Urumqi Diwopu (Diwobao) International Airport
Airport Code: URC
Brief Intro: The airport now covers an area of 4.84 million square meters (1195 acre). The apron can accommodate more than 30 aircraft at the same time. Connecting Xinjiang with major cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, it is often used as a transfer airport for passengers who intend to go to any other places in Xinjiang. Besides, it connects Xinjiang with many Asian and European destinations including Alma-ata, Astana, Ashkhabad, Dushanbe, Osh, Tbilisi, Shymkent, Seoul, Bishkek, Novosibirsk and Baku. Looking at the entire construction in the sky, the airport resembles an elegant flying swan.
|Urumqi International Airport|
Terminal 3 operates all the international flights from and to Urumqi and all the domestic flights of China Southern Airlines. This terminal has three floors, the first floor as the arrival hall, the second floor as the departure hall and the third one being used as the rest place. Four languages (Chinese, Uyghur, Russian and English) in the airport are used to guide the passengers.
Free shuttle buses are operated between T2 and T3 and the interval is around 30 minutes. The buses can be found at Gate 1, Arrival Hall of T2 and at the elevator outside Exit 1, Arrival Hall of T3. The buses operate from the first flight till the last flight and a single journey takes about 5 minutes.
Shuttle Buses to Downtown
Bus Station in the city: Southern Airlines Pearl International Hotel
Operating Time: 06:30 to 23:00 in summer time and 07:30 to 22:20 in winter
Ticket Fare: CNY15
Main Stations: Red Hill, Wooden Factory, South Youhao Road, Nianzigou Long-distance Bus Station, Railway Station
Metro line 1 connecting Santunbei and airport operates from 07:40 to 23:30 with a fare of CNY 7 and a duration of about 50 minutes.
Public Buses to Downtown
|Bus Line||Stations||Operating Time||Ticket Fare|
|Line 27||T3–Yingbin Road –Hangzhou Road–Tianjin Road-Wangjialiang||07:30 - 23:30||CNY 1 from 07:30 to 22:00 |
CNY 1.5 from 22:00 to 23:30
|Line 51||Airport-Yingbin Road – Nianzigoug - Red Hill-Shiqihu||07:30 - 23:30|
|Line 535||Airport – Hot Spring||07:30 - 23:30|
The airport is close to the city center, so taxi can be a good choice if one reaches Urumqi for the first time. Generally, the taxi fare from the airport to the city proper area is around CNY 30 to 40 by meter. When taking a taxi, it is suggested to require the taxi drivers to charge by meter; otherwise, it is advised to negotiate a reasonable price before boarding one.
Transportation to Other Cities in Xinjiang
In the Arrival Hall of T2 and T3, there is a long-distance bus ticket office. There passengers who plan to go to cities such as Ili, Altay, Hetian, Kashgar and other 40 cites in Xinjiang can buy bus tickets directly upon arrival. After purchasing the bus tickets, those who want to take bus from Nianzigou Bus Station can take the shuttle bus to reach Nianzigou Bus Station easily.
Facilities & Service
|Shops in the Airport|
VIP lounges: Passengers can find 6 VIP lounges in A and B1 for domestic planes and 14 lounges in B3 and C for all the VIP passengers.
Visa Application Service: Foreigner passengers who urgently require coming to Xinjiang can obtain their visas upon arrival. They must satisfy the requirements to enter China, along with an invitation letter to come to China and related materials. If they hold this kind of visa, they can also leave the country through any port of entry within China's borders.
Restaurants: KFC (in T3), Best Food, Cafes and other local restaurants can be easily found in the terminals.
Information Hotline: 0991-3801453 (Chinese, Uyghur and English self-service are provided.)
Complaint Hotline: 0991-3804646
we are AUSTRIAN CITIZENS and will fly with China Southern from
VIENNA via URUMQI (2:10 hrs. Stopp)
to GUANGZHOU (3:15 hrs. Stopp)
and connect with China Eastern via KUNMING (8:30 hrs. Stopp)
to MANDALAY (Myanmar).
In Total we will arrive at URUMQI at 14:55 hrs. and finally depart KUNMING at 08:05 hrs. next morning
= Total Transit time of 17hrs. 10 min.
Return flights are-
BANGKOK to GUANGZOU (5 hrs. Stopp)
GUANGZHOU- to URUMQI (2:35 hrs. Stopp)
URUMQI to VIENNA
DO I NEED ANY VISA IN ADVANCE??
China Southern told me to contact the embassy in Vienna
The Embassy has sent me to China Visa Application Service Center in Vienna
CVASC told me that they are not responsible for visafree Transit and i should ask the Airline!
We are a Family of 5! 5 x €126 = €630,-
Can someone please provide me with the information do I need a visa for that time at the airports? For Urumqi says you don't need if it's no longer than 2h.
Maybe someone who already flew this destination?
I contacted embassy and they send me links with the explanation from the websites saying I don't need visa. And if you are traveling from the same airport you can stay in transit without visa.
Hmm, really don't know what to do.
I will flight from Vienna to Bangkok with China Southern airlines. I have a technical stop in Urumqi for 2 hours. After I will continue to Guangzhou airport where I have 1 hour to transfer the other aircraft heading to Bangkok.
My question is if i need the Chinese transit visa for technical stop in Urumqi. Somewhere I read that I need that, somewhere that I do not need the visa. I have Czech republic passport.
thank you for your answer. Yesterday evening I've got a message from airlines, that our flight was change. We have only one transfer in Guangzhou. So it is Vienna - Guangzhou - Bangkok. And way back is Bangkok - Urumqi - Vienna. I would like to ask you if I need the visa in this case?
I have the same problem with the visa like you so you could give me the answer how your trip went through China?
probably I will apply the visa just for sure. I do not want to get to trouble.