Arriving in Xian 1. After getting off the train, you may have difficulty finding the Exit of the railway station. In this situation, you can follow the stream of passengers who have taken the same train as you. Because of the narrow stairways to the Exit, please take care of yourself and your baggage when you move downstairs. 2. Please look after your ticket well since you will be asked to show your valid ticket at the Exit of Xian Railway Station. 3. After you are out of the Exit, it is advised to leave the railway station by city-bus or by taxi. Don't chat with those people who try to recommend hotels and buses to you. Of course, please don't buy any souvenirs around the railway station. 4. Please keep away from those people who try to sell their tours to the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horse or the other tour destinations.
Leaving Xian When should passengers arrive at the Railway Station before leaving? Please arrive at the railway station at least 1 hour before the train leaves. Usually, passengers are allowed to enter into the Waiting Hall Building 3 hours before the train leaves. When entering into the Waiting Hall Building, passengers are required to show their valid train ticket for that time and accept the security check in.
How to find the right waiting halls in the Waiting Hall Building? After entering into the two-storey Waiting Hall Building, you will notice that there are four waiting halls with the No.1 and No.2 on the first floor as well as the No.3 and No.4 on the second floor. Except for passengers with the cushioned berth tickets, the other passengers are required to wait for the trains in these four waiting halls. A big electric screen on the second floor displays the train number, departure time and the waiting hall number and can help passengers to find the right waiting hall.
Where is the waiting hall for passengers with cushioned berth tickets? The VIP Waiting Hall, which is specially prepared for passengers with cushioned berth tickets, can be found both on the first and second floor.
Should I learn some simple Chinese characters? Yes! Because the electric screen displays the waiting hall numbers in Chinese, it is suggested that overseas passengers recognize '一', '二', '三' and '四' which means No.1, No.2, No.3 and No.4 in English.
Is there any convenient way for passengers without cushioned berth tickets to take the trains? There are two methods for passengers without cushioned berth tickets to take the train conveniently. One is to wait for trains in the 'Tea Waiting Hall' which is on the second floor. Here, another CNY10 per person should be paid. The other one is to ask for help from the workers with red hats. Before checking the train tickets, these workers will take passengers' baggage to the platform, charging CNY5 per baggage.
Here you will find useful information on Xi'an Train travel, including Xi'an Railway Stations Guide, Railway Station's opening hours, ticket booking notes, Xi'an train schedules, luggage rules on China train, age requirements for child tickets and etc.
Xi'an Railway Stations Guide
There are three passenger railway stations in Shaanxi Xi'an, naming Xi'an Railway Station, Xi'an North Railway Station and Xi'an South Railway Station respectively. Xi'an Railway Station is the city's main railway station. it's also the terminal for many trains. With annual passenger traffic volume of about 24 million, Xi'an Railway Station ranks No. 4 in terms of traffic handling capacity in China. Xi'an North Railway Station locates Lijiajie Village in Weiyang District. Passengers take Zhengzhou Xi'an high speed train for Weinan, Huashan Mountain, Henan Sanmenxia, Luoyang and Zhengzhou should depart here. Xi'an South Railway Station, with the former name Chang'an Station, is a middle-stop for Chongqing-Taiyuan, Chongqing-Urumqi, Chongqing-Xi'an, Xi'an-Guiyang, Chengdu-Tianjin, Xi'an-Ankang trains. The South Station locates in the city's outskirt area.
Passengers can take travel bus No. 5 (306) at the East Square of Xi'an Railway Station to travel to Terracotta Army Museum directly. Frequently buses are vailiable from 7:00 to 18:30 (5 minutes per). Bus ticket fare is RMB 7 Yuan. by TaxiThe shortest riding distance between the two places ia 35km. Riding time is about 1 hour and price is about RMB 80 Yuan on a taxi during daytime's working hours.
Xi'an Airport to Xi'an North Railway Station There is no direct bus running between Xi'an Xianyang Airport and Xi'an North Railway Station. Distance between the two places is about 27km, it takes about half an hour to travel by a taxi and taxi fare is about RMB 90 Yuan. Xi'an North Railway Station to Terracotta Army Museum by Taxi The shortest riding distance between the two places is about 40km. To ride a taxi, it costs about RMB 100 Yuan.
Get to Xi'an Railway Station from Xi'an Xianyang Airport By Airport Express
Passengers can take No. 2 line airport bus at the ground floor of No. 2 terminal of Xianyang Airport to Xi'an Railway Station directly. Operating hours are from 10:15 to 19:15. Journey time is about 1 hour and costing is RMB 25 Yuan. By Taxi
The distance between Xi'an Railway Station and Xi'an Airport is about 43 kilometers. Journey time to take taxi is about 50 minutes and costing is about RMB 120 Yuan (for reference only!). Get to Terracotta Army Museum from Xi'an Railway Station: By Bus
Passengers can take travel bus No. 5 (306) at the East Square of Xi'an Railway Station for Terracotta Army Museum directly. The bus departs every 5 minutes from 07:00 to 18:30. One-way ticket fare is RMB 7 Yuan. Xi'an Train Ticket Booking Guide
Ticketing Hours: Passengers can purchase ticket from any of the railway stations in Xi'an at anytime. Some ticket booking windows at the railway station open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are also 84 ticket booking agencies in Xi'an. Open hours for train ticket agencies in Xi'an are 8:00-11:30 in the morning and 13:00-16:00 in the noon. To book tickets from these agenices, you are required to pay addtional RMB 5 Yuan each ticket as booking fee. Ticket agencies in Xi'an also work at weekends.
Ticket Reservation Period in Xi'an. Advance ticket reservation period in Xi'an is 11 days (including the journey date). That means, if you want to leave Xi'an on May 14, you can reserve the ticket on May 4. Please note: During holiday seasons, advance reservation period may be shortened to 3 - 5 days. Passengers can also buy train tickets for different places. For example, passenger can buy tickets of Beijing to Shenzhen train in Xi'an. No. 24 (24 hours service) and No. 3 ticket windows on the ground floor of Xi'an Railway Station specilize in selling tickets for different places. New Round of ticket issuing in Xi'an starts in the middle noon. China has world's busiest railway network. If you buy the ticket on the date of journey, you may get disappointed as tickets might have been sold out already. We suggest you book your ticket in advance to make sure your journey will not be delayed.
Telephone Bookings & Online Booking
Passengers can call number wizard 96688 to book train tickets in Xi'an. Reservation period is same with that of train ticket agencies. Chinese Citizen ID is required to successfully book tickets from them. The official website of Client Service Center of Ministry of Railway provides online train ticket booking services. Since it's a Chinese website requiring local bank account to make payment after submitting booking form, we recommend you find someone in China to help to complete online booking.
Railway Rules and Regulations You Should Know the Chinese rail industry has its own characters. China Railway rules and regulations are different with any other country in the world. Getting familiar with these rules will make your rail travel in China more successful and happy! Luggage Rules: Inflammable and explosive dangerous goods, animal and pet are not allowed to taken on the train Luggage weight requirment:luggage weight should be under 10kg for of child passenger, luggage weight should be under 30kg for diplomatic personnel and luggage weight should be under 20kg for other adult passenger. Luggage size requirment: Total length of the luggage ( length+width+height) should be under 200cm.
Requirements for Child Tickets Instead of age, China has special requirments on child's height to buy child ticket. Requirments on child ticket can be summarized as the follows: Child with the height under 120cm can enjoy free rail travel and doesn't need to pay. Child with the height between 120cm - 150cm has privileges to buy a half-price train ticket. Child with the height above 150cm should buy full-price train ticket, no matter the age.