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 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.
Asked by sweet from UK | Apr. 18, 2019 07:04Reply
Yan’an to Xi'an Xianyang International Airport
Please let me know if there is long distance bus service to / from Yan’an to Xianyang airport? and the frequency please. Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Constance from FINLAND | Apr. 22, 2019 23:11

There is no direct coach that can take you from Yan'an to the airport. You need to take a high speed train to get to Xi'an North Railway Station first. Then take the direct shuttle bus to the airport.
Asked by Ton from THAILAND | Apr. 15, 2019 23:47Reply
Arrive xian xianyang airport around 21.35 How to go to Xian7sage hostel?
Answers (1)
Answered by Joseph from UNITED KINGDOM | Apr. 16, 2019 02:04

Upon landing, you can take shuttle bus to get to Xi'an Hotel first. It takes around an hour on the way. The ticket fare is CNY25/person. After arriving, take a taxi to the destination. The cab fare is CNY15 to 20.
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