Xi'an Train

Being regarded as the “Gateway to the West”, Xi'an plays a significant role in the Chinese railway system.

It is a city where six of China's main railway lines intersect, thus the city is linked with all of China’s provincial capital cities and four municipalities, for instance, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Haikou, Tibet, etc. Apart from the capital cities, visitors can easily find trains for many tourism cities such as Guilin, Dunhuang, Luoyang, Suzhou, Qingdao, Huashan, etc.

Several high speed rails such as Xuzhou-Lanzhou High Speed Rail, Datong-Xi'an High Speed Rail, etc pass the city make to reach Beijing, Shanghai and even Shenzhen within 10 hours.

Travel Time to major cities from Xi'an (approximation)


Normal Trains

Bullet Trains
Beijing 11.5-16h 4.5-6h
Shanghai 11.5-24.5h 6-7.5h
Guangzhou 22.5-29h 8-9h
Shenzhen 29.5-34h 9.5h
Taiyuan 8.5-12h 3-4h
Zhengzhou 6-10h 2-4h
Guilin 26.5h 9.5h
Lanzhou 7-12h 3h
 More Xi'an Train Schedule

Tips: Taking the traveling time into consideration, the bullet types are always the best choice. However, when you buy tickets between Xi'an and Beijing or Shanghai, some overnight sleeper ones are favorable for they save time and also the expense on hotels, for example, Beijing - Xi'an, Z19/Z20, T41/T42, T231/T232 and Xi'an – Shanghai, Z94/Z92, Z166/Z164. It is reminded to book these popular tickets as early as possible; otherwise, it is hard to get the most suitable sleeper tickets.

Major Rail Lines from Xi'an to:


Railway Stations

Among the five railway stations in the city, three are used for passengers' transportation while the East and the West are for freight only.
 Situated in the city proper, it is presently the city's busiest transportation hub. In total, around 100 rail services, including T, K, Z and other kinds pass through this station daily. The major destinations include Shanghai, Pingyao, Datong, Chengdu, and Luoyang. The overnight sleeper trains to Beijing as well as the overnight sleepers to Shanghai are also operated here. As the station sits close to the Xi'an Bus Station, passengers can transfer to long-distance bus stations here. Besides, outside the station, local public buses and tourism buses are available.

Xi'an Railway Station
Xi'an Railway Station
Waiting Hall in Xi'an Railway Station
Waiting Hall inside Station

It only operates over 100 pairs of bullet trains daily, including those to/from Beijing, Datong, Pingyao, Luoyang, Zhengzhou, Shanghai, Guangzhou,  Shenzhen, and Yan'an, etc. Subway Line 2 is considered as the best method to the station from the city proper.

 Transportation between Railway Station and North Station
1. Bus Line 266 runs between the two stations. Passengers can find the bus stop at Railway Station West (walk west from the Exit for about 270 yards (250m)). It takes about 1 hour and costs CNY1 to get to the north station. The bus runs every 10 to 20 minutes from 06:00 to 23:30 daily. Please prepare RMB 1 note and take care of your belongings on the bus.   
2. Passengers can take subway line 2 from the north station to Beidajie (North Avenue) station, change to line 1 and get off at Wulukou. Leave from Exit D and walk north along the road for about 550 yards (500m), you will see the Railway Station. It takes about 30 minutes and costs CNY3 per person. Line 1 runs between 06:10 and 23:17; line 2 runs between 06:10 and 23:15.
3. Taxies are also available. Passengers can find taxi stands near the exit of Railway Station. It takes about 30 minutes and costs CNY 50 to reach the north station.

Xi'an North Railway Station
North Railway Station
Waiting Hall of Xi'an North Railway Station
Waiting Hall of North Station
Located in the city’s south suburb, this station is around 30 kilometers (18.6 miles ) from the Railway Station. Every day, eight trains to Ankang, Yichang, Guiyang, etc, pass through. This station only has two ticket windows and usually one is in service. The local public bus Line 918 will take passengers to this station. If one starts from the city proper, it is recommended to change to Line 918 at Hang Tian Da Dao Xi Kou Bus Stop.

Ticket purchasing and collecting (if booking online) are available at these three stations. Besides, tickets can also be bought at around 120 ticket offices in the city. Some major ticket offices in city proper area are listed below:

Ticket Office Chinese Version Address Working Hours
Long Hai 陇海 No.1, West 5th Road (500 meters south to the railway station) 08:00 ~ 00:00
Dong Li Da Sha (Dongli Mansion) 东立大厦 No.187, North Huancheng Road 08:00 ~ 00:00
Drum Tower West Square 鼓楼西广场 No. 55, West Street 08:30 ~ 19:30
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Xiaozhai Branch 中国工商银行小寨支行 No. 96, Middle Chang'an Road 09:00 ~ 16:30
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Cuihua Road Branch 中国工商银行翠华路分理处 No. 371, Cuihua Road 09:15 ~ 16:30
South Bus Station 城南客运站 Zhuque Avenue, South Street 08:30 ~ 19:30
North Bus Station 城北客运站 No. 9, West Section, North Second Ring 08:30 ~ 19:00
Guang Dian Zhong Xin (Shaanxi Radio Film and TV Center) 广电中心 No.336, South Chang'an Road 08:00 ~ 17:00
High Technology Industrial Development Zone 西高新 No. 18, First Gaoxin Road 09:00 ~ 17:30

 Further Reading: How to Collect a Ticket, Xi'an-Beijing Train vs. Flight

 Railway Station Transfer Service

 Recommended Train Travel:
One Day Express Train to Luoyang: 1 day tour to Luoyang to visit Shaolin Temple and Longmen Caves
Ancient Capitals Xi'an & Luoyang: 5-day tour to Luoyang popular attractions

- Last updated on Nov. 18, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Xi'an Train
Asked by Raymond from ENGLAND | Apr. 03, 2019 07:42Reply
How to get to hotel grand Soluxe from Xi’an north Station?
Answers (1)
Answered by Anna from CANADA | Apr. 10, 2019 20:35

Take Metro Line 2 from the North Station to Xingzheng Zhongxin Station and then transfer to Metro Line 4 to Wulukou Station. Get out of the Exit D and walk north about 500m to the hotel.
Asked by mohamad faizal from MALAYSIA | Jan. 10, 2019 20:21Reply
hi, may i know, how to get to our hotel from Xi'an airport, our hotel nearby the Muslim street
We arriving late around 11pm. any suggestion on how we can get to our hotel from airport other then taking taxi?
does xian got apps like grab /uber to get cheaper fare?
Answers (1)
Answered by Liam from CAPE VERDE | Jan. 14, 2019 23:47

According to the landing time, you are suggested to take shuttle bus Nanshaomen Line and get off at Xi'an Hotel first. The ticket fare is CNY25 per person. Then take a taxi to Muslim Street.

You can download Didi or Uber App and book a taxi from there. Maybe you can enjoy some discount.
Asked by Tanya from USA | Aug. 05, 2017 17:09Reply
Are taxies available from xian north railway to grand park hotel?
Answers (1)
Answered by Helen from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 06, 2017 20:30

Yes, taxies are avaiable, and it costs you about CNY 40-50.
Asked by Romain from FRANCE | Jul. 19, 2017 01:46Reply
How to go to xian south train station? What time the last bus to there?
Answers (1)
Answered by Nida from USA | Jul. 19, 2017 02:47

Well, as I know, the available buses are 4-23/918/920/K920/924. The last bus available is 918 and it stops at 19:30. If you wanna know the exazct route from a site in XA, let me know where you are.
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