There are 11 pairs of high-speed trains (G trains) running between Beijing and Xi'an. Only daytime high-speed trains are currently available, operating from around 7am to 6pm. The time interval between services is about one hour. The journey on a high-speed train is about 5 hours.
There are four classes of seats on Beijing–Xi'an High-Speed Trains:
|Train types||Seat classes||Price|
(duration: about 5 hours)
|2nd class||¥515.5 ($78)|
|1st class||¥824.5 ($125)|
|Superior class||¥981.5 ($149)|
|Business class||¥1,623.5 ($246)|
We suggest you choose a train that allows you to arrive at the train station 2 hours before its departure because the stations in Beijing and Xi'an are very large and it takes time to navigate and negotiate security checks and lines.
There are usually many passengers queued up in front of the ticket windows and entrances, especially during peak season and China's public holidays, such as the first weeks of May and October.
Valid ID is required when buying a ticket AND boarding a train:
You can book train tickets online easily through China Highlights Train Ticket Service. We provide detailed and helpful English guidance, a 24/7 service, and also a ticket delivery service. You only need to complete three steps to get your train tickets.
Alternatively, you can contact your travel advisor to help you buy the train tickets, which is also very convenient.
This is a good choice if you know some Chinese characters and can speak simple Chinese.
If you don't know Chinese, please see our Chinese translation table below for help:
|I want to buy a Beijing–Xi'an high-speed train ticket.||我想买1张从北京到西安的高铁票。|
|I would like to buy a high-speed train ticket departing at around 10:00.||我想买10点左右发车的高铁票。|
|I want to buy a Xi'an–Beijing high-speed train ticket.||我想买1张从西安到北京的高铁票。|
We, at China Highlights, will be glad to help you if you need more Chinese translations.
|Tian'anmen Square||35 yuan (5.50 USD)||25 minutes|
|Beijing South Railway Station||35 yuan (5.50 USD)||25 minutes|
|Beijing Capital International Airport||135 yuan (20.50 USD) (includes expressway toll)||1 hour 10 minutes|
|The Terracotta Army||120 yuan (18 USD)||50 minutes|
|Xi'an Railway Station||35 yuan (5.50 USD)||40 minutes|
|Xi'an Xianyang International Airport||75 yuan (11.50 USD)||30 minutes|
The timetables below are only for your reference. If you want up-to-date schedules, you may use the search tool at the top of this page, or our Train Ticket Booking Service.
(Updated on June 15, 2016)
|Beijing to Xi'an||Xi'an to Beijing|
|Train No.||Depart||Arrive||Duration||Train No.||Depart||Arrive||Duration|
|G651||06:58||12:52||5 h 54 min||G652||07:52||13:26||5 h 34 min|
|G653||07:57||14:01||6 h 4 min||G26||09:12||13:49||4 h 37 min|
|G671||08:15||14:31||6 h 16 min||G672||09:19||15:11||5 h 52 min|
|G655||09:43||15:31||5 h 48 min||G656||10:07||15:33||5 h 26 min|
|G659||12:07||17:43||5 h 36 min||G660||11:00||17:11||6 h 11 min|
|G87||14:00||18:25||4 h 25 min||G662||11:38||17:16||5 h 38 min|
|G673||14:43||20:36||5 h 53 min||G88||13:18||17:55||4 h 37 min|
|G661||14:48||20:45||5 h 57 min||G664||14:34||20:25||5 h 51 min|
|G663||15:45||21:24||5 h 39 min||G666||16:00||21:31||5 h 31 min|
|G665||16:00||21:51||5 h 51 min||G674||17:18||23:00||5 h 42 min|
|G669||17:36||22:54||5 h 18 min||G670||18:05||23:29||5 h 24 min|
The facilities and appearance of high-speed trains are similar in that they are all new and modern. The bullet-shaped trains are white. The facilities include:
Chinese toilets are one of the biggest issues for a foreign traveler in China. Don't worry! Western-style toilets are set at the end of each carriage and are equipped with toilet paper. However, they may occasionally run out of toilet paper, so you are recommended to bring your own, just in case.
If you are looking for tour planning ideas using this route, please see Beijing to Xi'an Train Travel Route. Or see our most popular tour below, for inspiration:
If you want to adjust the itinerary, we can tailor-make it for you. We can help you arrange your tour according to your interests and requirements.