Xi'an Transportation

Xi'an Xianyang International Airport
Xianyang International Airport
As the beginning of the Silk Road, Xi'an was one of the transport junctions in China. Now, it is a necessary way from central, north and east China to northwest China and even the countries in western Asia. A three-dimensional modern transportation network has been formed here, mainly consisting of aviation, railways and highways.


Located 47 kilometers (about 29 miles) to the northwest of the city center, Xi'an Xianyang International Airport is one of the top ten airports and one of the eight hub-airports in China. Starting here, passengers can fly to major cities in midwestern China within one hour like Chengdu, Chongqing, Wuhan, Zhengzhou, Lanzhou, Xining and Yinchuan; to 70% of China’s territory within 2 hours; and all of China’s capital cities and major tourism cities within 3 hours. There are 9 shuttle bus lines between the airport and downtown Xi'an. The facilities and services here like left luggage, restaurants, smoking room and others make one’s departure and arrival easy and pleasant.
Xi'an Railway Station
Railway Station
 There are three passenger railway stations in the city: Xi'an Railway Station, North Railway Station and Xi'an South Railway Station. The Xi'an Railway Station is the largest rail hub in western China and a vital station along the Eurasian Continental Bridge. It mainly services regular trains to / from most major cities in China like Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Chengdu, and Guangzhou, etc. The trains to / from Lhasa of Tibet also stop here. The North Railway Station operating bullet trains to popular cities like Shanghai, Beijing, Luoyang, Guilin, Chongqing, Chengdu, etc.

 Train Schedule
 9 national freeways meet in Xi'an and 6 national highways pass by. At present, the city has a total highway of over 2,800 kilometers (about 1,740 miles) and is serviced by seven large long-distance bus stations and several smaller ones, operating buses to many major cities in China and nearby cities or districts / counties under the city’s administration.
 There are nine metro lines being operated in Xi'an. In the near future, other 6 metro lines will be built with a traffic mileage of 243 kilometers (150 miles).  
 Line 1: Fenghe Forest Park - Fangzhicheng, including major stops at North Street and Kangfu Road.
 Line 2: Beikezhan (North Railway Station) - Weiqunan, including major stops at the famous Bell Tower in the city center and Xiaozhai commercial area.
 Line 3: Yuhuazhai - Baoshuiqu, passing scenic spots like Giant Wild Goose Pagoda and Qinglong Temple.
 Line 4: North Railway Station - Hangtian Xincheng, covering several attractions in the city, such as Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Tang Paradise.
 Line 5:  Matengkong – Innovation Harbour
 Line 6: International Medical Central Hospital – Fangzhicheng
 Line 9: Fangzhicheng – Qinling West
 Line 14: Heshao – Airport West (T1/T2/T3)
 Line 16: Qinchuangyuanzhongxin – Shijingli
 Metro Maps
Xi'an Subway
Xi'an Taxi

The city buses and suburban buses can bring you to every corner of the city. Also, to meet the development of the tourism industry, tourist special buses and urban sightseeing buses are now operating.

Xi'an City Bus
City Bus
City Bus in Xi'an
Public Bus
Currently, there are more than 12,000 taxis running in the city. They are mostly green. You can easily flag down a taxi along any street, except during the rush hours: 07:30 – 08:30 and 17:30 – 19:00. The taxi charges CNY8.5 for the first 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) and CNY2 for each additional kilometer (0.6 mile). When the trip is more than 12 kilometers (7.5 miles), the price of each kilometer rises 50% for the empty return.

Public bicycle rental service brings a great convenience to the locals and travelers to the city. The bicycles can be easily rented at dedicated sites in almost all districts in the city, including Beilin, Yanta, Gaoxin, Xincheng and Weiyang. The rental service is available from 06:30 to 23:30. After 23:30, only returns are accepted and the rental will be denied. Apart from touring the city by public bike, you can download a sharing bike app to use roadside dockless bikes of Mobike. You can also have a great cycling experience on the City Wall, where bikes can be easily rented at a reasonable price.

Named Chang An Tong in Chinese, the card saves passenger money and time on many public transport forms. It can be used on most city buses at 50% discount and subway at 10% discount. The card can be purchased or rented at one of the city bus companies, the Customer Service Center of any subway stations, and branches of the Xi'an City Commercial Bank and the China Construction Bank.

Transportation to Other Cities

 How to Travel from Beijing to Xi’anTrain vs. Flight  

- Last updated on Oct. 24, 2023 by Gabby Li -
Questions & Answers on Xi'an Transportation
Asked by Chris from MALAYSIA | Mar. 25, 2024 17:56Reply
Bus from Xi'an Airport to Xi'an North Railway Station after midnight
I understand that there is a Night Line 1 bus that departs Xi'an airport Terminal 3 after midnight (or the last flight arrival) & the 1st stop is the Xi'an North Railway Station. Is it still in operation? I have an early departure & would like to stay near the North Railway Station.
Answers (1)
Answered by Lori | Mar. 26, 2024 01:27

I'm afraid no. You may need to travel by taxi, or hire a didi in advance.
Asked by Kun from THAILAND | Mar. 16, 2024 06:58Reply
Tarvel from Luoyang to Lintong district in Xi'an?
Hello, I would like to ask, how can i get to Lintong district in Xi'an from Luoyang? Can i go by train or bus? I've tried to find information about it but never find a single information.
please kindly tell me in detail. Thank you in advance.
Answers (1)
Answered by Keith | Mar. 17, 2024 23:29

You can take Luoyang metro line 2 to Luoyang Longmen Railway Station to catch a bullet train to Xi'an North Railway Station. Then take metro line 2 at the train station to Beidajie, then change line 1 to Fangzhicheng, and transfer to line 9 to Huaqing Pool, then you have entered Lintong. If you want to g o to the terrocotta army, you can take Lintong bus 613 to get there.
Asked by Rosarin Vongvaravipatr from THAILAND | Oct. 20, 2023 19:16Reply
I will go to visit panda at Louguantai
I would like to know if I go there by DiDi,
Can I call DiDi on the way back to Xi'an North Station ?
Answers (2)
Answered by Emily | Oct. 22, 2023 23:26

It is not easy and the fare would be very high.
Answered by Roarin Vong | Oct. 24, 2023 01:07

Is there DiDi from Louguantai to Train Statiion
Asked by Michael | Oct. 24, 2020 21:42Reply
I am travelling from XI’AN to Jinan today.
I need to know what they are checking passengers with before boarding because I haven’t travelled since the beginning of covid.
Answers (1)
Answered by Elijah | Oct. 25, 2020 20:48

You need to prepare the health green code before you boarding.
Asked by Siriwan from THAILAND | Nov. 27, 2019 19:47Reply
Can I use a "Flat-rate Metro Pass" or "Xi'an One-day Pass" with the Xi'an bus?
Answers (1)
Answered by Lily from MALAYSIA | Dec. 01, 2019 19:14

One-day pass only can be used on subway. While the normal metro transportation card can be used both on subway and bus.
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