Urumqi Transportation - Getting There

By Air

Urumqi Airport
Urumqi Airport

 Urumqi Flights
Located to the northwest of the city, Urumqi Diwopu International Airport is about 16km (9.9 miles) from the city center. Having been expanded several times, it has now become a major airport in the west of China and connects China with Middle Asia, West Asia, Europe and Africa. About 141 airlines connect the city with 52 domestic and 31 international destinations such as Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Yinchuan, Guangzhou, Ulan Bator, Kabul, Osh and so on.

By Train

Urumqi is linked by rail to six major Chinese cities: Xi'an, Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Zhengzhou and Lanzhou. Train services also connect Urumqi with other main cities in Xinjiang, such as Korla, Aksu, Kuitun, and Liuyuan. Due to the great distances, we strongly advise you to book a sleeper berth. Besides, an international railway line from Urumqi to Almaty, Kazakhstan, is also available.

 Major Rail Lines from Urumqi to:

 See detailed Urumqi Train Schedule

A train running to Urumqi
A train running to Urumqi

There are five railway stations in the city:
As the starting point of Lanzhou-Xinjiang High Speed Railway, Urumqi Railway Station is the largest train station in Xinjiang and it mainly handles bullet trains to Turpan, Jiayuanguan, Zhangye, Xining and Lanzhou and ordinary trains to Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an etc. Public Bus 909, 301, 5302, 5305, BRT 5, airport express line can take passengers to the railway station.

The South Railway Station, lies on Qingfeng Road. It mainly operates ordinary trains to major inland cities and southern Xinjiang. 

The West Railway Station is much closer to the airport than the Urumqi Railway Station. Trains to Yining, Dzungarian Gate, Beitu and Kuitun start here.

The East Station and North Station is for freight transport only.

18 ticket-selling offices are scattered throughout the city. Passengers can easily get their train tickets at local main bus stations such as Nianzigou Long-distance Bus Station and North Long-Distance Bus Station. Besides, ticket offices can be found on major streets such as Huanghe Road, North Nanhu Road and Jianshe Road.

By Long-distance Bus

Long-Distance Bus Station in Urumqi
Long-Distance Bus Station
Highway Traffic in Xinjiang is comparatively developed and long-distance buses to most cities in Xinjiang depart every day from Urumqi. There are also special tourist lines to Heavenly Lake (75 miles), Southern Pastures (47 miles), Turpan (124 miles), Shihezi (93 miles), etc.

Jungong Passenger Transport Station

Address: Nanzhan Road (close to Urumqi Railway Station)
Major Destinations: Hutubi, Manas, Kuitun, Shihezi
City Bus Passing: 2, 8, 10, 16, 20, 36, 44, 50, 52, 58, 903, 906, 909, 915

Northern Suburb Passenger Transport Station
Address: No. 437, South Nanhu Road
Route: for places in northern and eastern Xinjiang Province
Major Destinations: Ili, Burqin, Karamay, Hami (Kumul)
City Bus Passing: 45, 906, 103, 529, 914, 921, 75, 901

Southern Suburb Passenger Transport Station
Address: No.21, Yan'erwo Road, Santunbei
Route: for destinations in southern Xinjiang Province
Major Destinations: Aksum Kashgar, Turpan, Kumul, Korla, Hetian
City Bus Passing: 7, 9, 39, 51, 55, 68, 910

Nianzigou Passenger Transport Station
Address: No. 49, Heilongjiang Road
Route: mainly to places in southern and northern Xinjiang Province
Major Destinations: Ili, Burqin, Karamay, Hami (Kumul)
City Bus Passing: 51

- Last updated on Aug. 21, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on Getting to Urumqi
Asked by Christine woo from SINGAPORE | Dec. 09, 2023 19:47Reply
Any airport provided or pay transport between T1 and T2?
Any airport provided or pay transport between T1 and T2? Or walking is the only way to commute between the terminals? Does the airport allow us to use their trolley to carry our luggage between terminals?
Answers (1)
Answered by Hailey | Dec. 10, 2023 22:00

There are free shuttles available and you can also use trolley.
Asked by hada from MALAYSIA | Oct. 03, 2023 20:56Reply
may i know which bus station still open in urumqi to burqin or yiling.
"Post by SteveRohan » Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:02 am

Update. The bus station at Niabzhigou in Urumqi has been torn down. The small office round the corner that used to house the ticket office for Almaty buses looks abandoned."

i read in some forum, the bus station not operation anymore.

may i know there any new location bus to burqin or yiling.
Answers (1)
Answered by Diana | Oct. 07, 2023 00:52

The bus station near the Urumqi Railway Station is operated. The bus to Burqin departs at 11:15 and 20:30 daily.
Asked by Kristel from THE NETHERLANDS | Aug. 21, 2023 03:45Reply
Bus Almaty - Urumqi
Do you know if there are busses from Almaty to Urumqi? We're not sure if they're running again after covid.
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Answered by Chang | Aug. 21, 2023 19:56

No, there are no direct buses. You need to make several transfers and the best port to use is Khorgos. The recomended itinerary is: Almaty - Zharkent - Khorgos - Urumqi.
Asked by Sohel from BANGLADESHSH | Nov. 12, 2019 19:39Reply
How's the distance between Urumqi airport to Urumqi train station (not south station)
where high speed train running to Turpan north.

Answers (1)
Answered by Kennedy from DENMARK | Nov. 14, 2019 23:03

The distance is around 20km.
Asked by Stanley from MALAYSIA | Oct. 21, 2019 21:10Reply
How to visit Altay and Kanas Lake ?
Can I know if it possible to travel the Altay region with public transportation ? Are there any buses to the major attractions ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Avery from GERMANY | Oct. 21, 2019 23:20

I am afraid that there is no direct public transportation. For your convenience, you are suggested to hire a private to these two scenic areas from Urumqi.
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