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Guilin Train Stations - Four Railway Stations for High Speed Train Travel

As the one of the popular tourist destinations in Southern China, Guilin has four train stations running high speed trains, including the Guilin Railway Station, Guilin North Railway Station, Guilin West Railway Station and Yangshuo Railway Station. Totally, these four train stations departs around 250 daily trains to Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Kunming and lots of domestic major cities. The former two stations operate both G trains and D trains while the latter one only has D trains for transfer. To help you experience high speed train travel to Guilin and tour around from Guilin, we listed the detailed location, transportation and train routes guide for your trip planning of Guilin. All Trains to Guilin >>

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Guilin Train Stations Location Map of Guilin Train Stations
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Guilin Railway Station (桂林站)

Location: at the junction of Shanghai Road and Zhongshan Road, No.39, South Zhongshan Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin(桂林市象山区中山南路39号,上海路和中山南路的交界处)

Distance: about 20mins’ driving (6km) to Li River Cruise Ticket Office, 45mins’ driving (30km) to Guilin Liangjiang International Airport, 1.5 hrs’ driving to Yangshuo

Serving as the foremost train station in Guilin, Guilin Railway Station conducts about 100 daily high speed trains to Guangzhou, Chengdu, Kunming and more cities through Hengyang (Hunan)-Liuzhou (Guangxi) Railway. It is the nearest train station to downtown Guilin with the most convenient transports. The station also called Guilin South Railway Station (桂林南站) by the locals, but in practice, it is officially titled as Guilin Railway Station (桂林站) on train ticket.

Initially built in 1938 and renewed in 1977, the Guilin Railway Station got the words “ Guilin - 桂林” inscribed by China’s great litterateur Guo Moruo. In 2013, the first high speed train G530 starting from the station to Beijing made Guilin the first city that opened high speed trains and the first high speed train station in the minority area of Yunnan, Guizhou and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in Southwestern China. All Things to Do in Guilin >>

The Layout, Facilities and Service

With its long history, Guilin Railway Station is a local train station, somewhat old and not big. The front area is a square for passengers’ distribution, where you can take bus, taxi to get to or leave. Please note that everyone is required to pass through security check to enter the station, to Ticket Office or Waiting Hall.

The station building is a three-storeyed rectangular architecture with a courtyard and 2 platforms. Once entering, there you can see a large entrance hall, around 220 sq m. On the left hand side is Ticket Office while the other side is a waiting room and a separating waiting area for maternal and child. A second security check is required to go inside after you buy or collect tickets.

Up to the 2nd floor, there are huge waiting rooms for group and individual passengers. While staying here, you need to pay attention to the display board and check ticket at the right gate according to signs and broadcast notification. VIP Waiting Room is in the south and there is only a small shop inside, so you’d better have meal in advance or prepare some snack before getting in.

As for the 3rd floor, it is the elevated level for office occupancy of train staff.

The freight transport and left-luggage service is available next to the exit. The left-luggage is opened from 7:00am~21:00pm, charging ¥10.0 per day for small suitcases (weight: ≤ 10kg or size: length+width+height≤100cm), ¥15.0 per day for medium baggage (10kg < weight < 15kg, 100cm < size: length+width+height < 120cm) and ¥20.0 for large luggage (weight≥15kg or size≥120cm)

*Because the main station building was constructed years ago, the waiting rooms are in low-light conditions and there is usually no elevator to take, except walking stairs, maybe inconvenient for large-luggage carriers and the old and child passengers.

Guilin Railway Station The Facade of Guilin Railway Station
Guilin Railway Station Ticket Check Gates at Guilin Railway Station

Location and Transportation of Guiling Railway Station

Guilin Railway Station is one of the oldest train stations used in Guilin, just a bus stop close (330m) to Guilin Bus Terminal. Speaking of transportation, the stations is thought to be the train station of the most convenient traffic in Guilin, for its perfect connection with all city areas via bus and taxi. The best part is that you can get direct bus to Guilin North Railway Station or downtown from here.

Guilin Railway Station to Guilin Liangjiang International Airport

Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (桂林两江国际机场, IATA: KWL) is located in Lingui District, west suburb Guilin, about 28km of downtown and 28km to Guilin Railway Station. So far there is no airport bus shunts between the airport and Guilin Railway Station directly, so the most convenient and fastest way is taking a taxi for about 40mins’ ride.

In the future, a Guilin Rail Transit (Line 1) will be built soon to connect Guilin Liangjiang International Airport and Guilin Railway Station, by which you may only need 30 minutes to reach Guilin Railway Station from the airport.

Guilin Railway Station to Top Tourist Spots in Guilin

Guilin Railway Station is located in upper stream and west bank of Li River, very close to the downtown area. To begin your Guilin travel with enough pre-work, you can read the following transportation guide to find a time-saving way.

Guilin Railway Station to Li River:

If you are going to take a cruise of Li River to experience the essence of beauty and enjoy in a leisure way, you need to get to the Zhujiang Pier or Mopanshan Pier first. The two piers in southeast Guilin are quite close but serve with two different kinds of cruise boats.

To Zhujiang Pier (竹江码头): about 40mins’ driving (25km)

To Mopanshan Passenger Wharf (磨盘山码头): about 40mins’ driving (25km)

To Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbi Mountain): about 10mins’ driving by taxi or half an hour walking

To Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan): about 25mins’ driving (9km)

To Longsheng Rice Terrace: about 2 hours’ driving (100km)

Guilin Railway Stations Guilin Airport to Guilin Railway Station
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Guilin Li River Poetic Li River Scenic Spot in Guilin

Popular High Speed Train Routes

Since Guilin is a major tourist destination in China, lots of high speed trains (G & D trains) starts from or passes by Guilin Railway Station to more domestic cities and surrounding areas in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, such as trains from Guilin to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Kunming, Changsha and to Nanning and so on. Check more railway links of Guilin to plan your China high speed train travel. 6 Days Best Hong Kong Guilin Tour with Guangzhou Layover >>

Departure Station Destination Train Types Duration Frequency (per day) Check Details
Guilin Railway Station Beijing G Trains 10 hrs 36 mins ~ 10 hrs 47 mins 2 Beijing Guilin High Speed Trains
Guilin Railway Station Shanghai G Train 9 hrs 29 mins 1 Shanghai Guilin High Speed Trains
Guilin Railway Station Guangzhou G/D Trains 2 hrs 53 mins ~ 5 hrs 35 mins 8 Guangzhou Guilin High Speed Trains
Guilin Railway Station Shenzhen G Trains 3 hrs 23 mins 1 Shenzhen Guilin High Speed Trains
Guilin Railway Station Guiyang D Trains 2 hrs 40 mins ~ 3 hrs 9 mins 7 Guiyang Guilin High Speed Trains
Guilin Railway Station Chengdu D Trains 7 hrs 18 mins ~ 8 hrs 10 mins 2 Chengdu Guilin High Speed Trains
Guilin Railway Station Kunming D Trains 7 hrs 24 mins ~ 7 hrs 49 mins 2 Kunming Guilin High Speed Trains
Guilin Railway Station Wuhan G Trains 4 hrs 54 mins ~ 5 hrs 33 mins 7 Guilin to Wuhan Trains
Guilin Railway Station Nanning G Trains 2 hrs 24 mins ~ 2 hrs 56 mins 35 Guilin to Nanning Trains
Guilin Railway Station Hangzhou G Trains 8 hrs 11 mins ~ 8hrs 35 mins 4 Guilin to Hangzhou Trains

Guilin North Railway Station (桂林北站)

Location: No.6 Zhanqian Road, Diecai District, North Guilin (桂林市叠彩区站前路6号)

Distance: about 25mins’ driving (10km) to Li River Cruise Ticket Office , 30mins’ driving (10 km) to Guilin Railway Station, 40 mins’ driving (35km) to Guilin Liangjiang International Airport

Guilin North Railway Station serves as a principal train station in Guilin, a main and large transport hub linked by Hohhot Nanning High Speed Railway, Guiyang Guangzhou High Speed Railway and Hunan Guangxi High Speed Railway. Every day, the station runs around 104 trains (including both normal trains and high speed trains) to other parts of China, such as Guangzhou, Kunming, Chengdu, Guiyang

Though the west station building is still under construction, currently, Guilin North Railway Station is the second largest train station in Guangxi, second only to the Nanning East Railway Station, undertaking most passenger transport service of Hunan Guixi High Speed Railway and Guiyang Guangzhou High Speed Railway.

Guilin North Railway Station The Exterior of Guilin North Railway Station

The Layout, Facilities and Service

Guilin North Railway Station experienced several reconstruction and expansion, and even in the future it will be extended to a larger size with an additional station building. After the latest renewal, the east station building that is being used covers about 100,000 sq m with 4 waiting rooms (2 on 1st floor & 2 on 2nd floor) 9 platforms, 18 tracks and 39 elevators.

The square in front of the station building has a capacity of over 400 parking spaces. You can take public bus next to the parking lot and get supply from the Carrefour Supermarket, small shops and restaurants nearby

To buy or collect ticket from Ticket Office, you have to pass through security check first with your luggage. And the ticket office is 600 sq m large with 12 counters, and there are 9 automatic ticket machines and 6 ticket pick-up machines on one side. After walking in, you can see a LED display screen showing the train number and exact waiting room and an information desk you can ask for help.

Then you can take elevator to wait in the 2nd floor. After you check ticket, you will walk a bridge, and go to the platform by elevator or stairs. Passengers holding business class of ticket can have a good rest in the Business Waiting Room. Please go to the right checking gate up to the color of your ticket, red or blue.

*Free WIFI is available in the station hall.

Guilin North Railway Station Entrance Hall of Guilin North Railway Station
Guilin North Railway Station Waiting Room with Blue Padded Seats

Get to Guilin North Railway Station - Location and Transportation

Guilin North Railway Station is located in west Jinhe Road, north Guilin, about 9km to Guilin Railway Station and Guilin West Railway Station. For solo travelers, taking taxi is always the first choice to go to downtown area and hot spots in Guilin.

Guilin Liangjiang Airport to Guilin North Railway Station

Guilin Liangjiang Airport is in southwest of Guilin North Railway Station, for about mins’ driving. You can also take an airport bus from the airport to Guilin North Railway Station, landing at Xingfuting Hotel.

Running Routes Departing Schedules Ticket Fare Duration Contact Number
Guilin North Railway Station (Xingfuting Hotel) → Guilin Airport 7:30、9:30、10:30、11:30、13:00、14:30、 15:30、16:30、17:30、18:30 ¥20.0 about 1 hour 07732681111
Guilin Airport → Guilin North Railway Station (Xingfuting Hotel) 9:00、10:00、11:00、12:30、14:00、15:00、 16:00、17:00、19:00、20:00 07732845355

Guilin North Railway Station to Top Tourist Spots in Guilin

To Zhujiang Pier (竹江码头): about 40mins’ driving (30km)

To Mopanshan Passenger Wharf (磨盘山码头): about 40mins’ driving (30km)

To Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbi Mountain): about 30 mins’ driving (10km)

To Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan): about 15 mins’ driving (6km)

To Longji Rice Terrace: about 2hours’ driving (100km)

To Yangshuo: about 1.5 hrs’ driving (90km)

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Guilin North Railway Station Guilin North Railway Station Traffic Guide Map (click to enlarge)

Popular High Speed Train Routes

Guilin North Railway Station delivers both G trains and D trains to Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Kunming...

Departure Station Destination Train Types Duration Frequency (per day) Check Details
Guilin North Railway Station Guangzhou G/D Trains 2 hrs 32 mins ~ 2 hrs 58 mins 12 Guangzhou Guilin High Speed Trains
Guilin North Railway Station Shenzhen G Trains 3 hrs 5 mins ~ 3 hrs 7 mins 3 Shenzhen Guilin High Speed Trains
Guilin North Railway Station Nanning D Trains 2 hrs 31 mins ~ 2 hrs 59 mins 5 -
Guilin North Railway Station Kunming D Trains 8 hrs 10 mins 1 Kunming Guilin High Speed Trains
Guilin North Railway Station Guiyang D Trains 2 hrs 33 mins ~ 2 hrs 40 mins 3 Guiyang Guilin High Speed Trains
Guilin North Railway Station Chengdu D Trains 6 hrs 53 mins ~ 8 hrs 10 mins 11 Chengdu Guilin High Speed Trains

Guilin West Railway Station (桂林西站)

Location: Zhuangshang Village, Dingjiang Town, Lingchuan County, Guilin (桂林市灵川县定江镇庄上村)

Distance: about 35mins’ driving (35km) to Guilin Liangjiang International Airport, 10km to downtown & 15 mins’ driving (7km) to Guilin North Railway Station and 30 mins’ driving (15km) to Guilin Railway Station

Working as an assistant high speed train station, Guilin West Railway Station is the smallest train station in Guilin, about 15km to downtown Guilin, 35km to Li River Cruise (Piers) and 1.5 hours' driving to Yangshuo. The station is a major transfer point that handles 60 D trains for passengers and cargo transport of Guiyang Guangzhou Railway and Sanjiang-Guangzhou Rail Line.

The Layout, Facilities and Service

Officially put into use in 2016. Guilin West Railway Station is an intermediate station where trains of Guiyang Guangzhou high speed trains pass by. The two-floor station covers a total area of 4984 sq m with 4 platforms.

Ticket Office is in the right hand of the first floor (93 sq m), offering ticket service with one counter and 4 automatic ticket machines. The other side is exit for passengers.

Waiting Hall (1456 sq m) has a capacity of 1200 passengers, where provides normal seats and paid cushioned seats.

There is only one Ticket Check Gate in Guilin West Railway Station, therefore passengers need to queue up long for checking and boarding. Please remember to get to the station earlier according to your schedule.

*Passengers should better prepare some snacks or have meals in advance, because there are no restaurants near the station but one small shop inside.

Guilin West Railway Station Ticket Check and Boarding Gate of Guilin West Railway Station

Get to Guilin West Railway Station - Location and Transportation

Guilin West Railway Station is located in north suburb of Guilin, about 11.8km to the downtown, only connected with two public buses. If you will arrive at Guilin at this station or take trains from here, it’s highly suggested to take a taxi. Local buses are not recommended, because you will wait for a long time and it can be overcrowded if you take lots of luggage.

To Li River Cruise Ticket Office: about 30 mins’ driving (15km)

To Zhujiang Pier & Mopanshan Passenger Wharf: about 40mins’ driving (35km)

To Yangshuo: about 1.5 hrs’ driving (90km)

Guilin West Railway Station Detailed Transportation Map of Guilin West Railway Station (click to enlarge)

Popular High Speed Train Routes

From Guilin West Railway Station, you can take D trains to Guangzhou, Chongqing, Guiyang, Chengdu within 3 hours or get to Dong Autonomous County of Sanjiang within 1 hour. Check the frequently used high speed train times at Guilin West Railway Station that may help you transfer to other destinations connected.

Departure Station Destination Train Types Duration Frequency (per day) Check Details
Guilin West Railway Station Hong Kong G Trains 3 hrs 19 minutes 1 Hong Kong Guilin High Speed Train
Guilin West Railway Station Guangzhou D Trains 2 hrs 25 mins ~ 3 hrs 7 mins 43 -
Guilin West Railway Station Guiyang D Trains 2 hrs 7 mins ~ 2 hrs 55 mins 33 -
Guilin West Railway Station Chengdu D Trains 6 hrs 53 mins ~ 7 hrs 33 mins 9 -
Guilin West Railway Station Chongqing D Trains 4 hrs 22 mins ~ 5 hrs 11 mins 19 -

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High Speed Train Tips

How to Choose a Best Railway Station

Among all the four high speed train stations in Guilin, Guilin Railway Station, Guilin North Railway Station and Guilin West Railway Station are the major three frequently used stations to/leave Guilin. Located nearest to downtown and Li River, Guilin Railway Station is the most recommended station for arrival. And there are daily high speed bullet trains running from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Guiyang, Chengdu, Kunming, Wuhan, Nanning, Hangzhou and other cities to the station. The other two stations also have passing-by trains to Guangzhou, Guiyang, Chengdu and cities in south China. If you get off at Guilin West Railway Station, located in north suburb Guilin, the transportation to downtown, attractions maybe a little inconvenient than other two stations.

How to Book, Alter and Cancel a Ticket

There are many ways to book a train ticket, including booking online, booking with a travel agency, booking at the ticket offices in China’s Railway Stations, etc. For foreign travelers, you are suggested to book with travel agency so you won’t meet with the language barrier. A ticket can be altered at appointed counters in railway station to an earlier or later train. It is also available to cancel your ticket before the scheduled departure time. However, you might be charged with service fee. Check details>

How to Collect a Ticket

You need to good the Collecting Window of the railway station or the ticket agency to collect your ticket. If you want to collect your ticket in the departure day, we suggest you get to the rail way station 2-3 hours early. ItHow to Read a Ticket is best to collect your tickets as early as possible during the peak seasons (like in Spring Festival, Chinese National Day). Check details>

How to Read a Ticket

From the train tickets, travelers could see the departure time, departure and arrival train stations, train number, carriage number, seat class/number, passport number & passenger’s name, boarding gate, prices etc. Please pay specially attention to the departure How to Board & Disembark a Trainstation and make sure which one you should go. Check details>

How to Board & Disembark a Train

Before boarding a right train, you have several steps to follow: 1) Prepare your documents well (passport, visa); 2) Get to the right train station in advance; 3) Collect train tickets; 4) Read your train ticket carefully; 5) Show your passport and ticket to pass the identity check; 6) Go through security check & luggage check; 7) Find the right waiting room; 8) Cross the ticket checking gate; 9) Get to the right platform; 10) Get on your train. After you get off your train, your ticket will be checked again to leave the station. Check details>>

Baggage Allowance and Storage

For a train travel, each passenger is permitted to take baggage in certain weight and volume. Besides, some items are prohibited to be carried to the railway stations and the trains, like weapons, knives, live animals, etc. Once onboard, there are many places you an arrange your luggage. Check details>>

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