Taiyuan Transportation


Taiyuan Wusu International Airport is one of the most important airports in Shanxi Province. Nowadays, 20 airlines operate 81 domestic air routes to some major cities including Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Chengdu and Xi'an. The airport also has 13 international flights, connecting the city with Frankfurt, Paris, London, New York and San Francisco with a stopover in Beijing, and Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Pulau Pinang with a stopover at Guangzhou. 


The city is a major stop along Datong - Xi'an, Taiyuan-Jiaozhou, and Shijiazhuang-Taiyuan Railways. Taiyuan Railway Station and South Railway Station are the two main passenger transport stations in this city.

Trains in Main Railway Station can take passengers to almost all major cities in China, such as Beijing, Datong, Shanghai, Nanjing, Wuhan and Guangzhou. It is located at No. 2, South Jianshe Road, Xiaodian District. One can take public bus no. 901, 901 Branch and 902 to get to the station.

As a large rail transport hub in northern China, South Railway Station is located at Xiaodian District. Trains at this station are mainly high speed types that bound for Beijing, Xi'an, Pingyao, Shijiazhuang, Zhengzhou and Wuhan. Public buses no. 51, 501, 502, 807, 824, 849, 861 and 868 can take you to the station.

Schedule to Major Stations

Trains operated from here are all ordinary ones, including those to/from Beijing, Shanghai, Pingyao, Xi'an, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Lhasa, and Zhengzhou.

 Major Rail Lines from Taiyuan to:

 Further Reading: Taiyuan Train Schedule

Taiyuan Railway Station
Taiyuan Railway Station
Electric Multiple Unit Train
Bullet Train

Taiyuan Long-distance Bus Station
Long-distance Bus Station

There are lots of highways that link this city with neighboring and far-away cities and provinces. So this city has a very good long-distance bus transportation system and five main bus stations, taking passengers to big cities and popular tourist destinations in China.

Only Taiyuan metro line 2 opens currently, connecting Jiancaoping and Xiqiao and containing 23 stations. The long-term plan shows that this city will totally have 8 metro lines, which will cover the length of 165 miles (265 kilometers).

City Bus

Taking public buses is a popular and convenient means of transport, with 230 bus lines covering most part of this city. Wuyi Square, Railway Station, and Coach Station are main bus transfer stations.

 Bus Categories
Public buses in this city are identified by numbers and generally classified into the following nine categories:
1. Downtown Regular Lines: 1 – 99
2. Trolleybus Lines: 101 – 199
3. Suburban Lines: 201 – 399
4. Mini Bus Lines: 401 – 450
5. Village Lines: 451 – 499
6. Night Lines: 501 – 599
7. Tongye Company Bus Lines: 601 – 699
8. Tonghang Company Bus Lines: 801 – 899
9. Inter-city Bus & Inter-county Bus Line: 701 – 799

 Ticket Price
The ticket price varies depending on the category of different bus lines. Downtown regular lines charge CNY 1 per person. Suburban Lines, inter-city bus & inter-county bus line charge CNY 2, CNY 2.5, CNY 3, and CNY 4 according to the distance. Using a transportation card means you can enjoy half price travel.

 Buses to Popular Destinations
1. Public buses No. 308 or 804 in front of the Railway Station are heading for the Jinci Temple. The ticket fare is CNY 2.5.
2. Public buses No.55, 820, 843 or 873 can take tourists to Twin Pagoda Temple.
3. Tourists can take bus no. 10 or 25 to get to Liu Xiang Shopping Street.

Bus Stop and Bus in Taiyuan
Bus Stop and Bus
Taxi in Taiyuan


There are almost 8,300 taxis in the city. Most of them are in red and easy to be understood. Since early 2016, they have been gradually replaced by the electric taxis. The charging rule is as follows:
Fare Daytime Night: 21:00 – 05:00 the next day
Flag-down Rate for First 3km (2mi) CNY8 CNY8.6
Surcharge between 3-10km (2-6mi) CNY1.6/km CNY1.8/km
Surcharge beyond 10km (6mi) CNY2.4/km CNY2.7/km
Waiting Fee For every 5 minutes' waiting, the fare equals to the unit price per kilometer (0.6mi).

Distance & Reference Taxi Fare from Wuyi Square (City Center):
Destination Distance Reference Fare
Airport 9mi (15km) CNY30-40
Jinci Temple 16mi (25km) CNY50-60
Chongshan Monastery 2mi (3km) CNY8
- Last updated on May. 07, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on Taiyuan Transportation
Asked by Nicoleta Sora from SWEDEN | May. 07, 2023 13:18Reply
trasportation to Wutai (Taihuai)
Dear Sir/Lady, I would like to know if it is possible to take a taxi from Taiyuan airport until Taihuai (WuTai Shan) or book some other kind of private transportation. Thank You so much
Answers (1)
Answered by Amanda | May. 07, 2023 20:50

Yes, it is possible, but it is also a little expensive. Generally, hiring a private car or taxi costs about CNY 500-700 per day and the single journey takes about 2.5-3 hours to reach. But if you can find someone for car pooling, the price will decrease a lot.
Asked by Pep from SPAIN | Mar. 11, 2019 00:48Reply
Where can i recharge the card to take Taiyuan bus? Thank yoi
Answers (1)
Answered by Emerson from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 12, 2019 23:58

There are several service center in the city. Would you mind telling me your living place? I can find a near one for you.
Asked by Tom from CHINA | May. 19, 2017 11:15Reply
Are there taxis from Taiyuan South railway station to airport?
We have a 2 hour connection between arriving at South railway and a flight from airport. Is it easy to catch a taxi and would there be enough time?
Answers (1)
Answered by Tony from CANADA | May. 23, 2017 04:03

As I know, it may be a little harder to catch a taxi there. It’s enough for you to get to the airport in 2 hours. It’s only about 6 kilometers between two places. Generally speaking, the taxi will take around 15 minutes to arrive there.
Asked by Tom from USA | May. 19, 2017 00:49Reply
We are a group of 4 going from Pingyao to Datong.
There's a fast train Pingyao to Taiyuan but only slow trains to Datong. About how much would it cost to hire a taxi to drive us from TY to Datong (or Pingyao to Datong) rather than taking the slow trains or buses? We would be traveling on Sat May 27.
Answers (1)
Answered by Tom from RUSSIA | May. 22, 2017 02:35

As I know, there is about 280 kilometers between TY and Datong. Therefore, it will be quite expensive to take a taxi. It will charge CNY400-1000 for the rent rate.
Asked by Ganesh from INDIA | Apr. 22, 2017 02:46Reply
What's the transport form Taiyuan South Railway Station to the international airport?
Answers (1)
Answered by Dick from GERMANY | Apr. 27, 2017 20:22

First, you need to walk 200 meters to Jinyang Street, and then turn left for around 380 meters to Taiyu Road. Continue to turn left for 300 meters to South Railway Station Bus Stop. Then you can take the bus no.201 to the Airport Terminal Bus Stop directly.
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