Terracotta Army Facts

How to Get to Terracotta Warriors from Xi'an

The Terracotta Warriors is located in Lintong District, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) to the northeast of Xi'an downtown. Bus No. Tourist 5 (306), once departing from Xi’an Railway Station is the most convenient way to get to Terracotta Warriors from Xi'an. However, the departure station has been moved to Fangzhicheng Bus Station in east suburb. The current most convenient way is joining a tour group or hailing a taxi. Bus No. 307 also runs to the scenic site, whose main stops in downtown include Tang Paradise West Gate and Giant Wild Goose Pagoda.

To save you time and trouble, TCG provides half-day to two-day tours to Terracotta Warriors from Xi'an, including round-trip luxurious air-conditioned car rides, entry ticket to Terracotta Army, guided tour service and more.

How to Get to Terracotta Warriors from Xi'an Downtown


1. Bus 306 to Terracotta Warriors from Fangzhicheng Bus Station

Boarding Point: A roadside bus stop 25-30 meters north to Fangzhicheng Bus Station
Schedule: 07:00 – 19:00 from Fangzhicheng Bus Station
         08:15 – 19:00 return from Terracotta Army
Frequency: 5 minutes, or when the bus is fully occupied  
Travel Time: About 1.5 hour
Ticket Fare: CNY 5 per person

Xi'an Tourist Bus Line 5 (306)
Tourist Bus Line 5 (306)

Note: The tourist bus line 5 (306) started from East Square of Xi'an Railway Station in the past, now it departs from a streetside bus stop outside Fangzhicheng Bus Station.

How to Get to Fangzhicheng Bus Station:

Metro: Take metro line 1 to the terminal Fangzhicheng Station adn walk northward.
Bus: Take city bus 42, 171, 213, 231, 232, 233, 237, 237 Inter-zone Line, 241, 242, 246, 269, 270, 307, 401, 416, 508, 904, 926 to get off at Fangzhicheng Station.


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

1. You may meet people who claim to lead you to bus no. 306 to Terracotta Army site when you arrive at Fangzhicheng Bus Station. Do not trust them, because the authentic bus conductors don’t move far from their post to greet the passengers.

2. 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 museum are bought onboard the bus. Otherwise, you could be deceived into viewing a fake Terracotta Army.

3. The real bus 306, an off-white color, departs from a bus stop outside Fangzhicheng Bus Station by roadside. There is a large sign in front to show the boarding place.

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

 See more about Avoiding Traps, telling how to stay away from the fake buses and fake Terracotta Army sites.

Tips on Bus 914 & 915

From the Sanfuwan Bus 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 CNY12 per person for whole journey. However, as they are regular city buses, they may frequently stop on the way and are nearly always crowded, and so are not recommended.  

2. 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. 

3. Taxi from Downtown Xi'an to Terracotta Army – about CNY150

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

How to Get to Terracotta Army from Xi'an Railway Station

Plan A: Metro Line 1 + Tourist Bus Line 5 (306)

Walk southward from Xi’an Railway Station for about 800 meters (875 yards) to find the Wukukou metro station, then you can take the Metro Line 1 to the terminal Fangzhicheng Bus Station in 40 minutes. After, transfer to tourist bus line 5 (306) to the destination Terracotta Army in another 1.5 hours.

Plan B: City Bus 42 + Tourist Bus Line 5 (306)

Take the bus 42 from the square in front of Xi’an Railway Station to Fangzhicheng Bus Station. About 50 minutes are needed. Then take the tourist bus line 5 (306) directly to Terracotta Warriors, taking nearly 1.5 hours.
How to Get to Terracotta Army from Downtown Xi'an

How to Get to Terracotta Army from Xi'an North Railway Station

Metro Line 2 + Metro Line 1 + Tourist Bus Line 5 (306)

You can firstly take metro line 2 to Beidajie and transfer to metro line 1 to the destination Fangzhicheng. It may spend you 50 minutes to get there. Then, take tourist bus No. 5 (306) to get to Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, and another 1.5 hours is needed.
How to Get to Terracotta Army from Xi'an North Railway Station

How to Get to Terracotta Army from Xi'an Airport

Plan A: Airport Shuttle Bus to Fangzhicheng + Tourist Bus Line 5 (306)

You can take the shuttle bus from airport to Fangzhicheng Bus Station, taking about 70 minutes and CNY 25 per person. The shuttle bus departs every 30 minutes from 7:30 to 20:00 every day. When you get off at Fangzhicheng Bus Station, take Tourist Bus line 5 (306) to Terracotta Army directly, which needs 1.5 hours and CNY 5 per person.

Plan B: Airport Metro Line + Line 4 + Line 1 + Tourist Bus Line 5 (306)

Take metro Airport Line to Beikezhan North Square Station, transfer to line 4 to Wulukou, then transfer again to Line 1 to the terminal Fangzhicheng Station. It needs about 1.5 hours and CNY 22.

When you get to Fangzhicheng Station, find Tourist Bus Line 5 (306), which will directly bring you to the Terracotta Army with 1.5 hours and CNY 5. The bus departs from a bus stop to the north of the Fangzhicheng Bus Station along the street.

Plan C: Shuttle Bus to Lingtong + Bus Lingtong 101

At a cost of CNY31.5 per person, you can take airport shuttle bus departing at 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 14:00, 15:30, 17:00, 18:00 and 19:30, 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 Xi'an Airport

Further Reading:
 Where are the Terracotta Warriors Located?
 How to Get to Terracotta Army from Beijing/ Shanghai/ Hong Kong
- Last modified on Jun. 15, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Get from Xi'an
Asked by roma bennett | Feb. 08, 2020 14:07Reply
How far from Beijing to Terracotta Warriors?
Answers (1)
Answered by Doris from DENMARK | Feb. 09, 2020 17:13

Well, the distance is around 1,100km.
Asked by Lilian from MALAYSIA | Sep. 27, 2019 07:27Reply
Are there taxis from the Terracotta site to Huaqing Palace?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jason from CANADA | Sep. 29, 2019 02:23

Yes, of course. You can also take direct bus.
Asked by Kelvin from SINGAPORE | Jul. 03, 2019 02:17Reply
How do I go from downtown to Xi'an Railway Station?
Do I only have the option of taxi to reach Main Railway Station if I am staying in city?
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Answered by Paul from USA | Jul. 03, 2019 18:38

Where do you start off? You can take bus or subway to it. The nearest subway station is Wulukou Station (Line 1/ 4) and there are dozens of buses reaching to it like Bus No.5/9/13/17/25/30/40/41...
Answered by Kelvin from SINGAPORE | Jul. 03, 2019 23:23

Thanks I will be near Zhonglou but I'll probably figure out how to get to the station
Asked by Kaz from NEW ZEALAND | Apr. 12, 2019 02:40Reply
Will we have enough time if we come in at 11:30 to purchase tickets for the terracotta army
and Put our bags in storage and find the free shuttle bus In half an hour to catch the 12 noon shuttle bus – where would we go to put luggage in storage please?
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Answered by Natalie from UNITED KINGDOM | Apr. 15, 2019 23:29

Will you arrive at the North Railway Station? If yes, you can catch that shuttle bus. Don't worry.
You can easily find the left luggage service center in the arrival hall. As I know, the fare is CNY5 to 10 for one piece of luggage.
Asked by Ted from USA | Mar. 06, 2019 18:36Reply
Luggage for Xi'an Tourist Bus Line 5 (306)
Can you bring luggage on the bus? I am training into the city overnight getting off in the morning trying to take the 306 Bus to the soldiers, then taking the bus back to the railway station and heading tours the airport.
Answers (1)
Answered by Linda from USA | Mar. 06, 2019 19:44

Yes, you can. But if the luggage is too large and you may need to buy a another ticket for it.
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