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Beijing – Xi'an High-Speed Trains — Duration, Price, Stations, and Timetable

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.

  • Distance: 1,216 kilometers (756 miles)
  • Shortest duration: 4 h 25 min
  • Number of trains: 11 pairs of high-speed trains

Ticket Prices for 4 Different Seat Classes

There are four classes of seats on Beijing–Xi'an High-Speed Trains:

  • 2nd class: 5 seats in a row, the cheapest ticket class for high-speed trains
  • 1st class: 4 seats in a row — the most recommended
  • Superior class: 8 seats in a carriage, giving the best scenic views. Not all high-speed trains offer superior class seats.
  • Business class: 3 seats in a row, the second most luxurious and comfortable

Prices of the 4 Different Seat Classes

Train types Seat classes Price
G trains

(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)

Choose A Train That Allows You to Get to the Station 2 Hrs Before Departure

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.

Buy Train Tickets Online or at Train Stations

Valid ID is required when buying a ticket AND boarding a train:

  • Foreign passengers: passport
  • Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan passengers: Mainland Travel Permit

Online Booking — the Most Convenient Way

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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.

Or Buy Train Tickets at Train Stations — If You Can Speak Some Chinese

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:

English Chinese
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.

Go to the Right Train Station

  • Beijing terminal: Beijing West Railway Station ("北京西 Beijing Xi" on tickets)
  • Xi'an terminal: Xi'an North Railway Station ("西安北 Xi'an Bei" on tickets)

Getting to Beijing West Railway Station by Taxi

Taxi Stand Cost Journey
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

See our transportation guide for Beijing West Railway Station. And also read more about Beijing transportation.

Getting to Xi'an North Railway Station by Taxi

Taxi Stand Cost Journey
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

See our transportation guide for Xi'an North Railway Station. And also read more about Xi'an transportation.

High-Speed Train Timetables

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.

beijing-xi'an bullet trian route map

(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

New and Modern Facilities on High-Speed Trains

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:

  • a restaurant car and canteen bars
  • free boiling/cold water
  • fully air-conditioned
  • adjustable seats
  • 220V AC sockets
  • Chinese/Western-style toilets and a handicapped restroom

bullet train facilities

Western-Style Toilets Are Available on High-Speed Trains!

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.

Train Travel Ideas on the Beijing – Xi'an Route

xian terracotta armyTerracotta Army in Xi'an

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.

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