Pingyao Transportation

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 Airport
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.

 By Train:
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

Pingyao Railway Station
Pingyao Railway Station
Pingyao Ancient Town Railway Station
Ancient City Railway Station

Long-distance Bus

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

 Tips: In the front square of Railway Station, there are also buses to and from Taiyuan. But the departure is not very frequent.

 Transportation to Qiao Family Compound
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.
Long-Distance Bus
Long-Distance Bus
Go around Pingyao Old City on foot
Go around the Old City on Foot

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.

City Bus

In the Old City, there are more than 15 bus routes. Among them, bus no.1, 3, 102, 103 and 108 are popular ones that can take tourists to major transportation hubs and scenic areas.
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


This county has more than 100 taxis nowadays that can bring a lot of convenience for tourists. However, they are not allowed inside the Ancient City and one needs to get on and off outside.
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
* One kilometer is about 0.6 mile.

Note: From Ancient City Railway Station to Old City (South Gate), the cab fare is about CNY 25 to 30 in the day time.  


Since the Old City is not very large, it is great to go around by bicycle. Rental bicycles are available at Bicycle Rental Center near the North Gate (08:00-18:00) and in most of the hostels. Beside rental fares, tourists need to prepare a deposit of CNY 300 to 500 according to the type of bicycle (normal bicycle or tandem bicycle). The reference prices are the following.
Bicycle Type Fare
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.
Pingyao Bicycles
Rental Bicycles
Pingyao Battery Car
Battery Car

Battery Car

Battery car can be found almost everywhere in the Old City. It costs about CNY 75 per person for a complete route. If tourists just want to visit one scenic spot, the fare is CNY 30. The hourly service is also available. It costs CNY 30 for 2 hours and CNY 10 per additional hour. Besides, tourists can hire a private battery car; the fare is around CNY 120 for 8 hours.

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

Pingyao rickshaw
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


Rickshaws add much air of antique to the Old City. Many of the rickshaw men even wear the ancient costume to provide a feeling of reality in the ancient time to match with this ancient city. Most of the rickshaw men are local people who are familiar with the ancient city quite well. The fare is CNY 150 to 200 for one day. 

- Last updated on Apr. 07, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Pingyao Transportation
Asked by Saffron from MALAYSIA | Apr. 22, 2019 01:30Reply
How do I get from Yuci to Pingyao?
What are the bus timings? Will it be easy to purchase a ticket on the day of travel itself?
Answers (1)
Answered by Logan from POLAND | Apr. 24, 2019 20:23

You can take the direct coach from Yuci Coach Station to there directly. The bus schedules are 08:20, 09:00, 09:40, 10:10, 10:50, 11:20 and 12:00. The ticket fare is CNY25/person. It is suggested to go to the bus station early and purchase the tickets on the day of travel.
Asked by JOSE A MORALES from MÉXICO | Aug. 29, 2018 11:06Reply
Is there a direct bus from xian to pingyao ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Molly from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 29, 2018 23:44

Yes, only one bus departing from Xi'an Bus Station at 10:00 and the fare is about CNY 180.
Asked by Rebecca from USA | May. 01, 2018 19:20Reply
Take high-speed from Beijing to Pingyao, spending 2 nights, then we would like to get to Chengdu.
Prefer air if possible. Is there an airport nearby? Or is train the best way?
Answers (1)
Answered by Sofie from ITALY | May. 02, 2018 00:49

No flight is available since there is no airport in PY.
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.
Asked by Peter Higgins from USA | Apr. 08, 2018 03:22Reply
Will taxis go from Pingyao to Wusu Airport?
If yes, what is the fare?
Answers (1)
Answered by Mitchel from USA | Apr. 08, 2018 03:43

Yes, the taxis can take you there and it costs around CNY 300.
Asked by Shane from CHINA | Mar. 29, 2018 14:01Reply
What is the best/quickest route by train to ping yao from hohhot, inner mongolia
Answers (1)
Answered by Machel from NETHERLANDS | Mar. 29, 2018 21:05

There is only one train from Hohhot East Railway Station to PY, and it takes about 11h.
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