How to Get from Chengdu to Zhangjiajie 2024/2025

Zhangjiajie “Avatar Mountains” are so incredible for admiration in person at least once in your lifetime to feel the amazing mysterious world dressed in mists and fog. Meanwhile, Chengdu in the very close Sichuan Province preserves the really adorable giant pandas and the ideal leisure life with rich ancient state culture and history for an unbeatable savory! Combining Zhangjiajie and Chengdu, two appealing tourist destinations, together is also made by a large portion of visitors in China. However, since Chengdu and Zhangjiajie is about 640 kilometers (398 miles) away from each other and usually takes about 11 and more hours by car driving, it is not suggested for foreign travelers to do so. Here, China Discovery will tell you the 6 ways about how to get from Chengdu to Zhangjiajie via flights, trains, and car, among which we recommend the 1.5 hours’ direct flights between Chengdu and Zhangjiajie Hehua Airport most. Please check each way as following.

Chengdu Zhangjiajie Transportation Map

Transportation Map of Chengdu to Zhangjiajie

1. Chengdu to Zhangjiajie Flights (Most Recommended & Convenient)

There are approximately 6 weekly flights provided by Sichuan Airlines, connecting Chengdu Tianfu International Airport to Zhangjiajie Hehua Airport. Flights are available every day except for Mondays, typically departing around 09:05 and arriving at 10:35, with a total travel time of 1.5 hours.

Please note that Chengdu Tianfu International Airport is quite expansive, and the check-in process may take longer compared to other airports in China. It is advisable to arrive at least 2 hours prior to the departure time to ensure a smooth and timely boarding process. The flight routes and schedules are subject to change. You can check real situation Chengdu to Zhangjiajie flights >>

Popular Chengdu and Zhangjiajie Tour Packages:

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2. Chengdu to Zhangjiajie Train - Currently Suspended

The train routes and schedules are subject to change. You can check real situation Chengdu to Zhangjiajie Train Schedule & Ticket Prices >>

3. Chengdu to Zhangjiajie via Changsha (Flights & Trains)

As two provincial capital cities, Chengdu and Changsha are seamlessly connected by both flights and high speed trains. Whether you prefer a nonstop flight or a bullet train, traveling from Chengdu to Changsha is convenient. From Changsha, reaching Zhangjiajie is also hassle-free with high-speed train options.

Option 1: Chengdu to Changsha Flight + Changsha to Zhanjiajie Train

Chengdu to Changsha Flights:

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport and Chengdu Tianfu International Airport totally operates about 20 daily direct flights to Changsha Huanghua International Airport from early morning till late night, and usually need no more than 2 hours. If you plan no intermediate stay in Changsha City, you can choose the earliest flight at around 07:10 from Chengdu and arrive in Changsha at around 09:00 in the morning.

Changsha Airport to Train Station:

Upon your arrival, you have several transportation options. You can take a maglev train or airport shuttle bus to Changsha South Railway Station, or opt for a shuttle bus or metro lines to Changsha Railway Station. Both stations offer high-speed trains to Zhangjiajie.

Changsha to Zhangjiajie Trains:

Typically, there are over 30 pairs of high-speed trains running daily between Changsha Railway Station (or Changsha South Railway Station) and Zhangjiajie West Railway Station from morning until night. The journey takes only about 2-3.5 hours. Additionally, the commute from Changsha South Station to Changsha Railway Station usually takes around 30 minutes by local metro Line 2 or taxi.

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Option 2: Chengdu Changsha Train & Changsha Zhangjiajie Train

Chengdu to Changsha Trains:

While there are approximately 10 high-speed G trains operating from Chengdu East Railway Station to Changsha South Railway Station, completing the entire journey in about 6.5-7.5 hours, we highly recommend opting for a morning departure from Chengdu. This ensures ample time to catch the 2.5-3.5 hours' bullet train from Changsha to Zhangjiajie in the afternoon.

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Chengdu to Changsha Train Schedule & Ticket Prices >>

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4. Chengdu to Zhangjiajie via Huaihua (Bullet Train & Normal Train)

It is also available to travel from Chengdu to Zhangjiajie with a transfer at Huaihua, which well connected with both Chengdu and Zhangjiajie by high speed trains.

Chengdu to Huaihua Bullet Trains & Overnight Trains:

There are 10 daily high speed G trains and 3 normal trains from Chengdu to Huaihua. The G trains depart in the early morning and afternoon from Chengdu East Railway Station to Huaihua South Railway Station with a total riding of about 5-6 hours. One ne normal train departs from Chengdu West Railway Station in the afternoon, arriving at Huaihua South Railway Station the following early morning. Additionally, two other normal trains depart from Chengdu East Railway Station in the afternoon, reaching Huaihua Railway Station in the early morning. These longer journeys typically take between about 11-14 hours.

Huaihua to Zhangjiajie Trains:

There are more than 15 high-speed trains daily operating from Huaihua South Railway Station to Zhangjiajie West Railway Station, with a travel time of just 1.5-2 hours.

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Chengdu to Huaihua Train Schedule & Ticket Prices >>

Huaihua to Zhangjiajie Train Schedule & Ticket Prices >>

5. Chengdu to Zhangjiajie via Tongren

Tongren may be less famous for you, but you must know the Fanjing Mountain that is widely concerned by global media for its fantastic scenery. Apart from the good train selections, the natural beauty is also appealing enough for you to make a stop in Tongren. About 2 daily high trains from Chengdu to Tongren Railway South Station with a total riding for about 5 hours. And from Tongren to Zhangjiajie, there is only 1 daily K train, which departs at around 12:00 in the noon and arrives in Zhangjiajie before 17:00 in the afternoon, for about 5 hours. To make the value of your trip to the most, you are also recommended to enjoy the natural surprises before be wowed at Zhangjiajie’s natural wonders.

Recommended Train Selections:

Please note: the information of train schedule, time and station may be adjusted according to practical situation. Please contact us for the real-time train information!

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Chengdu to Tongren Train Schedule & Ticket Prices >>

Tongren to Zhangjiajie Train Schedule & Ticket Prices >>

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6. Chengdu to Zhangjiajie via Yichang (Need a Layover & Not Suggested)

There are direct flights and trains between Chengdu and Yichang and also trains between Yichang and Zhangjaijie, however, because of the unconnecting schedules of flights and trains in the three places, you cannot catch the train from Yichang to Zhangjaijie no matter you arrive in Yichang by a train or a flight from Chengdu. So, it is not advised travel from Chengdu to Zhangjaijie via Yichang, especially if you have nothing planned in Yichang City.


How to Plan a Chengdu Zhangjiajie Tour

Chengdu and Zhangjiajie are both favored travel destinations in China, to encounter with the chubby pandas and stunning sightseeing, and feel the interesting ancient culture and history as well as the famous leisure life to calm mind down.

For Chengdu, people usually spend 2-3 days to meet giant panda at the panda base, visit Renmin Park to see local’s life and relaxation, Wenshu Monastery to feel the peaceful religion in bustling downtown, travel to the past at Jinli Old Street, learn the story and Chinese poems at Dufu Thatched Cottage, discover the mysterious Shu Kingdom 2900 - 3200 years ago, taste the mouth-watering hotpot and Sichuan Cuisine, etc. Moreover, you are also recommended to spend 1 day to be the giant panda volunteer. If you have more time, we also suggest you extend another 2 days to see Leshan Giant Buddha and Mount Emei, and another 2 days to Jiuzhaigou Valley and Huanglong National Park.

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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Travel Zhangjiajie with China Discovery

To help you enjoy a worry-free trip to 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 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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