Normally, flights and trains are two popular transportations to enter Xinjiang. A large number of travelers choose to start from an Urumqi tour. However, there are still some people prefer to travel to Hami or Turpan by land transfer from other places nearby, such as Gansu province.
The most convenient way to Xinjiang is to take flights. For instance, it needs only 4-5 hours to fly from Beijing to Urumqi, but the train from Beijing to Urumqi usually takes no less than 30 hours on the way.
Xinjiang has several airports, among which the Urumqi Diwopu International Airport is the mainly used one. This airport is 16 kilometers (9 miles) away from the downtown area and runs regular flights to more than 60 cities at home and abroad so far, including Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shenzhen, Islamabad, Moscow and Novosibirsk.
In China, the most economical transportation for travelers is train, by which you can commence a Xinjiang tour directly from most cities in mainland China. As Xinjiang is located in remote area, the train ride normally takes a very long time. Therefore, the train trip is suitable for the tourists who have enough time but less budget. If you are interested, you can also reach Lanzhou or Xining first and then have a high-speed train experience to Urumqi which is faster than the normal trains.