Changsha has two major railway stations, Changsha Railway Station and Changsha South Railway Station, of which the former mainly deals with ordinary trains and express trains, and the latter mainly deals with high-speed trains. Changsha Railway Station is 1,587 kilometers (986 miles) from Beijing West Railway Station, 1,173 kilometers (729 miles) from Shanghai South Railway Station and 1,068 kilometers (675 miles) from Maoming East Railway Station.
Changsha Railway Station has more than 30 ticket windows for passengers’ convenience, and the ticket agencies are dotted in its major commercial areas; what’s more, an online ticket booking service and telephone booking service are also available, and booking in advance is always highly recommended.
With an area of 40,000 square meters (430,000 square feet), Changsha Railway Station is 23 meters (75 feet) tall and 151 meters (495 feet) wide with a square in both the west and east sections. There are five ordinary waiting halls, six VIP cushioned-seat waiting halls, one mother and baby hall, and one soldier waiting hall. Inter-city buses for Zhuzhou City and Xiangtan City depart every 15 minutes from the square in front of the railway station.
Changsha Railway Station serves as the joining point of the Beijing – Guangzhou Railway, Hunan – Guizhou Railway, Hangzhou – Nanchang Railway, Luoyang – Zhanjiang Railway, Wuhan – Guangzhou Railway, and Shimen – Changsha Railway lines, where more than 80 pairs of trains for the major cities of China are available each day. It is very convenient to travel from Changsha to many major cities within China, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Harbin, Shenyang, Xi’an, Kunming, Wuhan, Zhengzhou, Fuzhou, Nanning, and Jinan.
Below is a list of major trains operating from Changsha Railway Station to the other major railway stations in China:
|G-trains||G1606||Nanchang West||17:35||19:09||1h 34min|
|G6001||Shenzhen North||15:00||17:55||2h 55min|
|G578/G575||Shanghai Hongqiao||13:28||20:11||6h 43min|
|K9017||Shenzhen||21:45||8:40 next day||10h 55min|
|K9031/K9034||Zhangjiajie||20:30||7:45 next day||11h 15min|
|K779||Nanning||21:08||11:10 next day||14h 2min|
|K407||Haikou||20:53||16:58 next day||20h 5min|
|K502/K503||Chengdu East||17:22||13:01 next day||19h 39min|
|K1074||Jinan||15:48||9:47 next day||17h 59min|
|D2606/D2607||Xiamen North||14:10||20:50||6h 40min|
Changsha Railway Station is 707 kilometers (439 miles) from Guangzhou Railway Station, and there are high-speed trains running between the two stations daily. Below is list of trains leaving for Guangzhou from Changsha Railway Station:
Changsha Railway Station is about 1,249 kilometers (776 miles) from Beijing Railway Station, and there are high-speed trains running between the two stations daily. Below is list of the trains leaving for Beijing from Changsha Railway Station:
Changsha Railway Station is about 854 kilometers (531 miles) from Shenzhen Railway Station, and there are high-speed trains running between the two stations daily. Below is list of the trains leaving for Shenzhen from Changsha Railway Station:
Changsha Huanghua International Airport is located in Huanghua Town, being about 26 kilometers (16 miles) from Changsha Railway Station, and can be reached directly by bus 114 within one hour.
An alternative route is to walk to the Civil Aviation Mansion from Changsha Railway Station, and then take an airport shuttle bus to the airport. A taxi can also be taken to the airport from the railway station, and it costs approximately 80 RMB between the two places.
The starting price for a Changsha taxi is 6 RMB for the first 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) and 1.8 RMB for every additional kilometer in the daytime (5:00am to 9:00pm). However, the rate is 8 RMB for the first 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) and 2.16 RMB for every additional kilometer during the nighttime (from 9:00pm to 5:00am). What’s more, 2 RMB is charged each time by the driver as a bunker surcharge, and you are advised to bargain with the driver and ask for an invoice to avoid any issues, or insist on meter use.
The bus system is very convenient in Changsha with a ticket fare of 1 RMB for the ordinary buses and 2 RMB for the air-conditioned ones. They run daily from 6:00am to 9:00 pm and the following buses can be taken to Changsha Railway Station from different corners of the city: 101, 104, 107, 108, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 117, 118, 121, 126, 127, 135, 136, 139, 148, 158, 168, 202, 312, 317, 401, 602, and 803.
Metro line 2 operates daily from 6:00am to 10:30pm in Changsha. It passes by Wangchengpo, Jinxing Road, Xihu Park, Rongwan Town, Juzizhou, Wuyi Square, Furong Square, Yingbin Road, Yuanjialing, Changsha Railway Station, Jintai Square, Wanjiali Square, Renmin East Road, Changsha Avenue, Shawan Park, Duhua Road, Changsha South Railway Station, and Guangda along its way from west to east; therefore, it is very convenient for passengers to switch to another means of transport via metro line 2.
Located in Lituo Avenue, Yuhua District, Changsha South Railway Station can be reached by taking buses 135 and 148 or metro line 2 from Changsha Railway Station, and it takes about 40 minutes to travel between the two places.
1. Buses 110, 112, 114 or 127 go to Mawangdui Han Tombs from Changsha Railway Station, and the journey takes about 10 minutes.
2. Bus 1 goes to Yuelu Academy from the station and it takes about 20 minutes.
3. Buses 111, 113 or 116 go to Hunan Provincial Museum from Changsha Railway Station.