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Pingyao Train Stations: Location, Transportation & Popular Train Routes

Two Railway Stations in Pingyao

At present, Pingyao has only two train stations serving travelers to Pingyao. One is Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station especially built for high speed bullet trains. Another one is the old Pingyao Railway Station running a few normal trains to Pingyao from other cities in Shanxi Province and some long-distance normal trains from surrounding Northern cities. You will get to Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station if you take high speed train from Beijing, Datong, Xian, Taiyuan, etc. Though the two stations share similar name, they actually have different locations, railway schedules and transportation to Pingyao Ancient City and other landmarks. Read detailed difference to find the right train station to go.

Pingyao Train Stations Pingyao Train Stations Map (click to enlarge)

Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station 平遥古城站 - High Speed Train Station in Pingyao

Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station, also called Pingyao Gucheng Railway Station, is a high speed train station particularly built for the Datong-Xian High Speed Railway. Opened on July 1, 2014, it is the second largest high speed train station in Jinzhong City with the biggest number of parking trains.

Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station Location

Address: Between Houji Village and Du Village, Pingyao County, Jinzhong City, Shanxi Province 山西省晋中市平遥县侯冀村与杜村之间

Distance: about 10 km from Pingyao Ancient City; about 4 km from Shuanglin Temple; 22 km from Zhenguo Temple; around 50 km from Qiao’s Family Compound and Wang’s Family Compound respectively and nearly 40 km from Zhangbi Ancient Castle.

Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station Layout and Facilities

Covering an area of 4,998 square meters, Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station is a small high speed train station with merely 4 tracks and 2 platforms. There is a huge circular square in front of the station. You can easily find Ticket Office, Entrance at the first floor. The interior environment including the Waiting Area is very clean and tidy. Before checking ticket and boarding, you can rest a while on the cushioned seat. And, please remember to notice the electronic screen and broadcast in the Waiting Hall.

Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station Waiting Hall at Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station

How to Get from Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station to Major Attractions in Pingyao

Pingyao Ancient Railway Station lies in the west suburb of Pingyao Ancient City. Therefore, train travelers need extra transfer to Pingyao Ancient City and other attractions in Pingyao. Shuanglin Temple with over 2,000 exquisite painted clay sculptures is the nearest tourist attraction.

Pingyao Train Stations Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station Location and Transportation Map

Main Pingyao High Speed Train Routes

As an intermediate high speed train station on Datong Xian High Speed Railway, Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station handles all high speed trains (G trains & D trains) to/off Pingyao. The station not only receives high speed trains to Pingyao from Datong, Taiyuan, Jiexiu, Linfen, Xinzhou, Yuncheng and other cities in Shanxi Province, but also has interprovincial high speed trains running between Pingyao and Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Chongqing, Jinan, Qingdao, Shijiazhuang, Guangyuan, Langzhou, etc.

Pingyao High Speed Rail Map Pingyao High Speed Rail Map

Main High Speed Trains to Pingyao

Train Route Departure Station Train Type Duration Frequency
Beijing - Pingyao Beijing West Railway Station G & D trains about 4 hours 3 trains per day
Xian - Pingyao Xian North Railway Station D trains about 2.5 ~ 3 hours over 10 trains per day
Datong - Pingyao Datong South Railway Station D trains about 3 ~ 3.5 hours 2 trains per day
Taiyuan - Pingyao Taiyuan South Railway Station G & D trains about 30 minutes over 20 trains per day

Note: We only list some of the high speed train routes of Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station. Please feel free to contact us to check more available schedules for your Pingyao high speed train tour.

Pingyao Railway Station 平遥站 – Normal Train Station in Pingyao

Built in 1933, Pingyao Railway Station is an old train station in Pingyao running regular speed trains to/off Pingyao on Tongpu Railway (Datong-Yuncheng Railway) - the one and only railway passing through Pingyao Railway Station.

Pingyao Railway Station Location

Address: No. 4 Zhongdu Road, Pinyao County, Jinzhong City, Shanxi Province 山西省晋中市平遥县中都路14号

Distance: about 1 km close to Pingyao Ancient City; 6 km from Shuanglin Temple; 15 km from Zhenguo Temple; 40 km away from Qiao’s Family Compound and 50 km to Wang’s Family Compound.

Transfer from Pingyao Railway Station to Major Attractions in Pingyao

Near all old train stations in China were built in downtown areas, including the Pingyao Railway Station. After getting off train at Pingyao Railway Station, you can conveniently go to Pingyao Ancient City within 1 km short distance, and visit other top attractions by ride.

  • To Pingyao Ancient City: about 15 minutes’ walking; about 5 minutes by driving; about 20 minutes by Pingyao Bus 108/103
  • To Shuanglin Temple: about 10 minutes by taxi; about 30 minutes by Pingyao Bus 108
  • To Zhenguo Temple: about 30 minutes’ driving; 1.5 hours by Pingyao Bus 203
  • To Wang's Family Compound: almost 1 hour by car
  • To Qiao's Family Compound: around 1 hour by car
  • To Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station: about 7 km, 15 minutes by driving

Main Pingyao Regular Train Routes

Because the north-south Datong-Yuncheng Railway is the sole rail line though Pingyao Railway Station, the station just handles short-haul and mid-range normal trains (K trains) between Pingyao and cities within Shanxi Province, like Datong, Taiyuan, Xinzhou, Ningwu, Jiexiu, Linfen, Shuozhou and so on.

Train Route Departure Station Train Type Duration Frequency
Datong - Pingyao Datong Railway Station K trains about 6 ~ 8 hours 3 trains per day
Taiyuan - Pingyao Taiyuan Railway Station K trains about 1.5 ~ 2.5 hours about 10 trains per day
Xinzhou - Pingyao Xinzhou Railway Station K trains about 2.5 ~ 3.5 hours 4 trains per day
Linfen - Pingyao Linfen Railway Station K trains about 2.5 hours about 10 trains per day

How to Plan a Pingyao Tour

Pingyao is best known for the well-preserved Pingyao Ancient City, which has been listed as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage with nearby Shuanglin Temple and Zhenguo Temple. Depending on your time, you can arrange a one-day short trip to Pingyao or leave two days in a class itinerary that is more recommended.

First, take 1 full day to discover Pingyao Ancient City, climb up the Ancient City Wall to get a panoramic view of spectacular architecture complex, learn the history of China’s modern bank in Rishengchang Former Bank, view large scale of ancient dwellings, seek local flavor and past prosperity in Ming and Qing Dynasties Street, etc. Next morning, drive to Shuanglin Temple just 6 km from the ancient city, witness thousands of painted sculpture masterpieces made during Tang, Song, Liao, Yuan and Yuan Dynasties. You’re sure to like the serenity and amazing ancient folk art there. In the afternoon, continue cultural exploration to Wang's Family Compound - the famous “Forbidden City in Folk”. In this huge compound, you can see massive authentically preserved houses, temples, gardens, schools with recherché designs, decorations, carvings, statues, etc.

2 Days Classic Pingyao Ancient City Tour

3 Days Pingyao Discovery Tour

Shanxi Province still has a lot more great attractions worthy of your trip, including the Datong Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Temple, sacred Mount Wutai, imposing Hukou Waterfall of Yellow River, etc. We highly recommend visiting them together with Pingyao to have a comprehensive impression of culture and history of Shanxi, if you have more time.

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Meanwhile, China is a vast country full of diverse natural and cultural wonders. Close location makes Shanxi often be visited with neighboring destinations, like Beijing, Xian, Luoyang and Hohhot, even extended to Shanghai, Chengdu and other parts of China. That fantastically offers you great chance to see different landscape and regional highlights in vast China, covering both nature and culture. Don’t miss the Great Wall in Beijing, cute Giant Pandas in Chengdu, splendid mixed culture in metropolis of Shanghai, picturesque prairie in Hohhot…Choose from our most popular China Shanxi tour packages or contact us to customize a memorable travel experience!

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China High Speed Train Travel Tips

How to Book, Alter and Cancel a Ticket

There are many ways to book a train ticket, including booking online, booking with a travel agency, booking at the ticket offices in China’s Railway Stations, etc. For foreign travelers, you are suggested to book with travel agency so you won’t meet with the language barrier. A ticket can be altered at appointed counters in railway station to an earlier or later train. It is also available to cancel your ticket before the scheduled departure time. However, you might be charged with service fee. Check details>

How to Collect a Ticket

You need to go to the Collecting Window of the railway station or the ticket agency to collect your ticket. If you want to collect your ticket in the departure day, we suggest you get to the railway station 2-3 hours early. It is best to collect your tickets as early as possible during the peak seasons (like in Spring Festival, Chinese National Day). Check details>

How to Read a Ticket

From the train tickets, travelers could see the departure time, departure and arrival train stations, train number, carriage number, seat class/number, passport number & passenger’s name, boarding gate, price, etc. Please pay special attention to the departure train station and make sure which one you should go to. Check details>

How to Board & Disembark a Train

Before boarding a right train, you have several steps to follow: 1) Prepare your documents well (passport, visa); 2) Get to the right train station in advance; 3) collect train tickets; 4) Read your train ticket; 5) Pass the security control; 6) Security check & luggage check; 7) Find right waiting room; 8) Cross the ticket checking gate; 9) Get to the right platform; 10) Get on your train. After you get off your train, your ticket will be check again to leave the station. Check details>

Baggage Allowance

Traveling with a train, each passenger is permitted to take baggage in certain amount, weight and volume. Besides, some items are prohibited to be carried to the railway stations and the trains, like weapons, knives, live animals, etc. Check details>

Explore Pingyao High Speed Train Travel with China Discovery

China Discovery is professional in offering you a high-value Pingyao tour. Moreover, traveling with us, you won’t need to worry about the complicated transfer. your local guide will meet you at the exit of the railway station and drive you to your hotel or attractions. You can choose from top Pingyao tour packages we selected for you, or contact us to customize a unique one.

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