There are 3 ways to get from Almaty to Ürümqi by plane, train or car

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Fly  •  5 h 7 min

  1. Fly from Almaty (ALA) to Urumqi (URC) ALA - URC

$104 - $184

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Train  •  33 h 20 min

  1. Take the train from Almaty 2 to Urumchi Express

$20 - $35

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Drive  •  11 h 3 min

  1. Drive from Almaty to Ürümqi 621.5 miles

$85 - $130

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Almaty 2 and arriving at Urumchi. Services depart three times a week, and operate Tuesday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 33 h 20 min.

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The distance between Almaty and Ürümqi is 862 km. The road distance is 994.4 km.

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The best way to get from Almaty to Ürümqi without a car is to train which takes 33 h 20 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 7 min to get from Almaty to Ürümqi, including transfers.

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Almaty to Ürümqi train services, operated by Railways of Kazakhstan (KTZ), depart from Almaty 2 station.

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The best way to get from Almaty to Ürümqi is to fly which takes 5 h 7 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 33 h 20 min.

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The quickest flight from Almaty Airport to Urumqi Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 35 min.

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Almaty to Ürümqi train services, operated by Railways of Kazakhstan (KTZ), arrive at Urumchi station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Almaty to Ürümqi is 994 km. It takes approximately 11 h 3 min to drive from Almaty to Ürümqi.

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Air Astana and China Southern Airlines offer flights from Almaty Airport to Urumqi Airport.

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  • Distance: 538.7 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 7 min

What companies run services between Almaty, Kazakhstan and Ürümqi, China?

Air Astana and China Southern Airlines fly from Almaty to Ürümqi twice daily. Alternatively, Railways of Kazakhstan (KTZ) operates a train from Almaty to Ürümqi 3 times a week. Tickets cost $20 - $35 and the journey takes 33 h 20 min.

Airlines
Air Astana
Website
airastana.com
Flights from Almaty to Urumqi
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $320
China Southern Airlines
Website
csair.com
Flights from Almaty to Urumqi
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $290
Train operators
Railways of Kazakhstan (KTZ)
Website
railways.kz
Train from Almaty 2 to Urumchi
Ave. Duration
33 h 20 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$20 - $35
Website
railways.kz

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There are 85+ hotels available in Ürümqi. Prices start at $31 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Almaty to Almaty Airport is to line 92 bus which takes 31 min and costs .

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