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 wanna miss 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 Zhangjiajie Transfer Map

Guilin Zhangjiajie Transfer Map

A. Guilin to Zhangjiajie Flights - Fastest

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 direct flights and connecting flight for you to choose.

Option A: 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. Please note the flight might be canceled during the low seasons. 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: 1) The information is for reference only, for more details please feel free to contact our private consultant; 2) The nonstop flights may be subject to cancellation during off-peak seasons.

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Option B: 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), Chongqing (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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2. Guilin to Zhangjiajie Train - Most Comfortable

If you fail to book a flight from Guilin to Zhangjiajie, taking a high speed train is also a great choice and you can enjoy a more comfortable trip. At present, there is one daily high speed D-train running from Nanning to Zhangjiajie with a stop in Guilin. This train passes through Guilin Railway Station and Guilin North Railway Station, and finally arrives at Zhangjiajie West Railway Station, costing about 7.5 hours totally. We suggest you book a train from Guilin Railway Station because it is closer to the downtown and equipped with convenient public transports. Check detailed Guilin to Zhangjiajie Train Schdule Here.

Route Train No. Departure Arrival Duration
Guilin - Zhangjiajie West D3968 14:38 22:09 7h31m
Guilin North - Zhangjiajie West D3968 14:55 22:09 7h14m

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

C. Guilin Zhangjiajie Train with Transfer at Changsha

If you are unable to book a direct bullet train to Zhangjiajie or prefer not to arrive at night, you have the option of transferring in Changsha. Taking a train from Guilin to Changsha and then transferring to a Changsha-Zhangjiajie train is a straightforward process.

You can start by boarding the bullet train from Guilin to Changsha. From there, you can catch another bullet train to Zhangjiajie Easily. Check for Guilin to Changsha Train Schedules.

Step 1: Guilin to Changsha Bullet/Normal Trains

There are over daily bullet trains (G-train) from Guilinto Changsha, and several daily normal trains (Z-train/K-train) to Changsha Railway Station. It will take about 2~3.5 hrs by bullet train and about 4.5~7.5 hrs by normal train.

Step 2: Changsha Railway Station to Zhangjiajie West Railway Station Trains

There are more than 10 daily bullet trains from Changsha South Railway Station to Zhangjiajie Railway Station, running from 6:00 to 18:33, with a travel time of only 2.5 to 3.5 hours.

Alternatively, you can opt for a quick and convenient option by taking metro Line 2 from Changsha South Railway Station to Changsha Railway Station, which only takes approximately 30 minutes. Changsha Railway Station offers a selection of over 25 daily bullet trains to Zhangjiajie West Railway Station, with a travel time of 2 to 2.5 hours.

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D. Guilin Zhangjiajie Train with Transfer at Hengyang

Option 2: Guilin to Hengyang Bullet/Normal Train - Hengyang to Zhangjiajie Normal Train

In addition to Changsha, Hengyang is also a good transfer station between Guilin and Zhangjiajie

There are approximately 18 daily bullet trains connecting Guilin (Guilin Railway Station and Guilin North Railway Station) to Hengyang East Railway Station, and the journey typically takes 2 to 3 hours. Subsequently, from Hengyang East Railway Station, there are 6 daily trains heading to Zhangjiajie West Railway Station, with a travel time of about 4 to 4.5 hours. The entire train journey is estimated to take around 7 to 7.5 hours in total.

Useful links

>> How to Book China High Speed Bullet Train Tickets
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E. 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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Most travellers may also like to combine the trip to both Guilin and Zhangjiajie with some other hot destinations as Beijing, Shanghai and Xian to have an in-depth China travel.

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