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 Xian. 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 - Xian, 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, Xian, 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, Xian, 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 phase one of Taiyuan subway line 2 is under construction, connecting Xijianhe and Xiaodiannan and containing 24 stations. This line is expected to operate in the end of 2020. Extending in the south-north direction, the operating part will cover around 14 miles (23 kilometers). 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

media recommendationfeatured on media