Travel to Guilin by Air
Travelling from the North
Xi’an and Beijing offer regular flights to Guilin. They are perfect for those with limited time while in China but there are also plenty of interesting things to do.
Travelling from the East
Flights from the following places are all direct to Guilin:
If you are travelling from Japan, it is best to opt as Wuhan as a stop.
Shanghai to Guilin takes about a day on the train so a flight will save a lot of time.
Travelling from the South
If you are travelling from the south, it is likely that you will not benefit from flights. There are many cheap and easy options, including the train or the bus, offering discounts for off-peak travel.
If you do want to travel by plane, there are direct options from:
Travelling from the West
China’s western cities offer some extremely interesting stops for tourists. Flights are a great option for some remote areas but overland travel is available and beneficial in some areas. Direct flights to Guilin are available from:
There are a number of international flight options available and no need to actually enter China’s mainland. If you want to travel to China first, the best options are Shanghai and Beijing. If you are interested in other countries, there are international flights from:
- Hong Kong
- Kuala Lumpur
If you will be staying in Hong Kong, it is worth crossing into China and opting for flights from Shenzhen and Guangzhou. These airports will save you money as the flights are often up to a third cheaper!
For those travelling from Macau, consider going to Shenzhen to save money. While Zhuhai is closer, the airport is 150km out of the main town area.
You have two options for transfers:
Private transfers will take you straight from the airport to wherever you will be staying in Yangshou. It is affordable and convenient and is easy to arrange before you get to the airport.
Operated by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), the shuttle service will take you between the airport and the Guilin city centre for just 20 Yuan. However, it will take you to the offices of CAAC, which is not convenient for tourists.
There are also public buses available, which will take you to Yangshuo, but you need to get to the bus or train station.
We recommend avoiding taxi services between the airport and Yangshuo. While there is a meter service, many refuse to use it and often overcharge tourists. Where a taxi is the only option, opt to go to the city centre in Guilin instead.
Travelling to and from Guilin Train Station and Yangshuo
Many taxi drivers refuse to accept fairs going from the train station to Yangshuo. It is often best to arrange a private transfer to pick you up and take you back to the train station.
Local Bus Routes
The buses will only depart from the main station – not the North or Bei stations. The buses will only leave when they are full and there are many touts who will attempt to get people onto the buses. Avoid touts as they will charge you extra for the journey; you should find that it is only around 14 Yuan per person, including your luggage.
Buses will take longer due to making stops along the way. You will usually be dropped off at the Yangshuo bus station.
There is an express service available, which will leave from the bus station. It will take you about 10 minutes to walk to the bus station from the train station. These buses are more convenient but you will need to buy your ticket from the main hall or the small kiosk in the waiting hall (on the right-hand wall).
Li River Cruise
There is also the option to take the Li River Cruise between Guilin and Yangshuo. The cruise leaves at 9:30 each morning from to docks to the south of Guilin. There is only one cruise so you need to make sure you are there on time or you will have an extra night’s stay.
Flights are often a major convenience and flights leave from Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). There are express trains to the airport – the first from Hong Kong Island, which costs about $100 and the second from Kowloon, which costs about $90. The trains run regularly between 6am and 0:45are
Buses are also an option with the A11 from the island at $40 and the S21 from Kowloon at $44. These run about every 20 minutes.
If you want a taxi, be prepared to pay more than $300.
Many of the hotels in the area will have arrangements with the local bus companies and some even stock their own vehicles for shuttle services. Check with the concierge at any hotel you will be staying in to find out the availabilities and costs.
There are a number of options once you reach Guilin Airport:
1) Pre-book transfers to the Li River Retreat
2) The CAAC bus to Guilin and a taxi to the station and then the express bus to Yangshuo from Bay 10.
3) A taxi the whole route – but these can be expensive due to not using the meter.
For $33HK, there is the MTR to Lo Wu and then you will need to follow the signs to the boarder.
Once you cross the boarder, there are a number of options available:
1. The express bus: After leaving immigrations, there is an escalator to the left. Go up and then cross over the overpass and you will see the bus station.
Buses run to Shenzhen to Guilin regularly and many will pass Yangshuo on the way, so you can arrive at your final destination earlier. Many of these buses are sleeper ones for extra comfort but those over 6ft tall will have to crouch slightly.
We highly recommend the buses for new tourists from Lo Wu station. The station is close to Hong Kong’s border crossing. There are only two buses – one at 7:30pm and one at 8:30pm – and you can buy your tickets from any China Travel Service (CTS) in the country. The journey will take about 10 hours and you should be in Yangshuo for about 5am.
Yinhu and Futian bus stations also have buses to Yangshuo
2. By train: After leaving immigrations, there is an escalator to the left. Go past the escalator and you will see the station is straight ahead. Go to the second ticket office, which will be on the left. The T38/39 will depart at 1751 and arrive at 0642.
3. Fly from Shenzhen
There is the option to fly from Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport. You will need to take the MTR to Shenzhen and cross the border and then the bus K568, which will cost about 20 Yuan.
There is a bus that goes directly from Hong Kong and leaves from the Yuanfang Mall every 30 minutes between 7am and 7pm. This costs about $90 and takes about 90 minutes.
The “Through Train” goes from Hung Hom Station, Hong Kong, to Guangzhou Dong (East) Train Station. From 7:25am, there are 12 trains per day up until 7:24pm. For adults, the cost is $190 and for children, the cost is $95.
1. The express bus: Many buses leave from Guangzhou to Guilin and pass through Yangshuo, to cut your journey time down.
We recommend going to the bus station near Guangzhou’s main train station and taking the bus from there. This is not the East station that the Through Train will take you to. Take a taxi to the main station, which will cost about 50 Yuan.