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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 Mar 2, 2022)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
T28303:32 - 07:04+27h32m
T19703:45 - 08:26+28h41m
Z29305:10 - 07:50+26h40m
T30707:00 - 09:23+26h23m
Z13507:50 - 08:49+24h59m
Z4108:43 - 09:30+24h47m
Z23109:12 - 10:02+24h50m
K59510:36 - 18:05+31h29m
Z10511:03 - 12:11+25h8m
Z30513:05 - 14:50+25h45m
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Urumqi to Xi'an Train Timetable

(Last Update on Mar 2, 2022)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
K59610:34 - 20:58+34h24m
Z10617:31 - 19:25+25h54m
Z23217:41 - 19:37+25h56m
T30817:49 - 21:40+27h51m
Z4218:40 - 20:41+26h1m
T19818:50 - 00:30++29h40m
Z13619:52 - 22:26+26h34m
Z29420:11 - 22:54+26h43m
Z30620:31 - 23:27+26h56m
See more Urumqi Schedule

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 Mar 2, 2022)
Soft SleeperHard SleeperHard Seat
CNY 767.5 - 792.5
USD 119 - 123
CNY 496.5 - 516.5
USD 77 - 80
CNY 273.5 - 278.5
USD 42 - 43

 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 modified on Jan. 07, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Xi'an - Urumqi Train
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.
Asked by Tonya from HUNGARY | Jun. 04, 2019 03:16Reply
Urumqi South Station is not used anymore?
I saw they all stop at the north station. There is no option of South Station?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jonas from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 04, 2019 17:13

South Station is still in service but did less frequently used now. For this trip to or from Xi'an, they did use the main station (I suppose it is the one you mentioned as north station).
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