Guilin Transportation - How to Get to Guilin
Guilin has a convenient transport net consisted of flights, rails, buses, taxis, bikes, boats, etc. Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (KWL) has domestic flights to major cities and a lot of international flights. The railway systems provide cheap, safe, and fast trips to other cities in China.
Guilin Air Transport
Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (Airport Code: KWL) is located in Liangjiang Town, about 28 km southwest of the city center.
It has domestic flights to the major cities and dozens of international flights such as flights to Japan, Singapore, Korea, Macao, and Hong Kong.
The journey from the airport to Guilin city center takes about 40 minutes and the price of a taxi is about 100 CNY. The airport shuttle bus with a price of 20 CNY runs between the airport and the CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of China) building which is located at NO.18 Shanghai Road in Guilin. There will be an airport shuttle bus when a flight arrives at the airport. And the shuttle bus from the city center leaves every 30 minutes from 6:00 to 21:30.
Guilin Airport Bus
Below are several commonly-used shuttle bus routes running between Guilin and the Terminal 2 of Guilin Liangjiang International Airport.
Get to the Airport from Guilin
|Pick-up Point||Departure Time||Travel Time||Price|
|Guilin Minhang Hotel (桂林民航大厦)||Every half an hour from 6:00 to 21:30||About 50 minutes||20 CNY|
|Guilin Railway Station||Every half an hour from 9:20 to 16:50||About 30 minutes||20 CNY|
|Vienna Hotel (Guilin Jichang Road Rongshan)||Every half an hour from 6:00 to 21:30||About 25 minutes||15 CNY|
|Guilin Wanfu Square||8am, 10am, 12am, 3pm, 5pm||About 60 minutes||20 CNY|
|Guilin Four Points by Sheraton||8:30, 10:30, 12:30, 15:30, 17:30||About 20 minutes||20 CNY|
|Guilin North Railway Station||Every hour from 7:30 to 19:30||About 60 minutes||20 CNY|
|Yangshuo Bus Station||7:00, 9:00, 11:30, 13:00, 14:30, 16:00, 17:30, 19:00||About 90 minutes||50 CNY|
Get to Guilin from the Airport
|Pick-up Point||Arrival||Departure Time||Travel Time||Price|
|Exit 6 of the Arrivals Hall||Guilin Minhang Hotel (桂林民航大厦)||Every half an hour (The first bus departs after the arrival of the first flight on the day, and the last bus departs after the arrival of the last flight on the day.)||About 50 minutes||20 CNY|
|Exit 8 of the Arrivals Hall||Guilin Wanfu Square||10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 17:00, 19:00||About 60 minutes||20 CNY|
|Exit 8 of the Arrivals Hall||Guilin North Railway Station||Every hour from 9:00 to 21:00||About 60 minutes||20 CNY|
|Exit 8 of the Arrivals Hall||Yangshuo Bus Station||9:30, 11:00, 12:30, 14:00, 15:30, 16:30, 18:00, 20:00||About 90 minutes||50 CNY|
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Get to Guilin by Train
There are three railway stations in Guilin: Guilin Railway Station, Guilin North Station and Guilin West Station. Travelers can take trains from major cities to Guilin such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Hong Kong.
Tips: Passengers need to buy sleeper tickets 5 to 10 days in advance because Guilin usually is a mid-route stop in the whole journey.
Get around Guilin by Coach/Bus
There are three main bus stations in Guilin: the South, the North, and Qintan.
Guilin South Bus Station
- Chinese: 桂林汽车客运南站
- Location: on the west side of Kaifeng Road and south side of Chadian West Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin (桂林市象山区凯风路西侧，茶店西路南侧)
- Contact: 0086-0773-3822666 (Chinese-speaking only)
- Opening hours: daily 6:00-22:00
- How to get there: bus nos. 12, 28, 96 and K99 at South Bus Station (汽车客运南站)
Guilin South Station is now the biggest bus station in Guilin, providing many bus routes to the counties in Guilin such as Yangshuo, Pingle, and Gongcheng, and other cities in China like Beihai, Liuzhou, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou.
The coaches leave for Yangshuo every 20 minutes from 7 am to 9 pm in Guilin South Bus Station every day. The journey takes about 70 minutes with a price of 27 CNY.
Different to the direct bus in Guilin South Bus Station, there is another kind of bus heading to Yangshuo which departs from the square of Guilin Railway Station – just outside the railway station. The ticket price for this kind of bus is a bit cheaper ad it leaves more frequently than those from the south bus station but the bus condition is usually worse.
Guilin North Bus Station
- Chinese: 桂林汽车客运北站
- Location: No.76, Beichen Road, Diecai District, Guilin (桂林市叠彩区北辰路76号)
- Contact: 0086-0773-8998500 (Chinese-speaking only)
- Opening hours: daily 6:00-21:00
- How to get there: bus nos. 1, 20 and 99 at Guilin North Bus Station (桂北客运站)
700 meters (10 minutes walking) east of Guilin North Railway Station, Guilin North Bus station mainly have short to long-distance buses for the north direction of Guilin, for example, Longji Terraced Fields Scenic Area, Longsheng County.
The direct/non-stop coaches depart from Guilin North Bus Station to Longsheng County in every hour from 8:30 to 18:00 every day, which takes about 90 minutes and 40 CNY.
Guilin Qintan Bus Station
- Chinese: 桂林琴潭汽车站
- Location: No.31, Cuizhu Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin (桂林市象山区翠竹路31号)
- Contact: 0086-0773-3832703 (Chinese-speaking only)
- Opening hours: daily 6:30-19:30
- How to get there: bus nos. 1, 2, 12 and 23 at Guilin Qintan Bus Station (桂林琴潭客运站)
Right next to Guilin Tourist Center, Guilin Qintan Bus Station locates 2 kilometers southwest of Guilin Railway Station. It is the best convenient bus station to travel to Longsheng Longji Terraced Fields – the nonstop bus departs every 20 minutes. Passengers can also take a direct coach to Fenghuang Ancient Town from Qintan Bus Station, which leaves at 11 am every day.
Get around Guilin by Taxi and Bike
Guilin Taxi drivers are friendly and helpful and they can bring passengers to any destinations they want. Taxi in Guilin is reasonably cheap with a basic fare of 7 CNY and a further price of 1.6 per kilometer and plus 1 or 2 CNY for fuel surcharge. The basic fare will be 7.8 CNY after 23:00 at night.
Guilin is a city filled with bikes and electric motors. Visitors can easily rent a bike or an electric motor to explore the new journey in Guilin, especially there are hundreds of bike rentals in Yangshuo at a truly cheap price.
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