Now Guilin can be connected with over than 30 main cities in China via flights and high speed trains, as well as international flights with Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. The most recommended China gateway cities to Guilin: Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou.
High speed railways are developd so fast in China, more than 30 new railways are opened every year. If transport time is less than 5 hours, I highly recommend you to take the high speed trains intead of flights. High speed trains never delay, clean, much more space inside, larger seats, and your can walk around when you get tired.
|Beijing||Guilin||Flight (3h)||more than 10 flights a day|
|Shanghai||Flight (2h45m) or Train (9h)||7 flights a day | only one high speed train|
|Guangzhou||Train (2h50m)||Departure every 15 min|
|Hong Kong||Flight (1h25m) or train via Shenzhen||Two flights (same departure time) a day|
|Shenzhen||Train (3h)||5 trains a day|
The direct high speed train between Hong Kong and Guilin just started on September 23, 2018. It is definitely a good news for those fly to Hong Kong first and then travel to Guilin.
There is only one train every day from Hong Kong or Guilin, and Hong Kong West Kowloon Terminus is located in downtown area.
|Hong Kong - Guilin||G312||12:06||15:25||3h19m|
|Guilin - Hong Kong||G311||13:38||16:54||3h16m|
Is there any direct transportation from Zhangjiajie to Guilin?
There are two ways to get to Guilin from Zhangjiajie, transfer in Changsha or Liuzhou.
#1-Recommended Take the overnight train from Zhangjiajie to Liuzhou first, which is the neighbour city of Guilin.
There are 3 trains a day, K747(17:10-05:10) | K1473(18:16-05:39) | T281(19:11-06:34) , it takes almost 12 hours, better to book a hard/soft sleeper.
Then take a high speed train to Guilin (over than 10 trains a day, it takes 40 minutes).
#2 Take the normal train from Zhangjiajie to Changsha Railway Station first, there are 10 trains a day, starting from 2am to 9pm, it takes 5 hours.
Then take a taxi to Changsha South Railway Station (around 40 minutes drive from Changsha Railway Station), and last take the high speed train from Changsha South to Guilin Railway Station (over than 10 trains a day, starting from 7am to 5pm, it takes 3.5 hours).
Lots of my customers asked about how to get to Guangzhou South Railway Station from Guangzhou airport, by taxi or subway? The answer is subway, which is the most recommended and convenient transportation, the traffic jam in Guangzhou is very common, it may take 2-4 hour by taxi. It takes about one and half an hour by subway, and always on time.
Following the intruction, you can easily travel between Guangzhou airport and railway station. I wrote down this instruction by my travel experience in this May.
There are many English websites can buy flights, Ctrip is recommended.
It is also very easy to buy a train tickets online or download a China Train Booking app on your phone, then you can buy or change the tickets any time. They can deliver your tickets to your hotel or you get it by yourself in any train stations with booking number.