Turpan Transportation

As a tourist center of Xinjiang, the transportation in Turpan is convenient. Visitors can get there by air, by train or by long-distance buses. As the city is not far from Urumqi, Urumqi Airport is good option. In addition, it is very convenient to get to the city by train and bus from Urumqi. It is the hub of southern and northern Xinjiang with several main rail and road intersections. Traveling in that area, you can get to the scenic spots easily. Except for Emin Minaret, all the other attractions are not longer than 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the city center. And they are well-connected.

Getting there


By Air

At present Turpan does not have its own airport, but visitors can use the Urumqi International Airport (URC). It is about 230 kilometers (142.9 miles) from Urumqi Airport to the city center and it takes only 2 hours' driving by expressway. There are 99 domestic services and 14 international services for 60 destination cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guangzhou, Tashkent, Novosibirsk, Moscow and Islamabad. The cities own airport is under construction.

After arriving the Urumqi Airport, you can take bus No.51 (CNY1 per person) outside the airport to Nianzigou. Urumqi Bus Station is located there. There, you can find the long-distance coaches to Turpan Bus Station from 09:00 to 20:30 every day. It will take about 2 hours with a fare of CNY20. When leaving Turpan for Urumqi Airport, you'd better start 4 hours ahead of time considering the traffic factor.

Urumqi Airport Inquiring: 0991-3801453 / 3802695

By Train

Turpan Railway Station is located in Daheyan County, about 50 kilometers from the city center. Although it is a bit far from the city center, the traffic condition is good as the city buses and taxis are all available for you. It takes about CNY90-100 by taxi and CNY11 by bus. The buses leave for the city center every 30 minutes from 05:30 to 20:00 every day. The transport lines extend in all directions. In the railway station, there are frequent trains to and from other cities in Xinjiang Province, such as Urumqi, Hotan, Kashgar and Korla. Apart from that, there are trains to and from many big cities of China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Jinan, Chongqing and Zhengzhou.
Inquiries phone number: 0995-8642233

North Railway Station, adjacent to Turpan Jiaohe Airport, is about 9 miles (15 kilometers) from the city center. Passengers can get here easily by city bus no.202. As a main station along the Lanzhou-Xinjiang High Speed Railway, both ordinary and bullet trains are operated here to/from many domestic cities including Xining, Lanzhou, Kumul (Hami) and Urumqi.

Additionally, there is a smaller railway station - Qiquanhu Railway Station near Turpan city. The trains with good facilities from and to Chengdu, Xian, Urumqi and Korla will stop at the station every day.

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Turpan - Urumqi Train Schedule

Turpan Train Schedule and Stations

By Long-distance Bus

There are two bus stations in the city: Turpan Bus Station and Daheyan Bus Station. They offer the convenient traffic within Xinjiang. Everyday, there are over 140 buses taking 7,000 passengers to the big cities such as Urumqi, Shanshan, Kashgar, Hotan, Tuokexun and Aqsu.

Turpan Bus Station is located on Old City Road. Bus No.1 will take you there.
Destination: neighboring cities in southern Xinjiang, including Urumqi, Hami, Korla and Tuyu Valley. The regular bus to Urumqi leaves the station every 25 minutes from 07:30 to 20:00 every day. And it will take two and half hours on road.

Lying outside the Turpan Railway Station, Daheyan Bus Station offers people the most convenient way to get to the city center from the railway station. The bus leaves for downtown every 30 minutes from 07:00 to 20:00 each day. Most of the buses in Daheyan Bus Station are long-distance ones with sleepers.
Destination: Tuokexun, Heshuo, Khotan, Aqsu and neighboring cities in Xinjiang.
Address: Center Road, Daheyan County


Getting around


By City-bus

Like other middle cities in Xinjiang, Turpan is not a city with high population density. So it is not very crowded when taking a city-bus and it is easy for you to find a seat. There are eight city bus routes in the city which can take you to different directions of the city. The ticket fare for the first 6 stops is CNY0.5 per person, and CNY0.5 should be added for greater distances.

By Taxi

Taxi can be the best option to save time during your stay in Turpan. Except that it is fairly convenient to travel avoiding language barrier, taking a taxi can escape from the high temperature.

Distance  Daytime  Night: 00:00 – 08:00 the next day
Within 3km (2mi)  CNY7  CNY7
3-7km (2-4mi)  CNY1.4/km  CNY1.6/km
Beyond 7km (4mi)  CNY2.1/km  CNY2.4/km
Waiting Fee: It costs CNY1.4 for every 3 minutes' waiting.
Note: It is regulated that all taxis should charge by meter. If confronted with refusal or unreasonable charge, it is advised to call 0995-8522319 to file a complaint.
The visitors are enjoying the mysterious scenery by donkey taxi.
Visitors enjoy the mysterious scenery 
by donkey taxi

By Donkey Taxi

If you want to make a short trip in or around the city, you should try a special vehicle to taste the real life of the Uygur. That is the so-called 'donkey taxi'. It is a kind of flatbed drawn by donkey which is reined by locals. And generally, the vehicle which is decorated by colorful blanket can hold 10 passengers. It can take you to bazaar or some attractions near the city. After bargaining for a suitable fee, you can sit on the vehicle leisurely to wander around the mysterious old city.

By Chartered Vehicle

The traffic condition in the city is good and driving a private car here is enjoyable. Considering the hot weather, good air-conditioning in the car is necessary. You can rent a car for CNY150-200 per day to make your trip easier as it will save a lot of time. Generally, you will need a full day to visit the main attractions around the city. To remind you, when you drive in China, a driver's license is necessary. If your driver's license is not acceptable here, you should hire a driver for about CNY50 a day. Further, bicycle rental is also available. You can rent a bicycle outside the Turpan Hotel.

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