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Datong - Pingyao Train

By far, 4 pairs of normal speed trains have been operated between Datong and Pingyao on a daily basis, including one pair of overnight sleeper trains, 2463 and 2464, whose price of a hard sleeper ticket is CNY 117.5 to 130. To run through the whole journey, they take about 6-8 hours. The high speed railway between these two cities is under the construction and is expected to complete around 2020 or 2021.

Basic Facts:

 Operated at: Datong Railway Station, Pingyao Railway Station
 Duration: about 6-8 hours
 Distance: 408/ 463 km (254/ 288 mi)
 Top speed: 120 km/h (75 mph)
 Major stations along the way: Huairen, Daiyue, Shuozhou, Ningwu, Yuanping, Xinzhou, Taiyuan East, Taiyuan, Yuci, Taigu, Qixian

Datong to Pingyao Train Schedule

(Last Update on Nov 7, 2019)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
K780710:18 - 18:097h51m
K96110:45 - 16:185h33m
246322:31 - 05:52+7h21m
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 (Last Update on Nov 7, 2019)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
K780812:58 - 20:127h14m
K96215:19 - 21:456h26m
246421:23 - 04:34+7h11m
See more Pingyao Schedule

1. 2463 and 2464 can be taken into the prior consideration by passengers in that they do not occupy the daytime and help to save one-night accommodation fees for backpackers. Tickets need to be ordered in advance.
2. The above timetables are only for reference. Please search for the real-time schedule via the search tool on the top of this page.
3. “+” means the second day.

Datong - Pingyao Normal Train Ticket Fare

(Last Update on Nov 7, 2019)
Soft SleeperHard SleeperHard Seat
CNY 211.5 - 223
USD 30 - 32
CNY 117.5 - 130
USD 17 - 18
CNY 61 - 69
USD 9 - 10

Transfer in Taiyuan for More Choices

In consideration that there are only 4 pairs of normal speed trains running between these two cities, passengers can also choose Taiyuan as a transfer point.
Route  Schedule  Duration Ticket Fare
Datong - Taiyuan

About 10 pairs of normal trains
from around 05:30 to 23:50
3 - 6 hours  CNY 97.5
for the cheapest hard sleeper
Taiyuan South -
Pingyao Ancient City

Over 16 pairs of bullet trains
from around 07:20 to 22:00  
0.5  hour CNY 28.5
for second class seat
Total  --- 3.5 - 6.5 hours CNY 126
Passengers are reminded to take a transfer between Taiyuan Railway Station and Taiyuan South Railway Station by bus or taxi. The two stations are connected by 8 city bus lines: 807, 861, 824 and so on; a single ride needs about 70 minutes and costs CNY 1. As for taxi, it takes about 20 minutes.

Datong - Pingyao High Speed Trains

The high speed railway between Datong and Pingyao is one part of Datong - Xi'an High Speed Railway which crosses Shanxi Province and Shannxi Province. Currently, the Taiyuan - Pingyao section has been opened, taking 30 - 40 minutes for a single ride. The Datong - Taiyuan section is expected to be opened in 2020 or 2021 with the duration of about 1.5 hours. By then, the overall journey time between Datong and Pingyao by high speed train will be shortened to 2 - 2.5 hours.

Major Rail Lines from Datong to:

Major Rail Lines from Pingyao to:
- Last modified on Nov. 05, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Datong - Pingyao Train
Asked by Patten from NEW ZEALAND | Oct. 11, 2019 18:55Reply
A/C available on train 2463 from Datong to Pingyao?
We will be traveling during mid-December, how is the weather?
Answers (1)
Answered by Vicente from LATVIA | Oct. 13, 2019 17:27

Yes, there is a/c even on this slow train. Mid December could be very cold in Shanxi, maybe under 0 degrees centigrade even at the noon time.
Asked by Sv from GERMANY | Aug. 09, 2019 21:27Reply
Which trainstation
We booked the train 2463 from Datong to Pingyao and from Pingyao to Xi'an D2527. Can you please tell us whether these trains start / stop at Pingyao or Pingyao Gucheng?
Do you have an idea where to leave our backpacks while visiting Pingyao (we arrive in the morning and leave the same day in the evening)?
Answers (1)
Answered by Neil from USA | Aug. 11, 2019 21:10

2463 will be stop at Pingyao but D2527 will departs from Pingyao Gucheng, so two different stations. Maybe you can consider to find a hostel in the town to see if they offer luggage storage.
Asked by Winter from USA | Apr. 19, 2019 03:33Reply
Hello, I have two hard sleeper ticket on train 2463 at 22:31pm to Pingyao.
I want to know if the train usually on time? Is there some broadcast in English for the coming station? I am considering setting up an alarm clock in case I slept over.
Answers (1)
Answered by Kuml from INDONESIA | Apr. 21, 2019 17:32

Usually the ride runs on time, or at least not a long time delay. You do not need to worry about missing your stop. The staff knows where you are heading to and will wake you up when you need to get off! Surely alarm clock is double assurance!
Asked by Judy | Oct. 29, 2018 01:35Reply
Hi! If I buy a ticket from Datong to Linfen, can I get off at Pingyao?
It seems tickets are not possible to get on train 2463 to Pingyao directly.
Answers (1)
Answered by Paul W. from ROMANIA | Oct. 29, 2018 23:54

Yes, it is OK to get off at Pingyao in advance if you hold the ticket to Linfen. It would be better if you can inform the staff in advance when they change your paper ticket to boarding pass. In this way, they will know about it and wake you up to turn your paper ticket back before reaching your destination.
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