Xi'an Airport, Xi'an
The airport is 47 km from Xian city centre and there's a very convenient airport bus that goes there from outside the Melody Hotel which is opposite the Drum Tower in the city centre. The bus costs RMB27, takes about an hour or so and runs between 6am and 6pm.
When you get out of the airport, go straight out the doors and you will see the transit busses in front of you.
Its only 25rmb to town and takes about 50 mins
The drop off point is in front of the melody hotel in the city centre by the bell tower.
BE AWARE Taxi touts will try and get you to go with them, they can get aggressive.
The bus goes from 7am in the morning to like 11pm at night 1/2 hourly
The return journey to the airport is from the drop off point.
Anne and I were surprised to find China Southern Airlines to be a hassle free experience.
You often hear horror stories about air travel within China and I must admit that I was dreading the entire experience.
Apart from the standard check in at the airport, which was painfully slow, the rest of the experience was excellent.
The flight departed on time, the aircraft was modern, the crew were friendly, a meal was served, the plane landed on time and our luggage arrived with the same plane....SHEER LUXURY!
I would recommend them to anyone
No se si es que era temporada alta o si existe todo el año pero pudimos volar directo desde Xian a Jiuzhai Gou por 540 Yuan incluyendo la comisión de la agencia
El autobús que va a la estación sale del Hotel Melody , muy cerca de la Torre del tambor y tarda una hora aproximadamente , depende del tráfico (25 Yuan )
We do not know if because the high season or if they have all year around , but we were able to to get a direct fly from Xian to Jiuzhai Gou for 540 Yuan including the agency commission
The bus to the station leaves from the Melody Hotel , very near the Drum Tower and takes about one hour depending on the traffic (25 Yuan)
Try www.elong.com for China domestic flights schedules and prices.
Some flights are discounted. Sometimes 50% or more! In China, the flights are usually discounted closer to the date of departure.
Last year (May 2007) I flew from Xi'an to Shanghai for 50% off for a total of 760 rmb including all taxes and fees, about $99.00 at that time. It would be over $100 with today's exchange rates.
I have other information and web site as a China travel tip at the below location.
When you land at Xi'an airport walk straight out of the airport and you will see the airport buses lined up. Bus line 1 will take you to the Bell Tower (stops infront of Melody Hotel) in the middle of the city. The cost is 25 RMB and takes about 50 minutes. You can get the tickets just before you get on the bus.
The bus conductors were helpful in giving some information on how to reach your hotel from the bus stop. Once you get off the bus at the Melody hotel becareful of taxi louts waiting for the arrival of the bus as well as pick pockets and souvenir hawkers.
You can catch the bus back to the airport from the same location infront of the Melody Hotel. Once on the bus show your airplane ticket the the conductor and they will inform you which terminal to get off.
when you arrive in Xi'an.... as you walk straight out of arrivals hall, you will only see black taxis....
these want to charge you between 150-170 rmb.... if you can afford it fine.
If not, don't bother... instead of walking straight, as soon as you go out the glass doors, make a left and walk 250-400 meters... out in the boondocks... you shall see the green taxis who will charge between 90-100rmb (well bargained).....
it is obvious the airport owners or someone own the black taxis and the airport shuttle (which charges 25rmb ... more than in Beijing!!!)....
and that is called MAFIA... price tampering and not giving customers the opportunity to choose from different prices...
*the same goes with taxi drivers in the city.... for short/easy rides... the take the longer route and claim the road is under construction, etc....
Cheaper option to the city (25yuan, approx. 1hour). Can't miss it, as the buses are just right outside the airport. We told the bus conductors where we wanted to go, and they directed us to the correct bus, and where we ought to alight.
We took the bus in which its last stop is at the Melody Hotel (West street), very near the Bell Tower. Once down from the bus, be skeptical of the taxi drivers who tries to rip off newcomers to the city.
Xi'an Xianyang International Airport covers 500 hectares and is the largest airport in China's northwest. The airport was the hub for China Northwest Airlines until the company was merged into China Eastern Airlines in 2002. Currently, the airport connects to 79 other cities domestically and internationally. Most people use taxicabs or the airport bus to reach town from the airport however I made some friends with some Chinese on the plane and got a ride into town.
When you arrive in Xi'an you may have three options:
1) take a taxi
2) take a shuttle bus, which ticket is sold on the counters located on the arrival hall in the airport
3) walk out of the arrival hall and take the small shuttle buses parked just outside.
I suggest option #3. Fare is RMB25 (around $3) and you get safely to the Bell Tower in less than one hour. And you still have money to have a nice dinner, if you want.
Xi'an Aiport is a loooooong way from the city.
Allow at least 90 minutes to get from the city centre and 2 hours if you have to travel during peak time. (I don't care WHAT iut says in hotel websites about the travel time!)
Insist that taxi drivers use the new expressway, rather than the older route if you are running late.
However, if you do have a bit of time spare, the older route takes you past some of the pyramid tombs - you can even ask the taxi driver to stop at several of them.
On the way into town note that there are many, many, many unlicensed (read uninsured) taxis at Xian Airport. Avoid them. They will NOT repeat NOT be less expensive than the normal taxis....EVEN if you agree a lower rate up front. Their trick is to stop on the highway and demand a higher fare. You refuse and you get kicked out on the road.
The airport bus, though slower, gives you a nice view of the plain and the Weihe on the way into town. You arrive 10 minutes later, but you see more of China.
The airport itself is very efficient and is well designed, so you don't have to walk far to the gate.
The terminal was opened in September 2003 at a cost of US$181 million. Despite this, the range of food, shops, and bookstalls is abysmal, and you see the same sad-looking empty glass shelves with little pyramids of chocolate bars evenly spread around. There are more shop assistants (bored, hostile, witless) than products on display.
Curiously, the old Xi'an airport terminal was only opened in 1991...thats more recent than most European airport terminals. China seems to dispose of airport terminals quicker than most people get rid of old cars.
The international airport at Xi'an is rated state first-class airport in China. It has regular flights to Nagoya and Hong Kong and chartered flights to Singapore and Bangkok in addition to domestic lines to more than 50 major Chinese cities. There are 2,600 kilometers of railways within Shaanxi Province. Besides a road network that links up all the county- seats of the province to Xi'an, there are express ways radiating from Xi'an to Lintong , Tongchuan and Huashan.
Xianyang Airport is approximately 40 km northeast of downtown Xi'an. A CAAC airport shuttle bus service operates between the airport and CAAC ticket office. A ride downtown takes about 1 hour. A ride by taxi takes about 45 minutes.
The international airport at Xi'an is rated state first-class airport in China. It has regular flights to Nagoya and Hong Kong and chartered flights to Singapore and Bangkok in addition to domestic lines to more than 50 major Chinese cities. There are 2,600 kilometers of railways within Shaanxi Province. Besides a road network that links up all the county- seats of the province to Xi'an, there are express ways radiating from Xi'an to Lintong , Tongchuan and Huashan.Xianyang Airport is approximately 40 km northeast of downtown Xi'an. A CAAC airport shuttle bus service operates between the airport and CAAC ticket office. A ride downtown takes about 1 hour. A ride by taxi takes about 45 minutes.