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 modified on Sep. 29, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Getting to Urumqi
Asked by Faiz from UNITED KINGDOM | Sep. 28, 2018 13:42Reply
How to reach Urumqi by bus from Beijing?
Answers (1)
Answered by Vida from USA | Sep. 29, 2018 00:12

Dear, there is no direct bus running between the two cities. And the train ride take too much time, about 30 - 40 hours. So you are advised to take the plane, taking about 5 hours.
Asked by OngSC from MALAYSIA | Feb. 11, 2018 09:32Reply
Go to visit Urumqi need special entry permit or can use normal China visa?
Answers (1)
Answered by Terra from FINLAND | Feb. 11, 2018 19:47

A normal visa is enough. No special entry permit is needed.
Asked by lok from MALAYSIA | May. 18, 2017 01:12Reply
Can anyone please tell how to take a bus to the Heavenly Lake from Urumqi?
What bus station in Urumqi and what are the schedule to and from the Lake?
Thank you
Answers (2)
Answered by Henry from CANADA | May. 22, 2017 01:44

As the website of the scenic spot, you can take the direct bus at the west gate of Ergong Stadium. The ticket fare of a round trip is CNY60/person. The service time is as following.
To: 09:00 – 10:00
Back: 17:00 – 18:00
To: 09:30 – 10:30
Back: 17:00 – 18:00
Answered by Kevin from MALAYSIA | May. 22, 2017 04:29

Thanks for your reply.
Asked by LM Yeow from MALAYSIA | Aug. 27, 2016 04:59Reply
Is there a bus to kuitun from urumqi airport?
Answers (1)
Answered by Meddy from JORDAN | Aug. 27, 2016 22:28

From the airport, you can take the shuttle bus to the railway station first, and then take a train to Kuitun. The train duration is about 3 hours.
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