Situated in central Shanxi, Pingyao County is 60 miles (95 kilometers) southwest of Taiyuan, 380 miles (610 kilometers) southwest of Beijing and 340 miles (550 kilometers) northeast of Xi'an. Serviced by five transportation arteries (the Beijing-Pingyao and Pingyao - Xi'an Railways, Datong-Puzhou Railway, No.108 National Highway and Datong-Yuncheng Highway,) Pingyao now has a convenient transport system. Tourists can easily get there from other places.
|Taiyuan Wusu Airport|
So far, there is no airport in this county. If you want to go there by air, the Taiyuan Wusu Airport(TYN) which is about 55 miles (90 kilometers) away may be the best choice. After arriving at the Wusu airport, you have two ways to get to there: by long-distance bus or by train.
By Long-distance Bus:
Route: Taiyuan Wusu Airport→Jiannan Bus Station → Pingyao
To get to Jiannan Bus Station, Airport Shuttle Bus Line 1, Bus No.201 or 901 is available. Or you can take a taxi. The cab fare is about CNY 20. In the Jiannan Bus Station, there are lots of buses heading for the destination from 07:30 to 19:00 with an interval of 15 to 20 minutes. It takes about 2 hours on the way.
Route 1: Taiyuan Wusu Airport→ Taiyuan Railway Station→ Pingyao
You can take airport shuttle bus line 1 or public bus 901 to the Railway Station. Or you can choose to take a taxi. The cab fare is CNY 30 to 40. After arriving, there are twelve trains that can take you to the ancient city directly. The duration is about 2 hours.
Rout 2: Taiyuan Wusu Airport→ Taiyuan South Railway Station→ Pingyao
Take bus no.201 to get to South Station first. Then take direct bullet train to the Old City; there are 17 of them every day; the duration is about 30 to 40 minutes.
There are two railway stations servicing the ancient city.
Pingyao Railway Station is situated in the Zhongdu Road not far away from the West Gate of the Old City. You can easily get into the Old City as soon as arriving there. Ordinary trains running to/from large cities like Beijing, Chengdu, Xi'an, Chongqing and Taiyuan are available in this station. In this station, there are battery cars running to the Old City. It charges CNY 5 to 10 per person per time.
Located to the southwest of the old city, Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station is a station specialized in high speed trains. First opened to public in 2014, tourists can take bus no.108 to get to the Old City directly. Besides, this station also operates high speed lines to/from Xi'an North Station and Beijing West Station.
Major Rail Lines from Pingyao to:
See detailed Pingyao Train Schedule
Long-distance Bus Station is located about one mile northeast of the Railway Station. Buses here mainly head for Taiyuan and nearby counties. Here is some detail information:
|Destination||Leaving time||Ticket Fare||Duration|
|Taiyuan||06:40 to 18:30 with an interval of 20 minutes||CNY 25||2 hours|
|Yuci||07:10, 08:00, 08:40, 09:20, 10:00, 10:40 and 11:30||CNY 20||1.5 to 2 hours|
|Jiexiu||08:35, 09:10, 09:45, 10:20 and 11:00||CNY 6||40 to 60 minutes|
|Wenshui||08:00, 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00||CNY 7||1.5 hours|
Transportation to Qiao Family Compound
Tips: In the front square of Railway Station, there are also buses to and from Taiyuan. But the departure is not very frequent.
1. Tourists can take long-distance bus to Taiyuan, and get off at Qiao Family Compound directly.
2. Hiring a private car to the destination also brings lots of convenience to tourists. It takes around an hour on the way. The fare is about CNY 100.
Within the old city, the transportation is quite various and convenient too. Various labor-saving vehicles, like city bus, battery car or bicycle are ready there for your choice. The old city is not very large. If you are energetic or you have enough time, it is good to go around the city on foot and you may get a closer vision and deeper understanding of this ancient city.
|Bus Number||Operating Hours||Main Stops||Ticket Fare|
|No.1||06:30 to 19:30||Railway Station||CNY 2|
|No.3||08:00 to 18:30||Railway Station||CNY 2|
|No.102||06:00 to 22:00||Long-distance Bus Station, Railway Station||CNY1|
|No.103||05:45 to 22:00||Long-distance Bus Station, Railway Station, Tourists Service Center, Shuanglin Temple||CNY 3|
|No.108||07:00 to 20:30||Ancient City Railway Station||CNY 3|
|Fare||Day Time||Night Time (21:00 to 05:00)|
|Starting Fare for First 3 kilometers||CNY 6||CNY 9|
|Extra per Kilometer||CNY 1||CNY 1.5|
Note: From Ancient City Railway Station to Old City (South Gate), the cab fare is about CNY 25 to 30 in the day time.
|Folded Tandem Bicycle||CNY 12/ hour |
CNY 40/ 4 hours
CNY 70/ 10 hours
|Ordinary Tandem Bicycle||CNY 15/ hour |
CNY 40/ 4 hours
CNY70/ 10 hours
|Normal Bicycle||CNY 5/ 4 hours |
CNY 10/ 10 hours
Tip: It would take around 30 minutes for you to get to Shuanglin Monastery which is about 3 miles (5 kilometers) away from the Old City by bicycle.
There are three sightseeing routes of the battery car.
1. South Gate – Confucius Temple – City God Temple – Qingxu Taoism Temple – North City Wall – Rishengchang Former Bank – County Government (Xianya) – Leilvtai Former Residence – Big South Gate
|Visit the Old City by rickshaw|
2. North Gate: North Gate – North City Wall – Rishengchang Former Bank – County Government (Xianya) – Leilvtai Former Residence – Confucius Temple – City God Temple – Qingxu Taoism Temple – North Gate
3. West Gate: West Gate – West City Wall – County Government (Xianya) – Leilvtai Former Residence – Confucian temple – City God Temple – Qingxu Taoism Temple – North City Wall – Rishengchang Former Bank – West Gate
To PY, you can take a high speed train from Beijing West Railway Station at 15:29. It takes about 4h and CNY183 for a second class seat, CNY254.5 for a first one.
To Chengdu: There is only a train from PY Railway Station at 16:29, which takes about 26h and CNY268.5 for a hard sleeper, CNY430.5 for a soft one.
I want to bypass Xi'an and prefer to travel by train but bus also can.
I prefer not to fly, not to spend too much.
After that, you can take a bullet train from North station to PY, which takes about 3 hours and CNY187.5 for a first class seat, CNY150 for a second one.