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How to Travel from Pingyao to Xian | Pingyao to Xian Train

The Northern China has been the politic center of China for thousands of years, thus, lots of brilliant ancient cultural and historical legacies were left in these areas. Xian and Pingyao are two top representatives which retain several UNESCO World Cultural Heritages, including Terracotta Warriors, Pingyao Ancient City respectively. Traveling from Pingyao to Xian is a wonderful ancient China discovery tour between a previous prosperous county-level city and an influential ancient capital city for 13 dynasties. The most interesting part is that you can visit two well-preserved ancient cities in each destination. Since Pingyao has no airport and can only be reached by land, pluse the driving takes more than a half day, the fast high speed train travel is the most popular way to travel from Pingyao to Xian.

Below is detailed and useful Pingyao to Xian transportation guide given to help you better plan and enjoy a Pingyao Xian trip in China!

How Far is Pingyao to Xian?

Pingyao Location: Well-known as one of the hot tourist places in Shanxi Province (山西省), Pingyao is a county located in central Shanxi Province. It is about 100 km from Taiyuan City and 100 km from Taiyuan Wusu International Airport, 400 km from Datong, 300 km from Wutaishan and 600 km from Beijing.

Xian Location: Xian is the capital of Shaanxi Province (陕西省) and a world famous tourist destination for its Terracotta Army. It lies in middle of Shaanxi Province, facing Wei River and Loess Plateau to the north, Qingling Mountains to the south. The distance from Xian to Beijing is around 1,100 km far, and almost 600 km to Taiyuan and 900 km to Datong.

Pingyao to Xian Distance: Shanxi Province borders Shaanxi Province in the east. Pingyao is located in the northeast of Xian, with an estimated driving distance of 500 km (over 6 hours’ driving).

Pingyao to Xian Pingyao to Xian Transportation Map

Option 1: Travel from Pingyao to Xian by High Speed Bullet Train - Most Recommended

Frequency: nearly 10 trains per day (D trains)

Train Time: about 3 hours

From & To: Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station (平遥古城站) - Xian North Railway Station (西安北站)

Located on the south section of Datong Xian High Speed Railway, Pingyao to Xian high speed train travel makes the transportation between the two destinations more convenient and efficient. Every day, there are about 10 high speed bullet trains running from Pingyao to Xian. The bullet train journey is just 3 hours short, which means you can arrival in Xian before noon if you take a morning train. The D trains depart from Pingyao Ancient City from about 8:30 to 20:00 each day and get to Xian on the same day. Most D trains have two kinds of tickets - First Class Seat and Second Class Seat, while a few D trains have more Business Class Seats offered.

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4 Days Ancient Pingyao & Xian Brief Tour

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◆ Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station 平遥古城站

Address: Wenjing Avenue, Houji Village, Pingyao County, Jinzhong City, Shanxi Province 山西省晋中市平遥县侯冀村文景大道

Transportation: The Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station (also called Pingyao Gucheng Railway Station) lies farther to Pingyao Ancient City than Pingyao Railway Station. Driving distance to Pingyao Ancient City is about 9 km and just 3 km to Shuanglin Temple, almost 100 km (1.5 hours’ ride) from Taiyuan Wusu Airport (the nearest airport). Pingyao City Bus 108 is the special bus running in loop among two train stations in Pingyao, Pingyao Ancient City and Shuanglin Temple.

◆ Xian North Railway Station 西安北站

Address: Yuanshuo Road, Weiyang District, Xian City, Shaanxi Province 陕西省西安市未央区元朔路

Transportation: The station is located about 16 km from Bell Tower & Muslim Street (city center), 18 km away from south gate of Ancient City Wall, 50 km far from the Terracotta Warriors and 30 km to Giant Wild Goose Pagoda. After arrival, you can take Xian Metro Line 2 to get Bell Tower, of get of at Yongningmen Station (永宁门站) to visit the Ancient City Wall. Or, take Metro Line 4 to Giant Wild Goose Pagoda and Tang Paradise. If you take a taxi, it needs 1.5 hours to the Terracotta Warriors Museum, 1 hour to Bell Tower (the best accommodation area in Xian) and 1 hour 20 minutes to the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda.

Datong to Pingyao Train Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station
Pingyao to Xian Train Xian North Railway Station
Pingyao to Xian Train Xian North Railway Station Location Map (click to enlarge)

Below is the Real-time Pingyao to Xian High Speed Train Timetable:

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Note: Train information is subject to final confirmation due to the delay of data occasionally.

Option 2: Travel from Pingyao to Xian by Normal Train - Not Recommended

Frequency: 1 train per day (K train)

Train Time: about 8.5 hours

From & To: Pingyao Railway Station (平遥站) - Xian Railway Station (西安站)

At present, Pingyao still has 1 normal train getting to Xian each day. It starts from Pingyao Railway Station in Pingyao at 00:24 at midnight and reaches Xian Railway Station around 09:00 in the morning. You will pass 7 stations en route, including Huashan Mountain. Three types of tickets are sold: Soft Sleeper, Hard Sleeper and Hard Seat.

Compared to high speed trains, the only K train is not recommended, because the departure time is quite inconvenient for getting to the station, the train time is nearly 3 times than the bullet train and facilities on board is not as modern and advanced as that of the bullet train.

◆ Pingyao Railway Station 平遥站

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

Transportation: Pingyao Railway Station is located in the northwest corner of Pingyao Ancient City, within walking distance to the ancient site and just 10 minutes’ driving to Shuanglin Temple.

◆ Xian Railway Station 西安站

Address: No. 44 Huancheng North Road, Xincheng District, Xian City, Shaanxi Province 西安市新城区环城北路44号

Transportation: Xian Railway Station is an old train station located near the North Gate (Anyuan Gate) of Ancient City Wall. It is 37 km to Terracotta Warriors and Horses (about 1 hour’s driving), 4 km to Muslim Quarter (about 20 minutes’ driving), 10 km (30 minutes’ driving) to Giant Wild Goose Pagoda and 38 km to Xian Xianyang International Airport (about 1 hour’s driving). You can take bus 914, 915 from Sanfuwan Bus Station near Xian Railway Station to Terracotta Warriors, which takes nearly 2.5 hours in total.

Pingyao Railway Station Pingyao Railway Station
Xian Railway Station Xian Railway Station

Option 3: ravel from Pingyao to Xian by Flight via Taiyuan - Not Recommended

Currently, there is no airport located in Pingyao and the nearest airport of Pingyao is the Taiyuan Wusu International Airport (IATA: TYN). Taiyuan Airport lies about 100 km from Pingyao, with nearly 2 hours’ driving. Unfortunately, at present, Taiyuan has no non-stop flights to Xian, all flights have to stop in Yantai (Shandong Province) or Shijiazhuang (Hebei Province), costing at least 6.5 hours. So, taking flight from Pingyao to Xian via Taiyuan is not a good idea, due to many extra time-wasting transfers.

How to Plan a Pingyao Xian Tour

Best Time to Visit Xian: March to May, mid-September to November.

Top Attractions to Visit in Xian: Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall, Bell & Drum Tower, Muslim Quarter, Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, etc.

Usually, a classic Pingyao Xian tour takes four days, one and half a days to tour Pingyao, half a day to take the Pingxian to Xian high speed bullet train and leave 2 days to visit Xian. If you want an in-depth tour, more days should be prepared to visit more attractions and enjoy some local featured activities.

After arrival in Pingyao, you can use 1 full day to discover Pingyao Ancient City, climb up the Ancient City Wall to get a panoramic view of the entire, visit Rishengchang Former Bank to learn the history of modern bank in China, see busy commercial shops lined in Ming and Qing Dynasties Street, etc. Next day, take a few hours to visit Shuanglin Temple to witness the breathtaking “Treasure House of Painted Clay Sculpture of China”. Thousands of delicate Buddhist sculptures are preserved there.

Next, take a 3-hour high speed train journey to Xian. It’s flexible to arrange 1 day, 2 days, 3 or 4 days to visit Xian and surrounding attractions. It’s advised to use half a day to tour the Terracotta Warriors, spend 1 to 2 days for the Xian Ancient City Wall, Bell & Drum Tower, Muslim Quarter, Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, local snack tasting and Tang Dynasty Show watching, etc. Making 1-day side trip to Mount Huashan is a thrilling trip where you can see marvelous landform and challenge the Plan Walk on the cliffside.

4 Days Ancient Pingyao & Xian Tour

Meanwhile, Shanxi has more stunning destinations with World Heritages worthy your exploration, including Datong (Yungang Grottoes), Wutaishan, Hukou Waterfall. Besides, Close location makes Shanxi usually be toured 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, Terracotta Army in Xian, 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

Class of Ticket

There are two or three kinds of tickets are provided on high speed train from Pingyao to Xian, First Class Seat,Second Class Seat and Business Class Seat. Second Class Seat is the most budget level you will share a row space with other passengers. And the First Class of Seat is more comfortable and quiet for those who prefer a good rest on the way. Check All Types of Seats on China High Speed Train>

Book, Collect, Alter and Cancel

Foreign tourists can book train ticket online or ask help from ticket agency, or buy the tickets physically at the train station with your valid passport. One thing you should remember is to book the ticket as early as possible, especially in peak tourist seasons. After collecting the tickets, please read carefully about the train number, departure date and station to make sure you won’t miss the train. If you want to cancel, alter your train tickets, you are required to bring your passport to the ticket counter and make the adjustments. Check details about How to Book, Collect, Alter, and Cancel Train Tickets>

Board & Get off

1) Prepare your documents well (valid passport with China 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) Pass through Security & Luggage Checks; 7) Find the right waiting room; 8) Cross the ticket checking gate; 9) Get to the right platform; 10) Get on your train. Keep the ticket well, because the ticket will be checked again to leave the station after you get off. Check details about How to Board & Disembark a Train>

Baggage Allowance

China train travel with luggage is much easier than taking flight, for you don’t need to check luggage separately. Each passenger with a train ticket is allowed to carry luggage in certain weight and volume, but without limitation of amount and types. Though there are written regulation and rules about the luggage allowance, in practice, passengers can take as much luggage as you can if only you handled them properly. Check detailed Baggage Allowance & Policy to Take China Train>

Facilities and Service

All high speed trains in China are equipped with advanced facilities and good service to make your journey more convenient and comfortable. There are different places you can put your luggage onboard, racks and specialized luggage storage areas. Besides, the air-conditioner train offers you plug under the seats to charge your phone or laptop, sightseeing window to view the outside scenery as well as western-style toilets. There is also available dining area you can get some supplies. Bilingual signs and the broadcast use both Chinese and English so that you don’t need to worry about the communication. Check All Facilities & Service on China Train>


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