Foreign tourists are not very common here, however, the few that do come through come to see the mix of ethnic Korean-Chinese culture which is due to its proximity to North Korea.
The town itself is located on the Tumen river, across from the North Korean city of Namyang.
Tumen is also one of the main border crossings into North Korea, which has been possible since Young Pioneer Tours led their first group in 2012.
The closest airport is Yanji Chaoyangchuan International Airport located 50.1km from Tumen city. This airport has services running to Northeastern cities of China, such as Harbin, Beijing, Changchun and Shenyang as well as, Shanghai, Tianjin and Hangzhou. International services run from Osaka-Kansai (Japan), Busan and Seoul-Incheon (South Korea). Seasonally there are also charter flights from Pyongyang (North Korea).
There is a high-speed rail service that runs from Shenyang every day and takes about 5 hours. This service departs Shenyang North station at 12:12 pm and arrives in Tumen North station at 4:55 pm. Normal train services also run daily from Beijing (via Shenyang) departing daily at 1 pm from Beijing station. This journey lasts 26 hours on the sleeper train service.
As the city of Tumen is not large, taxi is the most convenient way to get around though the town centre. With taxis the starting fare is 5 Yuan, and a ride anywhere within the city shouldn't be more than 10 Yuan. Normal rules of taxi-taking in China apply - make sure they turn on the meter, don't expect them to have seatbelts, or speak a word of English.
It is possible to cross the border into Namyang, North Korea and then travel by bus into the northeast region of Haeryong, Chongjin and Rason. This is only possible when pre-organised with a tour agency. Currently, Young Pioneer Tours runs tours along the Chinese border to Tumen, which then cross over into North Korea. This is one of the only border crossings where North Korean customs will stamp your passport, unlike the crossing at Sinuiju where no stamp is given.