The official name of Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station is Pingyao Gucheng Railway Station. Passengers need to use official name to search for trains in China.

The station was newly built in 2014, when it first came into use. It is at the center of Shānxi Province (山西省), and has became a transport hub for Shānxi Province, Shǎnxi Province (陕西省) and Beijing.

Bullet train at Pingyao Gucheng Railway Station

Bullet train at Pingyao Gucheng Railway Station

The station is 8 kilometers from Pingyao Ancient City and 9 kilometers from Pingyao Railway Station. It’s very convenient for visitors who wish to travel around Pingyao.

  • Name in Chinese: 平遥古城站, Píngyáo Gǔchéng Zhàn
  • Station address: Wenjing Street, Houji Village
  • Address in Chinese: 文景大道, 侯冀村
  • Station size: 2 platforms, 4 lines
  • Nearby transportation: buses, taxis

Trains to Pingyao Gucheng Railway Station

  • From Xi’an North Railway Station: There are 8 high-speed trains a day running from Xi’an North to Pingyao Gucheng, departing between 06:32 and 19:05 hrs. The journey takes about 3 hours and costs 150 yuan per second class seat.
  • From Beijing West Railway Station: 3 high-speed trains a day run from Beijing West to Pingyao Gucheng. The journey takes about 4 hours and costs 183 yuan per second class seat.
  • From Taiyuan South Railway Station: 23 high-speed trains operate on this route daily. The journey takes about 40 minutes and costs 28.5 yuan per second class seat.
  • From Datong Railway Station (Datong Yungang grottoes): There are no direct trains from Datong to Pingyao Gucheng, but you can transfer at Pingyao Railway Station. First, take a normal speed train from Datong Railway Station to Pingyao Railway Station. That takes about 7 hours and costs 69 yuan per hard seat. Then take bus no. 108 from Pingyao to Pingyao Gucheng.

You can check all the schedules on China Train Booking app (IOS, GooglePlay, Android APK).
To find out how to book train tickets in China, please see How to Buy a China Train Ticket .

The Layout of Pingyao Gucheng Railway Station

Pingyao Gucheng is quite a small station with only one floor, two platforms, and an independent ticket building (on the right-hand side of the main hall).

It has, however, good facilities and convenient services, such as Wifi and mobile phone charging services.

There is a station square in front of the main building, where travelers can take buses or taxis.

Facilities: waiting area, Service Desk (on the right of the entrance gate), convenience store, water fountains, toilets

* Please note there is no restaurant at the station.

Collecting Tickets and Boarding Trains at Pingyao Gucheng Railway Station

  1. Find the independent ticket building at the railway station.
  2. Choose one of the ticket windows (marked “取票窗口”) to queue up and collect your paper ticket(s).
  3. After collecting your paper ticket(s), go to the main station building to pass through the security check.
  4. Find the waiting area on F1 nearest to your boarding gate.

* There are only 2 platforms at Pingyao Gucheng Railway Station. One goes in the direction of Xi’an (marked 西安方向), while the other goes to Beijing or Taiyuan (marked 北京, 太原方向). Find the platform for boarding according to the arrival station shown on your ticket(s).

Language help:
“您好,这是我的车票。请问我应该在哪里候车?”
“Hello, this is my ticket. Could you please tell me where I should wait to board?”

For more detailed instructions about collecting tickets and boarding trains in China, please see:

Transport Around Pingyao Gucheng Railway Station

Bus

Bus no. 108 in front of the station

Bus no. 108 in front of the station

There is only one available bus line – no. 108 – at Pingyao Gucheng Railway Station. It goes to some major tourist attractions in Pingyao, including: Pingyao Ancient City (平遥古城) and Shuanglin Temple.

  • Operating times: 6:50am to 8 pm daily
  • Location: in front of the station square
  • Price: 1 yuan

Taxi

There’s a taxi stand in front of the station square.

Taxis waiting in line

Taxis waiting in line

  • For journeys by day, the starting price is 6 yuan for the first 3 kilometers and 1 yuan for every additional kilometer.
  • For night journeys, the starting price is 9 yuan for the first 3 kilometers and 1.5 yuan for every additional kilometer.

Getting to Other Places from Pingyao Gucheng Railway Station

To Pingyao Railway Station, 8 Kilometers

Pingyao Railway station only operates normal trains to and from some cities such as Beijing, Taiyuan, Xi’an, Chengdu, Tianjin, and Datong.

It is very close to Pingyao Ancient City; you can get there by taxi in 5 minutes.

Pingyao Railway Station

Pingyao Railway Station

We recommend two ways of getting to Pingyao Railway Station from Pingyao Gucheng Railway Station.

  • By bus
    1. Take bus no. 108 at Pingyao Gucheng Railway Station (平遥古城站).
    2. Get off at the railway station stop (火车站) .
    The journey takes about 39 minutes and costs 1 yuan.
  • By taxi: The journey takes about 15 minutes and costs about 20 yuan.

Since Pingyao Railway Station only serves normal-speed trains, you might need some tips for choosing your train type, and seat class, and for how to spend pleasant hours on a long-distance train journey. Here are two articles for your reference:

To Pingyao Ancient City, 9 Kilometers

Pingyao Ancient City (平遥古城) is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. It was built in the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) dynasties. There are many ancient houses, city walls, and streets in Pingyao, and it’s regarded as the most intact ancient city in China.

Pingyao Railway Station

Pingyao Ancient City

We suggest two ways for passengers to get to Pingyao Ancient City.

  • By bus
    1. Take bus no. 108 at Pingyao Gucheng Railway Station.
    2. Get off at Pingyao Ancient City Bus Station.
    The journey takes about 38 minutes and costs 1 yuan.
  • By taxi: This takes 20 minutes and costs about 18 yuan.

To Shuanglin Temple (双林寺), 4 Kilometers

Shuanglin Temple is in Qiaotou Village (桥头村) about 4 kilometers from Pingyao Gucheng Railway Station.

The temple is famous for its ancient painted sculptures, with over 2,000 inside. These sculptures reflect the superb skills of the artists in the Song (960-1279), Yuan (1271-1368), Ming and Qing dynasties.

Shuanglin Temple

Shuanglin Temple

Since Shuanglin Temple is not far from Pingyao Gucheng Railway Station, taking bus no. 108 is recommended. Here are the specific steps:

  • By bus
    1. Take bus no. 108 at Pingyao Gucheng Railway Station.
    2. Get off at Shuanglin Temple Bus Station (双林寺站).
    The journey takes about 22 minutes and costs about 1 yuan.
  • By taxi: This takes 8 minutes and costs about 10 yuan.

Booking Train Tickets to Pingyao

We have helped a number of foreign customers get their tickets to Pingyao and facilitated their trips in China. Our door-to-door ticket-delivery service and 1-to-1 after-sales service (GMT+8, 08:00–23:00, 24/7) will make your train journey in China easier and smoother.

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