Lanzhou Railway Station is located at the foot of the Gaolan Mountain in the southern downtown area. Many railway lines, including Longhai (Lianyungang-Lanzhou), Lanxin (Lanzhou, Urumqi), Lanqing (Lanzou--Qinghai) and Baolan (Baotou-Lanzhou), traverse the city. They connect Lanzhou to cities like Beijing (17 hrs), Shanghai (22hrs), Nanjing (19.5 hrs), Qingdao, Jinan, Shijiazhuang, Zhengzhou, Guangzhou (30hrs), Changsha, Wuhan, Chengdu, Xian (8 hrs), Xining (2.5 hrs), Urumqi (20.5hrs), Hohhot and Lhasa (26 hrs).
Lanzhou’s second train station is Lanzhou West Railway station but this has closed for renovation and construction since March 2013 until further notice. All trains currently depart from Lanzhou Railway Station.
There are three different ways to book a train ticket in Lanzhou: over the phone, online and at the ticket window. Tickets can be purchased over the telephone (9510 5105) 4-12 days (tickets during Spring Festival travel rush are available 20 days in advance since January 2013, but this is subject to change). According to new rules introduced on Jan 1, 2013, all train tickets must be collected within 24 hours of purchase. Tickets are non transferable and are void if not used on the correct day.
To book tickets online, use the site www.12306.cn. Tickets can be reserved daily from 7:00-23:00 from 12-20 days in advance (subject to change; pre-sale booking periods often change during the Spring Festival and other important National Holidays). You can buy rail tickets at the sales window up to 10-20 days in advance (also subject to change).
Using the real-name system, if a passenger loses their train ticket they can report the loss to get a new ticket. The replacement fee for lost tickets is 2 RMB and passengers will receive a ticket replacement. Passengers who have lost their tickets can report this at the train station ticket window if they have their original valid ID that was originally used to purchase the tickets and the date and station names of the original ticket. Passengers can get replacement tickets up to 20 minutes before departure time.
Lanzhou Railway Station (Lanzhou Huoche Zhan)
Destinations: Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Qingdao, Jinan, Shijiazhuang, Zhengzhou, Guangzhou
Add: 393 Huochezhan Donglu, Lanzhou
Inquiries: 0931 492 2222, 12306
Bookings: 0931 9510 5105
Bus routes: 1, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 16, 31, 33, 34, 59, 101, 102, 110, 114, 124, 126, 127, 131, 137, 302
Lanzhou West Railway Station (Lanzhou Huoche Xizhan)
Add: 187 Xijin Xilu Lanzhou
Inquiries: 0931 233 6342
Bookings: 0931 9510 5105
Bus routes: 3, 5, 14, 18, 35, 50, 53, 58, 71, 72, 76, 77, 103, 105, 109, 121, 129, 308, 309, 314
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