Yan'an is located in northern Shaanxi province, norhwest of China. Yan'an has benefited greatly from the country's Western Development Drive Program and it is no longer a city with a stunted economic condition and poor transportation. From major tourist cities such as Beijing and Xian, you can easily go to the city by air, train, or long-distance bus. A well-connected railway system enables passengers from Beijing, Xian and several cities within Shaanxi Province to enjoy convenient rail transportation. In addition, due to the construction of many highways and freeways, there is plenty of choice of long-distance buses shuttling between Yan'an and various cities.
Having been in operation since 1980, Yan'an Ershili Pu Airport (ENY) is both a civil and military airport. Located at East Ershili Pu, it is just eight kilometers (about five miles) from the city center. There are no international flights from this airport; however two daily domestic airline routes connect Yan'an to the two major tourist cities of Beijing and Xian. It is about one and a half hours to Beijing and just 40 minutes to Xian. In addition, the return flight on Sunday transporting passengers to Guangzhou via Chongqing makes travel by air more convenient.
Transportation between the airport and the city center is well provided for. Shuttle buses at CNY5 per person run regularly between the airport and the city center, taking about 20 minutes. A taxi is quicker and costs about CNY20. An ordinary bus service is also available just outside the airport. No.5 Bus goes to Yanhe Restaurant in the city center for CNY2 per person.
Please note that the timing of the flights varies a little according to the season, so inquire at the airport before booking tickets. Consultation Hotline: 0911-2111111, 0911-2113854
Yan'an Railway Station is located at Qilipu near the city center. It is conveniently located and can be reached by many public buses such as no.1, no.10, no.12, and no.18 for a fare of CNY1. It offers direct trains to the two major cities of Beijing and Xian as well as several cities within Shaanxi Province including Ankang to the south, Yulin and Shenmu to the north. It is about 10 hours to Beijing by 'T train' (fast trains have 'T' before the trains' number, for example, T7/T41 from Beijing to Yan'an and T8/T42 for return trip). It is about 3.5 to 7.5 to Xian by ordinary train.
Information on Ticket-Selling:
Tickets can be bought at the ticket office of Railway Station. Railway Station Information Lines: 0911-2496976, 0911-2496571
By Long-distance Bus
Thanks to the No.210 national highway from Xian to Yulin passing Yan'an and many other freeways and provincial highways, long-distance bus becomes an important and convenient way to get to the city. The main long-distance bus station of the city is located at Dongguan Street in the urban area - easily reached by No.4, No.6 or No.19 public buses. From this station, buses depart daily for various cities including Xian, Yulin, Xianyang in Shaanxi as well as Beijing, Shijiazhuang, Lanzhou, Yinchuan, Taiyuan, and Luoyang in other provinces. Buses bound for Xian depart every 20 to 30 minutes from 6:30 to 21:30, and there are many buses running to other cities within the province. However, there are fewer buses headed for cities in other provinces - generally a single daily service for each city. You can contact the station to get more information.
Long-Distance Bus Station Inquiry Lines: 0911-2112531, 0911-2112534, 0911-211335
City-bus in Yan'an
The city bus service in town connecting the main streets is generally good. There are about ten bus routes in the urban area of the city connecting many famous tourist attractions. Several routes to the suburbs are also available. The ticket prices vary according to the distance. Tourist sites in the urban area are situated close to each other and can easily be reached by the city buses. Here is some information on the bus routes to some of the main attractions:
Wangjia Ping Site: No.1, 3
Yangjialing Site: No.1, 3
Date Garden: No.3, 13
Pagoda Hill: No.1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 11, 12, 18, 19
Fenghuang Hill: No. 2, 3, 4, 12, 19
Qingliang Hill: No. 1, 4, 5, 6, 11, 19
Wanhua Hill: No. 10
Taxi in Yan'an City
The city is not big, so traveling around the city by taxi is very convenient. The charge is quite cheap, with the starting price of CNY5 for the first 3km (2mi), CNY1.2 for each succeeding kilometer (0.6mi) and CNY1 fuel fee for each ride. Most drivers don’t use the taximeter, so you’d better negotiate for a fixed amount of fare before getting on the car. Generally, it costs CNY10-20 for shuttling within the city, and it spends no more than CNY40 to the airport.