Pingyao Railway Stations

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Plan your Pingyao tour? Going to Pingyao Ancient City by train is most sought after by visitors coming from Beijing and Xian.

Starting from July 01, 2014,  you are able to get to Pingyao Ancient City by high speed train directly from Beijing and Xian. The highspeed trains use the new railway station in Pingyao known as Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station (平遥古城火车站).

Now the city of Pingyao has two railway stations – Pingyao Railway Station and Pingyao Ancient Town Railway Station. You should be on the right station  no matter you arrive at or leave from Pingyao.

Pingyao Railway Station 平遥火车站
Pingyao Railway Station is located about 1000 meters to the northeast of the west gate of  the ancient walled city of Pingyao, 1200 meters to the southwest of Pingyao Bus Station. Pingyao Railway Station was originally built in 1934. Now it is a two-storey building with a square outside its entrance.

The trains going to Pingyao Railway Station  mostly come from Taiyuan, Datong, Beijing, Luoyang and Xian or vice versa.  Most of the trains in and out are passing by normal  day or overnight trains. so it is relatively difficult to get your train tickets here in Pingyao. It is advisable to book your train tickets well in advance from your departing cities of Beijing and Xian, especially during the tourist high season.

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.

If you want to walk to the walled ancient city of Pingyao, you just go straight from Pingyao Railway Station along Shuncheng Street(顺城路), then turn left at the first crossroad to the east direction along the Lower Xiguan Street(下西关街) . Arriving at the west gate, you can manage to walk to your hotel in the walled city or making use of an electric car carrying yout luggage for your lodging hotel.

Please note that the notorious electric cars have disappeared from the streets outside the walled city of Pingyao. Some taxi drivers have no.moral quality. They will charge passengers RMB 20 in the evening, which normally charges RMB10.

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.

Beijing Pingyao Overnight Train Timetable ( Pingyao Railway Station )
Some traveler still prefer to take an overnight train from Beijing to Pingyao and vice versa.

K603 Beijing Railway Station  – Pingyao Railway Station ( 17:17 – 05 18)
2603 Beijing Railway Station – Pingyao Railway Station  (23:42 – 14:05)
K609 Beijing Railway Station – Pingyao Railway Station  (23:51 – 09:35)

K604 Pingyao Railway Station  – Beijing Railway Station ( 17:03 – 05 37)
2604 Pingyao  Railway Station  – Beijing  Railway Station  (13:11 – 03:36)
K610 Pingyao Railway Station  – Beijing Railway Station  (20:32 – 06:09)

Xian – Pingyao Overnight Trains  ( Pingyao Railway Station )
1486 Xian Railway Station – Pingyao Railway Station( 12:04 – 22:44)
K690 Xian Railway Station– Pingyao Railway Station (17:17 – 03:39)
2672 Xian Railway Station – PingyaoRailway Station (22:53 – 07:13)

2671 Pingyao Railway Station – Xian Railway Station ( 00:28 – 08:28)
1485 Pingyao Railway Station – Xian Railway Station (16:32 – 08:29)
1095 Pingyao Railway Station – Xian Railway Station (20:42 – 10:14)

Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station 平遥古城火车站

The highspeed trains in  Pingyao uses Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station instead of Pingyao Railway Station. So don’t confuse Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station with Pingyao Railway Station.

Pingyao Ancient Railway Station is located 10 km to the southwest of Pingyao Ancient City.

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. Pingyao – Xian by Bullet Trains
At the time of my writing, there are four daily bullet trains available going between Xian and Pingyao (less than 3 hours).

Xian North Railway Station – Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station:  D2504 ( 10:13 – 13:06)
Xian North Railway Station – Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station:  D2508 ( 12: 05 – 14:55)
Xian North Railway Station – Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station:  D2532 ( 16:510 – 19:08)
Xian North Railway Station – Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station:  D2516 ( 19: 08 – 22:07)

Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station – Xian North Railway Station  :  D2531( 8: 41 – 12:55)
Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station  – Xian North Railway Station :  D2507 ( 14: 10 – 16::57)
Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station – Xian North Railway Station  :  D2509 ( 15:33 – 18:21 )
Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station  – Xian North Railway Station :  D2515 ( 19:19 – 22:16)

Tip:  Hassle-free Pingyao Guided Tours
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If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Pingyao Guided Tours:

Pingyao 3 Day Tour   from US$190 p/p
Pingyao Qikou 2 day Side Trip  from US$ 130 p/p
Pingyao Car Rental with Driver

Beijing Pingyao 2 Day Highspeed Train Tour   from US$ 195  p/p
Beijing Pingyao 3 Day Highspeed Train Tour  from US$ 280  p/p
Beijing Pingyao 4 Day Overnight Train Tour     from US$ 270 p/p

Further Readings


Top  10 Attractions in Pingyao
Best Time to Visit Pingyao
Where to Stay in Pingyao
Beijing Pingyao High Speed Train
Pingyao Bus Station
Pingyao Railway Station

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Wang Family Courtyard
Zhenguo Temple
Shuanglin Temple
Lijiashan Travel Tips
Qikou Town Travel Guide
Pingyao Taxi

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