Xian Airport (XIY) is located around 30 miles north-west of the city and is an important transportation hub for central China. Listed as China’s fourth busiest airport, it services 68 domestic connections daily. International services connect Xian with Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. There are also airline routes connecting the US, Canada and Europe via transfers in Beijing or Shanghai.
Transportation between the airport and the city is offered by taxis and a number of shuttle buses, with a journey time of close to an hour by taxi, and quite a bit longer by bus.
The centre of Xian is of greatest interest to tourists and is easy to negotiate on foot, as a number of important monuments and attractions are located in a relatively compact area. For other city attractions that are a bit farther afield, there are buses running frequently as well as smaller and more crowded minibuses. Taxis are plentiful in the centre, but it is important to be sure that the meter is switched on. Hiring a bicycle is also possible, but you are advised that the traffic can be very heavy on the city’s busy streets.
The railway station is located in the northern part of the city, taking about a half hour by taxi to reach from the centre. It’s recommended that you book train tickets through your travel agent, as this can be quite difficult if you don’t speak Chinese