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Getting around Dunhuang

Taxis and minibuses bring travelers to the city's main destinations. Many tourists hire private cars—ask your hotel staff for more information. Some brave souls get around by bike, which can be pleasant enough in the evening or cooler months but can be tough going in the hot summer.

To and from Dunhuang


Dunhuang Airport (Dūnhuáng Jīchǎng, 敦煌机场) lies 13 km (8 mi) east of the city and offers direct flights to Beijing, Lanzhou, Xi'an and Urumqi. Regular buses run from the CAAC offices on Dong Dajie (Dōng Dàjiē, 东大街) near the Dunhuang Hotel to the airport.


The closest train station (Dūnhuáng Huǒchēzhàn, 敦煌火车站) lies 10 km (6 mi) to the northeast of town and services Lanzhou, Turpan, Urumqi and other cities in the region. Trains bound for more distant locations leave from Liuyuan (Liǔyuán, 柳园), 130 km (80.8 miles) to the north. The Liuyuan station services trains from cities like Shanghai, Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Lanzhou and Urumqi. A bus runs from the train station to Dunhuang.


The Dunhuang Bus Station (Dūnhuáng Qìchēzhàn, 敦煌汽车站) is at 25 Mingshan Lu (Míngshān Lù, 鸣山路25号) near the center of the city. Dunhuang hosts buses to and from Lanzhou, Xi'an, Hami (Hāmì, 哈密), Turpan and Urumqi, among others.

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