How to Get to & Around Jiuzhaigou 2024

Get to/away Jiuzhaigou

Located to the north of Chengdu and about 440km away from it, Jiuzhaigou is a world renowned scenic area also in Sichuan province, in which you will be amazed at the most stunning natural waterscape. To reach Jiuzhaigou, most people will choose to travel from Sichuan's capital city, Chengdu. Other cities, like Chongqing, Xian, Beijing, Shanghai are also very popular to start from. Since there is no train to Jiuzhaigou, you can only reach there by car or flight.

Get to Jiuzhaigou by High-speed Train from Chengdu

With the opening of Zhenjiangguan Railway Station 镇江关站, Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou by high-speed rail became the most welcomed way of travel. It’s cheaper than travel by air and comfortable than a long-hour road trip. Currently, there are around 3 runs per day, and the traffic time only costs 1.5 hours.

Besides train travel from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou, there are two other ways for you to choose from: by flight (1 hour) or by long-distance bus (7-9 hours).

(Notice: Neither train nor flight can take you directly to the scenic areas, you need to transfer by car to reach your final destinations.)

Useful Links: >>Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou Train | >>Get to Jiuzhaigou from Chengdu | >> Get to Chengdu from Jiuzhaigou

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Zhengguanjiang Railway Station (镇江关站)

Address: Zhenjiangguan Township, Songpan County, Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province 四川省阿坝藏族羌族自治州松潘县镇江关乡

Zhenjiangguan Railway Station is 147 kilometers (91 miles, 2.5 hours’ drive) away from Jiuzhaigou Valley and 85 kilometers (53 miles, 1.5 hours’ drive) away from Huanglong National Park. Currently, no public transport runs between the train station and scenic areas, so you are recommended to book a private car service in advance.

Gate Tourist Tranportation Center

Chengdu Jiuzhaigou Transfer Map

Zhenjiangguan Railway Station

Zhenjiangguan Railway Station

Get to Jiuzhaigou by Air from Chengdu, Beijing, Xian...

Flight is the most convenient way to travel to Jiuzhaigou. There are several cities running domestic non-stop flights to Jiuzhaigou. As the nearest airport to Jiuzhaigou, Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is usually chosen as the transfer hub, which also ensures enough tickets. Normally, there are about 7 flights between Chengdu and Jiuzhaigou, which take about 40 minutes to fly between Chengdu and Jiuzhaigou, and Chongqing also serves about 3 daily direct flights to Jiuzhaigou. Other popular cities are Xian, Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou that are going to operate several non-stop flights to Jiuzhaigou soon.

We advise you get to Chengdu first, after visiting the Giant Panda and other Chengdu highlights, then take flight to Jiuzhaigou, which will be more enjoyable.

Jiuzhaigou Airport

Map of Direct Flight Route to Jiuzhaigou

Jiuzhaigou Huanglong Airport (IATA: JZH)

Address: Chuanzhusi Town, Songpan County, Aba, Sichuan 四川省阿坝藏族羌族自治州松潘县川主寺镇

Jiuzhai (Jiuzhaigou-Huanglong) Airport is located in Songpan County of the Aba Autonomous Prefecture with two terminals and two parking lots. With an altitude of 3,400 meters (11,155 feet), the airport is just 88 kilometers (55 miles) from Jiuzhaigou Valley and 53 kilometers (about 33 miles) from Huanglong Scenic and Historic Area. There are shuttle buses running from airport to Huanglong and Jiuzhaigou costing about 45RMB. >>Learn more about Jiuzhai Airport.

Note: the actual operating airline info is subject to change, influenced by the weather condition on the plateau where the airport is located. Please do not hesitate to contact us for the upadted flight info!

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Get to Jiuzhaigou by Car from Chengdu, Lanzhou...

Taking flight to Jiuzhaigou is quick and comfortable, but not as a perfect plan for bad weather conditions. There are a lot of travelers who prefer traveling to Jiuzhaigou by land driving which is more budget than air travel, and have many interesting things to do along the road. Then which city should I start from? Which route should I take? How long will it take to transfer to Jiuzhaigou? >>Learn More about Ideas on Land Travel to Jiuzhaigou by Driving

  • A: Chengdu – Dujiangyan – Wenchuan – Maoxian – Songpan – Jiuzhaigou – 440km
  • B: Chengdu – Dujiangyan – Mount Siguniang – Maerkang – Hongyuan – Chuanzhusi – Jiuzhaigou – 920km
  • C: Chengdu – Ya’an – Luding - Danba – Mount Siguniang – Maerkang – Hongyuan – Chuanzhusi – Jiuzhaigou – 1,210km
  • D: Chengdu – Mianyang – Jiangyou – Pingwu – Jiuzhaigou - 440km
  • E: Lanzhou – Linxia – Hezuo – Luqu – Ruoergai – Jiuzhaigou – 750km
  • ...

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Drive to Jiuzhaigou

Drive to Jiuzhaigou from Chengdu

Get to Jiuzhaigou By Bus

Taking bus from Chengdu is the most common and popular way to get to Jiuzhaigou. If you want to save money, and want to see the amazing views along the road to Jiuzhaigou, bus is the best choice. It takes about 8~10 hours to get to Jiuzhaigou under normal weather and traffic condition. There are two routes connecting Chengdu and Jiuzhaigou: West line goes from Chengdu, via Dujiangyan, Wenchuan, Maoxian and Songpan, ends up at Jiuzhaigou(in all 440km), which is mostly used; East line starts from Chengdu, goes via Mianyang, Jiangyou, Pingwu, and reaches Jiuzhaigou with a distance of 480km, which is used as backup route in case of bad weather and road condition. During peak season (May to October), there may be traffic control on the West line. In that case, bus usually departures from Chengdu in early morning or goes East line.

There are two bus stations in Jiuzhaigou: Jiutong Bus Station (Jiuzhaigou Gate Tourist Tranportation Center, Chinese: 九通客运服务中心) and Jiuzhaigou Bus Station (Chinese: 九寨沟汽车站). The former is about 1km to the gate of Jiuzhaigou, which is often used by travelers. The latter station is located in Jiuzhaigou County where is about 41km away from Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area.

Please note: the Jiuzhaigou to Chengdu/Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou buses are limited and time-consuming for 8-10 hours, concerning with the weather and traffic conditions. Therefore, all buses need to depart in the morning.

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Chengdu Chadianzi Bus Station 成都茶店子客运站
Address: #289 Section 5, West Third Ring Road, Jinniu District, Chengdu 成都市西三环路五段289号

Chengdu Xinnanmen Bus Station 成都新南门客运站
Address: #2 Xinnan Rd, Jingjiang District, Chengdu 成都市新南路2号

Jiuzhaigou Jiutong Bus Station 九寨沟九通客运服务站
Address: Jiuzhaigou exit, Jiuzhaigou scenic spot, Jiuzhaigou County, Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province 四川省阿坝藏族羌族自治州九寨沟县九寨沟风景区九寨沟口

Chengdu - Jiuzhaigou Bus Table

There are daily-departure buses from Xinnanmen Bus Station(新南门汽车站), Ximen Bus Station(西门汽车站) and Chadianzi Bust Station(茶店子汽车站) in Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou every day. Check the following table:

From To Departure Price Duration
Xinnanmen Jiuzhaigou 06:40 123¥ 8~10hrs
Xinnanmen Jiuzhaigou 08:00 123¥ 8~10hrs
Chadianzi Jiuzhaigou 07:20 118¥ 8~10hrs
Chadianzi Jiuzhaigou 09:00 118¥ 8~10hrs
Chadianzi Jiuzhaigou 09:00 118¥ 8~10hrs
Chadianzi Jiuzhaigou 09:00 118¥ 8~10hrs

Note: The info above is only for your reference, and the actual departure time and ticket price is subject to change. Please do not hesitate to contact us for updated info and ticket booking help!

Get Around Jiuzhaigou

Jiuzhaigou Sightseeing Bus

Jiuzhaigou sightseeing bus is driven in a circular way. Just like the buses in the city, there are several stops. Each scenic spot has a platform. As long as you have a sightseeing bus ticket, you can get on or off at the specified stop at your will.

The Ticket office sells combo tickets for sightseeing bus. Usually it is CNY 90 in peak season and CNY 80 in off season.

The earliest sightseeing bus leaves at 7:30am and the last bus back to the exit leaves from Nuorilang at 7:00 pm, from Changhai to Nuorilang at 4:30 pm, from primitive forest to Nuorilang at 6:00 pm.

Note: In the sightseeing bus, you need to tell the guide where to get off in advance, otherwise when you arrive at a scenic spot, you will not be asked to get off or not.

Jiuzhaigou Taxi

The public transportation between Jiuzhaigou and surrounding scenic spots is not very convenient. Tourists can choose to take a taxi or charter a car to visit the scenic sites around. Please pay attention to negotiate with the driver to see if the price is overcharged. If you would like to visit the scenic sites around Jiuzhaigou by taxi/private car, the following info is for your reference.

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Route Distance Duration Price
Jiuzhaigou - Huanglong 110km 2.5h 250¥
Jiuzhaigou - Mounigou 114km 2.5h 250¥
Jiuzhaigou - Songpan 100km 2h 180¥
Songpan - Huanglong 40km 1h 100¥
Songpan - Jiuzhaigou 100km 2h 200¥
Songpan - Mounigou 32km 1h 100¥

Note: The prices above are only for your reference. Please do not hesitate to contact us for the most cost-effective price.

Besides the limited taxies, there are also some private cars running between different scenic sites, which you can not ensure whether they are licensed or not. It is not very safe to take their car or to communicate with them. For customers who booked our tours, Our professional local guide and driver will escort you from your hotel, train station, airport to all attractions with comfortable private licensed car and let you catch the highlights of Jiuzhaigou, so you can get really relaxed on the way and focus on what you are interested in. Please do not hesitate to contact us!

Jiuzhaigou Map

Map of Scenic Sites Around Jiuzhaigou and Chengdu

How to Plan Your Jiuzhaigou Tour

Usually, 2 or 3 days are needed to explore the highlights of Jiuzhaigou Valley and Huanglong Valley excluding the arrival and departure days. Most travelers transfer to Jiuzhaigou from Chengdu by flight or driving. Some other cities also have flights to Jiuzhaigou, such as Beijing, Chongqing, etc. After arrival, spend a half day to tour the Huanglong Valley, and another full day to visit Jiuzhaigou. If you want to take a walking or photography tour, we recommend spend one more day.

Besides Jiuzhaigou and some other attractions around it such as Huanglong, Songpan, Mounigou, and Ruoergai, you can also travel Jiuzhaigou with other hot destinations in Sichuan, such as Chengdu, Mount Emei, Leshan Giant Buddha, etc.

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