Xi’an Xianyang International Airport (XIY) is one of the top ten airports and one of the eight hub-airports in China. It is located 50 km (about 31 miles) northwest of downtown Xi’an in Xianyang, a neighboring city.
It has contacted with near 30 airline companies including New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, Seoul, Frankfurt, Vancouver, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. It cooperates with 41 airlines, operating over 244 air lines to around 119 cities / regions at home and abroad. Starting here, passengers can fly to major cities in midwestern China within one hour like Chengdu, Chongqing, Wuhan, Zhengzhou, Lanzhou, Xining and Yinchuan; to 70% of China’s territory within 2 hours; and all of China’s capital cities and major tourism cities within 3 hours. There are eight shuttle bus lines between the airport and downtown Xi’an and one between the airport and Xianyang city. The facilities and services here like left luggage, restaurants, smoking room and others make one’s departure and arrival easy and pleasant.
As the scale of the airport keeps growing, its flight area is now cast as level 4F, with two runways (3000×45 meters, 3800×60 meters), which enables the world’s largest passenger A380 to take-off and land.
It is equipped with 127 parking bays and 44 boarding bridges. The three terminal building in total has an area of 350,000 square meters, which include 140 check-in counters, and 36 security check channels. There is also a comprehensive transportation hub with 80,000 square meters, the cargo area with 25,000 square meters, and the concentrated commercial area with 12,000 square meters.
Over the years, Xi’an Xianyang International Airport has maintained its leading position in the civil aviation airport industry in the country, and its transportation business has grown rapidly for consecutive years. In 2019, Xi'an Xianyang International Airport completed 345,000 takeoffs and landings throughout the year, with a passenger throughput of 47.221 million and a cargo and post throughput of 382,000 tons. The annual passenger throughput of the airport ranks the seventh in the country. At present, the total number of international (regional) terminations from the airport has reached 67. There are total 75 routes that connect 36 countries and 74 major hubs as well as tourist cities around the world. XXIA has built a major aviation channel for Shaanxi to open to the world.
Homepage and Flights info
Airport Shuttle Bus
Xi’an 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.
Among the five railway stations in the city, three are used for passengers' transportation while the East and the West are for freight only.
Xi’an Railway Station
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 North Railway 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.
Xi'an South Railway Station
In the city’s south suburb, this station is around 28 miles (45 km) away 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:
No.1, West 5th Road (500 meters south to the railway station)
08:00 ~ 00:00
Dong Li Da Sha (Dongli Mansion)
No.187, North Huancheng Road
08:00 ~ 00:00
Drum Tower West Square
No. 55, West Street
08:30 ~ 19:30
Industrial and Commercial Bank
of China Xiaozhai Branch
No. 96, Middle Chang'an Road
09:00 ~ 16:30
Industrial and Commercial Bank
of China Cuihua Road Branch
No. 371, Cuihua Road
09:15 ~ 16:30
South Bus Station
Zhuque Avenue, South Street
08:30 ~ 19:30
North Bus Station
No. 9, West Section, North Second Ring
08:30 ~ 19:00
Guang Dian Zhong Xin
(Shaanxi Radio Film and TV Center)
No.336, South Chang'an Road
08:00 ~ 17:00
High Technology Industrial Development Zone
No. 18, First Gaoxin Road
09:00 ~ 17:30
Currently, there are more than 12,000 taxis running in the city. They are mostly green. You can easily flag down a taxi along any street, except during the rush hours: 07:30 – 08:30 and 17:30 – 19:00. A taxi is allowed to take at most four adult passengers. If you have four people in a group with a baby, try to negotiate with the driver for a cab ride. Drivers usually charge by the meter in the downtown and there is no surcharge for the fuel or luggage. For long-distance travel such as to the Airport or Terracotta Warriors, they prefer a flat rate. If hiring a cab for a whole day, it costs about CNY500.
1. For cars with the brands like BYD, Jetta, Santana, Fukang: The flag-down rate is CNY8.5 for the first 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) and it costs CNY2 for every extra kilometer (about 0.6 mile). Once the cab runs farther than 12 kilometers (around 7.5 miles), an additional 50% is automatically charged for empty return.
2. For cars with the brands like Red Flag, Eastar and Passat, as well as the low-carbon electric cabs: The flag-down rate is CNY8.5 for the first 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) and it costs CNY2.4 for every extra kilometer (about 0.6 mile). When the car runs farther than 8 kilometers (about 5 miles), an additional 50% fee for empty return is automatically charged.
3. During the period of 23:00 and 06:00 the next day, the flag-down rate is CNY9.5 and an additional CNY2.3 is charged for each extra kilometer. For example, if taking a BYD car for 4km (2.5mi), you need to pay CNY10 for the first 3 kilometers (1.9mi) and the extra distance costs CNY2.3. So the total fee is CNY12.3.
General Guidline for Xi'an Taxi Fare
Tips for Taking a Taxi in Xi’an
1. It is usually difficult to hail a cab during the rush hours: 07:30 - 08:30 and 17:30 - 19:00. This may also happen during 15:00 and 16:30 when the drivers change shifts. During this period, most drivers only stop for
passengers who are going in the same direction as they are.
2. During rush hours, you could try car-hailing apps like Didi and Caocao to reserve a car in advance.
3. There is a designated taxi pick-up area at the airport and at the train stations.
4. Taxi drivers in Xi’an rarely speak or read English, so it is best to present them a note with your destination in Chinese characters or at least in Pinyin.
5. Ask the driver for a receipt in case of any unexpected events.
6. Due to subway construction and other unexpected factors, the drivers sometimes have to detour, especially around the city center. Therefore, depart a little earlier if you are on a tight schedule.
7. Cabs are not equipped with baby seats. If you are traveling with a baby, ask the driver to slow down.
8. Avoid the autobikes or tricycles in Xi’an. You may notice autobikes or tricycles waiting for passengers at the commercial areas and around entertainment venues and hotels. It seems convenient, but they are actually illegal and unsafe. Sometimes they even charge a higher price than cabs.
9. Please be careful of fake taxis which are painted green like the legal ones. They overcharge and are unsafe. Usually there are no LED lights or billboards on the top of the car. Besides, the real license for green taxi generally starts with 陕AUXXX or 陕ADXXX.
Nowadays, Xi'an metro line 1, line 2, line 3, line 4, line 5, line 6, line 9, line 14 and Airport Line are in service. According to the long-term plan, Xi'an will totally have 15 subway lines with a total length of about 550 kilometers (342 miles).
Ticket Fare and Types
1. Single Journey Ticket: CNY 2 for the first 6km (4mi); CNY 3 for 6-10km (4-6mi); CNY 4 for 10-14km (6-9mi), CNY5 for 14-20km (9-12mi) and CNY6 for 20-26km (12-16mi). For the distance beyond 26km (16mi), extra CNY1 is needed for every 8km (5mi).
2. 10% discount could be enjoyed for passengers with Public Transportaion Card. Besides, passengers can also purchase metro tickets by using Xi'an Metro APP and Alipay.
3. Flat-rate Metro Pass: The pass with the value of CNY 50 only charges CNY 38 and the one with the value of CNY 100 charges CNY 68. Since the first use, it is valid for a year.
4. Xi'an Metro Pass: One-day Pass is sold at CNY 15 and Three-day Pass at CNY 40, allowing passengers to take all the city's metro lines without limit in 24 hours and 72 hours after the first use.
1. Children under 4ft (1.3m) can take all subway lines for free.
2. One-day Pass & Three-day Pass are not required to be returned after use so passenger could keep it as a souvenir.
Lines to be Opened
Line 7: Xianyang City – Qujiang (Xi'an City)
Line 8: Fengcheng 2nd Road – Fengcheng 2nd Road (a circle line)
Line 10: International Trade & Logistics Park – Weibei Industrial Park East
Line 11: Qujiang – Lintong District
Line 12: Expanded High-Tech Industrial Park – Airport New City in Xixian New Area
Line 15: Huxian County – Outsourcing Base
Subway Lines in Operation
Line 1: Houweizhai – Fangzhicheng
Full Length: about 19 miles (31 kilometers)
Number of Stations: 23
Stations:Fenghe Forest Park – Beihuai –Shanglinlu–Fengdong Zimaoyuan–Houweizhai – Sanqiao – Zaohe – Zaoyuan – Hanchengle – Kaiyuanmen – Laodonglu – Yuxiangmen – Sajinqiao – Beidajie – Wulukou – Chaoyangmen – Kangfulu – Tonghuamen – Wanshoulu – Changlepo – Chanhe – Banpo – Fangzhicheng
Line 2: Beikezhan (North Railway Station)– Weiqunan
Full Length: 17 miles (27 kilometers)
Number of Stations: 21
Stations: Beikezhan (North Railway Station) – Beiyuan – Yundonggongyuan (City Sports Park) – Xingzhengzhongxin (Administrative Center) – Fengchengwulu – Shitushuguan (Public Library) – Daminggongxi (Daming Palace West) – Longshouyuan – Anyuanmen – Beidajie – Zhonglou (Bell Tower) – Yongningmen – Nashaomen – Tiyuchang (Shaanxi Stadium) – Xiaozhai – Weiyijie – Huizhanzhongxin (Conference and Exhibition Center) – Sanyao – Fengqiyuan – Hangtiancheng – Weiqunan
Line 3: Yuhuazhai – Bonded Zone
Full Length: 25 miles (40 kilometers)
Number of Stations: 26
Stations: Yuhuazhai – Zhangbanbeilu – Yanpingmen – Kejilu – Taibainanlu – Jixiangcun – Xiaozhai – Dayanta (Big Wild Goose Pagoda) – Beichitou – Qinglongsi (Qinglong Temple) – Yanxingmen – Xianninglu – Changlegongyuan (Changle Park) – Tonghuamen – Hujiamiao – Shijiajie – Xinjiamiao – Guangtaimen – Taohuatan – Chanbazhongxin – Xianghuwan – Wuzhuang – Gangwuqu – Shuangzhai – Xinzhu – Bonded Zone
Line 4: North Railway Station –Hangtianxincheng
Full Length: 22 miles (35 kilometers)
Number of Stations: 28
Stations: North Railway Station – Yuanshuolu – Fengchengshi’erlu – Fengchengjiulu – Wenjinglu – Xingzhengzhongxin – Shizhongyi Yiyuan – Changqinglu – Baihuacun – Yujiazhai – Daminggongbei – Daminggong – Hanyuandian – Wulukou – Dachaishi – Hepingmen – Lijiacun – University of Architecture and Technology – Dayanta – Datang Furongyuan – Qujiangchi West – Jinhutuo – Hangtiandadao – Feitianlu – Dongchang’anjie – Shenzhoudadao – Hangtiandonglu – Hangtianxincheng
Line 5: Matengkong –Innovation Harbour
Full Length: 28 miles (45 kilometers)
Number of Stations: 34
Station: Matengkong – Huangqutou – Xi’an University of Technology Qujiang Campus – Qinglong Temple – Yanxiang Road North – Taiyi Road – Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology/Lijiacun – Wenyi Road – Nanshaomen – Huangyancun – Bianjiacun – Northwestern Polytechnical University – Fengqing Park – Jinguangmen – South Hancheng Road – Xiyaotou – Shiqiao Flyover – Epanggong South – Wangsi – Doumen – Fuxing Avenue – Gaojing – Happy Valley – Culture and Education Park – Gaoqiao – Dongmafang – Fengxi Cultural Park – Diaotai – Aoxiang Town – Innovation Harbour East – Innovation Harbour
Line 6: Northwestern Polytechnical University –International Medical Central Hospital
Full Length: 25 miles (40 kilometers)
Number of Stations: 26
Station (Phase 1): Northwestern Polytechnical University – Keji Road – Ganjiazhai – Mutasi – Shaanxi Provincial Gymnasium – Zhangba 1st Road – Zhangba 4th Road – Zhangba 6th Road – Zaozitai – West Avenue – Guodu West – Rencun – International Medical Central Hospital
Line 9: Fangzhicheng – Qinling West
Full Length: 15.5 miles (25 kilometers)
Number of Stations: 15
Station: Fangzhicheng – Xiangwang – Baliu 2nd Road – Tianwang – Hongqing – Zixia 3rd Road – Fenghuangchi – Yingwusi Park – Zhiyang Square – Xi'an Polytechnic University Lintong Campus – Xihuayuan – Huaqing Pool – Dongsancha – Yinqiao Avenue – Qinling West
Line 14: Heshao – Airport West (T1/T2/T3)
Length: 43 kilometers (27 miles)
Number of Stations: 18
Stations: Airport West (T1/T2/T3) - Airport T5 (closed) - Konggangxincheng - Art Center - Baiqizhai - Changling Museum - Qinhanxincheng - Qingong - Weihenan - North Square of North Railway Station - Wenjingshan Park - Xi’an Technological University - Beichen - Olympic Sports Center - Shuangzhai - Xinsi - Gangwu Avenue - Heshao
Airport Line (Northwest-Southeast): North Railway Station – Airport West
Length: 29 kilometers (18 miles)
Number of Stations:10
Stations: Airport West (T1/T2/T3) - Airport T5 (closed) - Konggangxincheng - Art Center - Baiqizhai - Changling Museum - Qinhanxincheng - Qingong - Weihenan - North Square of North Railway Station