Xi’an North Railway Station came into use in 2011 as a principal railway station. It’s about 12 kilometers away from the city center and is 20 kilometers away from Xi'an Xianyang International Airport.

Xi'an North Railway Station

Xi'an North Railway Station

As the largest and the most important station in Northwest China, Xi’an North Railway Station operates many trains connecting to major cities in China, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Suzhou, and Chengdu.

  • Name in Chinese: 西安北站, Xī’ān bĕi zhàn
  • Station address: Shangxin Road, Weiyang District
  • Address in Chinese: 西安市未央区尚新路
  • Station size: 18 platforms, 34 railway lines
  • Nearby transportation: subway, bus, taxi

Popular High-Speed Trains to Other Cities

  • To Beijing West Railway Station: There are 17 high-speed trains running from Xi’an North Railway Station to Beijing West Railway Station. It takes about 5½ hours and costs 515.5 yuan per second class seat.
  • To Guangzhou South Railway Station: Seven high-speed trains run to Guangzhou South Railway Station from Xi’an North Railway Station. The duration is about 9 hours and it costs 813.5 yuan per second class seat.
  • To Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station: Ten high-speed trains operate on this route every day. The journey takes about 7 hours and costs 669.5 yuan per second class seat.
  • To Chengdu East Railway Station: There are more than 30 high-speed trains running to Chengdu East Railway Station. It takes about 4 hours to get there and costs 263 yuan per second class seat.
  • To Huashan North Railway Station (Mount Hua): A number of high-speed trains run to Huashan from Xi’an North Railway Station. It only takes 40 minutes and costs 45.5 yuan for a second class seat, helping passengers reach Huashan North easily.

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The Layout of Xi’an North Railway Station

It consists of two parts: two station squares (South Square and North Square) and the main hall. Here are the specific functions for each floor:

  • F2 (main floor): ticket windows, waiting area (equipped with 220V charging sockets), commercial area (restaurants, toilets, specialty stores), Xindong Chang’an Service Desk, and the taxi arrivals floor
  •  The waiting area at Xi’an North Railway Station

    The waiting area at Xi’an North Railway Station

  • F1: ticket windows, Xindong Chang’an Service Desk, platforms, water fountains, restaurants, convenience store, and toilets
  • B1: arrival hall, Xindong Chang’an Service Desk (see the details below), subway line 2, and taxi stands
  • B2: subway platforms

Xindong Chang’an Service Desk (馨动长安)

Xindong Chang’an Service Desk aims to solve passengers’ problems, such as guiding passengers on how to board trains, a lost and found service, and buying airport express tickets. Passengers can find these service desks on F1, F2, and B1.

If you want to consult the baggage rules for taking a train in China, the clerks at one of the service desks will give you detailed information and advise you of specific regulations. What’s more, you can apply for a Chang’an One-Card (长安一卡通) at the service desk. Passengers can take a bus, taxi, or subway train quite conveniently using this card in Xi’an.

Collect Tickets and Board Trains at Xi’an North Railway Station

Both F1 and F2 have ticket windows for passengers to collect their paper ticket(s).

Here are the brief steps:

  1. Choose one of the ticket windows (signed “取票窗口”) to collect your ticket(s) on F1 or F2.
  2. After collecting your paper ticket(s), please go to the waiting area near your check-in gate on F2 and wait to board.
    You can find your check-in gate number from your ticket and the LED screens at the station.

* Your passport(s) and the collection number(s) are needed to collecting your paper ticket(s).

Transportation Around Xi’an North Railway Station

Bus

Bus stations can be found in South Square. It usually costs 1–3 yuan for a bus ticket.
Here is a map to help you learn the locations of the bus stations:

    Popular bus lines:
  • Bus 108: Xi’an North Railway Station – Xi’an West Coach Station (西安城西客运站)
  • Bus 263: Xi’an North Railway Station – Daming Palace (大明宫)
  • Bus 264: Xi’an North Railway Station – Small North Gate (小北门)
  • Bus 266: Xi’an North Railway Station – Municipal Library (市图书馆)

Subway

  • Station name in Chinese: 北客站
  • Available metro line: Metro Line 2
  • Operating times: 6am to 11:50pm daily
  • Location: B1 of the main hall

This line passes through many major subway stations, including: Municipal Library (市图书馆), West Daming Palace (大明宫西), North Street (北大街), Bell Tower (钟楼), Yongningmen (永宁门), Xiaozhai (小寨), and Convention and Exhibition Center (会展中心).

Taxi

There’s a taxi stand on B1 of the main hall. Passengers can follow the signs to reach it easily.

  • For daytime journeys (6am to 11pm), the starting price is 8.5 yuan for the first 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) and 2 yuan for every additional kilometer.
  • For nighttime journeys (11pm to 6am), the starting price is 9.5 yuan for the first 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) and 2.3 yuan for every additional kilometer.

Airport Express

  • Location: South Square
  • Price: 25 yuan
    Here are some useful sentences, which may help you:
  • To the clerk/police officer at the station:
    “您好,请问我在哪里可以买去咸阳国际机场的车票?
    “Hello, where can I buy an airport express ticket to Xi’an Xianyang International Airport?”
  • To the ticketing assistant:
    “您好,我要买去咸阳国际机场的大巴票。”
    “Hello, I’d like to buy an airport express ticket to Xi’an Xianyang International Airport.”

Getting to Other Places from Xi’an North Railway Station

To Xi’an Railway Station

Xi’an Railway Station is the second largest transportation hub in Northwest China, and it’s 16 kilometers away from Xi’an North Railway Station.

It is worth mentioning that Xi’an Railway Station has two trains running to Lhasa Railway Station every day:

  • Train Z265: Xi’an North Railway Station to Lhasa Railway Station, 09:45 to 16:19+1
  • Train Z165: Xi’an North Railway Station to Lhasa Railway Station, 11:24 to 18:25+1

Xi’an Railway Station is the second largest transportation hub in Northwest China, and it’s 16 kilometers away from Xi’an North Railway Station.

We have provided two methods for passengers to get to Xi’an Railway Station.

  • By taxi: It takes 37 minutes and costs about 40 yuan.
  • By subway: Line 2→Line 1 takes about 50 minutes and costs 4 yuan.
    First, take Metro Line 2 at Xi’an North and get off at North Street (北大街).
    Then take Metro Line 1 from the station at North Street (北大街) to Wulukou (五路口).

To Xi’an Xianyang International Airport

Xi’an Xianyang International Airport lies in the northeast of Xianyang and, since there’s no subway line to that destination, taking a taxi or the airport express are the most convenient and time-saving ways to get there.

  • By taxi: It takes 25 minutes and costs about 60 yuan.
  • By airport express: It takes 1 h 15 min and costs about 25 yuan.

To West Street (西大街), Beilin District (碑林区), 14 Kilometers

The Bell Tower

The Bell Tower

West Street is the busiest street in this historical city. It’s located in Beilin District.
There are many must-visit places in this area, such as the Bell Tower (鼓楼), the Drum Tower (钟楼), Xi’an Muslim Street (回民小吃街), and Xi'an City Wall (西安城墙).

  • By taxi: It takes about 45 minutes and costs about 40 yuan.
  • By subway: Take Metro Line 2 and get off at Drum Tower (钟楼) subway station.

To the Terracotta Army (兵马俑), Lintong District (临潼区), 52 Kilometers

The Terracotta Army is the most famous historical tourist attraction in this area.
According to history, Emperor Qin Shi Huang had his underground mausoleum built in the Qin Dynasty (221–206), and he believed that these terracotta warriors would protect and defend him in the afterlife.

The Terracotta Army

The Terracotta Army

Let’s take the Terracotta Army as an example to show you how to reach Lintong District.

Lintong District is a long way from Xi’an North Railway Station and the transportation is relatively inconvenient.

Travelers need to transfer to different buses or the subway over three times and it takes almost 6 hours for a round trip. Therefore, taking a taxi is recommended.
It takes about 50 minutes and costs about 140 yuan to take a taxi to the site of the Terracotta Army.

    Here is a useful sentence, which may help you:
  • To the driver:
    “您好, 我想去兵马俑。”
    “Hello, I’d like to go to the Terracotta Army.”

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