Jiuzhaigou nestles among great mountains, and is isolated from other cities in Sichuan Province. Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan, remains the gateway to Jiuzhaigou. There are both flights and buses connecting Chengdu with Jiuzhaigou.
Transportation between the airport and Jiuzhai Valley — 1 hour's drive
Airport buses run between the airport and Jiuzhai Valley. The journey takes about an hour. At the time of writing, it costs 45 yuan for a single trip, and 80 yuan for a round-trip. The cost of hiring a bus is about 200 yuan; though bargaining is essential for a good deal.
Jiuzhaigou is about 440 km from Chengdu. The bus journey takes about 8 hours. There are two main bus stations in Chengdu running buses to Jiuzhaigou. Make sure with the station staff that your bus will stop at the Valley (and not just the city).
From Xinnanmen Bus Station (新南门车站) in Chengdu
From Chadianzi Bus Station (茶店子车站) in Chengdu
Be aware that tickets are only sold one day before departure. Buses departing from Xinnanmen are generally newer and in better condition than those from Chadianzi. Natural scenery on the journey is beautiful, with valleys, lush mountains and snow-capped mountains in the distance.
There are also direct flights to Jiuzhaigou from some popular domestic cities: Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Chongqing, Zhengzhou, and Shijiazhuang. If you would like to fly to Jiuzhaigou from one of these cities, please check with your travel advisor for exact flight times.
Dujiangyan Panda Base offers volunteer programs for panda lovers. If you'd like to go to Jiuzhaigou from Dujiangyan, don't miss the bus. The journey takes about 8½ hours.
|To||Departure time (hrs)||Price (yuan)||Duration (hours)|
|Chengdu||6:40, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 9:30||138||8|
As the park is very large and you can end up very tired if you walk all day, there are sightseeing buses inside the park, costing 100 yuan per person. You can get on and off the different sightseeing buses as many times as you want in a day. And the buses follow a route which goes to and stops at the main attractions in the park.