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 Aug. 27, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Getting to Urumqi
Asked by Rieng | Sep. 15, 2019 08:55Reply
Transportation to Urumqi railway staion
I will book train to JingHe leaves from Urumqi 07.10 am. I stay at hotel near red hill park.
1. What time do public bus start in the morning?
2. Can I take 3 taxis for 12 persons available in early morning?
I want to know there are taxis run 24 hrs. in Urumqi or not?
Thanks for your reply
Asked by Mary from AUSTRIA | Jul. 22, 2019 02:48Reply
Going to Thailand via china do I need transit visa for CAN(5hr) and URC(2hr) holding usa passport?
I have round trip flight with layovers in URC and CAN. The max time is 5 hours in CAN and 2 hours in URC I need a transit visa or is a 24 hour transit apply?

Austria to Thailand
Stopovers China

Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport URC
China Southern
2 h 0 m layover

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport CAN
China Southern
5 h 10 m layover

Returning flight
Thailand to Austria

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport CAN
China Southern
3 h 25 m layover

Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport URC
China Southern
1 h 55 m layover
Answers (1)
Answered by Arlen from USA | Jul. 24, 2019 20:20

Sorry, you are not eligible for 144-hour visa-free transit. You need to apply for a China visa in advance.
Asked by J from TAIWAN | Mar. 25, 2019 09:44Reply
Purchasing Urumqi to Almaty Bus Ticket

Greatly appreciate if anyone can advise if it's possible to purchase a bus ticket on the day of travel, or does one need to purchase it well in advance? From what I gather online, there is a daily bus that leaves at 7 pm, other than on Saturday. Thanks for any information.

Answers (1)
Answered by Alan from CANADA | Mar. 25, 2019 20:27

I haven't heard any of buses operating between the two cities and only the trains and planes are available. It is better for to verify the information again.
Asked by Kambalah from PHILIPPINES | Mar. 20, 2019 02:17Reply
How much is hiring a taxi from city round trip fare going to Heavenly lake? ty
Answers (1)
Answered by Aiden from GERMANY | Mar. 25, 2019 02:49

As I know, the fare is around CNY1,000 to 1,500 for the round trip.
Asked by ARUMUGHAM from INDIA | Mar. 06, 2019 07:03Reply
After reaching Urumqi airport, how to take a bus to kuitan?
is bus service to kuitan available from the airport?
Answers (1)
Answered by Shay from CANADA | Mar. 07, 2019 22:43

Do you refer to Kuitan in Guangdong Province?
If yes, you are suggested to take a taxi to Urumqi Railway Station. Take a train to Guangzhou Railway Station. Take metro line 2 to Gongyuanqian and transfer to metro line 1 to East Railway Station. There are several bullet train that can take you to Kuitan.
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