Xian Transportation

Getting There

By Air

Xian Xianyang International Airport (XIY) is located 25 km (16 miles) northwest from the downtown. So far, there are 3 terminals with over 300 international and domestic airlines connect Xi’an with other 170 domestic cities, including Beijing, Guilin, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Harbin, Kunming, Lhasa, Shanghai, Urumqi, Wuhan, Hong Kong and Taipei, etc, as well as foreign cities, such as Nagoya, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Fukuoka in Japan, Seoul in South Korea, Singapore, San Francisco and Paris, etc.


How to travel between downtown Xi’an and the airport:

1. The airport shuttle bus runs from the Bell Tower Hotel very downtown every 30 minutes (7am-11pm) at a cost of CNY 35. It takes 80 minutes to go from the Bell Tower Hotel to the airport. The shuttle buses run from the airport to down town start from 7am and end at 9:40 pm.

2. Take a taxi to the airport at a cost of CNY120-150 from the airport to the downtown (Bell Tower), and vice versa.



By Train

There are two major passenger railway stations in this city: Xi’an Railway Station and Xi’an North Railway Station. Xi’an Railway Station, located at the north end of Jiefang Road, is the largest railroad junction in Northwest China. As a train station with modern facilities, more than 250 trains start from and pass by this station, with an average daily capacity of handling over 70,000 passengers. Besides, the railroad network has connected Xi’an with all major cities and train’s speed has been lifted a lot recently. Xi’an North Railway Station was put into operation in January, 2011. The bullet trains to / from Beijing, Zhengzhou, Luoyang, Wuhan and Guangzhou etc. are operated here.


For your convenient reference, we’ve worked out the time-table of the high-speed trains (with the initial letter of G or D) connecting Xi’an to the major cities in this country.

High-speed Train Timetable from Xi’an to other Major Cities

(Updated time May 21, 2019)

From Xi’an to

Trains and Stations

(All the high-speed trains depart from Xi’an North Railway Station)

Duration

Ticket Fare

First/ Second Class Seat

Beijing

G652, G672, G26...G670, G90

All trains arrive at Beijing West Railway Station

18 departures from 07:52 to 18:24

4h25m - 6h

CNY 825/ 516
USD 123/ 77

Luoyang

G870, G2390...G2214, G2212

All trains arrive at Luoyang Longmen Railway Station

61 departures from 07:03 to 20:58

1h24m - 1h55m

CNY 280/ 175
USD 42/ 26

Shanghai

G1914, G362...G1942

All trains arrive at Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station

9 departures from 06:26 to 15:50

5h56m - 7h33m

CNY 1095/ 670
USD 163/ 100

Chengdu

D1911, D1913...D1905, G349

All trains arrive at Chengdu East Railway Station

42 departures from 07:10 to 19:50

3h8m - 4h18m

CNY 421/ 263
USD 63/ 39

Chongqing

G2855, D1701...G2231, D1991

All trains arrive at Chongqing West Railway Station

19 departures from 08:07 to 17:47

4h52m - 5h53m

CNY 655/ 409
USD 98/ 61

Guilin

G2855

The train arrives at Guilin Railway Station

Departure at 08:07

10h33m

CNY 1117/ 698
USD 167/ 104

Guangzhou

G820, G98...G842, G846

All trains arrive at Guangzhou South Railway Station

8 departures from 09:35 to 13:50

7h42m - 9h13m

CNY 1,302/ 814
USD 194/ 121

Shenzhen

G820, G824, G828, G842

All trains arrive at Shenzhen North Railway Station

4 departures from 09:35 to 13:20

9h23m - 10h1m

CNY 1,401/ 888
USD 209/ 133

Kunming

G2853

The train arrives at Kunming South Railway Station

Departure at 09:45

10h26m

CNY 1015/ 623
USD 51/ 93

The above schedule is for reference only.


Subway

Up to now, this ancient capital city owns 4 subway lines (Line 1, Line 2, Line 3 and Line 4) in service. There are 2 more lines are under construction. According to its long-term plan, this ancient capital city has an ambition to set up an underground transportation network of 15 subway lines in the future.

 

Always feel free to ask the stuff people in the station when you need any assistance. All the signs of Xi’an subway are in both Chinese and English, and the announcement in the stations and in the trains are also bilingual in Chinese and English.


Subway Lines in Service

Line 1: Houweizhai – Fangzhicheng (Running east-west)

Mileage: 25 km (16 miles)

Station Number: 19

Stations: Houweizhai – Sanqiao – Zaohe – Zaoyuan – Hanchengle – Kaiyuanmen – Laodonglu – Yuxiangmen – Sajinqiao – Beidajie – Wulukou – Chaoyangmen – Kangfulu – Tonghuamen – Wanshoulu – Changlepo – Chanhe – Banpo – Fangzhicheng


Line 2: Beikezhan – Weiqunan (Running north-south)

Mileage: 27 km (17 miles)

Station Number: 21

Stations: Beikezhan (North Railway Station) – Beiyuan – Yundonggongyuan (City Sports Park) – Xingzhengzhongxin  (Administrative Center) – Fengchengwulu – Shitushuguan  (Public Library) – Daminggongxi  (Daming Palace West) – Longshouyuan – Anyuanmen – Beidajie – Zhonglou  (Bell Tower) – Yongningmen – Nashaomen – Tiyuchang  (Shaanxi Stadium) – Xiaozhai – Weiyijie – Huizhanzhongxin (Conference and Exhibition Center) – Sanyao – Fengqiyuan – Hangtiancheng – Weiqunan

 

Line 3: Yuhuazhai – Bonded Zone (Running northeast-southwest)

Mileage: 40 km (25 miles)

Station Number: 26

Stations: Yuhuazhai – Zhangbanbeilu – Yanpingmen – Kejilu – Taibainanlu – Jixiangcun – Xiaozhai – Dayanta (Giant Wild Goose Pagoda) – Beichitou – Qinglongsi (Qinglong Temple) – Yanxingmen – Xianninglu – Changlegongyuan (Changle Park) – Tonghuamen – Hujiamiao – Shijiajie – Xinjiamiao – Guangtaimen – Taohuatan – Chanbazhongxin – Xianghuwan – Wuzhuang – Gangwuqu – Shuangzhai – Xinzhu – Bonded Zone

 

Line 4: Beikezhan — Hangtian Xincheng (Running north-south)

Mileage: 35 km (23 miles)

Station Number: 28

Stations: Beikezhan (North Railway Station) – Yuanshuolu – Fengchengshi’erlu – Fengchengjiulu – Wenjinglu – Xingzhengzhongxin (Administrative Center) – Shizhongyi Yiyuan – Changqinglu – Baihuacun – Yujiazhai – Daminggongbei – Daminggong (Daming Palace Site of Tang Dynasty) – Hanyuandian – Wulukou – Dachaishi – Hepingmen – Lijiacun – University of Science and Technology – Dayanta (Giant Wild Goose Pagoda) – Datang Furongyuan (Tang Paradise) – Yannansilu – Jinhutuo – Hangtiandadao – Feitianlu – Dongchang’anjie – Shenzhoudadao – Hangtiandonglu – Hangtianxincheng



By Long Distance Bus
As the second largest highway transportation hub in China, Xian has seven bus stations located in the urban area. You can take buses to more than 300 cities and counties, covering 18 provinces. Although the bus ticket fee is much lower, foreigners are not advised to take the long-distance buses due to general hardship and fatigue. The following information is only for your reference.


Xian Bus Station of Shaanxi (陕西西安汽车站)
Address: 354, Jiefang Road, Xian
Bus routes: 5, 9, 13, 14, 25, 30, 40, 41, 42, 103, 105, 201, 231, 240, 251, 500, 511, 602, 603, 607, 611, 703, You 6, U-7, You 8 (get off at Xian Railway Station)

Xian Coach Station (西安汽车站)
Address: 13, Fengqing Road, Lianhu District, Xian
Bus routes: 15, 43, 107, 251, 405, 502, 521, K631, 720, 800 (get off at Fengqing Lu Dong Kou/South End of Fengqing Road)
From Xian Railway Station: 251,
From the Bell Tower (city center): 15, 43, 251, 502

Sanfuwan Coach Station (三府湾客运站)
Address: 353, Changyingxi Road, Xian
Bus routes: 20, 28, 209, 213, 507, 706, 708, 712, 717, 718, 912 and 913 (get off at Sanfuwan)
Bus routes: 20, 28, 209, 213, 507, 706, 708, 712, 717, 718, 912 and 913 (get off at Sanfuwan)
From Xian Railway Station: 706, 712, 20, 28, 213, 507, 706, 712, 718, 719, 912

Xian Chengdong Coach Station (西安城东客运站)
Address: 103, Changlezhong Road, Xian
Bus routes: 11, 13, 15, 38, 45, 203, 231, 232, 303, 401, 406, 408, 502, 511, 605, 708, 709, 715, 716, 721 (get off at Qing Gong Shi Chang/Light Industry Market)
From Xian Railway Station: 13, 42, 105, 231, 511, 507
From the Bell Tower (city center): 4, 11, 15, 43, 203, K605

Xian Chengxi Coach Station (西安城西客运站)
Address: 92, Zaoyuan Road, Xian
Bus routes: 1, 23, 50, 103, 104, 106, 108, 210, 212, 222, 223, 224, 225, 234, 303, 407, K631, 701, 722, 901, 902, 59 (get off at Cheng Xi Ke Yuan Zhan/Cheng Xi Coach Station)
From Xian Railway Station: 103, 104
From Bell Tower (city center): 222

Xian Chengnan Coach Station (西安城南客运站)
Address: No.78, Zhuquedajie Road, Xian
Bus routes: 5, 18, 30, 46, 106, 203, 210, 321, 401, 410, K605, 713, 908, 4-01 (get off at Cheng Nan Ke Yun Zhan/Cheng Nan Coach Station)
From Xian Railway Station: 5, 30, 46
From the Bell Tower (city center): 46, 203, K605

Xian Chengbei Coach Station (西安城北客运站)
Address: No.9, West of the 2nd Ring Road, Xian
Bus routes: the 1st Line of the 2nd Ring Road, the 2nd Line of the 2nd Ring Road, 1, 18, 33, 37, 38, 39, 108, 211, 510, 601, 702, 901, 90, 9, 912, 913 (get off at Cheng Bei Ke Yun Zhan/Cheng Bei Coach Station)

Getting Around

Public City Bus
As one of the most ancient and popular destinations in China, Xian has a convenient public transmit system. Most of the buses here are self-service. Generally, the air-conditioned buses (with numbers starting with “K”) charge CNY2 per person, and others charge CNY1 per person. Besides, the price of some buses with conductors ranges from CNY0.5-CNY4 according to the distance of the journey. A child under 130cm (4 feet) is free to take any public bus in Xian.


The following two bus lines are frequently used for the travelers. They are only for your reference.


No. 610 (with conductor)
Passing By: Xian Railway Station-Revolution Park—Bell Tower—Drum Tower—Zhuque Men—Small Wild Goose Pagoda—Chang'an Overpass/ Xian Conservatory of Music—Shaanxi Provincial History Museum—Big Wild Goose Pagoda—Tang Paradise—Qujiang Ocean World
Operating Time: 06:30~20:00
Ticket Fare: CNY1/pp

U5 (No. 306)
Passing By: the north end of Kangfu Lu—Lintong Campus of Xian Polytechnic University—Lintong Campus of Xian University of Science and Technology—Shiliu Yuan (Pomegranate Garden)—Nursing Home of Xinjiang Military Area—Nursing Home of Land Forces—tramway of the Lishan Mountain—Huaqing Hot Spring—the Lintong Museum—the Underground Palace of Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor—Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
Operating Time: 07:00~19:00 with an interval of about 15 minutes.
Ticket Fare: CNY7 for the whole journey

Taxi
Most taxis in Xian are green with different types. Just like other cities, the price depends on the time and the type of taxi. If you want to go to longer distance destinations by taxi, such as the Terra-cotta Warrior Museum, airport etc, we suggest that you need to agree a price prior to departure. It is better to write down your destination in Chinese beforehand. The followings are only for your reference.

Time Types of Taxis Flag-down Fare within 2km (CNY) Over 2km (CNY)/km
Daytime (6:30am-11:pm) Displacement≤1.8T 6 1.5
Displacemen>1.8T 8 2.4
Night (11pm-6:30am) Displacement≤1.8T 7 1.8
Displacemen>1.8T 9 2.7
Displacement≤1.8T: Citroen ZX, Jetta, Santana, and Santana 2000, 3000
Displacement>1.8T: Hongqi, Zhonghua, Oriental Son and Passat

Tips: You need to pay an additional charge of a half of one kilometer on account of every waiting time. Besides, CNY1 fuel surcharge should be paid per time.

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