Lanzhou Transportation

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.



Lanzhou Zhongchuan Airport (ZGC) is located about 70 kilometers (43.5 miles) from the downtown area. More than 30 airlines fly to the outside world, with daily flights to and from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Xi'an. The direct daily flights to and from Lhasa now is available and the whole flight lasts only 3.5 hours. Flights to major cities like Tianjin, Chengdu, Chongqing, Nanjing, Kunming, Hangzhou, Taiyuan, Jinan, Changsha, Haikou, Wuhan, Wenzhou, Xiamen, Zhuhai, Shenyang and international and regional flights to Okinawa, Singapore, and Hong Kong are also available from Zhongchuan Airport.

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



The city has two stations, Lanzhou Railway Station and West Railway Station.

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.

Zhongshan Bridge, Lanzhou
First Bridge over the Yellow River
There are many ticket offices in the city but we recommend you buy your tickets from the ticket center at the railway station or from the ticket offices in the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China to avoid forged tickets.
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

Long-distance Bus

This city is the hub of the road transportation system in Gansu Province with East Bus Station and West Bus Station being the two largest. There are 750 buses to different places daily and the destinations are as far flung as Xinjiang, Baotou, Xining, Zhengzhou, Chengdu and Wenzhou. Generally, buses within the province leave in the morning and arrive in the afternoon. East Bus Station is located at No.170 Pingliang Lu. Buses No.141, 137, 75 and 6 depart from there and the bus stop is Qiche Dong Zhan (East Bus Station).

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 is in operation, which links Chenguanying and Donggang. Line 2 is under construction and are expected to operate by 2020. 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 2020.


City Bus

The public transport system is well developed, with 110 bus routes covering every corner of the city. There are buses and mini-buses at prices lower than other cities. The prices range from 0.5 Yuan to 2.5 Yuan. Usually, it will cost passengers 0.5 Yuan every five or fewer stops. The further you go the more you pay. Generally, the fare costs not more than 1.5 Yuan within downtown while it costs 2 Yuan to 2.5 Yuan to Xigu District. Usually, the minibus fare is 1 Yuan without regard for the number of stops.


Currently, more than 8,000 taxis operate in the city. It’s said that more taxis will be set in the near future to better serve the local citizens and tourists. You can see the taxi rate below:
Distance Price
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
Sheepskin Raft, Lanzhou
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.



As Lanzhou is the only provincial capital through which the Yellow River flows, rafts of both wood and sheepskin have been in use for a long time. The primitive sheepskin raft will give you a novel feeling of the Yellow River.

- Last updated on Jan. 05, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Lanzhou Transportation
Asked by stilla tommaso carlo from ITALIA | Dec. 01, 2019 12:41Reply
Average Costs taxi from Lanzhou to Xining
Good Evening,
I would like to know, please, how does it cost, averagement, a trip by taxi from LZ to Xining?
Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Kim from AUSTRALIA | Dec. 04, 2019 18:47

The distance between them is around 200km so it is impossible to take taxi. You are suggested to take high speed train from Lanzhou West Railway Station to Xining Railway Station with CNY58.
Asked by neeli from MALAYSIA | Nov. 26, 2019 22:39Reply
i am reacing Lanzhou on 13 Dec at 10:30 PM night
will be staying in Holiday Inn & Suites Center Center No. 16 West Xijinxi Road, GS 730050. What is the best and cheapest way to reach hotel from airport.
Answers (1)
Answered by Lisa from THAILAND | Nov. 28, 2019 19:16

You can take shuttle bus line of Chengguan and get off at Dongfang Hotel stop with CNY30, then take taxi to your hotel with around CNY20.
Asked by Aishah from MALAYSIA | Nov. 12, 2019 00:46Reply
How much fee taxi from airport lanzhou to chengguan charge per person or per taxi at 12.30 pm
Answers (1)
Answered by Danny from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 14, 2019 18:11

The cab fare is around CNY200/car.
Asked by PS from MSIA | Sep. 20, 2019 09:20Reply
Which bus station (location) that have bus from Lanzhou go to Xiahe?
Answers (1)
Answered by Latham from CANADA | Sep. 23, 2019 00:44

South Coach station: National Highway 212, Qilihe district.
Asked by Chew Eva from MALAYSIA | Jun. 16, 2019 19:37Reply
Where can I get the Lanzhou Airport shuttle bus schedule to city?
Answers (3)
Answered by Oscar from AUSTRALIA | Jun. 18, 2019 00:01

Since the bus schedule on its official website is in Chinese and there are a lot of routes, you can tell your destination directly and then a specific route and schedule can be given.
Answered by Chew Eva from MALAYSIA | Jun. 18, 2019 19:00

From Lanzhou Airport to Lanzhou to CAAC ticket office?
Answered by Oscar from AUSTRALIA | Jun. 19, 2019 23:28

Can you give a detailed address of CAAC ticket office? I haven't found any shuttle bus to there.
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