Lanzhou Airport

Lanzhou Zhongchuan International Airport

Location: Lanzhou Zhongchuan International Airport is the only airport in Lanzhou. It is a main airport in northwest and one of the busiest airports in China. With a distance of 67 kilometers northwest to city centre, Lanzhou Zhongchuan International Airport is located in Zhongchuan town of Lanzhou. It will take you at least one hour’s time to drive to the airport as it is far away from the city centre, fortunately there are intercity high speed trains running between Lanzhou city and Zhongchuan town of which the detailed schedule you could learn from this article.
lanzhou airport

IATA code: LHW  
Chinese Name: 兰州中川国际机场

Terminals and Boarding Gates: The Lanzhou Zhongchuan International Airport was built in 1970. Equipped with a full range of communications systems and weather command equipment, Lanzhou Zhongchuan International Airport is a well-equipped modern international airport with an annual throughput capacity of 10,000,000 passengers. At present, it has two terminals, Terminal 1 is for international departure and Terminal 2 which was newly accomplished in 2015 is for domestic departure. There will be a Terminal 3 accomplished by 2020 according to the Municipal Government project. With more than a hundred boarding gates in this huge airport, TCT suggest travelers who depart from Lanzhou Zhongchuan international airport do not delay on your security checking process as it might turn out that you may still need ten to fifteen minutes to reach your boarding gate after security check. 

Flights Serving: Now, Lanzhou Zhongchuan International Airport has opended domestic flights to Beijing, both Beijing Capital International Airport and Beijing Nanyuan Airport, Tianjin, Shijiazhuang, Taiyuan, Lvliang, Changzhi, Xinzhou, Hohhot, Baotou, Erdos, Shenyang, Dalian, Harbin, Wuyuan, Yichang, Shiyan, Zhengzhou, Nanyang, Changsha, Zhangjiajie, Nanchang, Shanghai, both Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, Nanjing, Wuxi, Nantong, Liangyungang, Yangzhou, Hangzhou, Wenzhou, Ningbo, Jinan, Qingdao, Yantai, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Quanzhou, Hefei, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Jieyang, Nanning, Guilin, Xingyi, Haikou, Sanya, Chongqing, Chengdu, Mianyang, Luzhou, Yibin, Nanchong, Kunming, Lijiang, Guiyang, Anshun, Zunyi, Bijie, Kaili, Lhasa, Zhangye, Jinchang, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Qingyang, Tianshui, Xian, Yulin, Urumqi and Yinchuan;  international flights to Hong Kong, Macao ,Taipei, Thailand (Suvarnabhumi Airport) , Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Nagoya , Dubai, Moscow(Sheremetyevo Airport),St Petersburg and Frankfurt.(The informational above is updated to March, 2017)

Service Landline: +86+0931-8168464; +86+0931-8168888

Security Service and Regulations:  There are 15 security checking passes in this airport with the No.1 Gate for VIP customers , the No.2 to 12 gates open daily for serving and the No.13 to 15 gates open only during rush hours and crowded holiday time. Similar to all the other airports in China, the items of forbidden in Lanzhou Zhongchuan International Airport are Samsung galaxy, lighters and all the other dangerous goods ,lithium batteries less than 100Wh are only allowed to be taken on board as your personal item. Liquid facial cares are allowed if it is less than 100ml.

How to Get to Lanzhou Zhongchuan Airport

Lanzhou City Centre to Lanzhou Zhongchuan International Airport by Intercity Train

There are 17 trains running between Lanzhou Train Station and Zhongchuan Airport every day with a frequency of around half an hour per one, the serving time is between 05:40 and 21:34.If you are traveling from Lanzhou airport to Lanzhou city, the serving time is lightly different which is between 07:30 and 22:43.This 50-minute-journey will cost you ¥21.5 yuan for a second class seat or ¥26 yuan for a first class seat.



Train Type


Operation Time


Ticket Price(CNY)

Lanzhou Train Station

Zhongchuan Airport

C Trains

11 Daily

05:40 - 21:34


Second Seat 21.5 First Seat 26.0

Zhongchuan Airport

Lanzhou Train Station

11 Daily

07:30 - 22:43



The intercity train related information above is updated to 10th August, 2017, you shall check on an official train booking site for clearance before you finalize your trip.

There are other two stops during your trip from Lanzhou city to Lanzhou Airport which are Lanzhou West Stop and Lanzhou New District Stop ,not every train stops at those two stops, therefore , if you are actually heading there for any sightseeing ,please do make sure you are on the right train.

Lanzhou City Centre to Lanzhou Zhongchuan International Airport by Airport Bus

From Lanzhou city centre to Lanzhou Airport, you can take the airport shuttle bus which charges 30 yuan. The service hours of airport buses are from 05:30 to 20:00 every day. The frequency is half an hour per bus. From Lanzhou airport to Lanzhou city centre, it starts and closes at the same time as the first and the last flight on the same day with a rather random frequency depends on the flights’ arrival schedule. For any further information about airport bus booking, you may try to reach their service number: +86- 0931-8166058.

Lanzhou City Centre to Lanzhou Zhongchuan International Airport by Taxi

Alternatively you could choose to take a taxi if you are running out of time for any of those trains or buses. A taxi to Lanzhou Airport from Lanzhou city would cost you 150 to 200 yuan easily and the journey will normally take one hour.

Lanzhou to Dunhuang by Flight

There are ten flights flying from Lanzhou Zhongchuan International Airport to Dunhuang Airport daily. As the time table shows below, you could easily get an airplane ticket at a cost around 500 yuan and it will take you to Dunhuang in about one hour and 45 minutes. 


Flight Number



China Eastern Airlines




Sichuan Airlines




China Eastern Airlines




China Southern Airlines




Shenzhen Airlines




Qingdao Airlines




China Express




China Southern Airlines








China Eastern Airlines




China Eastern Airlines





Lanzhou to Zhangye by Fllight

The flights from Lanzhou Zhongchuan International Airport to Zhangye Ganzhou Airport are not many but quite economy. As the time table shows below, you could easily get an airplane ticket at a cost of less than 400 yuan and it will take you to Zhangye in about one hour’s time. Tianjin Airlines and Chengdu Airlines are the main airlines serving this journey with a daily frequency.







Lanzhou Zhongchuan Airport




Tianjin Airlines


Zhangye Ganzhou Airport



Chengdu Airlines


The above flights information is updated to 2017-08-11 which might be fluctuating according to seasonal demand. Therefore we suggest you check it yourself before you finalize your travel date and destination.

TCT suggests ensuring the ticket information by visit official website. We will take no responsibility if you apply the flights information on this page as your planned trip.