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