How to Get from Guilin to Zhangjiajie

Both Zhangjiajie and Guilin are two hot destinations for travellers who want to explore the exotic mountains and water of South China. Zhangjiajie, with its concentration of quartzite-sandstone formations found nowhere else in the world, attracts people from home and abroad. The beauty of Guilin is also so fascinating that you don't want to go once arriving at here. Combining Zhangjiajie and Guilin together to have an in-depth tour in South China is appealing and actually is made by a large portion of visitors in China. As the distance between these two popular destinations is 611 kilometers and it usually takes about 8 hours or more by driving car, so it is not advised for foreign travellers to do so. Now China Discovery provides you the 5 ways about how to get from Guilin to Zhangjiajie by flights and train, among which we recommend the 1 hour's direct flight most.

Guilin to Zhangjiajie

Transportation Map of Guilin to Zhangjiajie

1. Guilin to Zhangjiajie Flights - Most Recommended & Convenient

Most travellers choose to take flights from Guilin to Zhangjiajie, because it will be more convenient and faster than taking train or car. Nowadays there are both direct flight and connecting flight for you to choose.

Option 1: Guilin to Zhangjiajie Direct Flight (About 1 Hour, The Fastest & Top Choice)

There are flights operating between Guilin Liangjiang International Airport and Zhangjiajie Hehua Airport. The only one direct flight operated by China Southern Airlines from Guilin to Zhangjiajie departs three times a week, and it takes about 1 hour for a single way. The departure time of this direct flight is as followings.

From To Departure Time
Guilin Liangjiang International Airport Zhangjiajie Hehua Airport 1. Wed/Fri/Sun(~25th,Oct):12:00~13:00
2. Mon/Wed/Fri(28th,Oct~):12:20~13:30
Zhangjiajie Hehua Airport Guilin Liangjiang International Airport 1. Wed/Fri/Sun(~25th,Oct):10:15~11:15
2. Mon/Wed/Fri(28th,Oct~):10:25~11:35

Note: The information is for reference only, for more details please feel free to contact our private consultant.

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Option 2: Guilin to Zhangjiajie Connecting Flight (About 5.5~7 Hrs, An Alternative Choice)

There are also a few flights between the two places everyday with a 2~3.5 hours' layover in Nanjing (About 4 hrs' flying, early arrival), Xian (About 3.5 hrs' flying, time-saving), Chonqing (About 2 hrs' flying, opened until 25th, Oct), Shanghai (About 5 hrs' flying, many options), etc. If you fail to book the direct flight from Guilin to Zhangjiajie, then you could also check the updated information of other flights. You could contact our private consultant for more details.

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Guilin Liangjiang International Airport

Guilin Liangjiang International Airport

 

2. Guilin to Zhangjiajie Train - Not Available

Up to now, there is no direct high speed train or other trains between Guilin and Zhangjiajie. Zhangjiajie has no high speed railway station, and if you want to go there by train, you need a transfer by normal train in other cities. Keep reading to know the detailed transfer recommendations as followings. Learn more latest information of Zhangjiajie High Speed Train >>.

 

3. Guilin to Zhangjiajie Via Changsha (Train & Flight)

Most travellers may choose to have a layover in Changsha. As the capital of Hunan Province (Including Zhangjiajie), Changsha has many daily direct flights and normal trains between Zhangjiajie, and bullet/normal trains between Guilin. So you are recommended to take train from Guilin to Changsha first, and then transfer to flight or normal train to Zhangjiajie.

Option 1: Guilin to Changsha Bullet/Normal Train - Changsha to Zhangjiajie Flight (About 7~12.5 Hrs)

Step1: Guilin to Changsha Bullet/Normal Trains

There are 16 daily bullet trains (G-train) from Guilin North Railway Station to Changsha South Railway Station, and 8 daily normal trains (Z-train/K-train) to Changsha Railway Station. It will take about 3~3.5 hrs by bullet trains and about 5~7.5 hrs by normal trains. If you don’t want to have a intermediate stay in Changsha City, then it is advised to take the trains as early as possible. Among these trains, G436 (08:14~11:23) and G2340 (08:51~11:59) are recommended both for catching the next flight and get up not too early.

Step2: Changsha (South) Railway Station to Changsha Huanghua Airport

Changsha Railway Station is about 25 km (About 50 min’s driving distance) from Changsha Huanghua Airport, and you could take the Airport Bus which will take about 1 h 20 mins.

Changsha South Railway Station is about 20 km (About 30 min’s driving distance) from Changsha Huanghua Airport and you could take the Changsha Maglev Express which will take about 35 mins.

Step3: Changsha Huanghua Airport to Zhangjiajie Hehua Airport Flights

There are generally 7 flights operating between Changsha and Zhangjiajie everyday, and it may take about 1 hour. However, the departure time of flights from Changsha Huanghua Airport to Zhangjiajie Hehua Airport is a little different in a week. You need to leave enough time for transferring in Changsha city. Among these flights, the last flight of everyday - CZ605 (19:35~20:40) - is the No.1 ideal for enough time to transfer in Changsha.

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Changsha South Railway Station

Changsha South Railway Station

Changsha Huanghua Airport

Changsha Huanghua Airport

Zhangjiajie Hehua Airport

Zhangjiajie Hehua Airport

Changsha to Zhangjiajie Flights Schedule

Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun Tue/Thu/Sat
Flights JR1621(08:20~9:25),
CZ6600(10:20~11:20),
JR1623(11:40~12:50),
G52706(13:15~14:15),
JR1553(13:40~14:45),
JR1625(16:10~17:15),
CZ605(19:35~20:40)
JR1623(7:20~8:25),
JR1621(8:20~9:25),
CZ6600(10:20~11:20),
G52706(12:15~13:15),
JR1625(14:25~15:35),
JR1553(17:25~18:35),
CZ605(19:35~20:40)

Recommended Train & Flight Combinations

During Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun:

Train No. Departure - Arrival Station Departure - Arrival Time Flight No.
G436 Guilin North - Changsha South 08:14-11:23 JR1625(16:10~17:15)
CZ605(19:35~20:40)
G2340 Guilin North - Changsha South 08:51-11:59 JR1625(16:10~17:15)
CZ605(19:35~20:40)
G2066 Guilin North - Changsha South 10:05-13:13 JR1625(16:10~17:15)
CZ605(19:35~20:40)
G1546 Guilin North - Changsha South 10:14-13:53 CZ605(19:35~20:40)
G536 Guilin North - Changsha South 10:43-14:03 CZ605(19:35~20:40)
G422 Guilin North - Changsha South 10:55-14:18 CZ605(19:35~20:40)
G2344 Guilin North - Changsha South 11:10-14:41 CZ605(19:35~20:40)
G424 Guilin North - Changsha South 11:36-14:56 CZ605(19:35~20:40)

During Tue/Thu/Sat:

Train No. Departure - Arrival Station Departure - Arrival Time Flight No.
G436 Guilin North - Changsha South 08:14-11:23 JR1625(14:25~15:35)
JR1553(17:25~18:35)
CZ605(19:35~20:40)
G2340 Guilin North - Changsha South 08:51-11:59 JR1625(14:25~15:35)
JR1553(17:25~18:35)
CZ605(19:35~20:40)
G2066 Guilin North - Changsha South 10:05-13:13 JR1553(17:25~18:35)
CZ605(19:35~20:40)
G1546 Guilin North - Changsha South 10:14-13:53 CZ605(19:35~20:40)
G536 Guilin North - Changsha South 10:43-14:03 CZ605(19:35~20:40)
G422 Guilin North - Changsha South 10:55-14:18 CZ605(19:35~20:40)
G2344 Guilin North - Changsha South 11:10-14:41 CZ605(19:35~20:40)
G424 Guilin North - Changsha South 11:36-14:56 CZ605(19:35~20:40)

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Option 2: Guilin to Changsha Bullet/Normal Train - Changsha to Zhangjiajie Normal Train (About 9~15 Hrs)

As there is no high speed railway station in Zhangjiajie but only normal train station, travellers need a transfer by normal train in Changsha.

You could firstly take the bullet train from Guilin North Railway Station to Changsha South Railway Station, and then transfer to Changsha Railway Station to take normal train, or you could take normal train from Guilin North Railway Station firstly, and then transfer to normal train at the same station to Zhangjiajie Railway Station. Check for Guilin to Changsha Train Schedules.

Step1: Guilin to Changsha Bullet/Normal Trains

There are 16 daily bullet trains (G-train) from Guilin North Railway Station to Changsha South Railway Station, and 8 daily normal trains (Z-train/K-train) to Changsha Railway Station. It will take about 3~3.5 hrs by bullet trains and about 5~7.5 hrs by normal trains. It is advised to take train departs before 14:12 (Including G530 departs at 14:12), then you could have enough time to catch the next train and without intermediate stay at Changsha.

Step2: Changsha South Railway Station to Changsha Railway Station

The distance between Changsha South Railway Station and Changsha Railway Station is about 10 km. You could take the Metro Line 2 for about 30 minutes from Changsha South Railway Station to Changsha Railway Station.

Step3: Changsha Railway Station to Zhangjiajie Railway Station Trains

Generally, there are 7 trains from Changsha Railway Station to Zhangjiajie Railway Station every day. Among them, only 3 trains can be taken with enough time for transfer: K810 (11:35~17:24), T8322 (18:38~23:03) and K9064 (22:02~03:46). Among them, T8322 is the top recommended one.

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Guilin North Railway Station

Guilin North Railway Station

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Changsha Railway Station

 

4. Guilin to Zhangjiajie Via Liuzhou (Train, About 14 Hrs)

Step1: Guilin to Liuzhou Bullet/Normal Trains

There are totally 74 daily trains from Guilin to Liuzhou (04:21~21:56), including 55 bullet trains (G-/D-train) and 19 normal trains (T-/K-train) from Guilin North Railway Station to Liuzhou Railway Station. It takes about 1.5~2.5 hrs by normal train and 1~1.5 hrs by bullet train. There's no need for you to set off early, because you can catch the next train by taking any train of them.

Step 2: Liuzhou to Zhangjijaie Normal Trains

There are only 3 daily trains from Liuzhou to Zhangjiajie, and all of them are overnight train. They are K748(21:03~08:10), K1474(21:20~08:53) and T282(23:33~10:05). It takes about 10.5~11 hrs from Liuzhou Railway Station to Zhangjiajie Railway Station.

Liuzhou Railway Station

Liuzhou Railway Station

 

5. Guilin to Zhangjiajie Via Hengyang (Train & Flight)

Option 1: Guilin to Hengyang Bullet/Normal Train - Hengyang to Zhangjiajie Flight (About 6~12 hrs)

Step1: Guilin to Hengyang Bullet/Normal Trains

There are totally 33 daily trains from Guilin to Hengyang, including 16 bullet trains (G-train and D-train) from Guilin North Railway Station to Hengyang East Railway Station, and 17 normal trains (Type K/T/Z) from Guilin North Railway Station to Hengyang Railway Station. It takes about 2.5 hrs by bullet train and about 3.5~5.5 hrs by normal train. It is advised to take the train departs before G1506 (13:36~16:03) (Including G1506), so that you could catch the next flight.

Step2: Hengyang (East) Railway Station to Hengyang Nanyue Airport

The distance between Hengyang Railway Station and Hengyang Nanyue Airport is about 25 km, and it will take about 40 mins by car. You could also take Bus No.167 which will take about 1 hour.

The distance between Hengyang East Railway Station and Hengyang Nanyue Airport is about 30 km, and it will take about 40 mins by car. You could also take the Bus No.203 which takes about 1 hour.

Step3: Hengyang Nanyue Airport to Zhangjiajie Hehua Airport Flights

There is only one daily flight from Hengyang Nanyue Airport to Zhangjiajie Hehua Airport - JR1640 (19:20~20:25). It is advised to arrive at Hengyang Nanyue Airport at least 1.5 hrs earlier in case of unexpected things.

Hengyang East Railway Station

Hengyang East Railway Station

Hengyang Nanyue Airport

Hengyang Nanyue Airport

Option 2: Guilin to Hengyang Bullet/Normal Train - Hengyang to Zhangjiajie Normal Train (Overnight Train & Not Suggested)

There are only three daily trains from Hengyang to Zhangjiajie: T8302 (01:50~09:10), K9064 (19:03~3:46) and K9006 (23:26~11:48). All of them are overnight train, and it may be not very comfortable for you. The distance between Hengyang East Railway Station and Hengyang Railway Station is about 10 km, and it will take about 20 mins by car. You could also take the Bus No.136 (About 40 mins).

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Zhangjiajie Railway Station

Zhangjiajie Railway Station

 

6. Guilin to Zhangjiajie Via Zhuzhou/Yueyang/Guiyang (Need a Layover, Overnight Train & Not Suggested)

In addition, you could also go to Zhangjiajie from Guilin by train with transfer at Zhuzhou, Yueyang or Guiyang. However, you will need a layover at these cities or take the overnight train. Therefore, it is not suggested to transfer at these cities. If you want to transfer at these cities, please feel free to contact our private consultant for more details. If you want, you could know more about Zhangjiajie to Guilin.

 

How to Plan a Guilin Zhangjiajie Tour

Both Guilin and Zhangjiajie are two hot destinations of China, attracting thousands of tourists every year with their stunning natural beauty. In these gifts of nature, they could calm down and have a true leisure.

For Guilin, travellers may spend 3~5 days to cruise Li River, appreciate Yulong River with idyllic countryside view in Yangshuo Town, visit Longji Rice Terraces to see the talented artistic agricultural work of local ethnic minority villagers and enjoy the wonderful Reed Flute Cave, etc.

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For Zhangjiajie, most people enjoy 3-5 days to travel through countless cloud-kissing mountains, clear streams and leafy trees. you may easily indulge yourself in the heavenly views. In the Wulingyuan Scenic Area, which was added in the UNESCO World Heritage List, “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, etc will give you unparalleled experience. Apart from that, many people also enrich their trip to the nearby Fenghuang Ancient Town to see the featured western Hunan ethnic minority and or to Fanjingshan Mountain to see the mushroom stone and odd mountains.

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