Xi’an Railway Station – The Oldest Railway Station in Xian

Xi’an Railway Station began operations in June 1935, making it nearly 90 years old. It is one of only three train stations in the country that provide direct trains to every provincial capital and major prefecture-level city in the Chinese mainland.

Serving as a vital hub, Xi’an Railway Station connects northwest and southwest China with other regions mainly by the K, T, and Z trains. Tourists can easily travel to Xi’an from cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Zhengzhou, Lanzhou, Guangzhou, Lhasa, Chengdu, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Urumqi, Xining, and Xiamen via Xi’an Railway Station.

Xi’an Railway Station Address: No.44 Huancheng North Road, Xincheng District, Xi’an City

Distance: 42km (26 miles) to Terracotta Army / 37km (23 miles) to Xian Xianyang International Airport / 4km (2.5 miles) to Bell Tower / 6km (3.7 miles) to Xian City Wall / 120km (74.5 miles) to Huashan Mountain.

Xi’an Railway Station Layout

The expanded Xi’an Railway Station, which was put into operation on December 31, 2021, has a total construction area of 282,000 square meters. The station buildings cover an area of 127,000 square meters (including waiting halls of 22,300 square meters) and can accommodate up to 12,000 people during peak hours.

The station building of Xi’an Railway Station has a height of 24 meters and is divided into three underground floors and two above-ground floors. It incorporates traditional Chinese wooden construction elements, providing passengers with a sensory experience of “ancient yet modern.” The east and west wings of the entrance hall serve as waiting rooms, with special waiting rooms for the elderly, groups, soft-seated passengers, and VIPs located near the platforms. In the center of the hall, there are two escalators and a wide pedestrian staircase providing access to the second floor.

The building has a total of 4 large regular waiting rooms, each capable of accommodating 1,400 passengers simultaneously. Passengers under the ground floor can directly access the first platform, while those on the above-ground floors use a pedestrian bridge to access the platforms. Within the waiting hall, there are 12 waiting rooms for special purposes such as mothers and infants, and soft-seated areas, accommodating up to 7,000 passengers for resting and waiting.

The ticket office is located on the east side of the waiting building and has 60 ticket windows. Additionally, a glass canopy is installed in the central atrium of the North Square exit, allowing passengers exiting from the north side to see the scenery of the Danfeng Gate ruins through the glass curtain wall.

Xi’an Train Schedule to Major Cities

With the K, T, and Z trains, Xi’an Railway Station acts as a vital hub connecting northwest and southwest China with other regions. Xi’an Railway Station make it easy for visitors from Beijing, Shanghai, Lanzhou, Guangzhou, Chengdu, and Hangzhou to get to Xi’an.

On October 11, 2023, the G654 high-speed train heading north to Beijing from Xi’an Railway Station, marking the first high-speed rail service from Xi’an to Beijing. Then on February 3, 2024, the Xi’an-Chengdu high-speed railway is launched and connect to Xi’an Railway Station with Chengdu for the first time. Besides, Passengers can take the high-speed train D6857 from Xi’an Railway Station to Hanzhong (汉中).

To Train No. Duration Ticket Price
Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper
Beijing K564, Z152, K4240, T232, K4080, T8… 12h23m – 17h33m RMB 398.5 RMB 254.5
Shanghai D218, K4032, K2188, K362, D94… 14h57m – 23h26m RMB 488.5 RMB 310.5
Lanzhou K4031, K389, Z151, K4113, T113… 7h5m – 10h48m RMB 251 RMB 163
Shenzhen Z4184, K1310, K1350, Z232, K448… 23h12m – 32h46m RMB 745 RMB 414
Zhengzhou Z362, K178, T198, K4114, K4668… 5h51m – 8h43m RMB 197 RMB 129
Guangzhou K228, K84, Z232, Z136… 21h31m – 28h12m RMB 708 RMB 399
Lhasa Z265, Z165, Z917 34h45m – 29h38m RMB 969.5 RMB 611.5
Chengdu

(Xian – Chengdu Train)

T7, K545, K245, K385… 10h24m – 16h14m RMB 301 RMB 194
Hangzhou Z596, K306, K774, K1042, Z4284… 17h37m – 22h48m RMB 464.5 RMB 296.5
Xiamen K242, Z128 31h39m – 21h34m RMB 613 RMB 389

* Note: The schedule above is for reference only (Updated on Feb.19, 2024).

How to Get to Xi’an Railway Station?

You can three ways to Get to Xi’an Railway Station typically: taking the subway, hailing a taxi, or hopping on a city bus.

By subway (the fastest way): You can take Metro Line 4 and get off at Xi’an Railway Station. The subway is connected to the train station, and you can follow the signs to go to the station and then take the train.

By bus (the cheapest way): Take bus No.229, 608, and 6 from Xian city center to Xi’an Railway Station.

By taxi (the most comfortable way): The Bell Tower is located in the center of the city of Xi’an. It takes about 15 minutes by taxi from the Bell Tower to Xi’an Railway Station. And it cost about 15 RMB. Taking a taxi from the Terracotta Warriors to Xi’an Railway Station costs around 130-150 RMB and takes approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes.

How to get from Xian Railway Station to Popular Sites?

Go to Terracotta Warriors from Xi’an Railway Station

You can take Metro Line 4 and get off at Wulukou Station (五路口). Transfer to Metro Line 1 and get off at Fangzhicheng Station (纺织城). Transfer to Line 9 to Huaqing Pool. Then take Bus No.613 to the destination.

Xi’an Railway Station to Huashan Mountain

Taking the ordinary train from Xi’an Railway Station to Huashan Railway Station takes approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes. Upon arrival, transfer to bus No.603 to Huashan Bus Station. After getting off the bus, it’s about a 1km walk to reach the Huashan Scenic Area.

Alternatively, you can choose to take a coach directly to the Huashan Scenic Area from Xi’an Railway Station, which takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes, with a ticket price of 40 RMB per person.

Xi’an Railway Station to Bell Tower

You can take Metro Line 4 and get off at Dachachi Station (大差市), then transfer to Line 6 to the Bell Tower. It only takes a 5-minute walk from the Bell Tower to reach the nearby Drum Tower and Muslim Quarter.

Xi’an Railway Station to Ancient City Wall

Take the Metro Line 4 and get off at Wulukou Station (五路口), then transfer to Metro Line 1 and get off at Beidajie Station (北大街). Transfer to Line 2 to Yongningmen Station (永宁门).

Xi’an Railway Station to Xi’an Airport

You can take Metro Line 4 and get off at Xi’an North Railway Station. Then, transfer Line 14 to the airport.

Hotels near Xi’an Railway Station

There are many different places to stay near Xi’an Railway Station. For travelers on a tight budget, they are advised to book accommodations at cheap hotels like Hanting Hotel, which provide complete amenities at reasonable rates. The Novotel Hotels & Resorts and the Ramada Bell Tower Hotel Xi’an are excellent options for individuals looking for a more comfortable stay. It offers attentive service and first-rate amenities, but costs more.

√ Recommended 3-Star Hotels:

Hanting Hotel: 660m walk from Xi’an Railway Station, RMB 280 per night for Guestroom with 2 single beds.

Zhongwei Shangde Hotel: 1.1km walk from Xi’an Railway Station, RMB 550 per night for a Superior Room with 2 single beds.

Vienna Classic Hotel: 1.6km walk from Xi’an Railway Station, RMB 300 per night for a Superior Room with 2 single beds.

Recommended 4-Star Hotels:

Ramada Bell Tower Hotel Xi’an: 2.6km drive from Xi’an Railway Station, RMB 380 per night for a Superior Room with 2 single beds.

Novotel Hotels & Resorts: 3.6km drive from Xi’an Railway Station, RMB 550 per night for Superior 2-bed Room.

New City People’s Livelihood International Hotel: 1.5km walk from Xi’an Railway Station, RMB 450 per night for an Elegant Standard Room with 2 single beds.

How to Plan a Xi’an Tour?

If you will arrive by train, you’re suggested to start your trip to Xi’an by visiting the well-known attractions close to the station, such as the Xian City Wall and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Later visit the Terracotta Army and Huaqing Pool, to further appreciate the historical and cultural significance of Xi’an. But do not forget to experience the local real life and rich flavors, try sampling some authentic Shaanxi dishes and snacks at the Muslim Quarter by night.