Xi'an Bus

Like most big cities, Xi'an has a very convenient commuter system in the urban area. The public buses are the main means of daily transportation. At present, there are about 5,680 buses running on more than 200 lines in that city. Usually, they start operating at 06:00 and 06:30 and run until 19:30 to 23:00 all the year round. During some national holidays such as the Spring Festival and the National Day, the operating times of some frequently used buses may be longer. On the other hand, in order to ease visitors' journeys in the city, ten tourist bus lines have been opened. Therefore, your stay in the city can totally depend on these city-buses.

 Ticket Fare
Most buses in the urban area of the city are self-service now, so remember to bring some small change prior to boarding. Usually, the air-conditioned ones (with numbers starting with 'K') charge CNY 2 per person, and the others charge CNY 1 per person.

Apart from these, the buses with conductors are charged by distance. Generally, the mini-buses, all of which have conductors, charge CNY 0.5 for the first four stops and then CNY 0.5 for every additional four stops. The other buses with conductors charge CNY 1 for the first several stops and CNY 2 for the whole journey. Please note that a child under 130cm (4 feet) is free to take any city-bus.

For people who will stay in the city for a while, a Xi'an Public Transportation Card, which can provide a 50% discount on the self-service buses, will provide more convenience.
A city bus in Xi'an
A city bus in Xi'an

 Tourist Bus
Because a number of noted tour destinations are located in the suburbs, 13 tourist bus lines are available.  With their help, visitors can shuttle between the destinations, such as the Terracotta Army Museum and the urban area, within one day.

 Urban Sightseeing Bus
Several urban sightseeing bus lines transfer passengers to view the city's main attractions conveniently. The south line covers the City Wall, Bell Tower, Giant Wild Goose Pagoda and Shaanxi History Museum. The north line could reach the Xi'an Expo Site.

 Imperial City Sightseeing Bus
Xi’an Imperial City Sightseeing Bus has 4 lines, and they are the best choices to sightsee those famous local attractions, including Terra Cotta Army, Giant Wild Pagoda, Huaqing Pool and White Deer Plain.

 Frequently Used Buses
If you would like to make a temporary stay in Xi'an and to become involved in the local lifestyle, it would be helpful for you to master some of the more frequently used bus lines of the city.

 Suburban Lines
With the development of the city's transportation system, the bus lines of the city have extended to the suburban districts and counties which are nearby or under the control of Xi'an. These lines make it easier for citizens and travelers to enjoy a one-day trip away from the noisy city at a low cost.
A bus stop sign
A bus stop sign
People queue up to get on the bus.
People queue up to get on the bus.
 Useful Tips
1. Overseas passengers are advised to remember the destinations in Chinese because only a few buses report the stations both in English and Chinese.
2. You'd find it best to avoid the rush-hours, which are between 07:30~08:30 and 17:30~19:30 on Monday to Friday.
3. On the weekends, the buses leading to the universities will be crowded with a great number of students, especially after 18:00 o'clock. Therefore, it is suggested that you not take these lines, such as Nos.600, K600, K603, 400, 408 and the Education Special Line.
4. When taking a self-service bus, passengers are required to move to its back door in advance before the bus arrives at your stop.
5. Consulting Telephone for Taking City-bus: 9600138 (the information charge is CNY 0.8 per minute)
Complaint Hotline for City-bus: 9600135 or 029-84629427 (Please remember the bus number when you ask for complaint and explain the reason.)
- Last modified on Dec. 07, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Xian Bus
Asked by Tm from THAILAND | Nov. 10, 2018 18:37Reply
Over night bus in Xi'an
Are there any overnight bus running between nanshaomen or xishaomen to xian railway station at 2-4 am?
Where can I find overnight bus route (xian downtown)
Answers (2)
Answered by Isabella from USA | Nov. 11, 2018 23:22

Dear, there is no overnight bus running and you'd better take a taxi. You can ask the hotel you live in to help you book one in advance.
Answered by Rangsima from THAILAND | Nov. 12, 2018 20:10

Does XIY airport allow travellers to sleep overnight there?
Asked by Jan from USA | Oct. 16, 2018 12:56Reply
What buses can I take from Xian airport to reach Campanile Bell Tower hotel on a Sunday morning
I would like to take the airport shuttle and the metro to reach my hotel, Campanile Bell Tower. We will be arriving Oct 21st at 9 AM. Please give me the routing I would to reach my hotel.
Answers (1)
Answered by Susan from USA | Oct. 16, 2018 18:15

First, take the airport bus and get off at the final stop - Longhai Hotel. Then, walk about 3 minutes to Wulukou metro station to take the metro line 1 and get off at North Street station where you need to transfer to metro line 2 and get off at Bell Tower station. Then get out of the metro and walk about 8 minutes to the hotel.
Asked by Adriano from ITLAY | Oct. 14, 2018 07:28Reply
I am arriving at Xian South station 13.08. How can reach my hotel at down town
the hotel is SKYTEL XIAN No.32 Nandajie, Beilin District.
What kind of Bus/Metro ? Taxi ? How long tome will take with the bus ? The cost for Taxi ride ?


Adriano Milan Italy
Answers (1)
Answered by Linda from USA | Oct. 16, 2018 18:11

First, take the bus No.918 to North Chang'an Street Fengqi Road where you need to transfer to the metro line 2. Then get off at Yongning Gate. Then walk about 13 minutes to your hotel. The whole ride takes about 100 minutes and CNY7.

Taking a taxi may take about one hour and CNY80 - 100.
Asked by Erick from MEXICO | Sep. 28, 2018 02:02Reply
Is it possible to go to Huashan Mountain after visiting the Terracotta Warriors Museum?
Bus or taxi, or whatever
Answers (1)
Answered by Rena from USA | Sep. 28, 2018 22:42

Dear Erick, there is no direct bus from the museum to Huashan.
There are 3 ways recommended to you:
1. First come back Xi'an Railway station and then take the the bus or train to Huashan.
2. First take a taxi to Weinan Bus Station and then take the bus to Huashan.
3. Take a taxi or hire a car to Huashan directly.
Asked by Albert Lee from PORTUGAL | Sep. 27, 2018 02:29Reply
I need to go to Wudangshan on Sunday, do they have an afternoon bus from Xian?
Answers (1)
Answered by Freeman from USA | Sep. 28, 2018 00:46

Dear Albert, maybe you can have a try to Sanfuwan Bus Station where there is a bus departing at 13:00. The ticket fare is CNY159 per person.
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