Last Updated on: July, 2021
Located in Northwestern Hunan Province, China, about 320km (199 miles) away from the capital city of Hunan - Changsha, Zhangjiajie is China’s one of the top popular tourist destinations, attracting numerous tourists there each year. Wulingyuan Scenic Area of there, which includes Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Tianzi Mountain, Yuanjiajie and Yangjiajie, was listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. Once you are there, you will definitely marvel at the grotesque peaks, deep valleys, towering trees, flourishing forests, beautiful waters and marvelous caves seen in James Cameron's Avatar.
Zhangjiajie has been planed to build the second biggest high speed rail hub in Hunan. On December 26, 2019, the first HSR - Changsha Zhangjiajie Intercity High Speed Railway has been opened, cutting down the train journey from nearly 6 hour to 3 ~3.5 hours. In July 2021, Chengdu - Chongqing - Zhangjiajie High Speed Railway opened. Currently, visitors can also ride a bullet train from Chengdu to Zhangjiajie (7.5 hours) and from Chongqing to Zhangjiajie (less than 4 hours). Taking a high speed train to visit Zhangjiajie is finally realized. Still, there are several high speed rails are under construction to connect Zhangjiajie with Fenghuang Ancient Town, Yichang and more surrounding destinations of Hunan Province.
With the opening of the new high speed railway between Changsha and Zhangjiajie on December 26, 2019, Zhangjiajie West Railway Station, the high speed train station especially serving Zhangjiajie Tourism, has officially put into operation. At present, you can catch bullet trains here to/from Chongqing, Chengdu, Changsha, etc. Surely, the future HSR network will offer great convenience for Zhangjiajie tours from Guilin, Guiyang, Guangdong, Haikou, Zhengzhou and else cities. When the Zhangjiajie-Jishou-Huaihua High Speed Railway finished, you can take a fast train travel to tour Zhangjiajie, Fenghuang Ancient Town, minority villages in Western Hunan, and experience Yangtze River Cruise once the Yichang-Zhangjiajie High Speed Railway completed. Can't wait to plan a bullet train tour to "Avatar World"? Contact us to make a perfect itinerary.
Zhangjiajie High Speed Rail Map
Railway Stations: Changsha Railway Station (长沙站) → Zhangjiajie West Railway Station (张家界西站)
Duration:about 3 - 3.5 hours
Changsha is not only the capital of Hunan Province, but also the largest and most important transportation rail hub in Hunan. There are already high speed trains available between Changsha and Zhangjiajie as the opening of Changsha Zhangjiajie Intercity High Speed Railway on December 26, 2019. Now the high speed train takes only around 3 hours. You can choose from more than 20 daily high speed bullet trains from 06:30 in early morning to 21:00 in the evening.
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Changsha to Zhangjiajie Normal Trains:
Meanwhile, Changsha has over 10 ordinary trains from Changsha Railway Station in Changsha to Zhangjiajie West Railway Station and Zhangjiajie Railway Station in Zhangjiajie.The normal train travel is about 4 to6 hours, and three types of tickets are offered: Hard Seat, Hard Sleeper and Soft Sleeper.
Our Advice: Considering time and money cost, train facilities and services, we strongly suggest you experience the newly-opened high speed train between Changsha and Zhangjiajie.
Changsha South Railway Station
Boating on the Tuojiang River of Fenghuang
Except Beijing, Shanghai is also a top gateway city for foreign travelers to explore China. Known as the most energetic center of China, Shanghai enjoys huge transportation network, both high speed train and air to all across China. And the city itself is a perfect tourist destination to witness modern and traditional architecture, skyline and night view. However, there are no high speed train running from Shanghai to Zhangjiajie yet.
Normal Trains: If you want to travel to Zhangjiajie from Shanghai by normal train, you can chose from 3 daily trains (K Trains), which all are overnight trains departing at afternoon from Shanghai South Railway Station and arriving in Zhangjiajie in the next evening. The normal train needs about 19 to 22.5 hours in total. Soft Sleeper Berth is most recommended since you will have a quite long journey on board.
Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower
Kids Get Fear on Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge
Yichang is located less than 300km (186 miles) away from Zhangjiajie. It always served as the starting or ending point of Yangtze River Cruise. The Yichang Zhangjiajie High Speed Railway will start construction soon. Therefore, in the future, it only takes about 1 to 2 hours to get to Zhangjiajie to view the natural masterpieces after the Yangtze River Cruise tour.
Normal Trains: There are 2 pairs of High Speed Trains serving between Zhangjiajie Railway Station and Yichang East railway Station. It takes about 5 hours from Yichang to Zhangjiajie or back from Zhangjiajie to Yichang.
Beautiful Landscape of Three Gorge
Tujia Young People at Shennong Stream
Most tourists would like to take Beijing as the first stop for a China tour, because it has frequent international flights and convenient rail link to domestic tourist destinations, and world famous Great Walls, Forbidden City and plenty traditional Chinese treasures. But, so far, high speed trains from Beijing to Zhangjiajie is not available, except a few ordinary-speed trains.
Normal Trains: Beijing sends 3 daily K-trains traveling to Zhangjiajie each day. All the trains arrive at Zhangjiajie on the second day, for the whole journey takes at least 23 hours. But thanks to the long-time journey, you can have a deep communication with the beautiful sightseeing outside the windows, traverse from Norther China to central area. Better get a Soft Sleepers to lie down comfortably during the journey.
Zhangjiajie Tianzi Mountain
The Great Wall
Guangzhou is a booming city in the south part of China. Compared with Zhangjiajie, the picturesque place to view the Charm of nature, Guangzhou is a perfect place to explore the rapid development of China, understand “China Speed”. A Zhangjiajie Guangzhou tour can give you a chance to feel about the two different charms in one single trip.
Normal Trains: Each day, Guangzhou delivers about 5 normal trains to Zhangjiajie, including one arriving on the same day and the rest are overnight ordinary-speed trains. The whole journey is around 12 to 14.5 hours. A Soft Sleeper Berth is strongly suggested than Hard Sleeper and Hard Seat since you will stay one night on the train.
Relaxing Yangtze River Cruise
Chongqing, the 8D punk city, is about 7.5 hours away from Zhangjiajie, the avatar world, by car. However, since July 2021, you can now ride a bullet train to travel between the two cities, which cuts the travel time to less than 4 hours. What good news for those who want to travel Zhangjiajie, Chongqing and Yangtze River together! Those bullet trains run from Chongqing North Railway Station to Zhangjiajie West Railway Station. Every day, there are 4 bullet trains available, including one departing from Chengdu and making stopover in Chongqing.
Normal Trains: There are also about 2 normal K trains available. The train ride is about 6.5 hours from Chongqing North Railway Station to Zhangjiajie West Railway Station.
Relaxing Yangtze River Cruise
According to the offical High Speed Railway network plan, Zhangjiajie will build more high speed rails to link Zhangjiajie with popular destinations within Hunan Province, like Fenghuang Ancient Town, etc., and with places nearby Hunan, including Yichang and so on. Future high speed railways even will be built between Zhangjiajie and great ancient capital - Xian, the Kung Fu City - Zhengzhou, the idyllic Guilin...
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1. Zhangjiajie West Railway Statuon 张家界西站
Address: Wulingshan Avenue, Shadi Street, Yongding District, Zhangjiajie City, Hunan 湖南省张家界市永定区沙堤街道武陵山大道
Transportation: Zhangjiajie West Railway Station is a recently-built high speed train station, which is located about 9km north of Zhangjiajie Hehua Airport, 5km to downtown and 18km to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. You can transfer to downtown and take city bus (about 1 hour), or directly take a taxi (about 0.5 hour) to Wulingyuan Scenic Area.
2. Zhangjiajie Railway Station 张家界站
Address: Guanli Road, Yongding District, Zhangjiajie City, Hunan 湖南省张家界市永定区官黎路
Transportation: Zhangjiajie Railway Station is an old train station mainly running ordinary trains to Zhangjiajie from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Changsha, Huaihua, Nanning. The station is situated around 6km east of Zhangjiajie Airport, 2km to city center and 30km to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in the north suburb.
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