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Xi'an Transportaton

Xi'an, in addition to being a popular tourist destination, has an extensive transport network that makes it possible for tourists to access almost all major attractions. There is almost unlimited choices with regard to means of transport when traveling to, from and around the city. In addition, it is well connected to other major towns and cities for those interested in China inter-city tours.


Xi'an is served by several local flights to and from major tourists stops such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Urumqi. The major airport, Xianyang Airport, is 45 kilometers from the city. It is also served by international flights to and fro Hong Kong, Macau and Japan.

Search for Chinese domestic flights and airfares here.

Transport from the Airport

Airport Intercity Bus

Use the airport taxis and buses to go to the town from the airport. You are advised to use public means or renowned private tours when traveling directly from the airport to cities or attractions far away instead of using taxis to avoid being a victim of the many scams involved. Read more information for taxis from the airport to Xi'an.

Xi'an Airport Buses

There are intercity buses that leave the airport for cities around Shaanxi Province.

You can use the following shuttle buses from Xianyang Airport to reach the Bell Tower and other nearby attractions or destinations. Airport Shuttle Line 2 will take you to Xi'an Railway Station (note that this is different from Xi'an North Railway Station) directly from the airport or vice versa.

Airport Bus Route
Operation Time
Shuttle Bus Line 1 Airport ↔ Bell Tower
25 RMB
every half hour
Airport to Xi'an Melody Hotel between about 6 am to 8 pm
Shuttle Bus Line 2 Airport ↔ Xi'an Railway Station
25 RMB
1 hr

7 am to 7 pm from railway station

10 am to 7 pm going from the airport

Shuttle Bus Line 3 Airport ↔ Xishaomen ↔ Xi'an High Technology Industries Development Zone
25 RMB
1 hr

Airport to Ziction Liberal Hotel from 9:40 to 7:40 pm

Liberal Hotel to Airport tel 7:15 and 6:15 pm

Shuttle Bus Line 4 Airport ↔ Tangcheng Hotel ↔ Oriental Hotel ↔ Big Wild Goose Pagoda
25 RMB
1 hr
10 am to 4 pm
Shuttle Bus Line 5 Airport ↔ Xishaome
25 RMB

6 am and 6:30 pm
Shuttle Bus Line 6 Airport ↔ Changba Ecological District
25 RMB

8:30 am and 4:30 pm from the airport side to Kempinski Hotel

8 am and 6 pm from Kempinski Hotel side

Shuttle Bus Line 7 Airport ↔ Xianyang City
15 RMB

7 am and 6 pm from Xianyang City side

up to 8:30 pm from airport side


China Train Search

Train is a good way to have comfortable inter-city tours from Xi'an to Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Wuhan, among other towns/cities.

Normal trains are boarded at Xi'an Railway Station, located at the end of north end of Jiefang Road. The foreigners tickets office is on the south side of the Xi'an station on the second floor, and is open daily from 8:30 to 11:30 am and from 2:30 - 5:30 pm.

Fast trains are from Xi'an North Railway Station, 10 kilometers north of Xi'an's north gate. 

It is possible to take a bullet train from Beijing to Xi'an in 5 hours.

The Zhengzhou-Luoyang-Xi'an High Speed Trains number G652, D5094 and K870 boarded at the Xi'an North Railway Station take you to Mount Hua (Huashan), Longmen, and Luoyang. 

Chinese CRH high-speed train

For Huashan, alight at the Huashan North Station and take a minibus. One can also use cable cars to climb the mountain to all peaks in about 3-4 hours.

Xi'an Metro Line

Tourists also use the Xi'an Metro System to access attractions such as the Banpo Museum, a prehistoric China Museum; Big Wild Goose, and further away attractions such as Huashan Mountain. 

Line 1 and Line 2 are the main lines of the Xi'an Metro System and their schedules are as follows.

Main attractions (destinations) they take tourists to
Fare Operation Time
Line 1

Xi'an Station (Wulukou 五路口)

Xi'an's Ancient City Wall

The Banpo Museum

2 yuan
6.10 a.m to 11.17 p.m
Line 2

Xi'an North Railway Station (北客站)

Shaanxi History Museum (discover Xi'an's glory-day relics in Tang-style buildings)

Big Wild Goose Pagoda Small Wild Goose Pagoda

Muslim Street (popular for snacks)

The Bell Tower and The Drum Tower, Shaanxi Museum of Nature, etc.

2 yuan
6.10 a.m to 11.15 p.m


Terracotta Warrior

Taking a public bus is very efficient and cost-effective for nearby local attractions within the city. 

A popular route for tourists is the #610 ("游8" in Chinese - meaning "tourist number eight"). The route connects to and from the Xi'an railway station, the Bell Tower, the Small Goose Pagoda and Xi'an Museum, the Shaanxi Historic Museum and the Big Goose Pagoda, which are popular attraction sites around the city.

Bus 306 boarded at the Xi'an station (the public ones are boarded from outside not inside the city wall) takes tourists to the Terracotta Warrior Army Museum, Huaqing Palace and hot springs at the foot of Li Shan in Lintong County. Alternatively, use number 914 and 915 to got to the Terracotta Army. Bus number 42 also goes to the Banpo Village Ruins and Shaanxi Historic Museum.

Bus 611 is a more frequent option to connect to the Bell Tower from the train station and a good alternative to line number 609. Tourists also use the Tourism Bus Line 1 boarded at the Xi'an Railway Station to go to attractions far away from town such as Huashan Mountain.

Long distance bus stations in Xi'an are Xi'an Bus Station, Nanguan Bus Station and the East City Bus Station. The other option is taking a bus at the Shaanxi Province Long-distance Bus Station, which is 100 m from Xi'an railway station.


Chinese Taxi

Taxis and private transport are very efficient for far-away-from-the-city attractions, such as the Terracotta Warriors and Mount Hua.

Taxis in Xi'an are not as well regulated as in other big cities, and the drivers may try to scam tourists who generally don’t know what the money looks like, the travel routes, and other ways of being tricked.

It takes about 1 hour to drive to the Terracotta Army from Xi'an's airport, 50 minutes to reach Xi’an Train Station and 50 minutes to reach the Bell Tower by car. Read more on taxis from the airport to Xi'an.


Bike Cycling Xi'an City Wall

A fortunate thing for tourists is that major attractions (with the exception of the Terracotta Warriors) are bunched together. Hence it is possible to access them using bikes, especially so because there are bike lanes on some streets.

Bicycles are the best for visiting attractions in central Xi'an including the Drum Tower, the City Wall, and the Bell Tower.

Cycling on the Xi'an Ancient City Wall is particularly popular. For tourists, there are a number of bikes available for rent to cycle around the wall (it's distance is 13.7 kilometers, height is 12 meters tall and is 15 meters-wide wall on top. It is the largest city wall in the world).

Xi'an Transport is Optimal with China Highlights

Xi'an Museum

We help you avoid all the problems of public transportation in Xi'an, from exposure to counterfeit money, to getting lost, to fake rides by rogue drivers.

In addition, each tour can be customized to your needs. Here are some recommended tours.

  • A day tour from Beijing to Xi'an by bullet train / plane is an efficient way to maximize a short holiday in China.
  • A 2-day essence Xi'an tour takes you to major attractions around the city such as Shaanxi History Museum, the Terracotta Warriors, and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.
  • A 7-Day Total Xi'an Experience Tour takes you to almost all the major attractions around the city, including the Huangdi Mausoleum, Qianling Tomb, Famen Temple, and the Tomb of Yangguifei.
  • An 11-day CLASSIC WONDERS private tour will take you to major attractions in various Chinese cities — the Great Wall of China in Beijing, the Terracotta warriors in Xi’an, the beautiful Li River in Guilin, and the electric skyline of modern Shanghai.

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