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Urumqi to Almaty/Astana International Train

Train is a comfortable and affordable way traveling between China and Kazakhstan. There are 2 pairs of weekly international trains linking Urumqi and Almaty/Astana:

  • Train number: K9795 Urumqi – Almaty; K9797 Urumqi – Almaty – Astana
  • Distance: 1898 km (1179 miles)
  • Departure: K9795 Urumqi Railway Station at 23:33 every Saturday; K9797 Urumqi Railway Station at 23:26 every Monday
  • Arrival: K9795 Almaty Railway Station at 05:58 every Monday; K9797 Astana Railway Station at 12:35 every Wednesday
  • Duration: K9795: 33 hours; K9797: 38 hours

There are five carriages on Urumqi to Almaty/Astana train. Only soft sleeper class (four berths in a private compartment, with a lockable door) is available.

Please note: From September 1st, international trains K9795 and K9797 will depart from Urumqi Railway Station (乌鲁木齐站), not the original Urumqi South Railway Station.

Urumqi – Almaty/Astana Train Schedules

(Updated on May 20th, 2019)

K9797 Urumqi – Almaty – Astana
Travel day Station Country Day Arrival Departure
1 Urumqi Railway Station (乌鲁木齐站) China Monday   23:26
2 Alashankou Tuesday 08:00 08:05
3 Almaty Kazakhstan Wednesday 05:50 05:55
Astana 12:16  
K9795 Urumqi – Almaty (departs on Monday)
Travel day Station Country Day Arrival Departure
1 Urumqi Railway Station (乌鲁木齐站) China Monday   23:33
2 Alashankou Tuesday 08:00 08:05
3 Almaty Kazakhstan Wednesday 08:41
K9795 Urumqi – Almaty (departs on Saturday)
Travel day Station Country Day Arrival Departure
1 Urumqi Railway Station (乌鲁木齐站) China Saturday   23:33
2 Alashankou Sunday 08:00 08:05
3 Almaty Kazakhstan Monday 23:00

How to Book the Ticket

Hard sleeper Hard sleeeper on Urumqi to Almaty/Astana train

Reservation of international tickets open 30 days before departure. You can buy the ticket at designated ticket office in Ya Ou Hotel, or with travel agencies like China Highlights. Only cash (RMB) is accepted at ticket office and no English is spoken. So you are recommended to buy an international train ticket online with China Highlights. We provide detailed and helpful English guidance and a 24/7 service. A ticket delivery service is also available.

Required documents: photocopies of all the passengers' passports and visas are required when make the booking.

Children's tickets:

  • Children under 4 years old and accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket are ticket free if they don't occupy individual berths. A child ticket needed to be bought if you want to get a berth for the child.
  • Children between 4 and 12 years old can buy child tickets.
  • Children above 12 years old need to buy adult tickets with full fare.

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Luggage Policy

Free Baggage Allowance

  • Adult: 36 kg
  • Child: 15 kg

Baggage Size

Each baggage shouldn't exceed 200 cm (79 inches) by length+width+height.

Things That Tou Cannot Take With You on The Train

  • Weaponry: all kinds of guns
  • Dangerous items: knives including daggers, kitchen knives, table knives, flick knives, Swiss Army Knives and axe, etc.
  • Toxics: cyanide, arsenic, selenium powder, phenol, sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid, hydrogen nitrate, etc.
  • Explosive items: alcohol, hydrogen, methane, ethane, butane, natural gas, ethylene, propylene, acetylene, etc.
  • Bicycles, including foldable bycicles

What You Need to Know

1. International train between Urumqi and Almaty/Astana doesn't have a dining car. Food and drink are not available onboard. Please buy your own food before taking the train.

2. The train will change its locomotive at Khorgas (a border city in Xinjiang, China) when the train stops at 12:30, Beijing Time. It will take 1.5-2 hours. During this time, all passengers will need to get off the train.

3. You will need to go through the customs at Khorgas to leave China.

4. At Altynkol, a border city in Kazakhstan, you will need to go through the customs again to enter Kazakhstan. The train will stop at this city for around 1.5 hours.