is the train worth it.
Thank yoi
Answers (1)
Answered by Jessica | Nov. 05, 2023 17:36

From Urumqi to Xi'an, there is only one train Z42 having Deluxe Soft Sleepers,in which a cabin just have two sleepers for two people. It costs CNY 1,305.5 -1567 per person but it is worth it because it has a private bathroom for each cabin. If you take other trains which have 4 sleepers for a cabin, you have to buy the tickets for all the 4 sleepers and you should tell when booking tickets to preserve a whole cabin for you. It costs CNY 704.5 - 755.5 for one sleeper.
Asked by Suhana from MALAYSOS | Apr. 12, 2023 22:53Reply
We will be in Shanghai for a few days and plan to travel to Xi'an and Xinjang in mid June 2023. a
Plan to spend some times in Xi'an and then take train yo Xinjang and fly back to Shanghai on 27 June. Any advise?
Answers (1)
Answered by Scott | Apr. 16, 2023 20:01

The high speed trains from Xi'an to Xinjiang have been out of service because of earthquake and mountain slide since 2022. Currently, only tradtional trains are in service, taking the duration of one day and one night. Considering the long journey time, flight can be a better choice.
Asked by Jayne | Jan. 06, 2020 18:54Reply
Can I take some bottles of wine on the train from Xi'an to Urumqi?
Answers (1)
Answered by Luther | Jan. 07, 2020 18:11

If for a few bottles, it is no problem as long as they are well packed in their original package.
Asked by Cweepong from MALAYSIA | Dec. 02, 2019 05:54Reply
10days trip Xi'an to Xinjiang
Any train tickets for Xi'an to Xinjiang can stop any station anytime, the tickets price all in, maybe cheaper for 10days travel. Thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Fredrik | Dec. 03, 2019 01:30

Do you mean you want to get off the train during the trip, then get on another train by one ticket? As far as I know, it is not possible in China.
Asked by mohd shahrir ali from MALAYSIA | Oct. 30, 2019 23:53Reply
Im planning to do xian-urumqi-xian in autumn next year. Is there any dates which i should avoid? tha
Answers (1)
Answered by Robin | Oct. 31, 2019 03:30

There is no public holiday in Sep, just avoid the end of Sep as it will be influenced by the National holiday day from Oct 1 to 7.
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