How to Get from Shanghai to Zhangjiajie

A tour to Zhangjiajie is a great opportunity to “update” your understanding of parks, mountains, caves and bridge. Maybe you have already explored many beautiful parks, mountains, caves and bridge before, but theses wonders in Zhangjiajie are much more shocking than anything you've ever seen. Then, how to get to this wonderful world? Some people choose to go to Zhangjiajie after disembarking the Yangtze River ship in Yichang, some choose to go from Beijing, Hong Kong... Also there are many tourists choosing to travel from Shanghai. Shanghai is one of the most important landing cities for overseas tourists touring China. Its frequent flights and trains can make one's China travel an extremely relaxing and pleasant start. And the tour from Shanghai to Zhangjiajie is really easily accessible. This Shanghai to Zhangjiajie Transportation Guide shows you distance, flight, train... Keep reading and find the best travel way you like!

How Far is Zhangjiajie from Shanghai

Shanghai is settled in the middle of China’s east coast, near the mouth of the Yangtze River. Zhangjiajie is in the south central area of China, about 1,120 km (696 miles) from Shanghai. Usually, travelers get from Shanghai to Zhangjiajie by taking direct flights (2.5 hours). Some people also choose to make s transfer via Changsha or Huaihua. Direct trains are seldom chosen, because the train trip takes more than 20 hours.

Shanghai to Zhangjiajie

Shanghai to Zhangjiajie Map

1. Shanghai to Zhangjiajie Flight - Most Popular

  • Duration: 2.5 hours around
  • From - To: Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) to Zhangjiajie Hehua Airport (DYG)

The over 5 daily flights from Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) to Zhangjiajie Hehua Airport (DYG) whisk you from Shanghai to Zhangjiajie in only 2.5 hours around. Most of the flights depart from Shanghai in the early evening. And that means you could even have a half-day tour in Shanghai and then catch a flight to Zhangjiajie.

Tourist tip: the flights traveling back from Zhangjiajie to Shanghai also make departures after 18:00 every day. In your last day of Zhangjiajie tour, you could also have a half-day tour in Zhangjiajie first and then catch a flight to Shanghai.

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Shanghai Pudong International Airport Shanghai Pudong International Airport

2. Shanghai to Zhangjiajie Train - Cheapest But the Most Time-consuming

  • Duration: 20-22.5 hours
  • From - To: Shanghai South Railway Station (上海南站) to Zhangjiajie Railway Station (张家界站)

At present, Zhangjiajie has no high speed trains passing by. Therefore, you could only take the normal trains (T, Z & K trains) to Zhangjiajie. If you go from Shanghai to Zhangjiajie by normal train, it will be really cheap (CNY 189.5 - 504.5). However, the train journey will take at least 20 hours. Considering it is a long time to waste on the road instead of sightseeing, you are not really suggested to choose these trains. Get more real-time info of Shanghai to Zhangjiajie Train >>

Zhangjiajie Railway Station Zhangjiajie Railway Station

3. Shanghai to Zhangjiajie via Changsha or Huaihua - Great Alternative Options

If you want to experience the fast China Bullet Trains, you can also choose to make a transfer via the cities near Zhangjiajie and have bullet trains to/from Shanghai. The capital city Changsha of Hunan Province is the best choice as Changsha is only 4 hours’ drive from Zhangjiajie and has about 28 daily bullet trains from Shanghai. The trains travel from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station (上海虹桥站) to Changsha South Railway Station in about 4.5-7 hours. Check the Real-time Shanghai to Changsha Trains >>

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Huaihua will be the best stopover city if you want to visit the elegant Fenghuang Ancient Town first. The trains travel from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station (上海虹桥站) in the morning and arrive at Huaihua South Railway Station (怀化南站) in the late afternoon or early evening. The train journey needs about 6.5 -7.5 hours. Once step out from the Huaihua South Railway Station, you could find direct coaches to Fenghuang Ancient Town directly. And the coach trip takes about 1-1.5 hours. Know more about Real-time Shanghai to Huaihua Trains >>

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station

How to plan a Shanghai Zhangjiajie Tour

6 days or so is needs for a Shanghai Zhangjiajie tour. You can spend about 1-2 days to discover Shanghai, the most modern city of China. Then catch a flight to Zhangjiajie to explore its magnificent natural views.

Leave yourself about 2-3 days to indulge in the Hallelujah Mountains, villages, streams and forests inside the huge Wulingyuan Scenic Area (Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is one part of Wulingyuan). Then have a one-day tour to Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon to have a thrilling glass bridge walking experience or Tianmen Mountain to get more surprise from nature. Some travelers choose to visit Yellow Dragon Cave or Baofeng Lake for one day.

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If you have 1-2 days more, you are suggested to have a side trip to Fenghuang Ancient Town to appreciate the old place and feel the rich culture of the 28 minority ethnic groups.

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Stunning Night View of The Bund Stunning Night View of The Bund (Shanghai)

Travel Zhangjiajie with China Discovery

Zhangjiajie is a beautiful mountainous area, and its main highlights are the canyon, National Forest Park, caves, and lakes… If you are new to this city, you may get troubles to find the best places to visit, best areas to stay at night and also the best traveling routes that perfectly match to your needs, budgets and prefers. Don’t worry, travel with China Discovery and then all your problems will be solved. And during your whole journey, our professional local guide and driver will escort you from your hotel, train station, airport to all attractions with comfortable private car with speed and convenience and let you catch the highlights of every site, so you can get really relaxed on the way and focus on what you are interested.

The tour can be tailor made according to your plan, time, interests and demands. If you are interested, please feel free to contact us and tell us your needs, and we will customize a memorable tour for you!

Flating Halelujah Mountain in Avatar - Filmed at Yuanjiajie Floating Halelujah Mountain in Avatar
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