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Guilin Railway Station

Guilin Station is a mixed bullet train and regular train station in downtown Guilin. It is the main regular train station, but useful bullet trains stop there too. A small bus area in front has frequent buses to Yangshuo and Longsheng.

It is quite useful for tourists especially if you are coming/going northwards towards Beijing, eastwards to Guangdong / Hong Kong or southwards to Nanning/Vietnam.

  • Chinese: 桂林站 Guìlín Zhàn /gway-lin jan/
  • Name on train tickets: 桂林 Guilin
  • Address: Zhongshan South Road (Zhongshan Nan Lu) in Xiangshan District  桂林象山区中山南路
  • Location: 1 km south of the city center.
  • Station size: 6 platforms

Popular Trains to Other Cities

Bullet Trains North for Changsha/Beijing/Shanghai

Due to limited supply these trains are soon fully booked. Book well in advance!

  • For Changsha South Station (and Zhangjiajie transport) there are 12 trains from Guilin Station daily (about 3½ hours, 28 USD second class).
  • For Beijing West Station there are only two trains from Guilin Station daily (10:35 and 12:07, about 10½ hours, 122 USD second class).
  • For Shanghai Hongqiao Station there is only one train from Guilin Station daily (11:44, about 9½ hours, 100 USD second class).

Bullet Trains for Yangshuo

Yangshuo trains DON'T go to the popular tourist town area. Yangshuo Station is a tiny station in the mountains, 6 km east of Xingping (which is renowned for the cream of Li River karst scenery).  This means it's still quicker by bus from central Guilin to West Street. See more on Yangshuo Transport.

  • For Yangshuo Station there are only two trains leaving from Guilin Station daily (15:46 and 20:51, 32 minutes, 4 USD second class).
  • There are another two leaving Guilin North daily (08:17 and 15:33, 32 minutes, 4 USD second class). From Guilin West Station, there are five more.

A Map of Guilin's Railway Stations and HSR Lines

Guilin Railway Stations Map

Bullet Trains for Guangzhou/Shenzhen

From this station, one D train leaves for Guangzhou South daily (07:00, 5½ hours, 35 USD second class), but 36 faster trains go from Guilin North and Guilin West stations.

Bullet Trains for Guiyang

The Gui-Guang HSR has opened up the fascinating minority areas of Guizhou with four stations in popular Miao and Dong minority areas. Change in Guiyang for trains to Kunming, Chengdu, and Chongqing.

  • From this station, 3 trains leave for Guiyang North daily (3 hours, 21 USD, second class), but 24 leave from Guilin's other stations. See links above. For more see Guangzhou to Guiyang HSR.

Bullet Trains for Nanning 

Guilin Station has many bullet trains to Nanning and Nanning East, and since it is near the city center, it is generally a more convenient option for southbound travel. Change in Nanning for overnight trains to Kunming.

  • From Guilin Station, about 25 trains leave for Nanning East daily (2½ hours, 17 USD second class).

Regular (Slow) Trains

Regular train lines also spread out to the rest of China from this station. They take two or three times as long as bullet trains, but they are an option for economical, leisurely travel (overnight on bed bunks).

Since few regular trains start from railway stations in Guilin, it is difficult to get a sleeping berth ticket. You should book five days in advance. While in peak travel seasons, it should be ten days earlier.

Z5 international train to Hanoi: Of these, Z5 is important for more convenient travel to Vietnam instead of the usual transfer to buses or to the Nanning to Hanoi Train (T8701/T8702). It runs between Beijing and Hanoi, and stops at Guilin Station. See more information about Z5/Z6.

Using the Station

Guilin Station is a kilometer south of the city center on Zhongshan Road, the city's main thoroughfare. The main Guilin Long Distance Bus Station is only a 10 minutes walk away. So local and regional transport is convenient.

It is a two level building with a big front square.

  • Level 1 has the main ticket hall with 14 ticket windows, waiting rooms, platforms, bathrooms and hot drinking water.
  • Level 2: bullet train ticket office, waiting rooms, little shops, bathrooms and hot drinking water.
  • Outside shops and eateries: Numerous shops and eateries close enough for quick snacks are around it and in the plaza in front.
  • Small bus station: In the front plaza, a small bus station is at the northeast corner near Zhongshan Road. It has frequent (every 8 minutes, 15 to 20 RMB) buses to Yangshuo and buses to Longsheng.

To find your waiting section, you should check your ticket and follow the LED screen which tells you the exact place for waiting and ticket checking.

See How to Get On/Off a Train and 7 Things to Know Before Riding a Train

Transportation to/from Guilin Railway Station

Taxis can be caught on Zhongshan Road or by the plaza. A taxi to the city center or Elephant Hill costs about 10 RMB and takes 5 or 10 minutes. See the lowdown on Guilin Taxis.

Buses are available at the stop on the street.

  • For Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (桂林两江国际机场): take bus 100 to Anxin Community Station (2 RMB) and then change to the Airport Shuttle bus to the destination. The bus goes daily from 06:00 to 21:30 every 30 minutes (40 minutes, 20 RMB).
  • For Guilin North Railway Station (桂林北站): take bus 100 (2 RMB, about 50 minutes).
  • For the Guilin Central Bus Station: Turn left (north) after getting out of the station, and walk 10 minutes. You will see the bus station on your left. Or take bus 2, 3, 10, 11, 99, or 100.
  • To Seven Star Park: bus 11
  • To Elephant Park, Fubo Hill, Folded Brocade Hill: bus 2 and tourist bus 1

Booking Tickets

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Be sure you book the right tickets since like most Chinese cities, there are several train stations. You could book tickets at any train station, at city ticket windows, or online with the Chinese railway website. See How to Buy Tickets in China.

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