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. It operates around 350 air lines to about 120 cities / regions at home and abroad. 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 14 shuttle bus lines between the airport and downtown Xi'an and 2 shuttle bus lines between the airport and Xianyang city. 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 Xi'an - Beijing, Xi'an - ShanghaiXi'an to Pingyao and Xi'an - Zhengzhou high speed trains are available in the North Railway Station. Besides, the bullet trains to/from Wuhan, Shanghai, and Guangzhou are operated here.

 Train Schedule, Xi'an-Beijing Train vs. Flight
 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 five metro lines being operated in Xi'an. There are several lines under construction, with line 1 phase two and line 5 & line 6 in 2020. By the year of 2021, 8 metro lines will be built with a traffic mileage of 243 kilometers (150 miles), including line 9.  

 Line 1: Fenghe Forest Park - Fangzhicheng, including major stops at North Street and Kangfu Road.
 Line 2: Beikezhan (North Railway Station) - Huizhanzhongxin (Conference & Exhibition Center), 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.
 Airport Line 13: North Railway Station – Xi'an Airport East Terminal, passing Art Center, Qinhan Business Area.
 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 21:00. After 21:00, 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, subway at 30% discount and also taxis. 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.

 See also: How to Travel between Xi'an and Guilin
- Last modified on Dec. 08, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Xi'an Transportation
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.
Asked by cindy-lou from SOUTH AFRICA | Nov. 20, 2019 14:00Reply
Terracotta Warriors
Hi there,

wondering if it is easy to get to the Terracotta Warriors from the Sheraton Xi'an North via public transportation.

Answers (1)
Answered by Luke from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 21, 2019 19:14

You can take metro line 2 from Longshouyuan station to North Street station, then interchange to metro line 1 to Fangzhicheng station (Exit A), and you can take direct bus No.5/306 to Terracotta warriors.
Asked by Romel from MALAYSIA | Oct. 28, 2019 04:57Reply
How to get to Golden Tree Business Hotel from the Xi’an Xianyang Airport ?
I will be arriving in Xianyang Airport in 5/1/2020 at 11.15 pm. What is the best transportation to the hotel at that time ? We are 4 adults and 1 child. Kindly advise. Thank you
Answers (3)
Answered by Cindy from CANADA | Oct. 29, 2019 18:41

You can take shuttle bus line of Xishaomen to Airport Business Hotel station, then walk north of 800m to your hotel. It takes around 1 hour with CNY25.
Answered by Romel from MALAYSIA | Dec. 06, 2019 06:06

How to get to the Xiashomen bus line from the airport?
Answered by Cindy from CANADA | Dec. 08, 2019 19:06

After you claiming the luggage, you can follow the Engligh signs to shuttle bus ticket counter. Then it is easy to find the get-on place.
Asked by Emaad from PHILIPPINES | Oct. 27, 2019 15:45Reply
Would anyone know of private car hire services which can take from Xi'an airport to shangrila hotel?
Pls send ph no . Also what should be the approximate cost?

Answers (1)
Answered by Peter from USA | Oct. 29, 2019 01:13

It costs around CNY100 by taxi. Actually, it is very convenient to take shuttle bus line of Ziction Liberal Hotel to Ziction Liberal Hotel station, and walk west of 900m to your hotel.
Asked by Yap Cheau Jing from MALAYSIA | Oct. 21, 2019 01:57Reply
Is there any Transportation Card to use in Xi'an like the Yikatong in Beijing?
Not only Xi'an, for other places like Harbin, Luoyang and Zhengzhou as well. Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Tracy from USA | Oct. 22, 2019 18:52

It is called Chang'antong (长安通) here. Every city has their own transport card. The card here cannot be used in other cities.
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