Xi’an Urban Sightseeing Buses

Xian holds a treasure trove of history and culture, making it a remarkable city to discover. The perfect way to delve into its wonders is by hopping on the urban sightseeing buses. These buses act as your magical ride to the city’s star attractions, like the renowned Terracotta Army, the majestic Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, the formidable City Wall, and the fascinating Daming Palace. You have the flexibility to hop on and off at any stop, savoring the stunning views and immersing yourself in Xi’an’s ancient allure.

 

Line 1: Welcome to Chang’an (常来长安1号线)

  • Ticket Price: CNY 49.9
  • Departure Time: 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30 13:00 13:30 14:00 14:30 15:0015:30 16:00 16:30 17:00
  • Duration: about 2.5-3 hours
  • Stations: Giant Wild Goose Pagoda Scenic Area – Shaanxi History Museum – Xiaozhai SEG Shopping Center – Xi’an SKP – Xi’an City Wall – Yisu Theatre Cultural District – Drum Tower – Bell Tower – Shaanxi Cuisine Museum – Daming Palace National Heritage Park – Hanguang Gate Museum – Small Wild Goose Pagoda (Xi’an Museum) – Giant Wild Goose Pagoda Scenic Area

“Welcome to Chang’an” takes you on an exciting journey through Xi’an’s most iconic landmarks. For a ticket price of CNY 49.9, a one-day pass offers an exploration of Xi’an’s history and culture from the Tang Dynasty to the present day. Operating from 9:30 to 17:00, the bus departs every 30 minutes from the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, both the starting and final station on the line.

Xian Sightseeing Bus Line 1
Xian Sightseeing Bus Line 1 at Shaanxi History Museum

The duration of the trip is roughly 2.5 to 3 hours, contingent on traffic conditions. Feel free to hop on and off at the following stations:

Giant Wild Goose Pagoda: An ancient Buddhist pagoda housing precious Indian relics, symbolizing Chang’an’s history as a UNESCO site. It includes the pagoda, Da Ci’en Temple, and a musical fountain square.

Shaanxi History Museum: Showcasing Shaanxi’s civilization with 370,000 exhibits, featuring bronze wares, pottery, and a special Tang Dynasty section.

SAGA International Shopping Center: A modern mall with global brands, local goods, dining, cinemas, and a view of the city wall and moat.

Xian SKP (Shopping Center): An upscale mall with luxury brands, art exhibits, and a rooftop garden.

City Wall: China’s most intact ancient city wall, perfect for walks, biking, and scenic tours, housing the City Wall Museum and South Gate Square.

Yisu Theatre Cultural District: A park blending tradition and modernity, hosting performances, galleries, and local snacks.

Drum Tower: A striking Ming Dynasty building with ancient drums and occasional drum shows.

Bell Tower: A majestic Ming Dynasty building with a giant bell and bell-ringing displays.

Xi’an Restaurant: Famous for Shaanxi cuisine, especially its variety of dumplings, noodles, and local dishes.

Daming Palace National Heritage Park: A vast historical park replicating Tang Dynasty grandeur with restored buildings and cultural experiences.

Hanguang Gate: The site of a significant Tang Dynasty battle, now hosting a museum showcasing that era’s military history.

Small Wild Goose Pagoda (Xian Museum): An older, smaller Buddhist pagoda offering historical relics and a music bell show at the museum.

Xian Small Wild Goose Pagoda
Small Wild Goose Pagoda

Line 2: The Unsurpassed Beauty of Qujiang. (曲江风华2号线)

  • Ticket Price: CNY 49.9
  • Departure Time: 10:15 12:15 14:15 16:15 18:15 20:15
  • Duration: about one hour
  • Stations: Giant Wild Goose Pagoda – Qujiang Pool Relic Park – Tang Paradise – Great Tang All Day Mall – Giant Wild Goose Pagoda

This route leads you to the Qujiang area, offering a blend of natural beauty and Tang Dynasty cultural treasures. Explore the Qujiang Pool Relic Park, Tang Paradise, and the Great Tang All Day Mall. A one-day pass costs CNY 49.9, operating from 10:15 to 18:15, departing every two hours from the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda as the first and last stop. The whole trip takes around an hour, contingent on traffic conditions.

 

Line 3 & 4: Attractive Night View of Ancient Changan (长安之夜 3号线 & 4号线)

Line 3:

  • Ticket Price: CNY 49.9
  • Departure Time: 19:30; 20:00; 20:30; 21:00
  • Stations: Giant Wild Goose Pagoda – Shaanxi History Museum – Xi’an SKP (Shopping Center) – Bell Tower – City Wall
  • Duration: 1.5 – 2h

Line 4:

  • Ticket Price: CNY 49.9
  • Line 4: Departure Time: 17:30; 18:00; 18:30; 18:00
  • Stations: Giant Wild Goose Pagoda – Shaanxi History Museum – Xi’an SKP (Shopping Center) – Bell Tower – City Wall
  • Duration: 1.5 – 2h
Xian City Wall bike ride
Ride a bicycle on the City Wall

Explore the stunning night vistas of Xi’an, the ancient capital of China, through the Xi’an Urban Night Sightseeing Buses – Line 3 & 4. These night routes showcase the illuminated beauty of the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Shaanxi History Museum, Bell Tower, and City Wall, casting a colorful and captivating glow on these historical and cultural landmarks, now modern symbols of Xi’an.

For just CNY 49.9, grab a one-day pass enabling access to all four city sightseeing bus lines (Lines 1, 2, 3, and 4) during operating hours. Enjoy the flexibility to hop on and off at any stop at your leisure, with each stop allowing a 5~10-minute pause for exploration. On-board guides are available to assist tourists.

Line 3 operates from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM, while Line 4 runs from 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM, offering a delightful way to experience the city’s charm under the night sky.

 

Special Museum Line (博物馆号 城市观光车博物馆专线)

  • Ticket Price: CNY 49.9
  • Duration: about 3 hours
  • Departure Times: From Giant Wild Goose Pagoda: 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00.  From Bell Tower and Drum Tower: 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30.
  • Stations: Giant Wild Goose Pagoda – Shaanxi History Museum – Xi’an Museum – Xi’an Tang Hanguang Gate Museum – Xi’an Beilin Museum – Bell Tower and Drum Tower

The Special Museum Line is an excellent way to delve into Xi’an’s abundant cultural and historical legacy. This line links six museums exhibiting relics and artworks from various dynasties alongside the famed Bell Tower and Drum Tower, central landmarks of the ancient city. Enjoy the flexibility to hop on and off the bus at any stop, allowing you to explore the exhibits at your own speed. With a one-day pass priced at CNY 49.9, you have unlimited access to the bus within its operational hours.

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Exhibit in Shaanxi History Museum

Tourist Bus Line 5 (the previous No. 306) 西安游5 (306路)

  • Ticket Price: CNY 2-5
  • Departure Times: from 7:00 to 19:00 with an interval of 30-40minutes
  • Duration: about 1 hour

This bus route is a top choice for tourists, leading to the famed Terracotta Army Museum, an incredible archaeological find. Here, you’ll witness life-sized clay soldiers and horses interred over 2,000 years ago with China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. The museum encompasses three pits and an exhibition hall, spanning 22,780 square meters.

Starting from Fangzhicheng Coach Station and concluding at the Terracotta Army Museum, the route covers 11 stops, including attractions like Huaqing Pool, a historical hot spring resort once an imperial palace, and the Lintong Campus of Xi’an Polytechnic University, a modern institution with a history spanning over 60 years. Ticket prices range from CNY 2 to 5 based on distance, with operating hours from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, running every 30 minutes.

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Terracotta Warriors and Horses

Mountain Tourist Line 1 (西安环山旅游1号线)

  • Departure Times: From the North Square of the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda: 8:30-11:00; From Louguantai: 13:30-17:30
  • Ticket Price: CNY 2-12
  • Main Stations: Qinling Wildlife Park – Qinghua Mountain – Fengyukou Valley – Caotang Temple – Hutai Grape Base – Taiping National Forest Park – Guifeng Mountain – Jinfeng Temple – Golden Dragon Valley – Zhuque National Forest Park – Qingliang Mountain – Xi’an Qujiang Agricultural Exposition Park

For nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers, this bus line is a fantastic pick, leading you to the Qinling Mountains, a key natural barrier in China. Renowned for its rich biodiversity, it’s a habitat to rare and endangered species like the giant panda, golden monkey, and takin. Experience breathtaking mountain landscapes – lush green forests, crystal-clear streams, and majestic peaks. Along the route, explore historical and cultural sites, including ancient temples and monasteries offering insights into the flourishing Buddhism and Taoism in this region.

Commencing from the North Square of the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, a significant landmark symbolizing cultural exchange between China and the West during the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 AD), the bus operates from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. The entire journey spans approximately 9 hours, with ticket prices ranging from CNY 2 to 12 based on the distance covered. You have the freedom to hop on and off at any stop along the route.