How to get to Pingyao by Bus (Tips, Photos & Map)

Plan your Pingyao tour? If you are an irrepressible bus traveller, and wonder how to get to Pingyao by bus. Well, Pingyao does has a long-distance passenger bus station, but it mainly operates within the province of Shanxi.

The location of Pingyao ( Google Map)

So if you are going to visit Pingyao by bus from Beijing, Datong, Xian or Luoyuang, it’s better first to get to Taiyuan ( bus, train or flight), the capital city of Shanxi, where many daily buses go to Pingyao.

Taiyuan – Pingyao By Bus

Once you arrive at Taiyuan, go to Taiyuan Jiannan Passenger Bus Station (太原建南汽车站) which operates the daily buses going to Pingyao.

Taiyuan Jiannan Bus Station (太原建南汽车站)
Phone Number: 0351-7071219, 0351-7071191
Address: 447 Jianan Road, Xiaodian District, Tainyuan 山西省太原市小店区建设南路447号

Jiannan Bus Station in Taiyuan

The earliest bus leaves at 8:00 am, and runs every 30 minutes. Twenty-six yuan for the bus fare, and the bus ride takes about two hour and half hours. The bus terminates at Pingyao Bus Station (seethe red-circled).

The location of Pingyao Bus Station

Pingyao Bus Station is located about 500 meters to the northeast of the Northern Gate of the walled Pingyao Ancient City. So when you arrive at Pingao Bus Station, you can walk to the north gate of the walled ancient city or vice versa.

Pingyao Bus Station

If you have too much luggage, you may take a taxi to the north gate at the rate of RMB 5 or the south gate at RMB 10.

Take Bus from Pingyao Railway Station

There are two railway stations in Pingyao. If you take the regular train (not the high speed train ), you will arrive at Pingyao Railway Station (the old station). Pingyao Railway Station is located about 1000 meters to the northwest of the ancient walled city of Pingyao.

When you arrive at Pingyao Railway Station, you may taxi to the West Gate of the Walled Pingyao ancient city ( about RMB10 taxi fare) or walk to the west gate of the ancient city of Pingyao

If you insist on taking a bus from Pingyao Railway Station, it is just a breeze and you may take the local public buses: No 1, No 102, 103 and 108. Get on from Pingyao Railway Station and get off at the third stop of North Gate (北门口)of the walled ancient city of Pingyao.

Pingyao Railway Station

Note: Almost all the hotels within the walled city of Pingyao offer free transfer between station or bus station and hotel transfer to alleviate the hustle involved. So you may contact your hotel for an easy and comfy transfer.

Take Bus from Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station

The high speed trains in Pingyao use Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station (平遥古城站)instead of Pingyao Railway Station. So don’t confuse Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station with Pingyao Railway Station.

Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station

Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station is located 10 km to the southwest of Pingyao Ancient City. If you take the high speed train to Pingyao from Beijing, Xian, Datong or Taiyuan ( or other places), after getting off Pingyao Ancient City Station, you can take bus No. 108, which may take about 45 minutes, and get off at the south gate (ask the driver to remind you). The bus fare is 1 yuan. Or you take a taxi at the rate of 25 yuan for an easy drive to the ancient city.

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:

Pingyao Tour
Pingyao Car Rental with Driver

Datong Tour
Datong Car Rental with Driver

Taiyuan Tour
Taiyuan Car Rental with Driver

Shanxi Tour

Further Readings

How to Visit Pingyao
Best Time to Visit Pingyao
What to see in Pingyao
Where to Stay in Pingyao
How to get to Pingyao by bus
How to get to Pingyao by train
Beijing Pingyao High Speed Train
Pingyao Taxi

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

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10 thoughts on “How to get to Pingyao by Bus (Tips, Photos & Map)

  1. Hi,
    How can I do a day trip on public transportation to ZHANGBI UNDERGROUND CASTLE and Wang’s Compound in 1 day. Can you please tell me the bus times (first and last) bus and the frequency and the cost and duration of the rides. I need to know how to get from Zhangbi To Wangs and back to Pingyao,my starting point. I will be going in September,2014.Thank you very much,Dale

  2. Hello Dale,

    It is comparatively easier to take the two daily buses from Pingyao bus station ( 8:30am and 11:00pm, back at 12:40pm and 4:00pm. But there are no buses directly either connecting Pingyao and Zhangbi, or Zhangbi and Wang Family Courtyard.

    If you want to put Wang Family Courtyard and Zhangbi for one day trip, We suggest you use the daily Wang Family Compound and Zhangbi tours available at most of the hotels within the ancient city wall of Pingyao. The daily tours are quite convenient, time-saving for single travelers. Have a great time in Pingyao!

  3. I would like to catch the bus from Pingyao to Datong. What are the times and how long does it take

  4. Hi SILVIA,

    There are few buses from Pingyao to Datong. Basically you need to take the bus first from Pingyao to Taiyuan, where you connect the bus going to Datong. Alternatively, you may take the train from Pingyao to Datong.

  5. Good morning,
    Could you please inform me the Long distance BUS time table from Pingliang to Lanzhou?
    From which bus station will the bus be departed.
    Thanks and regards
    HG Kho

  6. Dear H.G.Kho,

    Thanks for your inquiry!

    Why bus from Pingyao to Lanzhou? The distance is about 1000 km and 12 hours by bus. I fail to find the bus from Pingyao to Lanzhou.

    Suggest you first go from Pingyao to Taiyuan by bus. Then take the D train from Taiyuan to Lanzhou ( about 7 hlours ).

  7. I need to go from Pingyao to Mianshan. Is there a bus I can board? How much does it cost? Where can I board it?

  8. Dear Laura,

    Thanks for your inquiry!

    Two ways:

    1) First take the train ( D train or regular train ) from Pingyao Railway Station and get off at the city of Jiexiu (介休)( about 10-15 minute train ride). Then take the local bus from Jiexiu to Mianshan.

    2) Take the bus from Pingyao Bus Station and get off at Jiexiu Bus Station, then take the local bus for Mianshan.

    Have a nice time in Mianshan!

  9. Hi,

    I need to go from Pingyao to Luoyang by bus. Is there any bus available other by train. Thank you.

  10. Dear Peng Chia,

    Thanks for your inquiry!

    Sorry, Pingyao is a small city without enough passengers for the direct bus line going to Luoyang. You may first bus to Taiyuan where you can take bus for Luoyang. Have a good time!

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