Dunhuang Airport

Airport Code: DNH


Situated east of downtown, Dunhuang Airport is in Mogao Town about 13 kilometers (8 miles) from the downtown area, and it is around 15 kilometers (9 miles) to Mogao Caves.

Brief Intro:

Dunhuang Airport, which has been expanded for three times, has served the tourist city for decades. At present, it only operates domestic air routes, connecting Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, Guangzhou, Tianjin, Lanzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Jiayuguan, Urumqi, and Zhangye. Since 2016, the Silk Road International Cultural Expo will be held in Dunhuang annually, for which international air routes will be arranged in the near future. By now, the terminal 3 (T3) is used to serve domestic flights, while the terminal 2 (T2) will function as international terminal to welcome international tourists.

Airline Companies

Air China (CA), China Eastern Airlines (MU), China Southern Airlines (CZ), Hainan Airlines (HU), Tianjin Airline (GS), China Express Air (G5), Sichuan Airlines (3U)

 Tip: Passengers should arrive at the airport 1.5 hours in advance, check-in counter would be closed 30 minutes before flight departure.

Dunhuang Airport
Dunhuang Airport
Taxi Stand in Dunhuang Airport
Taxi Stand at the Airport

Dunhuang Airport Transportation

 Airport – Downtown Area
 Shuttle Bus 

From Dunhuang Airport From Dunhe Hotel
09:40, after 09:40, the bus schedules are according to the flight schedule 08:00, 11:00, 14:00, 16:00, 20:00
Route: Airport – Dunhuang Railway Station – Dunhuang Bus Station – Dunhuang Hotel- Dunhe Hotel
Ticket Fare: CNY 10 per person; Duration: 20 minutes

Official taxi stands can be found outside of the airport.
1. It takes about CNY30-40 and 15 minutes from downtown area to the airport.
2. It costs about CNY30 to downtown area and no bargain about the price.
3. It is regulated that taxi drivers should charge by meter, so you can ask to use the taximeter. It costs CNY5 for the first 3 kilometers (2 miles) and CNY1.2 for extra kilometer (0.6 mile).

 How to get to Mogao Caves from airport:
There is no direct bus going to Mogao Caves, passengers can take taxi or hire a van. It costs around CNY60 and 25 minutes to take a taxi from the airport to Mogao Cave.

 How to get to Echoing-Sand Mountain & Crescent Lake from airport:
Echoing-Sand Mountain is located in the south of Dunhuang City, passengers can take taxi to there directly. It costs around CNY40 to take a taxi to Echoing-Sand Mountain and Crescent Lake. The journey is about 30 minutes.


 Luggage Cart: They are successively located in the Departure and Arrival Hall. Passengers can use them for free.

 Multimedia Phones: There are multimedia phones at some Entrances of Departure Hall and near every Boarding Gate of Waiting Hall. Passengers can receive and send emails and search for information on it. The IC cards are sold beside the IC phones and at the convenience store of Departure Hall. 

 Water Fountain: There are three kinds of water fountain offered in the terminal building: common pure water with disposable paper cups, automatic watering machines offer cold and hot water and automatic electronic heater.

 Nursing Room: It is equipped with baby dressing table, sink, chairs and some simple toys. Mothers can nurse and change babies here. 

 Obstacle-free Facilities: There are many obstacle-free facilities in the terminal for the convenience of handicapped passengers, i.e. low counters and phones, obstacle-free washing rooms, water fountains and passage, special chairs and parking lot. Additionally, there are also blind roads, Braille, service bell and flashing lights for instruction in the building.
 Passengers can also found Post Office, Smoking Room, Children's Playing Area and Changing Room in the terminal building.
- Last modified on Apr. 17, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Dunhuang Airport
Asked by mandy from AUSTRIA | Jul. 08, 2016 21:18Reply
Is there direct flight from Dunhuang to Urumqi?
I am planning to go to DH to Urumqi on 18/9, then to Turpan. Is the best way for travel as a round trip?
Answers (1)
Answered by Alex from FRANCE | Jul. 09, 2016 01:46

Well, there is no direct flight between these two places on that day.
Thus you can take a train to Jiayuguan first. Then transfer to the train to Urumqi.
About the trip from Urumqi to Turpan, you can take the bullet train from Urumqi South Railway Station and get to Turpan North Railway Station directly. The duration is about an hour. The ticket fare of second class seat is CNY49 and first class seat is CNY58.5.
Asked by Corr from NEW ZEALAND | Aug. 01, 2015 01:11Reply
we arrive in the airport at 9 o'clock, is it possible to sleep in Dunhuang airport?
Answers (1)
Answered by Miller from NETHERLANDS | Aug. 01, 2015 02:42

Well, there is no free hotel inside the airport. But you can just stay at the public area and wait your flight.
Asked by Mr.Jerry Zhu from USA | Mar. 22, 2011 12:52Reply
I plan to fly from Beijing to Dunhuang on May 12, and spend two days in, and then fly to Shanghai on May 14. Are there directly flights runs between all three cities? If so, how can I get the necessary information about the schedule and airfare, etc.? Thanks.
Answers (1)
Answered by Mr.Frank | Mar. 22, 2011 20:26

Yes, there is direct flight from Beijing to DH and then from DH to Shanghai. For the schedule and airfare, you can check this website: https://www.travelchinaguide.com/china-flights/ .
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