Opened in 2012, the Beijing – Xi'an High-Speed Railway is one of the most important and popular rail lines in China. There are 20 pairs of bullet trains running on this route every day. They operate at Beijing West and Xi'an North railway stations with a travel time of about 4 to 6 hours. In addition, 10 pairs of non-bullet overnight trains still operate on this rail line, taking about 11 to 20 hours to cover 1,200 kilometers.

  • Distance: 1,216 kilometers (756 miles)
  • Duration: 4–6 hours
  • Terminals: Beijing West Railway Station, Xi'an North Railway Station
  • Main stops: Beijing, Shijiazhuang, Zhengzhou, Luoyang, Huashan, Xi'an

Beijing to Xi'an High-Speed Train Schedules

(Updated on August 2nd, 2019)

Train Number Departure Arrival Duration
G89 06:53 11:24 4 h 31 m
G671 08:15 14:16 6 h 1 m
G429 10:45 16:20 5 h 35 m
G87 14:00 18:20 4 h 20 m
G665 16:00 21:46 5 h 46 m
G25 18:55 23:21 4 h 26 m

Please note: Twenty daily high-speed trains travel from Beijing to Xi'an, departing from 06:20 to 18:55. The trains listed above are some of them. The timetable is only for your reference.

If you want up-to-date schedules, you may use the search tool at the top of this page, or search on China Highlights train ticket service.

Xi'an to Beijing High-Speed Train Schedules

(Updated on August 2nd, 2019)

Train Number Departure Arrival Duration
G652 07:52 13:27 5 h 35 m
G26 09:18 13:50 4 h 32 m
G660 11:13 16:51 5 h 38 m
G664 14:38 20:20 5 h 42 m
G428 16:21 21:49 5 h 28 m
G90 18:24 22:52 4 h 28 m

Please note: Twenty daily high-speed trains travel from Xi'an to Beijing, departing from 07:52 to 19:15. The trains listed above are some of them. Search for up-to-date Xi'an to Beijing high-speed train schedules.

Beijing – Xi'an High-Speed Train Ticket Prices

Ticket Types Business Class First Class Second Class
Adult ticket US$239 (1,627.5 CNY) US$121 (824.5 CNY) US$76 (515.5 CNY)
Child ticket US$120 (814 CNY) US$61 (412 CNY) US$328 (258 CNY)

Children's Tickets

A child fare is 50% (for seats) or about 75% (for sleepers) of the full price (children's fares do not apply for sleepers on D-category trains). Read here for more information about children's tickets.

Main Stops on the Beijing – Xi'an High-Speed Railway Line

Beijing – Xi’an high-speed trains depart from Beijing West Railway Station and arrive at Xi’an North Railway Station, stopping at 3–12 stations and passing two provincial-level municipalities as well as four provinces.

beijing-xi'an bullet trian route map

Beijing West Railway Station (北京西站)

beijing west station Beijing West Railway Station
  • Location: 8 kilometers (5 miles) from central Beijing
  • Connection: Beijing Subway Line 7 and Line 9

Beijing West Railway Station is the terminus for all the bullet trains and overnight trains traveling from Beijing to Xi'an and back. It also serves Beijing to Guangzhou high-speed trains.

It is one of the three main train stations in Beijing (the other two are Beijing and Beijing South railway stations).

Beijing West Railway Station has subway stations integrated into the same building, providing easy connections to the other two stations and main tourist sites.

Read more information about Beijing West Railway Station.

Zhengzhou East Railway Station (郑州东站)

As one of the largest and most important train stations in China, Zhengzhou East Railway Station is at the intersection of several railway arteries. The Beijing – Zhengzhou and Zhengzhou – Xi'an sections are also two of the busiest rail lines.

Luoyang Longmen Railway Station (洛阳龙门站)

Luoyang Longmen Railway Station serves high-speed trains that pass through the city of Luoyang. Xi'an – Luoyang is also a very popular rail route. This train station is about 5 kilometers (3 miles) away from the top tourist attraction called the Longmen Grottoes.

xian north station Platform of Xi'an North Railway Station

Xi'an North Railway Station (西安北站)

  • Location: 10 kilometers (6 miles) from central Xi'an and Xi'an Railway Station
  • Connection: Xi'an Metro Line 2

As the largest station in northwest Xi'an, Xi'an North Railway Station mainly serves high-speed trains operating on the Beijing – Xi'an, Xi'an – Zhengzhou, Xi'an – Shanghai and Xi'an – Chengdu railway lines.

Travelers who need to get from Xi'an North Railway Station to other parts of the city can go to the basement floor to take a subway train.

Read more information about Xi'an North Railway Station.

Beijing – Xi'an Overnight Trains

If you are on a budget or want to save the daytime for sightseeing, then  the overnight sleeper trains between Beijing and Xi'an are a better choice.

The price of a soft sleeper ticket on an overnight train is cheaper than a second-class ticket on a high-speed train.

Most overnight trains leave at night and arrive early in the morning. They depart from (or arrive at) Beijing West Railway Station, which can be easily reached, and the centrally located Xi'an Railway Station.

The only exception is train K1363/K1364. This train terminates at Xi'an South Railway Station, which is a long distance from the center of the city. It is not recommended that you take this train.

soft sleeper on a China train Soft sleeper on a Beijing to Xi'an overnight train

Basic Information

  • Duration: 11.5 - 21 hours
  • Terminals: Beijing West Railway Station, Xi'an Railway Station, Xi'an South Railway Station
  • Main stops: Beijing, Shijiazhuang, Luoyang, Xi'an

Beijing to Xi'an Overnight Train Schedules

(Updated on August 2nd, 2019)

Beijing West to Xi'an
Train Number Departure Time Arrival Time Duration
T55 15:50 05:29 next day 13 h 39 m
T7 16:40 06:21 next day 13 h 41 m
T231 18:50 07:43 next day 12 h 53 m
Z43 20:12 09:55 next day 13 h 43 m
Z19 20:40 08:31 next day 11 h 51 m
Xi'an to Beijing West
Train Number Departure Time Arrival Time Duration
T232 17:38 06:08 next day 12 h 30 m
Z20 19:21 06:58 next day 11 h 37 m
Z44 19:27 08:22 next day 12 h 55 m
T42 19:39 09:31 next day 13 h 52 m
T56 21:15 10:45 next day 13 h 30 m

There are more than 10 pairs of overnight sleeper trains traveling between Beijing and Xi'an (check the up-to-date train schedules).

Trains Z19/Z20 and T231/T232 are recommended, as they have a shorter journey duration and the departure/arrival times are perfect for getting rest at night and enjoying sightseeing during the day.

Beijing – Xi'an Overnight Train Ticket Fares

Superior Soft Sleeper Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper
US$108 (735.5 CNY) US$59 (398.5 CNY) US$37 (254.5 CNY)

*The Superior soft sleeper class is available on trains Z19/Z20 and Z43/Z44. Other trains only have soft and hard sleeper classes.

Train or Plane, Which is Better?

High-Speed Train Normal-Speed Airplane
Ticket Price US$76 for second class
US$122 for first class
US$57 for hard sleeper
US$75 for soft sleeper
US$81–US$295 for economy class
Duration 4.5–6 hours 11.5–17 hours 2 hours
Punctuality Punctual Sometimes there will be delays Occasional delays
Seat Space More leg room than on an airplane Spacious Cramped
Pros 1. Reasonable ticket prices
2. High-speed trains are fast and punctual
3. You can walk around on the train to stretch your legs
4. Enjoy window views on the way
1. Reasonable ticket prices
2. Save a night's accommodation bill
3. Save more daytime for sightseeing
4. It is more comfortable and interesting to take a sleeper train
5. Enjoy window views on the way
1. The fastest mode of transportation between Xi'an and Chengdu
2. Airfare can be competitive when there are discounts
Cons 1. Bullet train stations are a bit far from downtowns
2. Sometimes it is noisy on train carriages especially during Chinese holidays
1. Long travel time
2. Sometime it is noisy on the train carriages especially during the holidays
1. Seats on airplanes are cramped
2. Airports are far from downtown areas
3. It takes more time for boarding airplanes
4. Not much window views

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