Xian to Guilin/Guilin to Xian Transfer Guide 2024

For the abundant historic attractions in Xian and natural scenic sites in Guilin, the two cities are usually planned together in one tour to bring you different facets of China. While Guilin is located in the south edge of China mainland and Xian is in the central region, the distance is about 1407km/874mi. The followings are some practical transportation information and tips that may help your transferring between the two cities.

Xian Guilin Flight

There are multiple flights departing from Xian to Guilin all year around. It usually takes about 2 hours for a non-stop flight, and all the flights arrive/ depart at Terminal 2 of Guilin Liangjiang Airport, due to the temporary maintaining process in Terminal 1, while the flights depart/ arrive at different terminals of Xian Xiangyang Airport. The followings are 10 recommended Xian Guilin flights for your reference.

Xian to Guilin/Guilin to Xian Flight Schedules

Flight Route Dep. ~ Arr. Terminal Flight ScheduledDep. ~ Arr. Time Duration Frequency
Xian to Guilin Xian Xiangyang (T3) → Guilin Liangjiang (T2)
CZ6376 12:10~14:25 2h 15min
Xian Xiangyang (T2) → Guilin Liangjiang (T2) JD5143 07:10~09:15 2h 5min
JD5123 08:25~10:30 2h 5min
SC8711 12:35~14:50 2h 15min
CA1225 18:40~20:55 2h 15min
Guilin to Xian Guilin Liangjiang (T2) → Xian Xiangyang (T3) CZ6375 09:00~11:10 2h 10min SMTWTFS
Guilin Liangjiang (T2) → Xian Xiangyang (T2) JD5144 10:15~12:25 2h 10min
CA1472 16:25~18:30 2h 5min
JD5124 16:35~18:35 2h
SC8712 19:45~21:45 2h

Note: Since the information always changes from time to time, please don't hesitate to contact us to get the updated flight schedules.

Where to take a flight to Guilin/Xian

Xian Xianyang International Airport (西安咸阳国际机场,IATA: XIY)

Address: Dizhang County, Weicheng District, Xianyang City 咸阳市渭城区底张镇

Xian Xianyang International Airport is 47km/29mi to the downtown area (about 2h by car) with airport shuffle buses busy running from here to the city center from 8am to 8pm. It is the largest airport in northwest China and a hub for China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Joy Air and Hainan Airlines with flights to 68 domestic cities and 10 airlines to 11 international cities. Within 2.5 hours, travelers can fly to/from Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guilin, Wuhan, Lanzhou, Xining, Zhengzhou, etc. From June 1, 2014, it has been offering 72-hour visa free transit for 51 countries.>> Learn more about Xian Transportation

Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (桂林两江国际机场, IATA: KWL)

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

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 in Guilin, 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 Transportation

Xian to Guilin/Guilin to Xian Train

Xian to Guilin/Guilin to Xian High Speed Bullet Train

There are about 2 bullet trains running between Xian and Guilin. The serving stations are Xian North West Railway Station and Guilin Railway Station. Due to the long distance between the two cities, the high speed bullet trains still need over 10 hours to complete one ride. Although it takes much longer than the flight, there are a lot to expect on your way with the much comfortable train facilities the bullet train provides.

Xian to Guilin/Guilin to Xian Bullet Train Schedules

Dep. ~ Arr. Railway Station Train No Scheduled Dep. ~ Arr. Time Duration Ticket
Xian North → Guilin D1709 08:41~19:29 10h 48min

Second Class Seat: ¥570.0

First Class Seat: ¥914.0

Business Seat: ¥1710.5

Guilin → Xian North D1710 11:10~21:50 10h 40min

: 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

>> How to Get to & around Guilin

>> How to Get to & around Xian

>> How to Book China High Speed Bullet Train Tickets

>> How to Read China High Speed Train Tickets

>> Board & Disembark from High Speed Train

>> Ultimate Guide on Travelling China by Train

Where to take a bullet train to Guilin/Xian

Xian North Railway Station (Pinyin: Xian Bei Zhan 西安北站)

Address: Yuansuo Rd, Weiyang District, Xian City 西安市未央区元朔路

Xian North Railway Station, also called Xian Bei Railway Station, is the only high speed railway station in Xian. It is also one of the largest railway stations in China. It is 20km/12mi to downtown area (about 50min by car), 50km/31mi to Terracotta Warriors and Horses (about 1h by car), 20km/12mi to Muslim Quarter (about 1h by car), 15km/9mi to the Ancient City Wall (about 40min by car), and 30km/19mi to Xian Xianyang International Airport (about 40min by car).>>Learn more about Xian Train Stations

Guilin Railway Station (Pinyin: Guilin Huochezhan 桂林火车站)

Address:39 Zhongshannan Rd, Guilin 桂林市中山南路39号

It is right in the city center, about 6km/4mi to Li River Cruise Ticket Office (20min by car), 30km/19mi to Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (45min by car), 64km/40mi to Yangshuo (1.5h by car). Serving as the foremost train station in Guilin, Guilin Railway Station runs about 100 high speed trains to Guangzhou, Chengdu, Kunming and other cities every day. It is the nearest train station in downtown Guilin. The station is also called Guilin South Railway Station (Pinyin: Guilin Nan Zhan桂林南站) by the locals, but actually, the formal name is Guilin Railway Station (桂林站) on train ticket.>>Learn more about Guilin Train Stations

Xian to Guilin/Guilin to Xian Normal Train

Besides the bullet trains, there are also 2 normal trains connecting Xian and Guilin. The normal train takes more than 26 hours and arrives at Guilin at night, considering about your comfortableness and travelling security, Xian Guilin normal train is not very recommendable. The following information is still provided in case that you miss your flight and the bullet trains.

Xian to Guilin/Guilin to Xian Normal Train Schedules

Dep. ~ Arr. Railway Station Train No Scheduled Dep. ~ Arr. Time Duration Ticket
Xian → Guilin North K318 19:07~21:18 26h 11min

Hard Seat: ¥201.0

Hard Sleeper: ¥343.0

Soft Sleeper: ¥542.0

Guilin North → Xian K316 18:15~21:31 27h 16min

Note: Since the information always changes from time to time, please don't hesitate to contact us to get the updated train schedules.

Where to take a normal train to Guilin/Xian

Xian Railway Station (Pinyin: Xian Zhan西安站)

Address: 44 Huancheng North Rd, Xincheng District 西安市新城区环城北路44号

Guilin North Railway Station (Pinyin: Guilin Beizhan 桂林北站)

Address:6 Zhanqian Rd, Diecai District, Guilin 桂林市叠彩区站前路6号

How to Travel Xian and Guilin

Xian, the capital of 13 ancient China dynasties with 73 emperors ruled over here. Massive brilliant historical ruins, museums and cultural relics have been found both under and on the ground of Xian, including the Ancient City Wall, the Terracotta Warriors dated back to the Qin dynasty and the World Heritage Site the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda. Even the famous traveler, Marco Polo has been here to explore this majestic city. While Guilin is a world-famous scenic city located in the south, attracting millions of tourists to come every year to see its spectacular karst landscapes. Either taking a boat on Li River or hiking at Yangshuo and Longsheng Rice Terraces, you will fully enjoy its idyllic beauty. Here is our most recommended Xian Guilin Tours that you will explore the real essence sites in China:

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China Discovery provides you worryfree private tour packages which covers sightseeing, dining, tour guide and transfers between Xian and Guilin. The tour guide and driver will pick you up at airport, railway station to your Hotel, and escort you all the way to focus on sightseeing and save your time on complicated local transfer. If you have more questions about transportation between Xian and Guilin, please free to contact us and our experienced travel consultants are always ready to help!

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