Jiuzhaigou Transportation

Jiuzhaigou nestles in big mountains, which is isolated from other cities in the province. Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province, remains the gateway to Jiuzhaigou.

There are both flights and buses connecting Jiuzhaigou with Chengdu.

Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou By Bus

Jiuzhaigou is about 460 kilometers away from Chengdu. Bus travel from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou takes about 8 hours.  There are regular buses heading to Jiuzhaigou from Chengdu each day. Bus to Jiuzhaigou departs from Xinnanmen Bus Station(新南门车站) and Chadianzi Bus Station (茶店子车站). Bus departing Xinnanmen Bus Station, in general, are newer with better conditions with those in Chadianzi Bus Station. Ticket price is about 30 yuan higher. Most buses depart before 8 am. The latest bus leaves around 10 am, there is no night bus.

Natural scenery on the way is beautiful with valleys, lush mountains and snow-capped mountains in the distance.

Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou by Air

The most easy and time-saving way to travel to Jiuzhaigou is by air. There are about 20 flights each day between Chengdu and Jiuzhaigou. The journey takes about 40 minutes. The ticket price is about 1000 yuan. Travelers hardly get any discount on this route because of its popularity.  There are also a few flights from Chongqing. Air travel from Chongqing to Jiuzhaigou takes 1 hour or so.

Jiuzhaigou is served by Jiuhuang Airport. The airport is located in Chuanzhusi Town in Songpan County, about 88 kilometers away from Jiuzhaigou and 43 kilometers from Huanglong. In peak travel season there are also a few flights to the following cities: Xi'an, Kunming, Zhangjiajie, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Shanghai.

Transportation between the airport and Jiuzhaigou

There are airport buses running between the airport and Jiuzhaigou, and the airport between Huanglong. It takes about 1 hour to travel from the airport to Jiuzhaigou. 45 yuan for single way, and 80 yuan for a round-trip at the time of writing. Price for hiring a bus is around 200 yuan. Bargaining is essential to get a good price.

China Highlights recommend you take a tour to visit Jiuzhaigou Vallye, given the remoteness of the place.

Songpan to Jiuzhaigou

The only way from Songpan to Jiuzhaigou is by bus. Two bus stations, Songpan Town Bus Station (松潘县车站) and Aba prefecture bus station (阿坝州运输公司车站) have buses to Jiuzhaigou each day. All buses depart between 6 am to 7 am.

Jiuzhaigou to Huanglong

The two attractions are about 128 kilometers away. To travel to Huanglong from Jiuzhaigou, travelers need to take buses back to Chengdu or Songpan and get off at Chuanzhu Temple (川主寺), and change to a bus heading to Pingwu and take off at Huanglong Temple. Huanglong Temple is about 41 kilometers away from Chuanzhu Temple.

Questions and Answers About Jiuzhaigou Transportation

Jean-Philippe 2014-03-02
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What time is the last bus for Jiuzhaigou from Jiuhuang airport ? Thanks a lot.

Hi Jean, sorry, we don't have the exact information. The bus doesn't depart regularly. It departs when it is full of occupancy with passengers

Whitney Liao replied on 2014-03-04
Mari 2014-02-08
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I plan to visit Jiuzhaigou, Huanglong & Songpan in May 2014. (1) Is there any bus from Huanglong to (1) Jiuzhaigou (2) Songpan in May?
Hi Mari, yes, there are buses from Huanglong to Jiuzhiagou and Songpan every day. Whitney Liao replied on 2014-02-10
Goh CH 2013-12-17
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Booked flights to Chengdu on 10-17 May 2014. Due to budget, i prefer go Jiuzhaigou by bus from Chengdu. Can you plan for me for 2 adults with 1 double bed room. Prefer 2-3 star hotels.

China Highlights only arrange flights and train tikets booking service, we don't offer bus tickets booking service. there are two bus station in Chengdu where you can buy the bus tickets from  Chengdu to Jiuzhai valley : Chengdu Xinnanmen Bus station and Cheng du Cha dian zi bus station. there are two buses one day in each station. the bus departure time is at 8:00AM in the morning and 16:00PM in the afternoon. you can buy the bus tickets upon your arrival in Chengdu.

China Highlights is a high-end tour provider, we related with most of the luxuery hotels, i suggest that you book the hotel on agoda, you may get the cheaper hotel.

Lily Guo replied on 2013-12-18
Mari 2013-12-14
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Is there a direct bus from Huanglong to Chengdu?

There is no direct bus from Huanglong to Chengdu. You may board bus from Songpai/Chuanzhusi. It is about 9-10 hours driving between Songpai and Chengdu.

Carol Wang replied on 2013-12-14
Pamela 2013-10-17
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Can I hire a car & driver to take us from Jiuzhaiguo t Chengdu? If we take the bus, are the roads safe at this time of the year?

Hi Pamela,

Generally speaking, we don’t recommend our clients to take bust from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou. Please note that you will suffer about 10 hours on the mountain road. The bus will stop if there are landslides. You can fly to Jiuzhaigou. If you are interested in it, please check our website http://www.chinahighlights.com/china-flights/for discount tickets.

Christy Luo replied on 2013-10-18
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