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Cheap flights to Lanzhou Airport

Lanzhou's history has always been tied to its location. Situated almost in the exact centre of China, Lanzhou was once a major stop on the fabled Silk Road. That importance helped earn it the nickname "The Golden City" and also helped it become a major centre of Buddhist thought. While its reputation was somewhat tarnished in the 20th century thanks to the presence of many heavy industries and pollution, in recent years Lanzhou has made a successful campaign to clean up its image, and its air.

Lanzhou's location also makes it easily accessible by air from the rest of China. The Lanzhou International Airport has been recently renovated and makes for an attractive gateway to the city. The Whole Month search tool from Skyscanner will show you the cheapest times of the year to fly to Lanzhou.

Best Time to Book a Flight to Lanzhou

The weather in Lanzhou ranges from very cold and very dry winters to summers that are hot and sunny. While summers are good for a visit, spring (April to May) and fall (September to October) offer the best opportunities for a pleasant and comfortable trip. With Price Alerts from Skyscanner you can receive instant notifications about any drop in airfare to Lanzhou.

Airlines that Fly to Lanzhou Airport

Lanzhou Airport is a focus city for Hainan Airlines and is served by many other major airlines. Along with Hainan, other major domestic airlines offering flights to dozens of Chinese cities from Lanzhou are Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Shandong Airlines, and Shenzhen Airlines. Internationally, Spring Airlines and China Eastern fly to Bangkok and China Southern flies to Moscow and St. Petersburg. There is also seasonal service to Jeddah, Seoul, and Da Nang.

What to Expect When Arriving at the Airport

Lanzhou Airport is located 67 km from Lanzhou, meaning that trips from the airport to the city can be long. A rail link between the airport and the city's main train station opened in 2015 and the 30- to 40-minute trip is the fastest and cheapest way to get to the city centre. There are also three Airport Express Shuttle Bus lines that stop at certain hotels. Taxis are slow and expensive, with most drivers demanding a flat fare. You can also rent a car if you'd like to get around Lanzhou at your own pace.

Airport Facilities

The airport's Terminal 2 opened in 2015 and now handles almost all of the flights to and from Lanzhou. While the facility is clean and modern, food and shopping options are unfortunately limited. Wait times for picking up luggage can also be quite long, which, combined with the long travel time to the city, means you should schedule at least a couple hours for getting from the plane to your hotel and vice versa.

What to See and Do in Lanzhou

The Gansu Provincial Museum is Lanzhou's premier museum and one of the best in the world for learning about the Silk Road. Sun Yat-Sen Bridge, which crosses the Yellow River, is a historic iron bridge that has been pedestrianized. The scenic White Pagoda Temple offers beautiful views of the river while at the Water Wheel Park you can see traditional water wheels that were once used to irrigate the farmland around the city. Skyscanner can help you find a hotel in Lanzhou, whether you are looking for a simple place to stay for the night or more luxurious accommodations.

 

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