Situated in northwestern China, Lanzhou is the geographic center of the country. Though there are not many world famous scenic spots, most tourists choose the city as a stopover for its convenient transportation to the renowned tourist cities in western China.
It takes roughly an hour for the airport shuttle bus (at about CNY 30 per person) to arrive at Eastern Hotel (No. 555, Tianshui Lu) at downtown. A taxi will cost about CNY250 to CNY300.
Zhongchuan Airport Inquiring: 0931-8968160
Ticket Center Inquiry: 0931-8821964 (domestic) 0931-8828174 (international)
CAAC Ticket Center: No.258 Donggang Xi Lu
Lanzhou Railway Station is located in the south downtown. There are altogether 45 daily rail departures from the city, connecting it to other cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Qingdao, Jinan, Shijiazhuang, Zhengzhou, Guangzhou, Changsha, Wuhan, Chengdu, Xi'an, Xining, Urumqi and Hohhot. Express trains also run to Xining, Yumen, Zhangye, Pingliang and Golmud.
|First Bridge over the Yellow River|
Railway Station Inquiry: 0931-4922222
Located on Xijin West Road of Qilihe District, West Railway Station was put into use on December 26th, 2014 with the opening of the Lanzhou-Xinjiang High Speed Railway. It is the largest terminus along the Xi'an-Lanzhou High Speed Railway which was put into service since July 9th, 2017. It mainly operates high speed trains to/from Beijing, Xining, Zhangye, Jiayuguan, Jiuquan, Yumen, Kumul, Turpan and Urumqi.
* Note: At both railway stations, there are direct bullet trains to Zhongchuan Airport. It takes 40-50min, and costs CNY18.5-21.5 for a second class seat and CNY22-26 for a first class seat.
Major Rail Lines from Lanzhou to:
See detailed Lanzhou Train Schedule
West Bus Station is located at No.486, Xijin Dong Lu. Buses No.1, 6, 11, 31, 32, 33, 41, 45, 50, 56, 58, 59, 106 and 107 are available and the bus stop is Xiao Xi Hu.
However, located in the east of Gansu Province, this city is far from the tourist cities in the Hexi Corridor, like Jiayuguan and Dunhuang, so rail as apposed to road travel is often preferable. For the south of Gansu Province, like Sangke Prairie where no rail link is available, the bus is the only option.
As per the long-term plan, the city will build 13 Lanzhou rail transit lines by 2025. Currently, only line 1 and line 2 are under construction and are expected to operate by 2018 and 2020 respectively. By then, Lanzhou will be the second city in northwest China with rail transit system. Additionally, line 3, line 4 and line 5 will also begin construction very soon. Five metro lines will be built soon and passengers can experience the tram in 2019.
|For the initial 3 kilometers (1.9 miles)||CNY10|
|For each additional kilometer (0.6 mile) farther than 3 kilometers (1.9 miles)||CNY1.4|
|For each additional kilometer (0.6 mile) farther than 10 kilometers (6.2 miles)||CNY2.1|
|Cross the Yellow River on a sheepskin raft|
1. If a car waits on the way due to the traffic lights, traffic jam or other situations, it costs CNY1.4 for every 5 minutes’ waiting.
2. It costs CNY1.6 for each kilometer (0.6 mile) if a car runs between 23:00 and 05:00 the next day for night-driving allowance.
From Chengdu to Kunming, the running time is about 13-14 hours by bus.