Plan your Pingyao tour from Beijing? With the completion of Taiyuan Xian High Speed Railway ( Part of Datong Xian High Speed Railway ) you are able to get to Pingyao Ancient City by high speed train directly from Beijing!
Now if you are going to visit Pingyao from Beijing by trains, basically you have three choices – By bullet trains, by normal overnight trains and transiting at Taiyuan.
1. Beijing – Pingyao by bullet trains
At the time of my writing, there are two daily bullet trains available going between Beijing and Pingyao.
Beijing West Railway Station – Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station: D2001 ( 7:58 – 12:09)
Beijing West Railway Station – Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station: D2005 ( 15: 29 – 19:39)
Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station – Beijing West Railway Station : D2002 ( 8: 41 – 12:55)
Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station – Beijing West Railway Station : D2006 ( 16: 11 – 20:40)
2. Beijing Pingyao Overnight Train Timetable
Some traveler still prefer to take an overnight train from Beijing to Pingyao and vice versa.
K603 Beijing – Pingyao ( 17:17 – 05 18)
2603 Beijing – Pingyao (23:42 – 14:05)
K609 Beijing – Pingyao (23:51 – 09:35)
K604 Pingyao – Beijing ( 17:03 – 05 37)
2604 Pingyao – Beijing (13:11 – 03:36)
K610 Pingyao – Beijing (20:32 – 06:09)
3. Transit at Taiyuan
Take the 3 hours high speed trains from Beijing to Taiyuan where you connect for buses or hiring a private car to van for 1 hour driving from Taiyuan to Pingyao. Pingyao is located about 80km southeast of Taiyuan’s city center.
Beijing Taiyuan High Speed Train Timetable
Nine Beijing West – Taiyuan high speed trains.
G601 (7:35 – 12:02)
G91 (08:30 – 11:00)
G603 (9:15 – 12:18 )
G605 （10:05 – 13:07)
G607 (11:32 – 14:17 )
G609 (15:08 – 18:03 )
G611 (17:08 – 18:06)
G613 (17:56 – 20:43)
G615 (20:21 – 23:13 )
You may take the train back to Beijing or extend your trip further to Xian, well known for its Terracotta Warriors.
Tip: Hassle-free Pingyao & Shanxi Guided Tours
If you don’t want to do a self-guided tour and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours, here are some options for organized tours to Pingyao and Shanxi Province:
Visit Qiao Family Courtyard
How to Visit Zhenguo Temple
How to Visit Shuanglin Temple
How to Visit Wang Family Compound
How to Visit Zhangbi Ancient Castle
How to Visit Lijiashan Village (Tips, Photos & Map)
How to Visit Qikou Ancient Town (Tips, Photos & Map)
The Best Place to See Sunrise in Pingyao Ancient City
Any questions, just drop a line.