How to Travel from Guilin to Yangshuo

Written by Vivian Updated Sep. 27, 2021

Yangshuo is 70 kilometers, i.e. 43.5 miles southeast of downtown Guilin. How to get to Yangshuo from Guilin? By high-speed train, by the relaxing Li River Cruise, by the cheap express bus, or by the expensive but convenient taxi? Here we try to list everything that you might consider about the transportation between Guilin and Yangshuo.

 Guilin to Yangshuo Map

The Map from Guilin to Yangshuo

Guilin to Yangshuo by Bus

Guilin South Bus Station 桂林汽车客运南站 provides direct express buses to Yangshuo Bus Station:

Remarks: There are many buses leaving from the front square of Guilin Railway Station to Yangshuo, however, these buses are privately operated and have several stops on the way to gather more passengers- which takes longer to get to Yangshuo. To ensure your safety and to save time it is recommended to go to the South Bus Station for a non-stop and official bus to Yangshuo.

Guilin Airport to Yangshuo

The best way to get to Yangshuo from Guilin Liangjiang International Airport is to take the airport shuttle bus:

Remarks: The bus from Yangshuo to the Airport leaves at 7:00, 9:00, 11:30, 13:00, 14:30, 16:00, 17:30, 19:00.

Guilin to Yangshuo by High-Speed Train

Departure Stations Guilin Railway Station
Guilin North Railway Station
Guilin West Railway Station
Arrival Yangshuo (阳朔) Railway Station
Departure Time 16:12 8:02, 9:25, 10:10, 13:43, 15:07, 16:05 11:00, 11:48, 14:37, 15:01, 15:31, 18:12, 19:29
Duration 40 minutes 24 minutes 24 minutes
Ticket Price 1st Class Seat CNY 50 CNY 40 CNY 39
2nd Class Seat CNY 30.5 CNY 25 CNY 24

All the trains to/from Yangshuo Railway Station are high-speed trains or bullet trains.

Yangshuo Railway Station is 33.5 km (21 miles) away from West Street. You can catch a shuttle bus to Yangshuo Fengming Tourist Transportation Center (阳朔凤鸣游客咨询中心) with a cost of CNY 20/person, from where you can take a sightseeing bus to any attractions in Yangshuo.

Guilin to Yangshuo by Li River Cruise (Boat)

The Li River Cruise is believed to be the best way to enjoy the natural beauty from Guilin to Yangshuo. It offers picturesque mountains and river views along the way and makes your trip a leisurely and carefree experience!

Li River Cruise Schedule
Type of Cruise 4-Star 3-Star Remarks
Departure Time 9:00-9:30am 9:00-9:30am The exact time is not fixed, but it’s normally during this timeframe.
Price CNY 360-520/seat CNY 255-300/seat Cruise prices vary between different classes and decks.
Duration 4-5 hours 4-5 hours Duration of the cruise depends on the water speed.
Boarding Point Zhujiang (竹江) Pier Mopanshan (磨盘山) Pier There’s no public bus to these two piers; you can get there by taxi.
Drop-Off Point Shuidongmen (水东门) Pier, closer to West Street Longtoushan (龙头山) Pier Both in Yangshuo.

Li River Cruise Ticket

Guilin to Yangshuo by Bamboo Raft (Yangdi to Xingping)

Guilin is hot and humid in summer so fun usually comes from activities related to water. Different from a cruise, bamboo rafting will get you closer to water and probably make you a damp sailor. Each bamboo raft on the Li River provides 4 or 6 seats, with an outboard motor and a sunshade.

Bamboo Raft from Yangdi to Xingping
Route Yangdi (杨堤) Pier to Nine-Horse Fresco Hill
(optionally move on to Xingping Ancient Town by local electric vehicle)
Xingping (兴坪) to Nine-Horse Fresco Hill (round trip)
Boarding Time 7:40-8:20, 12:30-16:00 8:00-9:20 and after 12:30
Duration 1-1.5 hours About 1 hour
Price CNY 118/raft CNY 92/raft

If you get to Yangshuo by high-speed train, it is highly recommended to take a direct bus to Xingping Ancient Town, a small and beautiful town located only 8 km (5 miles) away from Yangshuo Railway Station. From there, you can experience bamboo rafting and see the same scenery pictured on the Chinese 20-Yuan banknote.

Guilin to Yangshuo by Taxi

In general, it takes CNY 300-350 and 1.5 hours from Guilin Liangjiang International Airport to Yangshuo by taxi. If from downtown Guilin, it takes CNY 200-250.

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