How to Get from Xian to Zhangjiajie 2024/2025

Xian and Zhangjiajie are both extremely popular tourist destinations in vast China. One belongs to the vital ancient capital with the world impressive Terracotta Warriors and Horses, and the other boasts the world unbelievable natural miracles and appealing prototype of the floating mountains in the 3D movie masterpiece “Avatar”. Many traveling people to China combine those two top destinations together for a comprehensive savory of the culture, history, nature and fun in this amazing country.

Xian has a flight distance of about 590 kilometers from Zhangjiajie, and has daily flights to Zhangjiajie, but it may be suspended due to off-season. Usually it needs about 12-14 hours to get from Xian to Zhangjiajie by car. However, it is not suggested for travelers with the so long time for tiring driving. High-speed train is also a good option. There is no direct high-speed rail line between Xian and Zhangjiajie, but you can transfer in Changsha (the capital of Hunan Province) to Zhangjiajie. The following we will tell you all the useful and practical information about how to get to Zhangjiajie from Xian by means of flights, trains, etc. to help you plan your coming Xian Zhangjiajie trip in China in 2024/2025!

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Transportation Map of Xian to Zhangjiajie

1. Xian to Zhangjiajie Flight (1.5 Hours) (Most Convenient)

Xian usually has daily flights to Zhangjiajie City during peak season, however, there is usually only 1 flight each day, which takes about 1.5 hours during 20:10-21:45 from Xian Xianyang International Airport to Zhangjiajie Hehua International Airport. So far, taking the direct flight from Xian to Zhangjiajie is the best and most convenient way to save time and energy for travelers, but it may be suspended due to off-season. Besides, there is another morning flight with a layover in Changsha City, which is during 08:45-13:20, for about 4.5 hours. But that morning flight is not available every day, and you can choose that usually on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

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Xian Airport

2. Xian to Zhangjiajie via Changsha (Flights & Trains)

Since flight and train selections between Xian and Zhangjiajie are limited, if you fail to book the direct flight or train from Xian to Zhangjiajie, you can also consider transfer via Changsha, the capital city of Hunan Province (including Zhangjiajie).

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Optional 1: Xian Changsha Bullet Train + Changsha Zhangjiajie Bullt Train (8 Hours)

Xian to Changsha Bullet Train:

There are 8 pairs of bullet G trains running between Xian North Railway Station and Changsha South Railway Station every day. The trains from Xian usually depart during 09:30 and 13:50 and then arrive in Changsha during 16:00-20:30, with the whole riding of 5-6.5 hours.

Changsha to Zhangjiajie Bullet Train:

Both Changsha Railway Station and Changsha South Railway Station have high-speed trains to Zhangjiajie. If your first stop is Changsha South Railway Station, it is recommended that you arrive directly from Changsha South Railway Station to Zhangjiajie West Railway Station, which usually needs about 3-3.5 hours. While, Changsha Railway Station has more bullet trains to Zhangjiajie every day from early morning till night. If you don't catch the train from Changsha South Railway Station to Zhangjiajie West Railway Station, you can also get to Zhangjiajie from Changsha Railway Station, which usually needs about 2.5-3.5 hours. And it needs about 0.5 hour to get from Changsha South Railway Station to Changsha Railway Station by taxi or local Metro Line 2.

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Optional 2: Xian Changsha Flight + Changsha Zhangjiajie Bullet Train (5.5 hours)

Xian to Changsha Flight:

Also, you can choose to go first by Xian to Changsha direct flights. There are more than 10 daily flights from early morning to afternoon hours from Xian Xianyang International Airport to Changsha Huanghua International Airport. The earliest flight departs at 07:00 and arrives in Changsha at about 08:50, and the latest one is during 21:10-23:00 a whole flying for about 2 hours.

Changsha to Zhangjiajie Bullet Train:

After your flight land in Changsha Airport, you can transfer to Changsha Railway Station to catch the 2.5-3.5 hours' high speed train to Zhangjiajie. Since there are still many options to match your flight time, don't worry about any missing!

Transfer from Changsha Huanghua Airport to Changsha Railway Station:

By Metro: take Changsha Maglev train from Huanghua Airport to Maglev High Speed Railway Station and transfer to Changsha Metro Line 2 to Changsha Railway Station, for about 1 hour.

By Taxi: about 30-40 minutes.

The whole flight and bullet transfer take about 5.5 hours. But since you are required to arrive at the airport early and usually 2 hours, you need prepare about 7.5 hours if you choose this way!

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3. Xian to Zhangjiajie Train (16 Hours) (For Traveling on Budget)

There is no high speed train from any city to Zhangjiajie. And to get to Zhangjiajie from Xian by train, there is only one normal overnight train T284 for your consideration. The train departs at around 01:00 at midnight from Xian Railway Station and arrives in Zhangjiajie Railway Station at around 17:00 in late afternoon, after near 18=6 hours’ riding. For usual, the hard seat ticket is about ¥135.5 /person, second class sleeper ticket and hard sleeper ticket is about ¥232.5/person, while the first class sleeper ticket and the soft sleeper ticket is about ¥360.5/person. That kind of way is relatively time-consuming, but if you are traveling on budget, it could be a nice transfer idea.

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Xian Railway Station

4. Xian to Zhangjiajie Coach (16 Hours) (Not Suggested)

Xian to Zhangjiajie coach is available, however, we do not suggest travelers, especially foreign travelers, to choose that, because the distance coaches run 16 hours from Xian to Zhangjiajie and there are very few selections. To let you enjoy a more comfortable travel experience, you are advised to choose the flights or trains to transfer from Xian to Zhangjiajie.


How to Plan a Xian Zhangjiajie Tour

Xian is the well-known important ancient capital city to discover the splendid culture and history of China. Visitors usually spend 2-3 days within Xian city to see the not-missing Terracotta Warriors, walking and cycling on the Ancient City Wall, stroll at Muslim Quarter, visit the interesting Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, appreciate some awesome shows and performances, etc. To deep discover the history in Xian, it needs 1-2 more days to those outstanding museums and mausoleum sites. Moreover, if you have more time, you can spend 1-2 more days to the nearby Mount Huashan to embrace the marvelous natural sceneries of rocks and sunrise, etc. and also take a risk on the thrilling Plank Walk, etc.

For Zhangjiajie, most people enjoy 2-3 days to appreciate the real “Avatar Mountains”, Tianmen Mountain, Huangshi Village, Golden Whip Brook with lovely stream, Tianzi Mountain, Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon with the world largest and highest glass bridge, and more spectacular natural sceneries of sea of clouds, sunrise, sunset, mists, fogs, etc. to be totally immersed in such a paradise. Apart from that, many people also enrich their trip to the nearby Fenghuang Ancient Town to see the featured western Hunan ethnic minority and their antique wooden tilted houses and river view, or to Fanjingshan Mountain to see the mushroom stone and odd mountains.

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To help you enjoy a worry-free trip to Xian and Zhangjiajie and the whole China, we suggest you travel with China Discovery. Our experienced travel expert will help you arrange the transportation and everything well to let you spend all your effort and time on the sightseeing. If you have any other ideas or questions about your Xian Zhangjiajie tour, please feel free to contact us. We are specialized in tailor-made tours that fit you best according to your own interests, requirement, traveling time, etc.

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