How to Get to & Around Xian 2019

Get to/away from Xian

By Air

Xian Xianyang Airport(咸阳机场) connects almost major cities in China from Xian. There are also several international airlines. The airport is located within the administrative area of Xianyang city, which gives the airport its name. It is 25 kilometers northwest of Xi'an city center, and 13 kilometers northeast of the center of Xianyang.

So far, there are 48 airline companies running 269 lines which cover most major cities in China and connect several international cities in Asia. Xianyang Airport is the hub of China Northwest Airline which runs most of daily flights to and from cities, including Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Kunming, Wuhan, Chongqing, Changsha, Nanjing, Xiamen, Qingdao, and Urumqi, etc.

As for international flight, Xian has flights to Hong Kong, Macau, Seoul, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, and Nagoya, Fukuoka, Niigata and Hiroshima in Japan, etc.

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Xian Xianyang Airport

Xian Xianyang Airport

By Train

There are three railway stations in Xian: Xi'an Railway Station, Xi'an North Railway Station and Xi'an South Railway Station. Each of them has their own specialty. Read more about Xian Train Stations>

Xian Railway Station is the transportation center of Northwest China. It was built in 1934, and has become the fourth busiest railway station in China. It connects most of cities in China, including most of the hot travel destinations: Beijing, Tibet, Chengdu, Shanghai, Yunnan, and Guangzhou (7 daily trains during 09:34~13:27, about 8-9 hours), etc.

North Railway Station is located in Lijiajie Village in Weiyang District, mainly serving high speed trains. Passengers taking bullet train for Beijing (14 daily trains during 07:50~18:22, about 4.5-6 hours), Shanghai (19 daily trains during 06:24~15:48, about 6-7.5 hours), Chengdu (21 daily trains during 07:45~19:36, about 3-4.5 hours), Wuhan (12 daily trains during 09:34~15:16, about 4-5.5 hours), Zhengzhou (57 daily trains during 06:19:44, about 2-2.5 hours), Luoyang (45 daily trains during 07:35~19:44, about 1.5-2 hours), Huashan (37 daily trains during 06:24~19:44, about 30-45 minutes), Chongqing (7 daily trains during 07:30~15:33, about 5-5.5 hours), Lanzhou (35 daily trains during 07:42~20:45, about 3-3.5 hours), Tianshui (34 daily trains during 07:42~20:45, about 1.5-2 hours), Jiayuguan (2 trains during 07:42-13:40, about 8 hours), Zhangye (2 trains during 07:42-13:40, about 6.5 hours) and so forth can depart here.

Xi'an South Railway Station, with the former name of Chang'an Station, is a middle-stop for Chongqing-Taiyuan, Chongqing-Urumqi, Chongqing-Xi'an, Xi'an-Guiyang, Chengdu-Tianjin, Xi'an-Ankang trains. The South Station locates in the city's outskirt area.

>>Xian Train Stations to Terracotta Warriors

>>Xian North Railway Station to Xian City Downtown

Xian Railway Station

Xian Railway Station

Beijing Xian Train

There are three kinds of trains run between Beijing and Xian- High Speed Bullet Train (G-Train), Fast Train (T-Train) and Regular Train (K-Train). G-Trains run between Beijing West Railway Station and Xian North Railway Station, and take only about 4.5-6 hours to get Xian (Beijing) from Beijing (Xian). While T-Trains run between Beijing West Railway Station and Xian Railway Station, and you have to spend half of a day to reach your destination. K-Trains cost lowest money while longest time spending on the train (usually about 15.5hrs).

Other major destinations starting from Xian Railway Station:

  • Xian - Lhasa T Trains: T265/T266 (09:45 - next day 17:05); T164/T165 (11:24 - next day 19:17)
  • Xian - Shanghai Z Train: 94/Z92 (16:46 - next day 07:53), etc.
  • Xian - Chengdu T Train: T7T8 (06:41 – 20:36)
  • Xian - Chongqing K Train: K1002/K1004(21:28 - next day 10:35)
  • Xian - Hangzhou Z Train: Z88/Z86 (19:13 - next day 11:51 )
  • Xian - Datong Train: No.2672/No.2671 (22:53 - next day 15:27)
  • Xian - Pingyao Train: No.2672/No.1485(22:53 - next day 07:24)

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>>Xian Lanzhou High Speed Trains (via Tianshui)

>>Xian Huashan High Speed Trains

>>Xian Jiayuguan High Speed Trains (via Zhangye)

>>Xian Chongqing High Speed Trains

Beijing Xian High Speed Train

Beijing Xian High Speed Train

Getting Around

By Metro

So far, Metro Line 1 and Line 2 are under operation. Line 1 runs from the east of the city to the west of the city while Line 2 connects Northern Bus Station to Southern Weiqu Station. With high speed, the two lines can take you to Xi’an Sports Park, Da Ming Palace, Bell Tower, Shaanxi History Museum and some major bus stations, etc. easily. Line 3 has been newly operated and can take you to the popular places like the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda.

By Taxi

Taking a taxi is always convenient because it helps you get from any destination to any destination directly. In Xi’an, usually 9 RMB is charged for the first 3 kilometers (or 2 kilometers high-emission cars), and 2 RMB (or 2.4 RMB for high-emission cars) for each subsequent kilometer.

By Bus

Travelers usually choose buses to take a Xian side trip to visit Mount Hua, Luoyang, Hukou Waterfall, etc. There are 7 bus stations in Xian: Xian Bus Station, East Bus Station, West Bus Station, Sanfuwan Bus Station, Shaanxi Bus Station, North Bus Station and Mingdemen Bus Station. From each bus station, you can take bus to the near cities and travel site.

Getting to Museum of Terracotta Warriors

From Xi’an Railway Station: It is about 40 km from Xi’an Railway Station to Museum of Terra Cotta Warriors. Public bus No. 5, 306, 915 and 914 are available to bring you there directly. The whole journey may cost about one and a half hours.

From Xianyang Xian Airport: The distance from airport to Museum of Terracotta Warriors is a bit longer. You need to take one airport bus, and then transfer to metro Line 1 and then public bus No. 5 or 307 to get there.

>>How to Get to Terracotta Warriors


Xian Bus

Xian Metro

Xian Bus

Xian Taxi

Xian Bus

Xian Bus

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Questions & Discussions

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How long does it take to get to Guangzhou from Xi\'an?
How long does it take to fly from Xian City to Guangzhou? And how long does it take to get to Guangzhou by bullet-train / high-speed train?
2016-09-14 13:12
Hi Amy,

Thanks for your message. It takes about 2.5~3 hours to get to Guangzhou from Xian by flights. There are usually more than 15 flights available each day (earliest at 07:25am and latest at 10:00pm).

The high speed trains (bullet trains) run about 8~9 hours to get to Guangzhou from Xian. Currently there are 7 bullet trains for passengers to transfer to Guangzhou (earliest at 09:42 and latest at 01:12pm).

Best regards,

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