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Urumqi Train Ticket Office

The city of Urumqi, an ancient city along the Silk Road route that followed the northern rim of the Taklimakan Desert – and which also had a branch route that slipped through the Urumchi Corridor of the Tian Shan Mountains, then skirted north and westward around said mountains, before continuing westward and charting a course for Samarkand in present-day Uzbekistan – is the capital of Xinjiang (Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region).

But Urumqi has an even more ancient history involving the ancient Tocharians, followed by the Yuezhi (both possibly related and apparently of Indo-European origin, with blue (or green) eyes and with fair hair... think of the Tarim Basin Mummies) and then the warring, Turkic Xiongnu tribes that lived here before the Uyghurs, frequent visitors to the city, moved here en masse after they lost their homelands farther north and east to Kyrgyz warriors in CE 840 (the event is described in the Kyrgyz epic, the Manas).

Urumqi is served by the Urumqi Railway Station, located at the eastern foot of Yamalike Hill, in the city's Saybagh District, accessible by taxi – of course – and by public bus Nos. 2, 8, 10, 16, 20, 36, 44, 50 and 58. Urumqi has several departures weekly to six major Chinese cities including to Beijing, Chengdu, Lanzhou, Shanghai, Xi'an and to Zhengzhou.

In addition, there are local Xinjiang routes to cities such as Aksu, Korla, Kuitun and Liuyuan – most, if not all, of which cities belong to the ancient Silk Road.

Given the extreme distances, even for many of the "local" cities, travelers are advised to purchase a ticket with guaranteed sleeping space (the traveler is also advised to buy his/ her ticket at least 3 days in advance, though for many young people – students especially – part of the charm of traveling is to experience the generosity of the local people, or of fellow travelers... after all, the whole point of traveling is to get out of the rut of routine!), either a hard or soft (preferred!) sleeper berth. There is also an international railway line between Urumqi and Almaty, in Kazakhstan.

This part of the world is like nothing the traveler has experienced before – evocative of the ancient Silk Road even today – unless one happens to be on a return journey.

Where to Buy Train Tickets in Urumqi

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1.Train Ticket Office in Industrial Development Corporation of Zhengzhou station in Baofeng Grand Hotel


Address: 306 Longhai East Road, Erqi District, Zhengzhou
Chinese Address: 郑州市陇海东路306号
Phone: 0371 66302373

2.Train Ticket Office in Industrial Development Corporation of Zhengzhou station in Nanyang Road


Address: NO.2 Unit 3, Building 1, 149 Nanyang Road, Erqi District, Zhengzhou
Chinese Address: 郑州南阳路149号1号楼3单元2号
Phone: 0371 63760078

3.Train Ticket Office in Five Stars South Road


Address: 289 Five Stars South Road, Shuimogou District, Urumchi
Chinese Address: 乌鲁木齐五星南路289号
Opening Time: 07:30–21:00

4.Train Ticket Office in Victory Road


Address: Store Room 2, Jia’er Lane, Victory Road, Shuimogou District, Urumchi
Chinese Address: 胜利路甲二巷2号门面房
Phone: 0991 7772165

5.Train Ticket Office in Xinmin Road


Address: 35 Xinmin Road, Store Room 3 of Shenghe Hotel, Shuimogou District, Urumchi
Chinese Address: 新民路35号盛合酒店3号门面房
Phone: 0991 7720052

6.Train Ticket Office in Jianshe Road


Address: 3 Jianshe Road, Tianshan District, Urumchi
Chinese Address: 乌鲁木齐市建设路3号
Phone: 0991 7830247

7.Train Ticket Office in Midong District


Address: 19 Gumudi Middle Road, Midong District, Urumchi
Chinese Address: 乌鲁木齐市古牧地中路19号
Opening Time: 07:30–21:00

8.Train Ticket Office in Gansu Building


Address: Beijing South Road, Xinshi District, Urumchi
Chinese Address: 乌鲁木齐市北京南路7号
Opening Time: 07:30–21:00

9.Train Ticket Office in Jiangsu West Road


Address: 4 Jiangsu West Road, ICBC, Xinshi District, Urumchi
Chinese Address: 江苏西路4号工商银行
Phone: 0991 7922332

10.Train Ticket Office in Aletai Road


Address: Store Room 88, Jiahe Residential Quater
Chinese Address: 阿勒泰路20号嘉和园小区88号门面房
Phone: 0991 8730866

11.Train Ticket Office in Yellow River Road


Address: 48 Yellow River Road, Shayibake District, Urumchi
Chinese Address: 乌鲁木齐市黄河路48号
Phone: 0991 7752865

12.Train Ticket Office in Heilongjiang Road


Address: Heilongjiang Road, Shayibake District, Urumchi
Chinese Address: 乌鲁木齐黑龙江路
Phone: 0991 7999193

13.Train Ticket Office in South Lake East Road


Address: 30 Tianping Lane, Shuimogou District, Urumchi
Chinese Address: 乌鲁木齐市水磨沟区天平巷30号
Opening Time: 07:30–21:00

14.Train Ticket Office in Northern Suburbs of Urumchi


Address: 2 South Lake North Road, Shuimogou District, Urumchi
Chinese Address: 乌鲁木齐市南湖北路2号
Phone: 0991 7973351