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Ürümqi Diwopu Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Ürümqi Diwopa Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

URC Airport Overview

urumqi diwopu airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport.

What to Expect

Ürümqi Diwopu Airport (code: URC) has three terminals that have been either recently built or renovated. Terminal 1 handles regional and low-cost routes, T2 serves most domestic traffic, and T3, the newest, is for international flights. A fourth terminal may be under construction. Eating and shopping options are available in all terminals. WiFi is available inside several airport lounges, which economy class passengers may be able to access. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Where to Sleep

Based on a traveller review, the airport closes nightly, so overnight stays are not possible. Have a backup plan if you’re planning to spend the night. For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels & Sleep Pods

If sleeping in Ürümqi Diwopu Airport does not appeal to you, there are sleep pods in Terminal 3 and hotels near the airport:

  • Sleep Pods – Located in in Terminal 3.  Details are unavailable.  If you know, click here to update this airport guide.
  • Tianyuan Hotel – (10 minutes from the airport) Airport pick-up is available. Reviews are mixed as to whether the shuttle is free or not. » Check Rates
  • Airport Hotel – (10 minutes from the airport) According to reviews, a free roundtrip shuttle is available, look for the bus with the hotel name on it. No further details are avalable. » Check Rates
  • Super 8 Hotel Urumqi Airport Jichang Bei Qu – (15 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Ürümqi Diwopu Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Pro-Tip: A reader tells us “China southern will bus transit guests to an outside hotel but it is share rooms for economy class unless you have some yuan available and then you can pay extra for your own space. “

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

  • First Class Lounge – Location: Multiple locations. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.
  • HNA Club – Location: Multiple Locations. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.
  • Guest Lounge – Location: Multiple locations. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.

Airline Lounges

If you are a First or Business Class traveller you may have access to the lounges listed below. For more information, check the airline’s web site.

Hainan Airlines Lounge (Location: Terminal 2, Airside ) • Hainan Airlines Lounge (Location: Terminal 2, Airside ) • China Southern Sky Pearl VIP Club (Location: Terminal 3, Area A, Airside, Domestic Gate 32) • China Southern Sky Pearl VIP Club (Location: Terminal 3, Area A, Airside, Domestic Gate 40) • China Southern Sky Pearl VIP Club (Location: Terminal 3, Domestic Departures, Area C, Airside) • China Southern Sky Pearl VIP Club (Location: Terminal 3, International Departures, Area D, Airside).

Related Pages: Ürümqi Diwopu Airport Lounges

Airport WiFi/Internet

WiFi is available at Ürümqi Airport inside the lounges. [ see Airport Lounges above ]. At the time of this update, we did not have any information about WiFi availability elsewhere in the terminal. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

Baby Care Facilities – If you are travelling with an infant, nursing rooms are available airside in both terminals.

Changing Rooms – Both terminals offer mens and womens changing rooms in the arrivals area, Terminal 2 has two locations.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty free shopping is available.

Food & Drinks – Restaurants are available both landside and airside in both Terminals. Choices of restaurants is limited.  Terminal 3 has a KFC and Food court. Hours: In Terminal 3, hours are approx. 5:30AM – 1:30AM.

Information Desk – If you have any questions, visit one of the information desks available in Terminal 2 and 3 (look for the baggage inquiry office).

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Yes available. Both terminals offer luggage storage in the arrivals area. Hours and rates are not known.

Luggage Wrapping – Protect your bags from theft and damage by having your bags wrapped in plastic. Available in Terminal 2, departures. We do not currently have information about availability in Terminal 3.

Massage Chairs – Relax and unwind in one of the airport massage chairs before your flight. Location: Available in Terminal 3. Rates: unknown.

Medical Services – If you feel unwell or injure yourself, first aid services are available. Locations: unknown.

Mobile Charging – A reader tells us there are free mobile charging stations in Terminal 3.  (May 2019)

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

A reader tells us that Terminal 3 was open overnight.  (May 2019)


Ürümqi Diwopu airport is served by the following airlines: 9 Air • Air ArabiaAir Astana • Air Chang’an • Air China • Ariana Afghan Airlines • Beijing Capital Airlines • China Eastern Airlines • China Southern Airlines • Donghai Airlines • Hainan Airlines • Hebei Airlines • Jiangxi Airlines • Juneyao Airlines • Korean Air • Lion Air • Loong Air • Lucky Air • Okay Airways • Qingdao Airlines • S7 Airlines • Shandong Airlines • Shanghai Airlines • Shenzhen Airlines • Sichuan Airlines • Somon Air • Spring Airlines • Suparna Airlines • Tianjin Airlines • Urumqi Air • Uzbekistan Airways • West Air • XiamenAir.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Airport Buses

Airport bus service connects URC airport to Urumqi South Railway Station, stopping at several points along the way. Buses pick up outside of the Arrivals halls of Terminals 2 and 3. At the time of this update, bus fare is ¥15 one way.

Public Buses

Bus 27 runs between Terminal 3 and Wang Jia Liang, while Bus 51 also departs from Terminal 3, heading to and from ShiQi Hu. Both buses run as frequently as every 3 – 5 minutes. At the time of this update, bus fare is between ¥1 – ¥1.5 one way.


Metered taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area.

Last updated: 2021-10-20

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.