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 Ta'er 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, Xian, and Lhasa in Tibet are operated at Xining Railway Station.
(Last update on October 25th, 2017)
High Speed Train Schedule
|To||Nos.||Travel Time||Ticket Price (CNY)|
|First/ Second Class Seat|
|D2686, D2688, D2570… |
19 departures from 07:50 to 22:30
|1h12m - 1h25m||93/ 61|
|D2701, D2703, D2711, D55 |
4 departures from 09:14 to 12:01
|10h13m - 11h10m||784/ 490.5|
Normal Speed Train Timetable
|To||Nos.||Travel Time||Ticket Price (CNY)|
|Soft Sleeper/ Hard Sleeper|
|K2059, T307. Z135, Z231… |
7 departures from 12:08 to 20:47
|14h32m - 22h32m||552/ 361|
|T176, Z22, Z152 from 12:05 to 14:30||18h43m - 23h56m||656/ 428|
|Z42, Z166, K378, K2188 from 08:35 to 21:05||26h2m - 33h26m||717.5/ 464.5|
|T390, K2188, Z106… |
15 departures from 08:20 to 22:50
|10h20m - 13h55m||325/ 214|
|Z323, Z917, Z21, Z265, Z165 from 12:27 to 21:32||20h49m - 21h45m||815/ 530|
|Xining Railway Station|
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.
How to transfer between Xining Train Station and downtown/nearby cities
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.
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)|
|Caojiabao Airport||45||80 - 100|
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.
|Travel by a Luxury Soft Sleeper Cabin|
How to get to famous downtown places from Xining Railway Station
Take bus no. 5, 22, 33, or 103 to Dongshaomen, and then walk 200 yards (180 m) westward to the mosque.
Take special bus line at the station to the monastery. Duration is about 1.5 hours and ticket fare is CNY 3 per person.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.