Xining Train

Xining Railway Station

Xining Railway Station is the starting point of Tibet Railway which leads to holy Lhasa, and an important station along Lanzhou-Xinjiang High Speed Rail Line which goes to northwest Urumqi. The station is about 2 miles (3 km) from Dongguan Mosque, 19 miles (30 km) from Caojiabao Airport, and 20 miles (32 km) from Kumbum Monastery.

Address: Huzhu Road, Chengdong District in Xining city

Schedule and Ticket Booking

High speed trains to/from Lanzhou, Jiayuguan, Zhangye, Kumul, Turpan, and Urumqi and non-bullet trains to/from Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, and Lhasa in Tibet are operated at Xining Railway Station.

 Major Rail Lines from Xining to: 

High Speed Train Schedule

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)
ToTrainsDurationTicket Fare (CNY)
First/ Second Class Seat
Lanzhou West
D2736, D766, D2768, D2768...
15 departures from 07:20 to 17:55
2h10m - 3h19mCNY 88/ 55
USD 13/ 8
Xi'an North
D2736, D2682, D2688, D2696...
7 departures from 07:20 to 17:55
5h22m - 5h52mCNY 377.5/ 242.5
USD 56/ 36
See more Xining Train Schedule

Normal Speed Train Timetable

(Last Update on Apr 25, 2023)
ToTrainsDurationTicket Fare (CNY)
Soft/ Hard Sleeper
Beijing West
T176, Z22, Z152 from 12:10 to 14:0018h38m - 24h26mCNY 580/ 377
USD 85/ 55
K2188, Z166, Z378 from 08:20 to 22:5526h20m - 33h45mCNY 717.5/ 464.5
USD 106/ 68
Z232, K2188, Z166, Z266...
11 departures from 08:05 to 22:55
10h56m - 13h45mCNY 325/ 214
USD 48/ 31
Z323, Z917, Z21, Z265...
6 departures from 12:20 to 21:50
21h9m - 22h6mCNY 816/ 529
USD 120/ 78
 The above schedule is for reference only. For real-time schedule and ticket booking, please click the arrival stations.
Xining Railway Station
Xining Railway Station

Station Plan

Xining Railway Station is made up of a three-storey terminal building, and two squares to its south and north. The terminal building can remind passengers of flying lanneret and hada (a strip of silk the local tibetan used to welcome guests), showing the boldness and enthusiasm of the local people. 
 2F: waiting hall, ticket office, check points, hot drinking water, toilets, charging devices
 Mezzanine on 2F: fast food and Chinese food restaurants, café, and shops for special local products.
 1F: platforms, ticket office, service desk, toilets
 -1F: arrival hall, parking lot
 -2F: parking lot

 South square: long-distance bus stations, bus station
 Underground: underground passage, parking lot, taxi stands

How to transfer between Xining Train Station and downtown/nearby cities

 By city bus: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 16, 17, 20, 22, 27, 28, 31, 32, 35, 36, 40, 62, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, night bus no. 501
City bus stations are located at the east side of the south square. Passengers arriving by rail can go through the -1F underground passage to get there, and then take a bus to other downtown places. There are direction signs showing the way to the bus stations.

 By taxi:
Passengers arriving by taxi will be dropped at the south square. The taxi pick-up stand is at the west side of the underground passage.
From/ To Duration (Minutes) Cost (CNY)
Kumbum Monastery 40 90
Dongguan Mosque 10 10
Caojiabao Airport 45 80 - 100

 By long-distance bus:
Two long-distance bus stations are located to the east and west sides of the south square. Coaches to/from far cities including Lanzhou, Jingtai, Baiyin, Luoyang, Yinchuan and nearby cities such as Chaka, Qilian, Banduo, Minhe, and Ledu are available here.

Luxury Soft Sleeper
Travel by a Luxury Soft Sleeper Cabin

How to get to famous downtown places from Xining Railway Station

 Dongguan Mosque:
Take bus no. 5, 22, 33, or 103 to Dongshaomen, and then walk 200 yards (180 m) westward to the mosque.

 Kumbum Monastery:
Take special bus line at the station to the monastery. Duration is about 1.5 hours and ticket fare is CNY 3 per person.

 Xining Airport:
Take direct airport shuttle bus East Line from this railway station. The operating hours are 05:30, 07:00 - 20:00. The trip takes around an hour. The bus fare is CNY 21 per person.

 Qinghai Lake:
Take bus no. 106 to Bayi Coach Station where you can take a coach to Qinghai Lake. The duration is 1.5 hours and ticket price is around CNY 40 per person.
Or you can charter a car to have a Qinghai Lake circling tour. It costs CNY 550 – 650 per day in peak period between July and August, and CNY 400 – 500 per day in low season.

Facilities and Services at the Station

 Ticket office:
Currently, 2 tickets offices are in service at Xining Railway Station and they are located on 1F and at the west side of the 2F. About 20 ticket windows are available for passengers to purchase, change or refund tickets.

 Waiting hall:
The waiting hall on 2F is divided into two parts for bullet train ticket holders and ordinary train ticket holders respectively. Besides, both maternal and infant waiting room and waiting room for the old, weak, sick and disabled are provided in the waiting hall. Inquiry center, hot drinking water and toilets are spread out in the waiting hall. You can also find the reading room and stores for local special products there. A mezzanine on 2F mainly serves as commercial areas where restaurants and shops can be found.

 Service desk:
There is a service desk on 1F. You can go there to inquire about the train arrival and departure information, ask about the transportation to/from downtown, make a complaint, or ask for help when encounter unexpected situations.
- Last updated on Apr. 25, 2023 by Brenda Lian -
Questions & Answers on Xining Railway Station
Asked by Tenaya from USA | Sep. 13, 2019 23:50Reply
Bus to LETE Hostel
What bus can I take from xining railway station to LETE Hostel?

Answers (1)
Answered by Mic from MALAYSIA | Sep. 16, 2019 04:27

You can walk about 100m to reach Minzhujiekou bus tation to take bus No. 18 and get of at the second stop, No. 11 Middle School. The hostel is around 500m away.
Asked by Diego from USA | Jul. 12, 2019 03:58Reply
We read that there is tourist train from Xining directly to Chaka Salt Lake?
How can I book it and where can I take it?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jenna from USA | Jul. 14, 2019 17:24

Yes, there is a train Y961 which departs at 8:25am and reach Chaka at 12:23pm. The return train departs at 16:30pm from Chaka and will reach Xining at 20:43pm. For this 4 hours trip, a hard seat would do. You can find the schedule here if search "Chaka" as destination.
Asked by April Fregd from UNITED STATES | Apr. 13, 2019 21:23Reply
Bus to Sofitel
We arrive in the morning at the rail station and need to take a bus to the Sofitel hotel. What bus will take us there and how long will it take? If that fails, how much is a taxi proper?
Answers (2)
Answered by Mr. adrian | Apr. 14, 2019 00:39

You could taske No. 47 bus from Xining station to Sofitel Hotel, it will take you around 1 hour and 10mins. If youl take a taxi, it will only take around 30mins and cost around CNY30.
Answered by april from USA | Apr. 14, 2019 01:09

Thank you so much. I will taxi.
Asked by Sathis de Mel from SRI LANKA | Jan. 25, 2019 08:09Reply
How much is the ticket to Wutun Shangzhuang station from Xining? How long does it take?
How often do you get trains going there? Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Troy from AMERICA | Jan. 26, 2019 00:56

As I know, it is a village, and there is no train or bus station there. You have to take the bus from Xining to Tongren and then to Wutun Shangzhuang. The bus to Tongren takes about 3 hours.
Asked by Luis from USA | Jan. 13, 2019 07:08Reply
Credit card at left luggage?
It is possible to pay with a foreign credit card at the left luggage in Xining train station?
Answers (1)
Answered by Colin from MALAYSIA | Jan. 13, 2019 18:43

No, only cash or wechat.
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