Transport in Lanzhou

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Inter-provincial traffic


Lanzhou is one of the largest aviation hubs in Northwest China. There are about 40 route linking with major cities in China, which are often adjusted according to the actual needs of the season. They mainly fly to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Hong Kong and nearly 30 other cities.

Lanzhou Zhongchuan International Airport [Photo/VCG]


Lanzhou is the largest railway hub in Northwest China, with nearly 60 passenger trains passing through the city every day from cities across the country, including Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Qingdao, Jinan, Changsha, Chengdu, Xi‘an and Urumqi.

Passengers can take train from Lanzhou directly to many cities in China. [Photo/VCG]


The main inter-provincial highways in Gansu province include:

National highway 109 – Beijing to Lhasa, via Yinchuan, Baiyin and Lanzhou toward Xining

National highway 312 – Shanghai to Yining, via Xi’an, Pingliang, Lanzhou, Wuwei, Zhangye, Jiayuguan, Anxi and Liuyuan toward Turpan

National highway 316 – Lanzhou to Fuzhou, from Lanzhou to Hanzhong and Ankang through Lintao, Longxi and Tianshui

National highway 212 – from Lanzhou to Chongqing, from Lanzhou to Guangyuan via Lintao and Wudu

National highway 213 – from Lanzhou through Linxia, Hezuo, Langmusi to Hongyuan and Chengdu

National highway 215 – from Golmud, Qinghai to Dunhuang

Provincial traffic


Lanzhou has 40 air routes, including flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xi’an, Chengdu, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Xiamen, Shenzhen, Dunhuang and Jiayuguan, with direct flights to more than 30 cities in China. The downtown area is 74.5 km from the airport, and it takes one hour to get there by expressway.


Gansu is an important section of the east-west railway artery of China, where the four major railway lines – Lanzhou-Lianyungang, Lanzhou-Xinjiang, Lanzhou-Qinghai and Baotou-Lanzhou – meet here.

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