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Getting to and from Guilin is easy.  There are many buses and trains connecting Guilin with nearby and distant cities.  Most hostels and hotels can book train tickets online for you.  Typically they will charge a fee of 5rmb/ticket.  There are also many travel agencies that can assist with this.

Boarding the train from Guilin to Chengdu, China
Boarding the train from Guilin to Chengdu, China

☞ Read More: City Tips and Information for Guilin, Where to Sleep in Guilin

Around Guilin City:

From the pedestrian area, take but 10 or 11 to get to the train station, the cost is 1rmb.  From the train station, take bus 10,11 or 51 to the pedestrian area.

To Yangshuo:

From the main bus station (which is just north of the train station), buses run every 15 minutes to Yangshuo.  The cost is 18rmb.

To Chengdu:

When we were in Guilin, the direct trains to Chengdu were fully booked.  If you’re on a budget like us and you find yourself in this position, the best bet would be to take the seating train from Guilin to Liuzhou (25rmb, 4 hours) and then switch trains to a hard sleeper to Chengdu (179rmb, 22-28 hours depending on which train).  It’s a very long journey, but it ends up being much cheaper than a flight.  Plus, the trains in China are pretty good and there’s even a restaurant car (about 25rmb/dish).  Few trains start their journey in Guilin, and therefore it can be difficult to find seats.  We suggest booking tickets as far in advance as you can.  If you don’t  have the time (or just think that 30 or so hours on a train is crazy), your best option would be to fly to Chengdu.  Check out  elong.com for cheap tickets.

Hard Seater train from Guilin to Liuzhou, China
Hard Seater train from Guilin to Liuzhou, China
Hard sleeper train from Liuzhou to Chengdu, China
Hard sleeper train from Liuzhou to Chengdu, China
The very narrow aisle on the hard sleeper train from Liuzhou to Chengdu, China
The very narrow aisle on the hard sleeper train from Liuzhou to Chengdu, China
Dariece in the restaurant car on the hard sleeper train from Liuzhou to Chengdu, China
Dariece in the restaurant car on the hard sleeper train from Liuzhou to Chengdu, China

Because we booked our Guilin to Chengdu ticket while we were in Yangshuo, we needed to pick up our pre-booked train ticket at the Guilin train station.  If you also need to do this, head to counters 1,2 or 3.

The train station in Guilin, China
The train station in Guilin, China
Nick figuring out where to pick up our train tickets! Guilin, China
Nick figuring out where to pick up our train tickets! Guilin, China

To Beijing:

There are direct trains from Guilin to Beijing.  It takes about 23 hours and will cost about 400rmb for a hard sleeper bed.

To Shanghai:

There are direct trains from Guilin to Shanghai.  It takes between 20 – 24 hours to get there (depending on the train) and the cost is between 300 – 350rmb for a hard sleeper bed.

To Xi’an:

There is one direct train daily from Guilin to Xi’an.  It departs at 5:50pm, takes 27 hours to get there and the cost is about 400rmb.

3 thoughts on “Coming & Going – Guilin, China

  1. Do you know the name/type of train that went from Guilin to Xi’an, and if there is an option from Xi’an to Guilin? I have been unable to locate a direct train but have heard that there are more options once you are in China. Thanks!

    1. Hello Sun Seekers,
      We didn’t do this particular route but I believe one exists. See: http://www.chinatrainguide.com/xian-railway-station/guilin.html
      Once you’re in China you will see that there are many routes to all of the top destinations and if you can’t get there direct by train, you can transfer to a bus quite easily. If you don’t speak Chinese, make sure you get your hostel to write everything out for you so that you can show the train station staff. Hope this helps.
      Enjoy China!

      Nick
      Goats On The Road

  2. Hello Sun Seekers,
    We didn’t do this particular route but I believe one exists. See: http://www.chinatrainguide.com/xian-railway-station/guilin.html
    Once you’re in China you will see that there are many routes to all of the top destinations and if you can’t get there direct by train, you can transfer to a bus quite easily. If you don’t speak Chinese, make sure you get your hostel to write everything out for you so that you can show the train station staff. Hope this helps, sorry for the delayed reply we are working out some kinks in this commenting platform.
    Enjoy China!
    Nick
    Goats On The Road

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