Lanzhou Zhongchuan Airport


Airport Code: LHW



Lanzhou Zhongchuan Airport is situated about 70km (43.5 miles) from the city center.


Brief Introduction:

Lanzhou Airport is one of the major airports in the northwest of China at the fringe of the Qing-Tibet Plateau. Most continental flights from Europe to Hong Kong have to fly over this airport due to Lanzhou's unique geographical location. At present, it has about 66 national air routes to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Guilin, Chengdu, Xi'an, Urumqi, Shenyang, Wuhan, Xiamen, Shenzhen, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Chongqing, Fuzhou, Dunhuang, Jiayuguan, etc. and also several flights to 19 international cities/regions in Japan, Korea, Singapore and Malaysia.

Airline Companies

 T1: Hainan Airlines, Tianjin Airlines, China Express Airlines, Lucky Air, West Air, Spring Airlines, Beijing Capital Airlines, Donghai Airlines, Juneyao Airlines, Urumqi Air, Okay Airways, Loong Air, Beibu Gulf Airlines, Hong Tu Airline, Fuzhou Airlines, Air Guilin

 T2: Air China, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, China United Airlines, Xiamen Airlines, Shandong Airlines, Tibet Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Ruili Airlines, Chengdu Airlines, Qingdao Airlines, Hebei Airlines, Chongqing Airlines and other airlines
 The international flights of all airlines are still operated in T1.

Boarding Tips

1. In order to complete the boarding procedures in time,  passengers travelling with all airlines are suggested to arrive in airport 2 hours in advance for check-in. The check-in counters of all international and domestic flights will be closed 40 minutes before departure.
2. If travelling without luggage, please check in through the 'no luggage' counters. If you have an e-ticket, you may check in via the automatic check-in machine.



It costs about CNY250 to CNY300 from Zhongchuan Airport to city downtown. The taxi fare is about CNY300 to Lanzhou Railway Station.

Shuttle Bus:

Route Airport → CAAC ticket Office (Panxuan Lu) CAAC ticket Office (Panxuan Lu) → Airport
Operation Hours From the first flight to the last flight arrival 05:30~19:00
Interval An hour An hour
Stop Eastern Hotel Jinjiang Sunshine Hotel
Ticket Fare CNY 30 CNY 30
 Tip: To the Railway Station, you can also firstly take the shuttle bus to Panxuan Lu, and then take bus 1 to the train station. The bus fare is CNY1. 


Bullet intercity trains are available from Zhongchuan Airport to Lanzhou Railway Station and West Railway Station, taking 40-50min. Trains from the main railway station cost CNY21.5 for a second class seat and CNY26 for a first class seat. From the west station, the fare is CNY18.5 for a second class seat and CNY22 for a first class seat.

Facilities and Services

 VIP Hall: Opened to people who hold an Airport VIP Card, a Peony Credit Card or Peony Priority Pass
Location: First floor of the Airport Terminal
Special Services: Guest service; on-going boarding pass; luggage check; flight delay notice; Consultation service; send-off service; free books, magazines, mobile phone charge, shoeshine, cards and chess, etc. ; free limited food and drinks.
Fee: CNY1500/2 hours for VIP-A and VIP-B; CNY800/2 hours for VIP-C and VIP-D; 50% of the standard fee less than 1 hour, with an additional charge of 50% on the standard fee for every additional hour.

 First-class Cabin: Opened to people who hold Priority Pass or Financing Priority Pass with valid certification
Location: 20 meters behind the inspection channel on the second floor of the Airport Terminal
Special Services: Free use of telephone, newspapers and magazines; free entertainment facilities, such as Chinese chess, l-go and playing cards; free food and drinks of several kinds; free flight consulting service; free speedy and convenient boarding and inspection service; free boarding guide service; 
 Tip: Other passengers on the same flight need to pay CNY100/time to receive these services. 

 Baggage Storage
There is a baggage counter at Zhongchuan Airport which makes traveling in the city is very convenient. 
Baggage Type Size(Length+width+height) Standard Fee(0~12 hours) Surcharge for every succeeding 12 hours 
Small <65cm CNY5 CNY5
Middle 65cm~200cm CNY10 ---
Large >200cm  CNY15 ---

 Car Parking
There are four car parks at Zhongchuan Airport, including daytime car parking, night car parking, VIP car parking and temporary car parking.
 Fee for daytime car parking:
Minitype: CNY5 within 1 hour, an additional charge of CNY2 for every additional hour
Big-sided: CNY10 within 1 hour, an additional charge of CNY5 for every additional hour
 Fee for night car parking:
Minitype: CNY20 within 12 hours, CNY40 for 12-24 hours, recount according to the standard fee for more than 24 hours.
Big-sided: CNY40 within 12 hours, CNY70 for 12-24 hours, recount according to the standard fee for more than 24 hours.
- Last modified on Feb. 17, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Lanzhou Zhongchuan Airport
Asked by JANESSA | Feb. 06, 2019 00:53Reply
Hi I will be landing @ ZhongChuan Airport, lanzhou
which is the fastest way to reach
1) Xining will stay for 3 nites then from
2) Xining to Xi'an

thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Camila from POLAND | Feb. 17, 2019 22:14

1. Zhongchuan Airport to Xining: Take shuttle bus to get to West Railway Station. Then take bullet train to Xining.
2. Xining to Xi'an: Take bullet train from Xining Railway Station to Xi'an North Railway Station directly. The duration is around 5.5 hours.
Asked by Kim from CHINA | Jun. 10, 2018 01:34Reply
Is there a a bullet train from Lanzhou airport to West train station?
I will be arriving in the city at 1:00am. Also, are LZ airport and Zhongchuan airport the same?
Answers (3)
Answered by Brayden from UKRAINE | Jun. 11, 2018 02:24

First of all, LZ airport and Zhongchuan Airport is the same one. In addition, there is no direct public transportation between airport and West Railway Station. According to your landing time, you are suggested to take a taxi directly. It cost CNY140 to CNY150.
Answered by kim from CHINA | Jun. 12, 2018 00:42

Thank you Brayden! Since I will be arriving in the early morning, will a taxi be available and how far is the West Railway Station from the airport?
Answered by Brayden from UKRAINE | Jun. 12, 2018 19:57

It’s about 60 km. If you take a taxi, the fare may be CNY130 - 150 and it takes about 70 minutes to get there.
Asked by David from UNITED KINGDOM | Apr. 25, 2018 01:11Reply
Hi, we need to fly from Lanzhou with our bikes.
Can you tell me the contac entails for a taxi company that could supply a van or similar. It needs to be big ought to take two people, two bikes in boxes and luggage
Answers (1)
Answered by Phebe from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 25, 2018 20:18

Ehi car service may provide you with the van, you can have a try!
Asked by Razah from CHINA | Jan. 09, 2018 23:57Reply
When is the last train from Zhongchuan airport to Lanzhou Train station and West train station?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ellen from USA | Jan. 10, 2018 00:15

But all trains go to Main Train Station instead of West Station and the last one leaves from the airport at 22:40.
Asked by Liz from UK | Sep. 03, 2017 09:40Reply
From Lanzhou Airport to the South Bus Station
Hi, We want to take the bus to Xiahe on the day we arrive. What are the options to get to the South Bus Station from the airport? Is it possible to get the bus ticket on the day or can we book in advance online? Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Liela from USA | Sep. 04, 2017 19:48

Well, you can take Shuttle Bus to Civil Aviation Ticket Office first, after you get there, you can take a taxi to the South Station, the shuttle bus costs CNY30 and the taxi costs CNY20-30.

As for booking matter, I don't think it is necessary. Just go and buy tickets on the spot.
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