Xi’an is one of the most important and convenient transportation hubs in central and western China. Frequent flights, trains and buses connect the city with other major cities all around the country. The urban transportation of the city has been somewhat frustrating in recent years because of the metro construction. Now metro line 1, line 2 and line 3 are in operation. Several other lines are also under construction or in the planning process. For now the buses and taxis can take you to get around the city.
Xi’an Xianyang International Airport
Located 47 kilometers (about 29 miles) to the northwest of the city center, Xi’an Xianyang International Airport is one of the top ten airports and one of the eight hub-airports in China. It cooperates with 41 airlines, operating over 244 air lines to about 119 cities / regions at home and abroad.
Starting here, passengers can fly to major cities in mid-western 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 15 shuttle bus lines between the airport and downtown Xian and 2 shuttle bus lines 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.
Xi'an Railway Station is one of the two main railway stations of Xi'an, the capital of China's Shaanxi Province. Located on the Longhai Railway line just north of Xi'an's historical walled city, Xi'an Railway Station had long been the main train station of the Xi'an metropolitan area. However, with the opening of Xi'an North Railway Station on the northern outskirts of the city in 2011, most of the high-speed services, including the G- and D-series trains of the Zhengzhou–Xi'an High-Speed Railway, have been transferred to the new station.
Xi'an Railway Station remains the main station for all "conventional" rail service in the city, including the overnight Z-series expresses, T-series express trains, and all slower service.
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. The taxi charges CNY8.5 for the first 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) and CNY2 for each additional kilometer (0.6 mile). When the trip is more than 12 kilometers (7.5 miles), the price of each kilometer rises 50% for the empty return.
Xi'an subway system covers some of the most famous attractions, such as Banpo Museum (Banpo Station, Line 1), Bell and Drum Tower (Line 2), City Wall (Line 2) and Shaanxi History Museum, etc.
Line 1 opened on September 15, 2013. As a west-east railway, its 19 stations connect Houweizhai and Fangzhicheng. Line 2, running through the city from north (North Railway Station) to south (Weiqu Nan), was the first line opened to the public on September 16, 2011. Operations began on September 28, 2011. This line is 19.9 kilometres (12.4 miles) long with 17 stations. Line 3 runs from northeast (Baoshuiqu) to southwest (Yuhuazhai) and opened on November 8, 2016.
Like most big cities, Xian has a very convenient commuter system in the urban area. The public buses are the main means of daily transportation. At present, there are about 5,680 buses running on more than 200 lines in that city. Usually, they start operating at 06:00 and 06:30 and run until 19:30 to 23:00 all the year round.