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Getting There

Pingyao Railway Station
Pingyao Railway Station
Situated in central Shanxi, Pingyao County is 94 kilometers (58.4 miles) southwest of Taiyuan, 616 kilometers (382.8 miles) southwest of Beijing, 543 kilometers (337.4miles) west of Xian, 758 kilometers (471 miles) east of Tianjin and 2390 kilometers (1485 miles) to Guangzhou. Owing to the passing-by Tong-Pu Railway, No.108 National Highway, Dong-Xia Road, Fen-Tun Road and Dayun Highway, it has quite a convenient transportation.

With fourteen towns and villages in all under its prefecture, Pingyao County covers an area of 1260 square kilometers (486.5 square miles). The 2.25 square kilometers (556 acres) broad Old City is the epitome of the local history. As one of the World Cultural and Natural Heritages in China, this Old City now is quite a hot tourism spot. What's convenient is that the Railway Station and the Bus Station are located adjacent to the Old City. You can easily get into the Old City as soon as you arrive there by train or long-distance bus.

Tips: Since the county is not far away from Taiyuan, Taiyuan City can be taken as a transfer station for your trip to other cities around China.

By Air

There is no airport in Pingyao County. If you would like to go there by air, the Taiyuan Wusu Airport (TYN) which is 90 kilometers (56 miles) away from the old city may be the best choice. After reaching the Wusu airport, you have two ways to get here: by long-distance bus or by train.

By long-distance bus:
The route: Taiyuan Wusu Airport→ Taiyuan Passenger Transport Station / Jiannan Bus Station of Taiyuan→ Pingyao

To get to Taiyuan Passenger Transport Station, you can take taxi with a fare of about CNY 50~60 (the toll on the way is included) in the airport. In Taiyuan Passenger Transport Center, long-distance buses to Pingyao are available from 06:40~18:30 with an interval of 20 minutes. (Taiyuan Passenger Transport Station: Yingze Avenue, Taiyuan City)

To get to Jiannan Bus Station, Bus No.201 in Wusu Airport is available. In the station, there are buses heading for Pingyao charging CNY 12. It would cost about 2 hours.

Pingyao TrainBy train:
The route: Taiyuan Wusu Airport→ Taiyuan Railway Station→ Pingyao

First, you can take the city-buses in the airport directly to get to Taiyuan Railway Station. Bus No.201, No.901 and No.901z are available to send you to the railway station. In Taiyuan Railway Station, trains heading for Pingyao are available.

CAAC Ticket Office in Taiyuan City:
Address: No.158, Yingze Avenue, Taiyuan City
Ticket Booking: 0351-4042903

By Train

Pingyao Railway Station is situated in the Zhongdu Road not far away outside the West Gate of the Old City. Trains to and from cities like Beijing, Chengdu, Xian, Chongqing and Taiyuan are available in this station. For the railway station is not large, every day only one train from Beijing stops over here; and also only one train stopping over Pingyao heads for Beijing. There is respectively one train to and from Chengdu, Xian and Chongqing stops over here.

Long-Distance Bus
Long-Distance Bus
It is quite convenient to commute between Taiyuan and Pingyao by train. Trains stopping over at Pingyao from Taiyuan Railway Station are in an interval of about 1~3 hours; those stopping over at Taiyuan from Pingyao Railway Station are in an interval of about 20 minutes to 1.5 hours during 15:00~23:30. The whole trip only takes about 1~1.5 hours according to the type of the train. The price is also reasonable in a range of CNY 8~26.

In Pingyao Railway Station, there are battery cars available for you to get to the Old City. It charges about CNY 1~3 per person per time.

Inquiries number of the railway station: 0354-5673197

By Long-distance Bus

Long-distance Bus Station is located not far from the southwest of the Railway Station. Buses here mainly head for Taiyuan City and the counties around Pingyao County. Here is some detail information: 

Bus to Leaving time
Taiyuan From 06:40~18:30 every day with an interval of 20 minutes
Yuci 09:00, 10:00, 13:00, 14:30
Jiexiu From 08:00~18:00 every day with an interval of 30 minutes

Tips: In the square in front of Pingyao Railway Station, there are also buses to and from Taiyuan.

The tourist bus between the Old City and Qiao's Compound is available near north gate of the Old City.