Xi’an Xianyang International Airport: Flights and How to Get

Xi’an Xianyang International Airport is located in Xianyang City, approximately 35 km northwest of the city center of Xi’an. The airport currently has 3 terminals, and passengers can easily transfer between them using the free shuttle buses, with a transfer time of 3-5 minutes.

Xian Xianyang International Airport has established aviation business relationships with 62 domestic and international airlines, offering a total of 313 routes that cover more than 170 cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Nanjing, Zhangjiajie, Hong Kong, Macau, Seoul, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Osaka, Los Angeles, and many more. This makes it very convenient for people to travel to Xian by plane.

  • Xi’an Xianyang International Airport Address: Dizhang Town, Weicheng District, Xianyang City, Shaanxi Province
  • Xi’an Xianyang International Airport Code: XIY
  • Major Airlines: China Eastern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Tianjin Airlines, Joyair, Shenzhen Airlines
Xian Xianyang International Airport
Xian Xianyang International Airport

Check-in Time at Xian Xianyang International Airport

For domestic flights, the check-in process at Xi’an Airport begins 180 minutes before the scheduled departure time and closes 40 minutes before take-off. It is advisable to arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before your flight.

For international flights, the check-in process starts 90 minutes before the scheduled departure time and closes 40 minutes before take-off. You’re suggested to arrive at the airport 1.5-2 hours before your international flight.

Terminals at Xi’an Xianyang International Airport

Xi’an Xianyang International Airport currently has three terminals: T1, T2, and T3. T1 and T2 started operations in 1991 and 2003 respectively, primarily handling domestic flights. T3, which commenced operations in 2012, serves both international and some domestic flights, in which the first floor is the arrival hall and the second floor is the departure hall.

The newly constructed T5 Terminal, also known as the East Terminal, has been completed and is expected to be operational in the second half of 2024. The East Terminal features both departure and arrival functions on its two floors, covering an area of 700,000 square meters – more than twice the combined area of the existing T1, T2, and T3 terminals. Upon completion, the airport’s annual passenger handling capacity is projected to reach 83 million people.

Xian Xianyang Airport T3
T3 Terminal

Domestic Flights to Xian

Xi’an Xianyang International Airport operates numerous domestic flights, connecting to major cities across the country, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Chongqing, and more. The table below displays some of the domestic cities served by direct flights to XIY.

Route Duration Flight Distance
Beijing – Xian 2 hours 5 minutes 1034 km
Shanghai – Xian 2 hours 25 minutes 1351 km
Shenzhen – Xian 2 hours 30 minutes 1635 km
Chengdu – Xian 1 hour 35 minutes 652 km
Nanjing – Xian 2 hours 15 minutes 1104 km
Chongqing – Xian 1 hour 20 minutes 603 km
Kunming – Xian 2 hours 15 minutes 1228 km
Guilin – Xian 1 hour 55 minutes 1101 km
Lhasa – Xian 2 hours 40 minutes 1980 km
Hangzhou – Xian 2 hours 20 minutes 1215 km
Guangzhou – Xian 2 hours 35 minutes 1528 km

Regional & International Flights to Xian

Xi’an Xianyang International Airport is very rich in international flights, which connect Xi’an with many important international cities such as Moscow, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Singapore, Los Angeles, and so on. International travelers can take direct international flights to Xi’an.

These international flights provide convenience for tourists to plan a trip to Xi’an. In addition, people from Hong Kong and Macau can also take direct, stopover or connecting flights to Xian. Here are some popular flight schedules for your reference.

Route Duration Flight Distance
Hong Kong – Xian 3 hours 5 minutes 1436 km
Macau – Xian 7 hours 15 minutes (connecting) 1445 km
Los Angeles – Xian 21 hours – 1.5 days (connecting) 10980 km
Bangkok – Xian 3 hours 40 minutes 2430 km
Singapore – Xian 5 hours 35 minutes 3726 km
Tokyo – Xian 8 hours 55 minutes (connecting) 3187 km
Kuala Lumpur – Xian 11 hours 35 minutes (connecting) 3549 km
Moscow – Xian 15 hours 5 minutes (connecting) 5782 km
Seoul – Xian 3 hours 25 minutes 1659 km
Sydney – Xian 14 hours (connecting) 87700 km

Visa-free Transit in Xi’an

Since June 1, 2014, Xi’an Airport has implemented a 72-hour visa-free transit policy for travelers from over fifty countries. Foreign visitors who have a layover in Xi’an with an international connecting flight to a third country can have a short Xi’an tour within 72 hours. This policy was upgraded to a 144-hour visa-free transit starting from December 1, 2019.

How to Plan a Xian Tour from Xian Airport

If you’re considering a tour in Xian, taking advantage of the 144-hour visa-free transit policy offers a fantastic opportunity to explore the city’s rich history and vibrant culture. Here’s a guide to help you plan a perfect Xian tour.

2-Day Xian Tour:

Begin your day at the awe-inspiring Terracotta Army, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Marvel at the life-sized soldiers, horses, and chariots that have guarded Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s tomb for over two millennia. Afterward, visit the ancient City Wall, a well-preserved fortification offering panoramic views of the city. Conclude your day at the Muslim Quarter, immersing yourself in its bustling markets and savoring local delicacies.

Most of Xi’an’s major attractions can be explored within 2 days, including the Terracotta Warriors, the City Wall, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the Muslim Quarter, the Shaanxi History Museum, and the Tang Dynasty Show. You can marvel at life-sized soldiers, horses, and chariots that have guarded the tomb of Qin Shi Huang for over two thousand years. Biking on the ancient city wall offers a panoramic view of the city. Explore bustling markets and savor local cuisine in the Muslim Quarter.

Terracotta Army in Xian
Chinaxiantours customers in the Terracotta Army

3-Day Xian Tour:

If you have more time, you can extend your Xian trip by visiting Mt. Huashan, one of the Five Great Mountains in China, famous for its steep hiking trails. Or, you can visit the enchanting Hanyangling Museum, showcasing Han Dynasty tombs and artifacts.

With careful planning, you can make the most of your Xian tour under the convenient 144-hour visa-free transit policy, ensuring a memorable journey through China’s historical gem.

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Xian Xianyang International Airport Transportation

Xi’an Xianyang International Airport has convenient transportation options, allowing travelers to reach the Terracotta Warriors, the train station, and the city center using airport shuttle buses, metro, and taxis.

Xian Xianyang International Airport to Terracotta Warriors

The Terracotta Warriors are approximately 70 kilometers away from the airport. Visitors can opt for a combination of airport shuttle bus and city bus (2 hours/costs 34 RMB): take the airport shuttle bus to Lintong and transfer to Bus 602 to get off at the Bingmayong Station.

Or you can choose the metro and city bus (2.5-3 hours/costs 15 RMB): Take Metro Line 14 – Get off at Xian North Railway Station and transfer to Metro Line 2 – Get off at Beidajie and transfer to Metro Line 1 – Get off at Fangzhicheng – Transfer to take Lintong Tourism Line No. 613 – Get off at the Terracotta Warriors. This is the cheapest way from the airport to the Terracotta Warriors.

Of course, taxis are the most convenient way to get from Xi’an Airport to the Terracotta Warriors, and also the most expensive. The journey takes about 70-80 minutes and costs about 200-250 RMB.

Xi’an Xianyang International Airport to Xian City Center

Xianyang Airport provides shuttle buses to Xi’an city center at 25 RMB. The earliest bus generally departs at 8:20 in the morning, with the final destination being the Bell Tower Hotel, taking about 80 minutes for the entire journey. If you plan to go directly to the Shaanxi History Museum, you can take the bus departing at 10:00 (buses depart every hour).

With the opening of Metro Line 14, independent travelers now have a more convenient option to travel from the Xian Airport to the Xian downtown. You can take Metro Line 14 at the airport and get off at Xi’an North Station, where you can transfer to popular destinations such as the Bell Tower and Xiaozhai on Metro Line 2. Ticket prices vary depending on where you get off the station, ranging from about 2 RMB to 7 RMB.

Alternatively, you can choose to take a taxi to the city center, which is the most convenient option. Below are reference prices from Xi’an Airport to some popular attractions in the city center:

Popular Attractions Fare / RMB Duration
Shaanxi History Museum 90 – 130 55 minutes
Ancient City Wall 95 – 120 1 hour
Bell Tower & Drum Tower 90 – 115 1 hour
Big Wild Goose Pagoda 115 – 135 1 hour 5 minutes
Xi’an Railway Station 70 – 110 45 minutes
Xi’an North Railway Station 55 – 90 35 minutes

Note: If you take a taxi from Xi’an Airport during peak hours (07:00-09:00 & 17:00-19:00), you may encounter traffic congestion. Please allow ample time to ensure a smooth journey.

If you want a faster, safer, and more comfortable airport transfer, please click Xian Airport Transportation to find out details about airport car rental. You can also see more Xian Car Rental services.

Xian City Wall Bike Riding
Bike Riding on the Xian City Wall

Public Services & Facilities at Xian Xianyang International Airport Transportation

Currency Exchange

Xian Xianyang International Airport offers a currency exchange service.

Service Hour:

T2 Terminal: 8:30 – 21:30

T3 Terminal: 6:00 – 21:30

Locations: Luggage carousel area, Arrival Hall of T2, Gate 322 of Departure Hall of T3, Security Check Area of International Departing Hall of T3.


T1: Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) in the Departure Hall.

T2: Agricultural Bank of China (ABC), China Construction Bank (CCB), Bank of Communications (BCM), Postal Savings Bank of China (PSBC), Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), and Bank of China (BOC) at Gate 224 in the Departure Hall.

T3: Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), China Construction Bank (CCB), Postal Savings Bank of China (PSBC), Bank of Communications (BCM), Agricultural Bank of China (ABC), and Bank of China (BOC) at Gate 322 in the Departure Hall.

GTC: China Construction Bank (CCB).

Mobile Charging

Charging stations and shared power banks are available in the departure and arrival halls of each terminal.


Free WiFi service is available at Xian Airport. You need to have a China mobile phone number to receive the password for connecting to the internet.

Nursery Room

The nursery provides mothers with a private space for changing diapers, breastfeeding, or temporary rest.


T1 Terminal: Behind the security checkpoint.

T2 Terminal: Opposite Gate 9 within the security zone.

T3 Terminal: Available at various locations including opposite Gate H40, opposite Gates H13 and H08, near Starbucks on the second floor of South Concourse, and opposite Gate H22 on the first floor of South Concourse.

Additional Services: Provide diapers for passengers (babies).

Luggage Storage

Locations: The Departure Hall of T2 and the International Departure Hall of T3


There are KFC (6:00-23:00), Burger King, Pizza Hut, Subway, coffee, and some Chinese restaurants at T2 and T3.

Lost and Found

Service Hours: 09:30-18:00 (Monday to Friday)

Hotlines: T2: 029-88796107 / T3: 029-88796675

Locations: Departure Hall of T2 Terminal, Departure Hall of T3 Terminal

Police Office

Passengers can apply for temporary boarding certificates and seek help in case of emergencies here.

Locations: Departure Hall of T2 Terminal; Next to the VIP security checkpoint on the second floor of the Departure Hall in T3 Terminal

Hotlines: 029-88796219 (T2), 029-88790754 (T3)