Xining Transportation


Xining Caojiabao Airport, located at Gaozhai Township, Huzhu County, is about 17 miles (28 kilometers) away from downtown area. Built in 1991, the airport is a very important transitional center in Qinghai Province as well as in the Northwest of China.  Untill now, airlines leading to Beijing, Guangzhou, Xi'an, Shanghai, Wuhan, Lanzhou, etc. have been opened.


As the traffic hub of Qinghai Province, in the important northwest region of China, Xining Railway Station possesses 4 trunk and 17 feeder railway lines, radiating out in all directions. The world famous Qinghai-Tibet Railway traverses the city, taking on part of the transportations links between Tibet, Qinghai and Gansu Provinces. The Lanzhou-Qinghai, Lanzhou-Xinjiang and the Qinghai-Tibet railways meet here, transporting passengers to/from Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an and Qingdao, Zhengzhou and Lhasa by non-bullet trains and transporting passengers to/from Lanzhou, Jiayuguan, Zhangye, Kumul, Urumqi by high speed trains.
 Major Rail Lines from Xining to:

Train at Xining Railway Station
Train at Xining Railway Station
Xining Railway Station
Xining Railway Station
Address of the Railway Station: Huzhu Road, Chengdong District in Xining city

Available Trains to Lhasa: Z265, Z323, Z917, Z165, Z21. Their duration is about 21-22 hours. Ticket fare is CNY815 for a soft sleeper, CNY530 for a hard sleeper, and CNY224 for a hard seat.

The letters of ratification to Tibet, which is issued by the Foreign Affairs Office of Tibet Autonomous Region, is required when foreigners buy tickets. Meanwhile, the letters of ratification to Tibet issued by the Tourism Administration or by the Business Department of Tibet Autonomous Region are also accepted. The later two are also applicable for Taiwanese compatriots.

See detailed Xining Train Schedule

Long-Distance Buses

Visiting the city by long-distance buses will make your trip more convenient, with a majority of passenger and freight being taken by highway. The Xining Bus Terminal has an advanced administrative systems and service establishments. With the investment of the local governments, five main arteries were constructed here. They connect to major cities and counties both within and outside of Qinghai Province.

Every day, before noon, long-distance buses spectacularly depart en rout to Dunhuang and Liujiaxia of Gansu Province, Suide and Xi'an of Shaanxi Province and Henan Province. As well as the afternoon, there are also buses to some parts of Gansu Province and Yinchuan of Ningxia Province.

Address: Western end of Jianguo Lu, separated from the Railway Station by Huangshui River.


At the moment, Xining has no subway system yet. Three metro lines will be constructed to serve the city in long-term plan: Line 1, Line 2 and Line 3. Line 1 will serve as the traffic artery, running from east to west across the city. The L-shaped line 2 will connect Beichuan and Dongchuan areas, while line 3 will link Xichuan and Nanchuan areas. As scheduled, Line 1 and the first phase of line 3 between Qingshui Road and Sanjiao Huayuan will be constructed first.

 Line 1: Jinkai Road - Xicheng Street
Length: 18 miles (29 kilometers)
Opening Time: 2021
Route: Jinkai Road - Jinyuan Road - Mingxing Road - Jinqiao Road - Minhe Road - Bowen Road - Bayi Road - Chujiaying - Xining  Railway Station - Qiyi Road - Huayuan Street - Dashizi - Central Square - Tongren Road - Xinning Square - Haihu Road - Wenhui Road - Tonghai Road - Sports Center - Huangshui Road - Taobei Village - No. 15 Road - Xicheng Street

 Line 2: Bowen Road - Huayuantai Village
Length: 13 miles (21 kilometers)
Route: Bowen Road - Delingha Road - Ledu Road - South Street - Changjiang Road - Medical College of Qinghai University - Xinning Square - Qaidam Road - Menyuan Road - Tianjin Road - Jiangyuan Road - Weier Road - North Passenger Transport Station - Qinghai University - Qinghai Normal University - Huayuantai Village

 Line 3: Kumbum Monastery - No. 21 Road
Length: 25 miles (41 kilometers)
Opening Time: 2023
Route: Kumbum Monastery - No.19 Street - Xujiazhai - Qingshui Road - Zongzhai 4th Road - Yuanding Road - Ruiyuan Road - Huasheng Road - Xunhua Road - Xingwang Road - Huangyuan Road - Zhuanchang Road - Liuyi Road - Changjiang Road - Changjiang Road - Central Square - Sanjiao Huayuan - Qilian Road - Chaoyang Community - Menyuan Road - Haihu Road North - Yanzhuang - Tonghai Road North - West Railway Station - Xigang - Yanxiaocun - No. 21 Road


Bus stop and bus in Xining
Bus stop and bus in Xining

A number of bus routes in the city offer visitors convenient tourist arrangements. Generally speaking, they can be divided into two kinds; first is the common regular self-service busses that reach the downtown districts and some suburbs. Before boarding, you need to prepare some change for the fare. On the other hand, the buses from No.101 to No.109 are pint-size, mainly connecting the city center with suburbs and the new zone of the Southern District. Except No.80 and No.81, the fare is CNY1 for one person.

For the minibuses, the cost is CNY0.5 per person within six stops and CNY1 for more than six stops.


Taxi is an easy way to tour the city, and 5,000 cars are available here. The rate of local taxis is not expensive, so a large number of people would choose to travel by cab. Travelers touring in and around the city sometimes even hire a cab for an efficient trip. See the taxi charging standard below:

Starting Fare CNY8 for the first 3km (2mi)
Charge between 3-10km (2-6mi) CNY1.6/km
Charge beyond 10km (6mi) CNY2.4/km
Waiting Fee 17:00 – 20:00 CNY0.48/minute
Other Time CNY0.32/minute
- Last modified on Sep. 05, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Xining Transportation
Asked by Jacklynh from USA | Sep. 05, 2018 08:06Reply
Xining to Dunhuang by Bus
please provide me with information on how to get to Dunhuang from XN by long distance bus. Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Sarah from UNITED KINGDOM | Sep. 05, 2018 23:04

There is no direct bus between the two cities, you are suggested to take a flight directly.
Asked by ST from HONG KONG | Jun. 03, 2018 05:21Reply
What is the taxi fare after midnight from airport to Jinjiang Inn Xining Municipal government?
Answers (1)
Answered by Alberta from CAPE VERDE | Jun. 04, 2018 02:37

Generally speaking, it costs around CNY 130 at that time.
Asked by Aniruddha Ray from INDIA | May. 20, 2018 12:24Reply
How much is taxi fare from Changkum Hotel to Xining airport?
Is shuttle bus is available in the early morning from the hotel ? fare?
Answers (1)
Answered by Michelle from USA | May. 22, 2018 22:16

The fare of taxi may be around CNY 60.

Yes, you can take a shuttle bus at Ba Yi Road Bus Station. The earliest shuttle bus starts at 6:00 and others start from 8:00 to 20:00 with an interval of 30 minutes. The ticket fare is CNY 21.
Asked by Sue from SINGAPORE | May. 16, 2018 09:41Reply
How much is taxi fare from airport cacojiabao to San Want hotel? do the taxi go by meter?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jordyn from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 16, 2018 22:16

Yes, the distance is around 35km. Generally speaking, it costs CNY 120 to CNY 130 in the day time.
Asked by Ugyen tashi from CHINA | Dec. 29, 2017 11:29Reply
Is there any bus service at airport to main city of Xining.....
how much would it cost?
Answers (5)
Answered by Tiana from CANADA | Jan. 01, 2018 20:52

Yes, five shuttle bus lines are in service and line 2 goes to the city center.
Answered by Ogyen Tashi from CHINA | Jan. 02, 2018 08:00

How much would it cost? Please
Answered by Olivia from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 02, 2018 19:19

Line 1-3 costs 21RMB, line 4 costs 10RMB, line 5 costs 25/60RMB.
Answered by Ugyen tashi from CHINA | Jan. 03, 2018 08:17

Answered by Ogyen Tashi from CHINA | Jan. 03, 2018 08:18

Thanks ...very helpful
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