The Guilin Liangjiang International Airport is the main airport that serves the city of Guilin, which is part of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in China. The airport is located in Liangjiang, hence its name, and is about 28 kilometers or 17.4 miles to the southwest of the city center.
The Guilin Liangjiang International Airport was considered as the 29th busiest airport in China in 2010. It logged over 5 million passengers for that year alone. It has therefore gone a long way from its humble beginnings back in 1996. Another proof of its progress is its 4D flight area, which was added to its long list of facilities.
Airport code: KWL
Chinese name: 桂林两江国际机场
Address: Liangjiang Town, Lingui County, Guilin City
Airline schedule inquiry contact no.: +86-773-384 3936, 380 8888
Airport inquiry contact no.: +86-773-284 5114
Airport ticket office: +86-773-284 5297
Airport complaint contact no.: +86-773-283 4067
The KWL airport currently serves 48 air routes, domestic and international flights combined. These routes travel to over 30 domestic locations and 8 international destinations. All flights are served from one two-storey 50,000 square meter terminal building.
Its domestic destinations include:
Shanghai, Xian, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Huangshan, Zhuhai, Nanning, Chongqing, Ningbo, Chengdu, Tianjin, Wenzhou, Hangzhou, Beihai, Urumqi, Shantou, Xiamen, Haikou, Kunming, Fuzhou, Zhengzhou, Guiyang, Changsha, Dalian, Hefei, Wuhan, Jinan
International flights coming from Guilin is very limited. Currently, there are only 5 international routes, including:
• Hong Kong
• Japan (Fukuoka)
• Thailand (Bangkok)
• Korea (Seoul)
Those who wish to proceed to onward overseas destinations may take succeeding flights in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.
Airport shuttle buses ply the airport to downtown route regularly; some have a fixed schedule, some does not. One scheduled shuttle bus service leaves the airport from the CAAC building (also known as the Civil Aviation Mansion) at No. 18 Shanghai Road, Xiangshan District every 30 minutes from 6:30 am to 9:00 pm. The total fare is around CNY 20. The airport bus waits at the exit of the arrival hall.
If you are coming from the city center, you can take the airport shuttle bus between 6:30 and 20:00; the shuttle buses leave every 30 minutes. However, to provide ample time for check-in procedures, be sure to take the bus two hours before your flights.
Note, however, that shuttle buses make several stops along the way, so they are not the most recommended form of transportation for those who are in a hurry. Also, if you are headed downtown, make sure you wait until the last stop before you get off.
Some major hotels offer shuttle bus service to and from the airport. If you have already booked a room in a major hotel, check to see whether they offer complimentary airport transfers.
The Guilin Liangjiang International Airport is just 30 kilometers west of the city. The fastest way to get there is by taking a taxi; the trip will take about 40 minutes and will cost about CNY 60 to 100. Some drivers do not speak English, so you may want to bring directions in Chinese:
Please drive me to Guilin Liangjiang Airport, thank you!
In general, taxi fare in Guilin is CNY 7 for the first 2 kilometers or 1.2 miles and 1.6 yuan for every kilometer thereafter. After 23:00, however, the flat fares increase to CNY 7.8 for the first 2 kilometers and CNY 1.8 to 2.4 per succeeding kilometer.
Since the Guilin Liangjiang International Airport is a busy area, it is not hard to hail a taxi from there.
If you are moving on to Yangshuo, which lies to the south of Guilin, or to Longsheng, which is to the north, there are convenient transportation options as well. Since there is no airport in Yangshuo, many people pass through Guilin airport to get to neighboring areas.
To get to Yangshuo, you can choose to go either by boat or by taxi. However, the most affordable option is to take inter-city buses. Unfortunately, there are no buses that go directly between Yangshou and the Guilin airport yet, so you can take an airport shuttle bus and take an Express Bus or Tourism Boat going to Yangshuo.
The Express Bus going to Yangshuo usually wait near the South Railway Station, which is the second stop of the airport bus going from the Guilin airport. You have two other options, though; you can also take a bus going to downtown Guilin then take a bus to Yangshuo from there, or you can take a bus to the Chief Bus Station and take a coach bus to Yangzhuo from there.
If you are going to Longsheng, you also need to get down at the second stop of the airport shuttle, then take a bus to Longsheng from there. Both trips take about 2 hours.
Buses going to Yangshuo leave the South Railway Station every 15 to 20 minutes from 6:00 to 22:00 and the Chief Bus Station every 15 to 20 minutes between 7:00 and 18:00. The fare for a trip to Yangshuo is about CNY 12 to 14 for each person, depending on where you are coming from; tickets should be bought prior to getting on the buses.
Guilin is also serviced by a train route. There are two stations in Guilin, South Railway Station and North Railway Station. As the railroad hub in Central China, an abundant number of trains arrive and depart at both stations every day. There are bus stops near both stations, so it is easy to get to the airport from the stations and vice versa.
If you have ample time and you want to enjoy some sights on the way, you can also take a cruise ship going to Yangshuo. From the airport, you can take a taxi going to Zhujiang Dock, where the cruise ships wait for passengers.
The journey to Yangshuo takes 54 kilometers or about 34 miles. The cruise ships set off at 9:00 and 9:30 in the morning and will travel for about 4 hours before arriving at Yangshuo. You will, however, be able to enjoy picturesque scenery on the way.