Xian - Lanzhou Trains

(Update on November 14, 2014) The world-know Silk Road across the Eurasian Continent is a friendship bridge linking the Europe and Asian people. The Silk Road starts from Xian, and Lanzhou is also a city right on the road. Here, you will find some information about Xian - Lanzhou Trains. And also there are tips for travel to the two cities. Hopping these are helpful to you China tour.
The first character of train number has special meanings.
G–High-Speed Train
C–Intercity EMU Train
D–Electric Multiple Units (EMU) Train
Z–Direct Express Train
T–Express Train
K–Fast Train
Four-digit Number Train - Regular Speed Train
L–Temporary Train

Xian - Lanzhou Trains

There are about 36 pairs of trains traveling between Xian and Lanzhou every day. The running hours ranges from 7 hours to 12 hours and 15 minutes. Most of them are k Train or T Train. A few of them are L trains, which take the longest running hours. 

►Train from Xian to Lanzhou

Trains from Xian to Lanzhou start off from Xian Railway Station and terminate at Lanzhou Railway Station.
Recommended Train: It is not recommended to take L trains, for it takes too long on the road. Over-night trains for K-series or T-series trains are great choices to take, which cost shorter time and you can have a good rest on the train.

►Train from Lanzhou to Xian

Trains from Lanzhou to Xian depart from Lanzhou Railway Station to Xian Railway Station. The shortest train departs is T266 (13:17-21:15) with 7 hours and 58 mintes running time.

Recommended train: L trains are not good choice to take, for it takes too long time on the road. T trains takes the shortest time. It is suggested to take over night K-trains or T-trains to save time. Also, you can have a good rest on the train with buying a sleeper ticket.
Attentions: Xian - Lanzhou Train information is for your reference only. Please check the ticket information including the tickets fares at the railway station or by your TCT tour advisors separately.

Notes for Taking Train in China

1. Booking an original train is easier than booking a passing-by train. Train ticket can be booked 20 days in advance at most.
2. Generally, the seats on the train in China have tow types including soft seat and hard seat. Train sleepers are classified into two types: soft sleeper and hard sleeper. Hard sleeper has three sub-categories: upper hard sleeper, middle hard sleeper and lower hard sleeper; Soft sleeper has two sub-categories: upper soft sleeper and lower soft sleeper (better). If you take an over-night train or long distance train, you would better buy a ticket for soft sleeper to make your trip more comfortable.
3. In China, taking a train is a comparative cheaper way to cut down the travel cost. While correspondingly, the comfortable level is lower than by air.
Luggage: you need to take the luggages by yourself and keep an eye of them on transporting time, no luggage-checking service on the train.
Carriage: it may be crowded when in the domestic travel seasons as well as summer holidays.


Best Time to Visit Xian:
The best time to visit Xian is from spring (March) to autumn (November), especially June, July, August and September. Other great months to visit Xi'an are April, May and October when the average temperatures are a little cooler but still between a pleasant 10°C / 50.0°F and 20°C / 68.0°F. If you don't mind bringing a coat, you might also enjoy visiting Xi'an during January, February, March, November and December but average temperatures are fairly cool (between 0°C / 32.0°F and 10°C / 50.0°F).
Best Time to Visit Lanzhou:
The best time to visit Lanzhou is from May to October. During this period, the weather is more comfortable. Just like other cities in North China, Lanzhou has long summer and winter, short spring and autumn.
Try to Avoid domestic travel seasons
The most crowded seasons in China are Chinese Spring Festival (usually in late Jan or early Feb.), International Labour Day (May 01 to 03) and National Day (Oct 01-07). Spring Festival and the National Day golden week are the most crowded time for travelling.

Related Information

►More useful transportation information: Xian Transportation
►More travel information: Xian Travel Guide
►Recommended China Tour to Xian and Lanzhou: 19 Days Silk Road Experience (Beijing-Xian-Lanzhou-Xiahe-Lanzhou-Wuwei-Zhangye-Jiayuguan Pass-Dunhuang-Turpan-Urumqi-Kashgar-Urumqi-Shanghai)