How to Get to & around Guilin

Gateway Cities to Guilin

Known as one of the top scenic cities in China, Guilin serves millions of tourists every year. Owning 3 major high speed bullet train stations, one internationalized airport, and the expecting city metro to be bulit by 2022, Guilin is easily accessible from many other cities in China. The followings are the top recommended transferring routes from some popular gateway cities to Guilin for your reference.

Get to/away from Guilin

By Air

Guilin Liangjiang International Airport

Address: Liangjiang, Lingui District, Guilin, Guangxi 桂林市临桂区两江镇

The Guilin Liangjiang International Airport is the only airport serving passengers in Guilin. It is located in the southwest suburb of Guilin, Liangjiang, about 28km/17mi to the city center (1hour, by car). There is no subway running from Guilin Liangjiang Airport to the city center until 2022, but you don't need to worry about getting a vehicle to your hotel, since the buses to downtown Guilin are arranged by the flight schedules. Arriving either early in the morning or late till the midnight, there are always buses waiting for you. >>Learn More about Guilin Liangjiang International Airport

Flights to Guilin

Guilin is one of the top tourist cities in China, and the airport here serves over 100 flights departing from and 76 cities, including the cities from China mainland such as Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xiamen, Fuzhou, Kunming, Nanning, Nanjing, Qingdao, Tianjin, Hangzhou, Haikou, Yantai, Jinan, Harbin, Shenyang, Yinchuan, Lijiang, Zhengzhou, Hohhot, Lanzhou, Zhenzhou, Xuzhou, etc, with a few international /regional flights from Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul, Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur. The regular flights are operated all year from Guilin to the major tourist cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Chengdu,Chongqing, Nanning, Xiamen, Kunming, Fuzhou. >>Learn More about Flights to Guilin

72-Hour Visa-Free Transit at Guilin Liangjiang Airport

Passengers can be exempted from visa if they transit from Guilin Liangjiang International Airport to a third country (region) within 72 hours on the basis of their valid international travel documents, the online tickets or related certificates to a third country/region with confirmed flight dates and seats for departure within 72 hours.>>Learn More about Guilin 72-Hour Visa Free Transit Exemption

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Guilin Liangjiang Airport

Guilin Liangjiang Airport

By Train

Trains to Guilin

Guilin is regarded as a famous scenic city where not only multiple airlines are able to reach but also the railway network is busy working. Besides normal trains, the main serving power is high speed bullet trains (G Trains & D Trains), and they carry the passengers departing from different regions, such as Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Kuming, Changsha, and Nanning. There are about 140 trains stopping over at different train stations in Guilin, more than 40 trains arriving / departing there every day. >>Learn More about Trains to Guilin

Guilin High Speed Bullet Train

Aside from the most popular cities like Beijing and Shanghai, High Speed Trains have well connected Guilin and other tourist cities. Altogether, Guilin possesses over 260 daily high speed trains (G, D trains) traveling from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Dali, Kunming, Hangzhou, Xian, Changsha, Wuhan, Chongqing, Beihai, Nanning, etc. >>Learn More about Guilin High Speed Bullet Trains

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High Speed Bullet Train Schedules

Guilin High Speed Train

Guilin High Speed Train

Guilin Train Stations

There are three railway stations in Guilin, namely Guilin Railway Station, Guilin North Railway Station and Guilin West Railway Station. Among the three stations, Guilin Railway Station and Guilin North Railway Station are frequently used as high speed railway stations. >>Learn More about Guilin Train Stations

Guilin Railway Station

-Location: No.39, South Zhongshan Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin 桂林市象山区中山南路39号

It is right in the city center, 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 other cities. It is the nearest train station in downtown Guilin. The station is also called Guilin South Railway Station (桂林南站) by the locals, but actually, the formal name is Guilin Railway Station (桂林站) on train ticket.

Guilin North Railway Station

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

Guilin North Train Station, commonly known as North Station, is a station for both freight and passengers. It is located in the Diecai District with a distance of 10km to the downtown. Guilin North Railway always acts as a starting station of Guilin departure. Being an intersection of Hunan-Guangxi High Speed Railway, Guizhou-Guangzhou High Speed Railway and Huaihua-Guilin High Speed Railway, Guilin North Railway Station also operates 47 bullet trains which connecting Guilin and some capital and tourists cities like Guangzhou, Nanning, Shenzhen, Kunming, Guiyang, Changsha, etc.

Guilin West Railway Station

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

Serving as an assistant bullet train station, Guilin West Railway Station is the smallest train station in Guilin. It's about 35km/22mi (35min by car) to Guilin Liangjiang International Airport, 10km/6mi to downtown (15 min by car), 7km/4mi to Guilin North Railway Station (15min by car), and 15km/9mi to Guilin Railway Station (30min by car).

: Please reserve your time before getting on the train and it is always better if you can purchase your ticket online before getting to the crowded train station during the busy months. Since the information always changes from time to time, please don't hesitate to contact us to get the updated train schedules.

Useful Links

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Guilin Railway Station

Guilin Railway Station

Guilin North Railway Station

Guilin North Railway Station

Guangzhou to Guilin - Guilin West Railway Station

Guilin West Railway Station

Get Around Guilin

Transportation at Guilin City

By City Bus: In Guilin City, public bus is the most economical transportation to travel. You can also get an opportunity to get close the local people and learn about the local life. There are available public buses to Guilin Seven Star Park, Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave and more scenic spots.

By Coach: Take a non-stop Guilin – Yangshuo coach, you can reach Yangshuo West Street. The whole journey takes about 1.5 hours. If you want to travel to Longji Terraced Fields, you need to take Guilin-Longsheng bus and transfer in Longsheng County. It costs about 3.5 hours in total. As you entered the scenic spot, change eco-friendly car to see what rice terraces are.

By Taxi: Taking a taxi is always the most convenient way to get around Guilin. In Guilin, 9 RMB (11 RMB during 23:00 ~ 06:00) is charged for the first 2 kilometers and 1.6 RMB for each subsequent kilometer.

By Metro: The first Metro line is scheduled to be accomplished by 2022. The conceiving Metro Line 1 will connect Guilin Liangjiang Airport to Guilin City, which will greatly facilitate passengers visiting here.

Guilin Bus Tour

Guilin Bus Tour

Guilin Taxi Tour

Guilin Taxi

Guilin to Yangshuo

Guilin City is situated at the northeast part of Guangxi in South China, while Yangshuo County lies at the southeast part, within this beautiful city. Those two famous tourist places are only about 65 kilometers away, giving very convenient and time-saving transferring for visitors there. Usually, it takes only about 1.5 hours to get to Yangshuo from Guilin by car, and about 2 hours when there is some light traffic jams. However, besides transferring by car, travellers can also go by the Li River cruise, long-distance bus, high speed train, etc, and the Li River cruise is the most popular and enjoyable transportation choice. >>Learn More about Guilin Yangshuo Transfer

Li River Cruise Info

-Cruise Distance: 83km Li River waterway;

-Boarding/Disembark pier: Guilin Mopanshan Pier/ Yangshuo Pier;;

-Vessels Departure Time & Duration: normally set out in mornings & 4.5-hour cruising;

Please Note: There is no direct bus commuting between Guilin city center and the Mopanshan Pier. For those independent travelers, you can only get to the pier by taxi, which may cost you about 100 RMB. If you book the cruise ticket from a travel agency or hotel agent, they will charge you ¥35/person as car fees and guide service fees. Usually the tourist bus will pick you up at your hotel.

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Guilin to Longsheng

Longsheng (Longji Rice Terraces) is one of the hottest scenic areas in Guilin. Longji Area cannot be reached by train and flight, thus you need to arrive in Guilin first and then travel from Guilin to get there. Longji Rice Terraces is consisted of three main Terraced Fields. At present, Jinkeng Dazhai is the only scenic Terraced Field which can reached by the direct bus from Guilin. To get to the other two rice terraces areas, you should make a transfer at Longsheng County. >>Learn More about Guilin Longsheng Transfer

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Yangshuo to Longsheng

Yangshuo and Longsheng (Longji Rice Terraces) are two hot tourist destinations in Guilin. Yangshuo is located about 80km (50 miles)'s driving distance southeast of Guilin. Longji Rice Terraces is located in Longsheng County, about 80km north of Guilin. The driving distance between Yangshuo and Longji Rice Terraces is about 145km, which takes about 4/5 hours to transfer between Yangshuo and Longji. Since Guilin is conveniently located at the middle of Yangshuo and Longsheng, travelers can also transfer at Guilin to shorten the long driving. >>Learn More about Yangshuo Longsheng Transfer

Li River Cruise Tour

Li River Cruise Tour

Yangshuo to Longsheng Map

Yangshuo to Longsheng Map

Yulong River

Yulong River at Yangshuo

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How to Plan Your Guilin Tour

A combined tour of idyllic Guilin with the picturesque Yangshuo county and Longsheng county nearby is the most popular choice for tourists. You can either visit the attractions such as Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave in Guilin City, and try the Li River Cruise there to Yangshuo where you can get to experience the bamboo rafting and biking tour, enjoying the stunning karst landscape such as the Moon Hill and taking pictures at Xianggong Mountains/Ten-Mile Gallery. If you are excited to explore more, Longji Rice Terraces is an amazing trekking spot. You will get to experience the tranquility of the heavenly fairyland in Guilin. Since Guilin has become the 72-hour visa-free city in China, it's even more convenient to get there. Based on your itinerary, budget and schedule, you could plan a Guilin & Yangshuo tour for about 2 days and a trekking tour at Longsheng about 1 day or longer to get a brief or full exploration in Guilin. To connect all the scenic spots you are interested in, please don't hesitate to contact us for professional advice.

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Li River Fisherman

Li River Fisherman

Jinkeng Terraces

Jinkeng Terraces at Longsheng

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Getting to Guilin from Zhangjiajie
How do I get to Guilin from Zhangjiajie?
2018-11-17 17:26
Dear Hennie le Roux,
Thank you for your question.
Since there is no direct flight / train from Zhangjiajie to Guilin. Here we did some research and the followings are 5 recommended transferring options for your reference:
Option 1: Zhangjiajie - Changsha - Guilin - the fastest and most money-saving method (Most Recommended)
Option 2: Zhangjiajie - Liuzhou - Guilin - cheap & need to take over 10 hours' overnight train (Normal Train + Bullet Train)
Option 3: Zhangjiajie - Nanning - Guilin -15 hour's overnight train & no need to transfer in Nanning (Normal Train + Bullet Train)
Option 4: Zhangjiajie - Xian - Guilin - comfortable & explore Xian while transferring (Flight + Flight)
Option 5: Zhangjiajie - Shanghai - Guilin - comfortable & explore Shanghai while transferring (Flight + Flight)
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