Dunhuang Transportation -- Getting There
Dunhuang is in northwest China, at the intersection of Gansu, Qinghai, and Xinjiang provinces. Passengers can get there easily by flight, train and long-distance bus from big cities and major tourism cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Lanzhou, Jiayuguan, Xining, Urumqi, Turpan, and Guangzhou.
Upon landing, there are convenient shuttle buses and taxis that can transfer passengers to downtown area, hotels and major scenic areas, like Mogao Caves, Echoing-Sand Mountain & Crescent Lake. Besides, there are humanized facilities inside the airport, which bring a lot of convenience to passengers.
Dunhuang Railway Station is located 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) away from the city center. At present, both high speed trains and normal speed trains are available here. They connect the city with Jiayuguan, Beijing, Xi’an, Lanzhou, Yinchuan, Urumqi, Zhangye, etc.
In front of the station square, there are many taxis heading for the downtown area and scenic spots. About city bus, there is only one line in service with an interval of about 30 minutes; it runs to downtown and Mogao Caves.
See also Train Schedule
Major Rail Lines from Dunhuang to:
1. If you take the taxis or private cars at night, you can bargain with the driver about the fare and usually you'd get some discount.
2. Do not trust the driver who quotes you a quite low price, because he may raise the price on the way at the vast and desolate rocky desert, when you may have no other choice but pay more.
Dunhuang Long-distance Bus Schedule
|Subei||07:50, 10:00, 16:00, 16:30, 18:00|
|Huatugou||07:30, 08:30, 20:30|
|Jiuquan||08:00, 08:30, 09:30, 10:15, 13:00, 14:30, 21:30, 22:30|
Tips: Buses to Lanzhou, Xining, Golmud and Zhangye are usually sleeper coaches. There are also sleeper buses, sleeper minibuses and air-conditioned buses. Visitors can confirm the types of vehicles in the bus station.
It is suggested to book your train tickets from bookingtravelchinaguide.com.
To Zhangye: Take a coach from Dunhuang Coach Station. The bus departs at 15:30.
However, the only booking page only has Chinese version. Thus you are suggested to get to the bus station early and purchase the tickets.