Terracotta Army Facts

How to Get to Terracotta Army from Xian

The Terracotta Warriors and Horses tourist site is located in Lintong District, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) to the northeast of downtown Xian. To get there, you can take tourist bus no. 5 (306) departing from the East Square of Xian Railway Station or bus number 307 from one of its bus stops such as Tang Paradise West Gate, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Qinggong Market. You can also go by taxi. 
 

How to Get to Terracotta Warriors from Downtown Xian
 

Best Choice – Tourist Bus Line 5 (306)

Boarding Point: East Square of Xian Railway Station
Schedule: 07:00 – 19:00 from Xian Railway Station 
                08:10 – 19:00 return from Terracotta Army 
Frequency: 10 to 30 minutes, or when the bus is fully occupied  
Travel Time: About 1 hour
Ticket Fare: CNY7 per person
How to Get to Terracotta Army from Downtown Xian
 

Travel Tips on Taking Tourist Bus Line 5 (306) to Terracotta Army

1. Tourist bus no.5 (306) is the most popular and the most frequently used public transport option to the Terracotta Army site; hence there may be a long queue waiting to board, especially in peak seasons. 

2. Passengers pay for the ticket after getting on the bus. 

Xian Tourist Bus Line 5 (306)
Tourist Bus Line 5 (306)
3. You may meet people who claim to lead you to bus no. 306 to the Terracotta Army site when you arrive at the east square of Xian Railway Station. Do not trust them, because the authentic bus conductors don’t move far from their post to greet the passengers. 

4. Some swindlers may wear uniforms and official-looking red armbands in order to cheat you. They will ask you to buy tickets at a fake ticket office. Genuine bus tickets to the Terracotta Army site are bought onboard the bus. Otherwise, you could be deceived into viewing a fake Terracotta Army. 

5. The real bus 306, an off-white color, parks in a proprietary parking lot at the railway station east square. There is a large sign in front to show the boarding place. 

6. If it’s hard to find the real bus 306 at the train station, you can ask the station staff or a policeman for help. 
 

Tips on Bus 914 & 915

From the East Square of Xian Railway Station, buses no. 914 and 915 also travel to the Terracotta Army site. Their operating time is from 06:30 to 19:30, at a 10-30 minute interval; travel time is about 1.5 hours and the fare is CNY7 per person. However, as they are regular city buses, they may frequently stop on the way and are nearly always crowded, and so are not recommended.  
 
 

Bus No. 307: Tang City Wall Zone 9 Bus Station – Terracotta Army

Major Stops: Tang Paradise South Gate, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Qing Gong Market
Schedule: 06:30 - 18:30 from Tang City Wall Zone 9 Bus Station
                07:00 - 19:00 return from Terracotta Army 
Frequency: 18 to 30 minutes 
Travel Time: 1.5 hours
Ticket Fare: CNY8 per person for a single trip
Tip: Bus no. 307 is a regular city bus line with many stops on the way. As a result, no seats may be left when you board and you may need to stand all the way to your destination. 
 

Taxi from Downtown Xian to Terracotta Army – about CNY150

The taxi operates from downtown Xian to the museum in 40 to 50 minutes and a single trip costs about CNY150.
 
 

How to Get to Terracotta Army from Xian North Railway Station

Plan A: Free Shuttle Bus

Boarding Point: West Square of the North Railway Station
Schedule: 08:00 - 16:00 from North Railway Station
               10:30 - 19:30 return from Terracotta Army 
Frequency: 1 hour 
Travel Time: 1 hour
Tip: This is the most convenient way for visitors arriving in Xian by high speed train. A railway ticket for the visit date and entrance ticket to the Terracotta Army site are required when boarding the free shuttle bus. The entry ticket for the attraction site is available at the Tourists’ Service Center on level -1F of the railway station.
 

Plan B: Bus No. 266 + Tourist Bus Line 5 (306)

Alternatively, you can firstly go to Xian Railway Station from the North Railway Station by taking bus no. 266. Then, take tourist bus No. 5 (306) departing from the east square to get to Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. 
How to Get to Terracotta Army from Xian North Railway Station
 
 

How to Get to Terracotta Army from Xian Airport

Plan A:

You can take the shuttle bus to the Xian Railway Station. Afterwards, go to the east square to board bus no.306 to reach the Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Frequency and duration of the shuttle bus are 10-20 minutes and 70 minutes or so respectively, and it costs CNY25/person.  
 

Plan B:

At a cost of CNY31.5/person, you can take airport shuttle bus departing at 10:00, 11:30, 13:00, 14:30, 16:00, 17:30 and 19:00, from the airport to Lintong Bus Station. Duration is about 1 hour. From Lintong Bus Station, you can take Bus No. Lintong 101 to get to the destination in 20 minutes or so.  
How to Get to Terracotta Army from Xian Airport


Further Reading:
 How to Get to Terracotta Army from Beijing/ Shanghai/ Hong Kong

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