How to Get to & Get around Luoyang

Luoyang, a low-key city sitting quietly in central China, however, has a splendid past. With a city history of more than 4000 years, it is one of the birthplaces of Chinese civilization. In the history, more than ten dynasties established capitals in Luoyang.

Now Luoyang is most famous for Longmen Grottoes - a Buddhist carving masterpiece with a history of over 1500 years. You need to get to Luoyang first to start a Longmen Grottoes tour. Here we have provided you with more specific information about Luoyang transportation including how to get to Luoyang from other cities like Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Zhengzhou, etc. and how to get from Luoyang to Longmen Grottoes, Shaolin Temple, and Mt. Yuntai.

Where is Luoyang

Luoyang is in the northwest of Henan Province in central China, with Zhengzhou City (capital of Henan) in the east, Sanmenxia City in the west, and Jiaozuo City in the north.

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Get to Luoyang by Flight

Luoyang Beijiao Airport (IATA: LYA)

Location: Mangshan, Laocheng District, Luoyang City (河南省洛阳市老城区邙山), about 12 km, 30 minutes’ drive to Luoyang downtown (Wangcheng Park); 26 km, 45 minutes’ drive to Longmen Grottoes; and 21 km, 40 minutes’ drive to Luoyang Longmen Railway Station.

Luoyang Beijiao Airport (洛阳北郊机场) is built in 1985 and put into operation in 1987. As the only airport in Luoyang, it plays a significant role in connecting Luoyang with other cities in China such as Beijing (2h), Shanghai (2-2.5h), Chengdu (2h), Chongqing (1.5h), Guangzhou (2.5h), Shenzhen (2.5h), etc. Read more about Luoyang Beijiao Airport & Flights>>

Get to Luoyang by Train

There are 5 train stations in Luoyang, namely Luoyang Railway Station (洛阳站), Luoyang Longmen Railway Station (洛阳龙门站), Guanlin Railway Station (关林站), Yanshi Railway Station (偃师站) and Xin’anxian Railway Station (新安县站). Among them, Luoyang Longmen Railway Station and Luoyang Railway Station are the main passenger railway stations.

Luoyang Longmen Railway Station (洛阳龙门站)

Location: NO.19 Tongqu Road, Luolong District, Luoyang City (河南省洛阳市洛龙区通衢路19号), about 11 km, 20 minutes’ drive to Luoyang downtown (Wangcheng Park), 5 km (15 minutes’ drive) to Longmen Grottoes, 21 km (35 minutes’ drive) to Luoyang Beijiao Airport.

Luoyang Longmen Railway Station, officially put into operation in February, 2010, mainly serves Luoyang high-speed trains on Xuzhou-Lanzhou High-speed Railway. Its construction has brought much convenience for tourists to Longmen Grottoes. It also has shortened the travel time greatly between Luoyang and main cities in China such as Beijing (4-4.5h), Xian (1.5-2h), Zhengzhou (40 min), etc. Read more about Luoyang Longmen Railway Station>>

Luoyang Railway Station (洛阳站)

Location: NO.1 Daonan Road, Xigong District, Luoyang City (河南省洛阳市西工区道南路1号). It’s in downtown area, about 20 km (35 minutes’ drive) from Longmen Grottoes, 9.5 km (30 minutes’ drive) from Luoyang Beijiao Airport.

Luoyang Railway Station was firstly built in 1912 and has served Luoyang City for over 100 years. It now mainly operates normal trains which you can choose when travelling within Henan with not a very long duration but lower price. Luoyang Bus Station (or called Luoyang Coach Station), which operates daily buses to Shaolin Temple and other cities in Henan, is just across the railway station.

Get from Beijing to Luoyang

Beijing, as the capital of China and home to numerous places of historic interest and scenic beauty such as the Forbidden City, Great Wall, Summer Palace, etc. is always chosen as the first stop to start a China trip.

Beijing is about 800 km to the north of Luoyang. With the operation of high speed trains, the travel time has been shortened to about 4 hours. Direct flights are available from Beijing Daxing International Airport to Luoyang Beijiao Airport and the flight needs about 2 hours.

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Beijing Luoyang Transfer Map (click to enlarge)

Get from Xian to Luoyang

Xian, an ancient capital that attracts thousands of tourists by its profound history and eye-opening Terracotta Warriors, is about 380 km (4.5-5 hours’ drive) to the west of Luoyang. There are over 100 daily trains running from Xian to Luoyang, among which about 75 are high speed trains that only need 1.5-2 hours. The frequent schedule means that you can always find a train that fits your itinerary, which makes a Xian Luoyang Tour super convenient and popular.

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Xian Luoyang Transfer Map (click to enlarge)

Get from Shanghai to Luoyang

As an international metropolis, Shanghai is an important gateway city to China. It is in the southeast coast of China and is about 1000 km from Luoyang. For such a long distance, taking a flight is more recommended. There are 3 daily direct flights from Shanghai to Luoyang and it takes about 2-2.5 hours. High speed trains are also available and it takes 5.5 hours. There are about 12 high speed trains a day.

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Shanghai Luoyang Transfer Map (click to enlarge)

Get from Zhengzhou to Luoyang

Zhengzhou (capital and main transportation hub of Henan) is about 145 km to the east of Luoyang. You can either take a road trip (2.5 hours) by private car or long-distance bus, or take a train to finish the transfer. There are over 120 trains running between Zhengzhou and Luoyang, among which more than 70 are high speed trains and it only needs 40 minutes. Even if you do not catch a bullet train, the normal train is also not a long trip with a duration of about 1.5 hours.

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Zhengzhou Luoyang Transfer Map (click to enlarge)

Get from Luoyang to Shaolin Temple

It is most recommended to get to Shaolin Temple by chartering a car because the public transportation is quite time-consuming. Shaolin Temple is in Dengfeng City, about 55 km (1.5 hours’ drive) from Luoyang. You can take a long-distance bus from Luoyang Bus Station (in Luoyang downtown near Luoyang Railway Station) to Shaolin Temple, which usually needs 2.5 hours. Please be noted that all the buses depart in the morning.

If you travel from Longmen Grottoes to Shaolin Temple by yourself, you also need to get to Luoyang Bus Station first, which is about 16 km, 40 minutes’ drive from the grottoes and then take a bus to Shaolin Temple.

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Luoyang to Shaolin Temple Transfer Map (click to enlarge)

Get from Luoyang to Yuntai Mountain

Yuntai Mountain is in Xiuwu County, Jiaozuo City, Henan Province, about 175 km, 2.5 hours’ drive to the northeast of Luoyang. Independent travellers who want to get to Yuntai Mountain usually need to get to Jiaozuo first. You can take a bus from Luoyang Bus Station to Jiaozuo Bus Station or take a train (2.5h) from Luoyang to Jiaozuo. There are about 15 buses a day and it takes 1.5-3 hours. When you arrive in Jiaozuo, you can take a bus (2 hours) or taxi (1 hour) to Yuntai Mountain.

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Luoyang to Yuntai Mountain Transfer Map (click to enlarge)

Get Around Luoyang

For independent travellers, the most common way to travel around Luoyang is by taxi or bus. Luoyang subway is still under construction.

By subway: Luoyang Metro Line 1 passes through Luoyang from east to west and connects many attractions such as Wangcheng Park, Tianzi Jialiu Museum, and Lijing Gate.

By taxi: Taking a taxi to tour around Taiyuan city can save you much time. Generally speaking, the fare is CNY5 for the first 3 kilometers, then charging CNY1.5 for each additional kilometer. The taxi fare will be a little higher at night.

By bus: There are over 120 bus routes in Luoyang with more than 3000 buses, covering main stops such as Longmen Grottoes, airport, and train stations. The buses usually charge CNY 1-3.

How to Get to Longmen Grottoes

Longmen Grottoes is located in Longmen Town, Luolong District, about 15 km (30 minutes’ drive) to the south of Luoyang downtown, 5 km (15 minutes’ drive) to Luoyang Longmen Railway Station and 26 km (45 minutes’ drive) to Luoyang Beijiao Airport. Many buses in the city can take you to this famous site, but it is a little time-consuming. So you are more recommended to charter a car or take a taxi to Longmen Grottoes. More about How to Get to Longmen Grottoes>>

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Longmen Grottoes Location Map (click to enlarge)

How to Plan Your Travel in Luoyang

Usually, it takes 2 ~ 3 days to have a Luoyang tour. The highlights of Luoyang include Longmen Grottoes which is known as the finest examples of Chinese Buddhist art, 1900-year-old White Horse Temple (also China's first Buddhist temple), 2000-year-old burial site - Tianzi Jialiu Museum and beautiful Luoyang Museum with a lot of history to tell. Of course, you can't miss a Kung Fu exploration in Shaolin Temple (in Dengfeng city) if you visit Luoyang. It is only 55 km (about 1.5 hours' drive) away from Luoyang City.

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what bus station and bus no. do i take to shaolin temple from luoyang; what are the times of departure and cost; i will be arriving from beijing around 10:00 am
will be arriving from beijing around 10:00am and i would like to know what bus station and bus no. do i take to shaolin temple;...what are departure times, bus cost and how long is the bus ride? thank you
2018-08-01 17:55
Hi Kevin,

You can take bus at Luoyang Bus Station (西工区道南路71号) at the diagonally opposite side of Luoyang Railway Station. The schedule is flexible, usually one or two buses in a hour. The price for the bus ticket is around 20cny.

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