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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly  •  5 h 7 min

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

$104 - $184

Cheapest option

Train  •  33 h 20 min

  1. Take the train from Almaty 2 to Urumchi Express

$21 - $35

1 alternative option

Drive  •  11 h 3 min

  1. Drive from Almaty to Ürümqi 621.5 miles

$85 - $130

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The cheapest way to get from Almaty to Ürümqi is to train which costs $21 - $35 and takes 33 h 20 min.

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The quickest way to get from Almaty to Ürümqi is to fly which costs $100 - $190 and takes 5 h 7 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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It takes approximately 5 h 7 min to get from Almaty to Ürümqi, including transfers.

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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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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 $21 - $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
$21 - $35
Website
railways.kz

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