Airfare to Xian, China
This historic city is surrounded by an old city wall. It is home to one of China’s most famous attractions, the Army of Terracotta Warriors, part of the first Emperor’s mausoleum. Other hot-spots include the site of the Xian incident and still-functioning Hua Qing pools, and escaping nature at the Hu Kou waterfall.
Airfare to Xian will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Beijing or Shanghai, China. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills airlines, which are entering the country rapidly. And although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through Bangkok, Thailand; Delhi, India; or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Northern Airlines and China Southern Airlines are the national airlines. However, Japan Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Bangkok Airways and other airlines also stop in Xian.
The most expensive air tickets to Xian are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the New Year. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak season
- Consider flying into Beijing or Shanghai, China and traveling overland to Xian via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Xian, check out BootsnAll’s Xian Travel Guide.