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Qinghai Transport

Last updated by fabiowzgogo at 2017/5/8

Xining is an important gateway in the south route of Silk Road, commonly called “an entrance to Qinghai-Tibet Plateau” and “a key to Xihai”. Communication here has been convenient and fast since ancient times. Xining, as the capital of Qinghai Province, is the key transport conjunction of Qinghai Province. There is an airport, a railway station and bus stations in Xining; Xining has formed an assorted transport network of air, railway and bus, which has laid a transport foundation for going sightseeing.

Airports in Qinghai

Xining Airport, in Huizhu County, is the only second-grade airport in Qinghai Province and is an important air traffic junction in Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. It is 29 kilometers from Xining Airport to the center of Xining; the price of airport bus is 8 yuan; if you take a Xiali-branched taxi, it will cost you about 50 yuan. There are fights from Xining to Beijing and Xi’an every day among domestic airlines; the rest of the flights are from Xining to Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqin, Dunhuang, Geermu, Guangzhou, Kunming, Lhasa, Shenzhen, Wulumuqi, etc, but these fights don’t all have every day. Before departure, you had better inquiry the airline companies. Almost all travel agencies and hotels can help book tickets.

The Address of Civil Aviation Book office: No.34 the Western of Bayi Road, the Eastern Part of Xining.

Tel: 8174612-2052

Business Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.  2:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.


Railway in Qinghai

Qinghai Province is where the Lan -Xin Railway (from Lanzhou to Urumqi) and Qinghai - Tibet Railway Joint with railways radiating in all directions. The major railway stations of Qinghai Province include Xining West Railway Station, Golmud Railway Station and Delingha Railway Station.

As the provincial capital of Qinghai Province, Xining sits in the intersection of Lan -Xin Railway and Qinghai - Tibet Railway, from which the direct trains to Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Qingdao, Golmud and Lhasa are available. There are two trains starting for Xining from Golmud Railway Station each day, K9840 departing at 8:45 p.m. and arriving at 7:15 a.m. next morning and 7582 departing at 7:20 a.m. and arriving at 8:25 p.m.

The trains departing for Chengdu, Chongqing, Lanzhou and Lhasa are also available at Delingha Railway Station, where the train 7581 leaves at 4:27 p.m. and gets to Golmud at 8:22 p.m, and the train K9803 leaves from Delingha Railway Station at 6:15 a.m. and arrives at Golmud at 9:40 a.m.

Xining West Railway Station

With 10 kilometers (6 miles) from Xining downtown and 802 kilometers (498 miles) from Golmud Railway Station, Xining West Railway Station is the only operating railway station of Xining now (owing to Xining Railway Station under renovation now), from which the trains are mainly bound for Golmud, Xian, Chengdu, Qingdao, Shanghai, Wuchang, Lanzhou, Zhengzhou, Yinchuan, Lhasa, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Beijing.

Location: Dabaozi Village, Chengbei District, Xining
Tel: 0971- 7196452
Getting there: Bus 26, 41, 58, 83, 109, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
Opening time: all day


1. The buses operate from 6:40 a.m. to 9:20 p.m. in Xining West Railway Station.
2. Taxis are available in the west and east sides of Xining West Railway Station, and the starting price of taxi is 6 yuan for the first three kilometers (1.9 miles) and 1.3 yuan/kilometer later.

Golmud Railway Station

With an altitude of 2,829 meters (9,281 feet), Golmud Railway Station is in the south of Golmud city, where the trains leave for Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Lanzhou and Xining. It’s very hard for passengers to purchase a ticket at Golmud Railway Station, especially during the tourist season, and booking in advance is highly recommended.

Location: Dabaozi Village, Chengbei District, Xining
Tel: 0971- 95105105
Getting there: Bus 1, 2 and 5
Opening time: all day

A List of Qinghai Railway Ticket Agencies

1. Datong Railway Ticket Agency

Location: No. 110, Renming Road, Datong County, Qinghai
Hot line: 0971- 7831222
Office hours: 8: 00 a.m. to 5: 00 p.m.

2. Xining Xiaoqiao Railway Ticket Agency

Location: Chaidamu Hotel, Xiaoqiao Avenue, Xining
Hot line: 0971- 7716111
Office hours: 8: 00 a.m. to 5: 00 p.m.

3. Dashizi Post Office Railway Ticket Agency

Location: No. 1, Xidajie Avenue, Xining
Hot line: 0971- 8231027
Office hours: 8: 00 a.m. to 5: 00 p.m.

4. Railway Hotel Railway Ticket Agency

Location: No. 12, Huzhu West Road, Xining
Hot line: 0971-7194256
Office hours: 8: 00 a.m. to 5: 00 p.m.

Highway in Qinghai

There are tens of main highways in Qinghai Province, such as, Ganqing, Qingzang, Ningzhang, Ningling, Ningguo, etc. These highways take Xining as the center and expand to different directions. Besides, there are over 100 highways and roads to connect different cities and counties inside and outside of Qinghai Province. Xining Long-distance Bus Station controls almost all the long-distance buses through Qingzang Highway, Qingxin Highway and Qingshuan Highway which are the main highways connecting inside and outside of Qinghai Province. There are also the routes to the suburb of Xining, such as, to Taer Temple of Huangzhong, Laoye Mountain scenic spot, etc.   

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