Yan'an has benefited greatly from the country's Western Development Drive Program and it is no longer a city with a stunted economic condition and poor transportation. The immense progress it has made in transportation infrastructure construction provides a satisfactory traffic network in and around the city.
From major tourist cities such as Beijing and Xi'an, you can easily go to the city by air, train, or long-distance bus. A well-connected railway system enables passengers from Beijing, Xi'an and several cities within Shaanxi Province to enjoy convenient rail transportation. In addition, due to the construction of many highways and freeways, there is plenty of choice of long-distance buses shuttling between Yan'an and various cities.
The traffic condition inside the city is considered passable and economical in general. Most attractions in the urban area are situated near each other and can easily be reached by city buses. Taxies there are inexpensive and convenient. Comparatively distant attractions of Hukou Waterfalls and Huangdi Mausoleum can be reached by tourist bus or a hired car.
Having been in operation since 1980, Yan'an Ershili Pu Airport (ENY) is both a civil and military airport. Located at East Ershili Pu, it is just eight kilometers (about five miles) from the city center. There are no international flights from this airport; however two daily domestic airline routes connect Yan'an to the two major tourist cities of Beijing and Xi'an. It is about one and a half hours to Beijing and just 40 minutes to Xi'an. In addition, the return flight on Sunday transporting passengers to Guangzhou via Chongqing makes travel by air more convenient.
Transportation between the airport and the city center is well provided for. Shuttle buses at CNY5 per person run regularly between the airport and the city center, taking about 20 minutes. A taxi is quicker and costs about CNY20. An ordinary bus service is also available just outside the airport. No.5 Bus goes to Yanhe Restaurant in the city center for CNY2 per person.
Please note that the timing of the flights varies a little according to the season, so inquire at the airport before booking tickets. Consultation Hotline: 0911-2111111, 0911-2113854
|Yan'an Railway Station|
Yan'an Railway Station is located at Qilipu near the city center. It is conveniently located and can be reached by many public buses such as no.1, no.10, no.12, and no.18 for a fare of CNY1. It offers direct trains to the two major cities of Beijing and Xi'an as well as several cities within Shaanxi Province including Ankang to the south, Yulin and Shenmu to the north. It is about 10 hours to Beijing by 'T train' (fast trains have 'T' before the trains' number, for example, T7/T41 from Beijing to Yan'an and T8/T42 for return trip). It is about 3.5 to 7.5 to Xi'an by ordinary train.
Information on Ticket-Selling:
Tickets can be bought at the ticket office of Railway Station. Railway Station Information Lines: 0911-2496976, 0911-2496571
|Yan'an Long-distance Bus|
Thanks to the No.210 national highway from Xi'an to Yulin passing Yan'an and many other freeways and provincial highways, long-distance bus becomes an important and convenient way to get to the city. The main long-distance bus station of the city is located at Dongguan Street in the urban area - easily reached by No.4, No.6 or No.19 public buses. From this station, buses depart daily for various cities including Xi'an, Yulin, Xianyang in Shaanxi as well as Beijing, Shijiazhuang, Lanzhou, Yinchuan, Taiyuan, and Luoyang in other provinces. Buses bound for Xi'an depart every 20 to 30 minutes from 6:30 to 21:30, and there are many buses running to other cities within the province. However, there are fewer buses headed for cities in other provinces - generally a single daily service for each city. You can contact the station to get more information.
Long-Distance Bus Station Inquiry Lines: 0911-2112531, 0911-2112534, 0911-2113350
The city bus service in town connecting the main streets is generally good. There are about ten bus routes in the urban area of the city connecting many famous tourist attractions. Several routes to the suburbs are also available. The ticket prices vary according to the distance. Tourist sites in the urban area are situated close to each other and can easily be reached by the city buses. Here is some information on the bus routes to some of the main attractions:
Wangjia Ping Site: No.1, 3
Yangjialing Site: No.1, 3
Date Garden: No.3, 13
Pagoda Hill: No.1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 11, 12, 18, 19
Fenghuang Hill: No. 2, 3, 4, 12, 19
Qingliang Hill: No. 1, 4, 5, 6, 11, 19
Wanhua Hill: No. 10
The city is not big, so traveling around the city by taxi is very convenient. The charge is quite cheap, with the starting price of CNY5 for the first 3km (2mi), CNY1.2 for each succeeding kilometer (0.6mi) and CNY1 fuel fee for each ride. Most drivers don’t use the taximeter, so you’d better negotiate for a fixed amount of fare before getting on the car. Generally, it costs CNY10-20 for shuttling within the city, and it spends no more than CNY40 to the airport.
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2. The trains are scheduled at 12:11, 12:33, 14:52, 18:06, 18:56, 19:10, 20:39, 21:44, 01:11, 02:29, and 04:40. The trip takes about 4 hours. You need to pay CNY 41.5 for a hard seat; CNY 87.5 for a hard sleeper; CNY 132.5 for a soft sleeper.
So, you may choose the way that suits you. :)