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How to Get from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou

Jiuzhaigou is located in the north of Sichuan Province. It is a picturesque fairyland featuring fabulous natural scenery of colorful lakes, spectacular waterfalls, and mountains. Chengdu, located 400 kilometers away from Jiuzhaigou, is the best gateway to the area. Read our information below to find out how to get to Jiuzhaigou from Chengdu.

Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou by Train

The high-speed railway from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou (Zhenjiangguan high-speed railway station) has been opened. The journey takes about 1.5 hours. From Zhenjiangguan Station to Jiuzhaigou Valley, it will take about a 3-hour drive.

When booking a Jiuzhaigou tour with us, we will arrange the train tickets and private transfers from the station to the valley. 

Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou by Airplane

Chengdu offers one or two direct flights to Jiuzhaigou. The flight journey takes about 1 hour. From the airport to the valley, it may need about 2.5 hours of driving.

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Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport to Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area


Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport is located about 88 kilometers away from Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area. There are three ways to get to the scenic area.

  • By taxi: The cost is about 200 yuan for a one-way trip and it takes about 2.5 hours to reach the valley.
  • By airport shuttle bus: There are shuttle buses running between the airport and Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area at a cost of 45 yuan. Sometimes, you may need to wait for a while as the buses won't depart until all of the seats are taken.
  • By private car: This is the best and recommended way to travel. Your local guide will pick you up after you arrive at the airport and a private car will escort you directly to your destination.

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Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou by Bus


Taking a long-distance bus is an economical way to travel and you will head directly to Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area. The journey takes about 9 to 10 hours and is not as comfortable as taking a flight.

There are two main bus stations in Chengdu with buses running to Jiuzhaigou. Check with the station staff that your bus will stop at Jiuzhaigoukou (九寨沟口), which is near the scenic area (and not just the county).

From Xinnanmen Bus Station (新南门车站) in Chengdu

  • Location: It's about 2 kilometers southeast of Tianfu Square (which is in the city center) and costs about 10 yuan to get there by taxi. It is near Exit C at Xinnanmen Station on Metro Line 3.
  • Price: 158 yuan

From Chadianzi Bus Station (茶店子车站) in Chengdu

  • Location: It's about 8 kilometers northwest of Tianfu Square and costs about 25 yuan to get there by taxi. It is near Exit D at Chadianzi Bus Station on Metro Line 2.
  • Price: 157 yuan

FAQs about a Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou Tour

1. Which is the best type of transportation to take from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou?

Taking a high-speed train would be the best way to travel from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou. The flight time is about the same as the bullet train time. But getting to the train station from Chengdu is easier and faster than getting to the airport. The process of taking a bullet train is also easier than taking a plane.

2. Will I get altitude sickness in Jiuzhaigou?

JiuzhaigouJiuzhaigou is rich in vegetation

Most scenic spots in Jiuzhaigou are under 3,000 meters, with only Long Lake and Jianyuan Virgin Forest being at about 3,060 meters. Jiuzhaigou is rich in vegetation and people generally do not suffer from altitude sickness. A few people may be a little uncomfortable when arriving but you will feel better after a night's rest. If you're still worried about altitude sickness, you can take some medicine in advance.

3. Where should I stay in Jiuzhaigou?

We recommend staying in Zhangzha Town, which is closest to the entrance for Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area. Zhangzha Town has a wide range of accommodation, from 5-star hotels to budget hostels. If you have no idea how to choose a hotel, you can contact us for help. We are happy to give you suggestions according to your requirements and travel schedule.

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