Best Way to Travel from Changsha to Zhangjiajie

Written by Vivian Updated Jul. 8, 2021

The distance from Changsha to Zhangjiajie is 321 kilometers (or 200 miles), with very convenient inter-city transportation. A high-speed train is the most recommended way to get to Zhangjiajie from Changsha. The other two ways, flight and bus, can be your second choice.

Changsha to Zhangjiajie Map

Changsha to Zhangjiajie transportation map

The Best Way to Travel from Changsha to Zhangjiajie

A high-speed train is the best way to travel from Changsha to Zhangjiajie. It is extremely punctual- no worry about cancellations or delays; it is fast- travels at a speed of over 200kph (120 mph); it is reasonably priced- absolutely cheaper than a flight.

Here is a summary of major differences among high-speed train, flight, and bus traveling from Changsha to Zhangjiajie:

Traveling from Changsha to Zhangjiajie
By High-Speed Train By Air By Bus
Price 138 CNY Average 750 CNY 119 CNY
Travel Time About 3 hours 70 minutes 4-5 hours
Frequency Daily 22 departures from 6:30 to 20:55 2-4 flights Every 30 to 60 minutes from 7am to 7pm
Punctuality Usually on time Can be influenced by traffic Can be influenced by weather
Space Larger Very limited leg space Very limited leg space
Ticket Booking Can be booked a ticket 30 days early Can be booked a ticket in months early Hard to book a ticket in advance
Waiting Time Get to the station 30 minutes early. Get to the airport at least 2 hours early. Get to the station 30 minutes early.
English Signs Yes Yes No

Changsha to Zhangjiajie Train

The cheapest way to get from Changsha to Zhangjiajie is to take a train. It costs only 50.5 CNY, however takes more than 5 hours, so we recommended the high-speed train instead. The high-speed train departs from Changsha Railway Station and stops at Zhangjiajie West Railway Station. The journey takes around 3 hours at a cost of 138 CNY.

Different Types of Seats on Bullet Trains Chinese high-speed train

Changsha to Zhangjiajie Flight

The fastest way is to fly from Changsha Huanghua International Airport to Zhangjiajie Hehua International Airport directly, which takes 70 minutes. There are 4 flights on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, and 2 on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

We don’t recommend traveling from Changsha to Zhangjiajie by air because it is a waste of both time and money:

Changsha to Zhangjiajie Bus

The bus from Changsha to Zhangjiajie departs every 30 to 60 minutes from 7am to 7pm with a price of 119 CNY. The bus trip takes 4 to 5 hours and the price can double in the lead-up to peak holiday times.

You can find long-distance buses to Zhangjiajie Central Bus Station (张家界中心汽车站) at Changsha East Bus Station, Changsha West Bus Station, Changzhutan Bus Station, and Changsha High-Speed Railway Bus Station.

Bus from Changsha Airport to Zhangjiajie

There is no direct bus from Changsha Airport to Zhangjiajie. You can take a shuttle bus from the airport to Changsha Railway Station and hop on a high-speed train to Zhangjiajie, or fly to Zhangjiajie Airport directly.

Changsha to Wulingyuan

If your hotel is in Wulingyuan (a district covering Zhangjiajie National Forest Park), consider taking a long-distance bus directly from Changsha to Wulingyuan. It is a separate bus and leaves only from Changsha West Bus Station at 7:50, 9:20, 10:00, 14:30. The trip takes around 4 hours at a cost of 103 CNY.

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