How to Get from Luoyang to Shaolin Temple 2024

Exploring different destinations in Henan is a perfect way to learn diverse and brilliant Chinese civilization and Luoyang and Shaolin Temple are two most famous places to visit in Henan. Luoyang is one of the popular gateway cities to visit Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng. After visiting Longmen Grottoes - China’s biggest Buddhist grottoes with the largest number of Buddhist statues and White Horse Temple - China’s oldest Buddhist temple in ancient capital of Luoyang, it's quite easy and conveninet to travel to Shaolin Temple nearby, realize your Kung Fu dream in this holy land where Shaolin Kung Fu (Martial Arts) originated. How do I get from Luoyang to Shaolin Temple fast and conveniently? Below we provide detailed location, distance and available transportation between Luoyang and Shaolin Temple to help you better plan and enjoy a Shaolin Temple tour from Luoyang.

How Far is Shaolin Temple from Luoyang?

Luoyang & Luoyang Longmen Grottoes Location: Luoyang (洛阳, /luò yáng/) is a prefecture-level city in western Henan Province, which borders Zhengzhou City to the west, Sanmenxia City to the west, Jiaozuo and Jiyuan Cities to the north and Nanyang and Pingdingshan cities to the south. It takes about 2.5 hours driving (145 km) from Luoyang to Zhengzhou, capital city of Henan Province.

Shaolin Temple Location: Shaolin Temple (少林寺, geographic coordinates: 34° 30′27″ N, 112° 56′ 7″ E) is located at the foot of Shaoshi Mountain of Mount Song, northwest of Dengfeng City, Zhengzhou City, Henan Province. It lies about 15 km northwest of Dengfeng City, about 30 minutes by car and almost 90 km, 2 hours’ driving from Zhengzhou.

Luoyang to Shaolin Temple Distance: Shaolin Temple is situated in southeast of Luoyang City with an estimated 1.5 hours’ driving distance, about 55 km.

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Longmen Grottoes to Shaolin Temple:

As the best-known landmark in Luoyang, Longmen Grottoes is located in Longmen Town, Luolong District, Luoyang City, about 15 km south of the city center. If you plan to get from Longmen Grottoes to Shaolin Temple, you're highly suggested using our private transfer service within 1.5 hours (53 km). If you want to take public transportation, you also need to transfer to Luoyang Bus Station to take a bus to Shaolin Temple.

Luoyang to Shaolin Temple

Luoyang to Shaolin Temple Transportation Map

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Private Transfer Time: about 1.5 hours

Places of Departure & Arrival: train stations, airport, hotel, attractions in Luoyang ... can be flexible designated based on your itinerary.

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Get from Luoyang to Shaolin Temple by Bus

There are about 10 buses running from Luoyang to Shaolin Temple on a daily basis. You can take bus departing from Luoyang Bus Station (洛阳汽车站) at 08:10, 10:10 and other times every morning and get to Shaolin Temple directly after nearly 2 hours’ ride. Please note that all the buses depart from Luoyang before noon and there are no afternoon buses available.

Meanwhile, there are some buses starting from Luoyang Bus Station to Xinmi (新密, a county-level city in Zhengzhou City which borders Defeng City in the east) and Xuchang (许昌, a county level city in south of Zhengzhou, central Henan). The bus ride is approximately 2.5 hours each. But after arrival, you need around 1 hour to 1.5 hours’ extra transfer from Xinmi and about 2 hours’ driving from Xuchang. Thus, the latter is not recommended for time-consuming and complex transfers.

Luoyang Bus Station 洛阳汽车站

Address: No.71, Daonan Road, Xigong District, Luoyang City, Henan Province河南省洛阳市西工区道南路71号

Transportation: The bus station lies on the left side of Luoyang Railway Station (洛阳站) within several minutes’ walking; about 14 km/30 minutes’ driving from Luoyang Longmen Railway Station (洛阳龙门站) and approximately 10 km from Luoyang city center.

Luoyang to Shaolin Temple Direct Bus Schedules:

Departure Station Arrival Place Departure Time Duration Ticket Price (CNY)
Luoyang Bus Station Shaolin Temple 08:10, 10:10... about 2 hours about ¥20.0

Note: Above bus schedule is listed for reference only and is subject to change.

Get from Luoyang to Shaolin Temple by Train - Not Recommended

Since currently there is no train station located near Shaolin Temple, travelers planning to get to Shaolin Temple by train have to transfer in Zhengzhou first. You have two options but both quite time-wasting and exhausting.

Option 1: Luoyang to Gongyi by Train + Gongyi to Shaolin Temple by Car

Estimated Time: about 1.5 hours

One is taking a train from Luoyang Longmen Railway Station to Gongyi South Railway Station(巩义南站) which is the nearest train station (about 35 km) to Shaolin Temple. Between the two stations, there are nearly 10 high speed trains (G trains) arranged from early morning 07:20 to 18:30 in the afternoon. The train travel just costs 14 minutes. Upon arrival, you need to take a taxi or charter a bus to Shaolin Temple, for around 1 hours’ ride.

Useful Link: Luoyang to Gongyi High Speed Train Schedule

Option 2: Luoyang to Zhengzhou by Train + Zhengzhou to Shaolin Temple by Bus

Estimated Time: about 2.5 ~ 3 hours

Another choice is getting to Zhengzhou from Luoyang. Because Zhengzhou Railway Station lies close to Zhengzhou Bus Station where sends direct bus to Shaolin Temple, thus, it’s highly advised to get to Zhengzhou Railway Station instead of Zhengzhou East Railway Station.

Normal trains need about 1.5 hours and depart from Luoyang Railway Station to Zhengzhou Railway Station, while high speed trains from Luoyang Longmen Railway Station to Zhengzhou Railway Station takes around 40 minutes. Next, you can take a morning bus from Zhengzhou Long-distance Bus Center Station to get to Shaolin Temple straightway. A bus drives around 1.5 hours for the 90 km-long way.

Useful Link: Luoyang to Zhengzhou Train Schedule

Zhengzhou Long-distance Bus Center Station 郑州长途汽车中心站

Address: No.14 Xinglong Street, Zhengzhou City, Henan Province 河南省郑州市兴隆街14号

Transportation: The bus station is located near the East Square of Zhengzhou Railway Station, about 4 km/ 15 minutes’ driving from Zhengzhou downtown and about 20 km /30 minutes’ driving from Zhengzhou East Railway Station.

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Zhengzhou to Shaolin Temple Direct Bus Schedules:

Departure Station Arrival Place Departure Time Duration Ticket Price (CNY)
Zhengzhou Long-distance Bus Center Station Shaolin Temple 08:00, 09:40 ... about 1.5 hours about ¥28.0

Note: Above bus schedule is listed for reference only and is subject to change.

How to Plan a Luoyang Shaolin Temple Tour

Except the arrival day and transfer, two days are enough for a classic Luoyang Shaolin Temple tour with one day in each destination. During your one-day trip in Luoyang, China’s famous ancient capital of 13 dynasties, the top must-sees include the Longmen Grottoes and White Horse Temple, two remarkable Buddhist relics. First, you will visit Longmen Grottoes, which is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage notable as the largest Buddhist cave with the highest number of Buddhist statues. Don’t miss the Buddha Vairocana that caved in Tang Dynasty and known as the Mona Lisa of the East. White Horse Temple, the oldest Buddhist temple in China with a long history of nearly 1950 years is another highlight of Luoyang. Cultural and history fans are suggested to take some time visit Luoyang Museum, learning its previous glory.

Drive 1.5 hours from Luoyang, you will get to Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng, the world-famous birthplace of Shaolin Kung Fu. Here you can view grandiose temple architectures, halls, pagodas, towers, fully immerse in the Buddhist Zen atmosphere, and watch a splendid Kung Fu Show. Enthusiasts of Chinese Martial Arts can even join in a Kung Fu training program to learn some basic styles. If you like, it’s also popular to get longer training in a Kung Fu school to fulfill your Chinese Kung Fu dream.

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As one of the profound cradle of Chinese civilization, Henan bred lots of diverse culture and history of China along with its unique natural landscape. With more days, you can tour Yuntai Mountain in Jiaozuo to view great landform and waterfalls in canyons, or visit Xiaolangdi Dam on the Yellow River, be shocked by Guoliang Viallge and winding wall road on the cliffside, trace old oracle bone Chinese scripts in Yin Ruins of Anyang and discover ancient prosperity in Millennium City Park of Kaifeng.

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