How to Get from Zhengzhou to Shaolin Temple 2024

With frequent flights, trains and buses, Zhengzhou, the capital city and the largest city in Henan Province is a vital transport hub to most destinations within Henan Province. It is also one of the two most popular gateway cities to Shaolin Temple (another is Luoyang). How do I get from Zhengzhou to Shaolin Temple? What’s the most recommended traffic to go? Read on the following details to select the perfect way and enjoy your Shaolin Kung Fu tour from Zhengzhou.

How Far is Shaolin Temple from Zhengzhou?

Zhengzhou Location: Zhengzhou (郑州, /zhèng zhōu/) is located on the southern bank of the Yellow River, central Henan Province and the hinterland of Central China. It borders Luoyang to the west, Kaifeng to the east, Jiaozuo and Xinxiang to the north and Pingdingshan and Xuchang to the south. In its administrative jurisdiction, there are 5 county-level cities (including Dengfeng City, Xinzheng City, Xinmi City…), 1 county and 6 districts. Driving from Luoyang to Zhengzhou needs about 2 hours (distance: nearly 150 km).

Shaolin Temple Location: Shaolin Temple (少林寺, geographic coordinates: 34° 30′27″ N, 112° 56′ 7″ E) lies at the foot of Shaoshi Mountain of Mount Song, northwest of Dengfeng City, Zhengzhou City, central Henan Province. It is about 60 km from Luoyang, taking almost 1.5 hours by private driving and 2 hours by bus from Luoyang Bus Station.

Zhengzhou to Shaolin Temple Distance: Shaolin Temple sits about 100 southwest of Zhengzhou City, requiring approximately 2 hours by private driving.

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Zhengzhou to Shaolin Temple Transportation Map

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Places of Departure & Arrival: train stations, airport, hotel in Zhengzhou ... can be flexible designated based on your itinerary.

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From Zhengzhou Airport to Shaolin Temple

Estimated Time: about 1 hour 40 minutes ~ 3 hours

Zhengzhou Airport usually refers to Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport (郑州新郑国际机场, IATA: CGO) which is the major air hub in Zhengzhou and Henan. It is well-linked with major Chinese cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Kunming, Xiamen, etc., and dozens of international destinations including Singapore, Seoul, Osaka, Tokyo, Bangkok, Phuket.

Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport is located in Yingbin Avenue, Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone, southeast suburb of Zhengzhou, about 40 km/50 minutes’ driving from downtown Zhengzhou, and about 100 km east of Shaolin Temple. There is no direct bus running from the airport to Shaolin Temple, so you can take a taxi directly to Shaolin Temple, costing about 1 hour and 40 minutes (taxi fare: over¥250.0). Or take an airport shuttle bus to Zhenzhou Railway Station (duration: about 1.5 hours, between 08:40 and the last arrival flight), and then take a bus from the nearby Zhengzhou Long-distance Bus Center Station to Shaolin Temple with another 2-2.5 hours’ ride.

Public traffic is either at high price or time-consuming, thus, you’re suggested to travel with China Discovery, taking advantage of our private transfer service to get from the airport to Shaolin Temple fast and comfily.

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From Zhenzhou Railway Stations to Shaolin Temple

Zhengzhou is a major railway hub in China and the city has several railway stations in operation. Among all stations, Zhengzhou Railway Station (郑州站) and Zhengzhou East Railway Station (郑州东站) are the two mainly used stations.

Zhengzhou Railway Station to Shaolin Temple

Train Station Address: No.82, Erma Road, Erqi District, Zhengzhou City, Henan Province 河南省郑州市二七区二马路82号 (about 100 km from Shaolin Temple)

Zhengzhou Railway Station is an old train station located in downtown area, serving trains on Longhai Railway (Lanzhou Lianyungang Railway), Beijing Guangzhou Railway, and Beijing Guangzhou High Speed Railway, Zhengzhou Kaifeng Intercity Railway, Zhengzhou Jiaozuo Intercity Railway and Zhengzhou Xinzheng Airport Intercity Railway (between Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport and Zhengzhou East Railway Station). If you take normal train from Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Chengdu, or some certain high speed trains from Luoyang, Jiaozuo, Kaifeng, you may get to Zhengzhou Railway Station eventually.

After arrival, you can walk from the East Square to Zhengzhou Long-distance Bus Center Station (郑州长途汽车中心站) across the street, and take a direct bus to Shaolin Temple there. Every day, there are many buses available, and the earliest bus departing at 08:00 am and the last bus back to Zhengzhou leaving at 18:00. The air-conditioned bus takes around 1.5 hours. It’s the most convenient way for independent travelers.

Zhengzhou East Railway Station to Shaolin Temple

Train Station Address: No.199, Xinyi Road, Jinshui District, Zhengzhou City, Henan Province 河南省郑州市金水区心怡路199号 (about 120 km from Shaolin Temple)

Zhengzhou East Railway Station is newly-built high speed train station in east suburb of Zhengzhou, which serves some high speed railways passing Zhengzhou. Taking high speed train from Beijing, Shanghai, Luoyang and other connected cities, you will finally arrive at Zhengzhou East Railway Station.

Currently, there is no bus running to Shaolin Temple directly from the station, so you can transfer to Zhengzhou Long-distance Bus Center Station (about 40 minutes by taxi), to take a bus to Shaolin Temple. Or, you can take high speed train from the station to Gongyi South Railway Station (巩义南站) for about 30 minutes and take 1 hour's taxi to reach Shaolin Temple. Extra traffic spends more time, so a better choice is using China Discovery’s private transfer.

Useful Link: Zhengzhou East Station to Gongyi South Railway Station High Speed Train

From Zhengzhou Downtown to Shaolin Temple

Estimated Time: about 2 hours to 3 hours

A taxi to Shaolin Temple from Zhengzhou city center takes about 2 hours and over ¥250.0. As an alternative choice, you can transfer to Zhengzhou Long-distance Bus Center Station to take a bus to Shaolin Temple. The bus station is around 4 km and 15 minutes’ driving from city center.

If you miss the direct bus, you can get to Dengfeng Bus Station (登封汽车客运总站) first from Zhengzhou Long-distance Bus Center Station within 2 hours. Next, take a taxi to Shaolin Temple directly for about 40 minutes, or transfer to Dengfeng West Station (登封长途汽车西站) to take Bus No.8 to Shaolin Temple straightway (duration: about 20 minutes, ticket: ¥5.0 per person).

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How to Plan a Zhengzhou Shaolin Temple Tour

Zhengzhou is usually used as a gateway to visit Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng, Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang, Guoliang Village, Yuntai Mountain and other attractions in Henan. Air and train travelers often transfer to planned destination directly from Zhengzhou for there is nothing special to see in Zhengzhou. Only 2 hours’ ride, you can get to Shaolin Temple from Zhengzhou. One day is suitable for a brief Shaolin Temple Tour and in-depth Kung Fu learning takes more days.

In this world-famous birthplace of Chinese Kung Fu (Martial Arts), you can view grandiose temple architectures, halls, pagodas, towers, fully immerse in the Buddhist Zen atmosphere, and watch a splendid Kung Fu Show. Enthusiasts of Chinese Martial Arts can even join in a Kung Fu training program to learn some basic styles. If you like, it’s also popular to get longer training in a Kung Fu school to fulfill your Chinese Kung Fu dream.

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As one of the profound cradle of Chinese civilization, Henan bred lots of diverse culture and history of China along with its unique natural landscape. With more days, you can visit spectacular Luoyang Longmen Grottoes with thousands of Buddhist statues, hike the Yuntai Mountain in Jiaozuo to view great landform and waterfalls in canyons, or visit Xiaolangdi Dam on the Yellow River, be shocked by Guoliang Viallge and winding wall road on the cliffside, trace old oracle bone Chinese scripts in Yin Ruins of Anyang and discover ancient prosperity in Millennium City Park of Kaifeng.

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