Xi'an Bus

Xi'an has a very convenient commuter system in the urban area.  At present, there are about 8,800 buses running on about 350 lines in that city.

Operating Time

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.

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 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
Because a number of noted tour destinations are located in the suburbs, around 15 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.
 Several urban sightseeing bus lines transfer passengers to view the city's main attractions conveniently. Those lines cover Shaanxi History Museum, City Wall, Muslim Quarter, Forest of Stone Steles Museum, Tang Paradise, Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Bell Tower, Drum Tower and more.
 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.
 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.
 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 of Xi'an Bus

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 May. 05, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Xi'an Bus
Asked by akilmdlast from MALAYSIA | Aug. 04, 2019 23:52Reply
i'm flight to xian this coming 28/8..my question how to get to helen apartment from
xianyang international airport...
Answers (1)
Answered by Dewey from USA | Aug. 07, 2019 18:47

You can take shuttle bus History Museum Line to Tangcheng Hotel, then transfer to bus No.504/618 to Huangyan Village Station, and walk northeast of 300m to your hotel. It takes around 1.5 hours with CNY27.
Asked by Yvonne from AUSTRALIA | Jul. 23, 2019 22:28Reply
How to get to Xianyang Airport by train and how much?
I'm hiring a private car for 8 hours and they would drop us back in somewhere in the city. But i just need to know where we can take public transport to XIY airport. Thanks.
Answers (1)
Answered by Jen from USA | Jul. 25, 2019 18:20

There are many places you can get on the airport shuttle bus. The point is where do you start off?
Asked by Hana from MALAYSIA | May. 01, 2019 22:25Reply
How to travel to Xi'an yuanjia village by bus? Stay near Bell Tower
Answers (1)
Answered by Emma from SINGAPORE | May. 05, 2019 23:40

You can take a bus from North City Bus Station. The bus departs from 8:10 to 19:00 every hour. It takes about 1 hour for a single journey and the bus fare is CNY22.

From Bell Tower to North City Bus Station, you can take Bus Line 37 from Bell Tower North.
Asked by George from GREECE | Apr. 19, 2019 00:56Reply
Flight is arriving around 21:45 and then i want to go on Holiday Inn Express Xi'An Bell Tower.
What bus should i Take ?
Thanks in advance
Answers (1)
Answered by Amelia from UNITED KINGDOM | Apr. 22, 2019 23:13

It is advised to take shuttle bus to get to Xi'an Hotel first. Then take a taxi to your hotel directly.
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