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Huangshan Transportation

As it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in China, Huangshan has relatively convenient transportation for a provincial and mountainous area.

By Air — from/to Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, Chengdu …

Huangshan Tunxi International AirportHuangshan Tunxi International Airport
  • Location: Tunxi District, 5 kilometers (4 miles) from the center of Huangshan city
  • Airport Inquiries: 0559-2934111/4144
  • Airport – city center transport: bus 18 or 19 (07:00–17:30, 2 yuan); airport shuttle bus (5 yuan), or taxi (about 15 yuan)

Huangshan Tunxi International Airport (Huangshan Airport or Tunxi Airport for short, Chinese: 黄山屯溪国际机场) is a medium-sized airport. Planes such as the Boeing 737 and MD 90 can take off and land there.

There are many direct flights to/from many popular tourist cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, Chengdu, Guilin, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Wuhan, Zhengzhou, Xiamen, etc. There are also regional and international flights from Taipei and Seoul.

The air ticket offices are located on Huashan Road, Tunxi District, near the Christian church and Huangshan International Hotel.

Huangshan–Guilin Flights Tips:

Good to know: Huangshan–Guilin flights are only available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. If you plan to take one of these flights, you have to pay attention to the luggage allowance. They only provide 8 kg free luggage allowance, and 7 kg hand luggage allowance. If your luggage is overweight, you have to pay 150 yuan per piece (up to 20 kg) at the airport.

Alternatively you can book your excess luggage on the Air Guilin website (Chinese language only), you only have to pay 99 yuan for 20 kg luggage (49 yuan for 10 kg, 199 yuan for 30 kg, and 299 for 40 kg). So, if your luggage is overweight, you are suggested to tell your travel agency the weight in advance so that they can help you buy luggage allowance.

By Rail — from/to Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing …

There are two railway stations in Huangshan city: Huangshan Railway Station, and Huangshan North Railway Station (for high-speed trains). They have trains to popular cities, like Beijing, Shanghai, Qingdao, Nanjing, Jingdezhen, Xiamen, and Fuzhou.

Huangshan Railway Station

Huangshan Railway Station Huangshan Railway Station

Huangshan Railway Station ("黄山" on paper train ticket) runs normal-speed trains daily. It's near the city center.

  • Location: Qianyun North Road, central Huangshan
  • Direct buses from the station exit: Tunxi–Tangkou (for the Yellow Mountains) or Tunxi–Taiping (via Tangkou), 05:30–17:30, every half hour, about 20 yuan (3.5 USD), taking about 70 minutes
  • Taxis to the Yellow Mountains: 100–200 yuan (16–33 USD)

Huangshan North Railway Station

High-speed trainsHigh-speed trains

Huangshan North Railway Station (黄山北 on train tickets) mainly serves high-speed trains. If you are taking a high-speed train to/from Huangshan, you must use Huangshan North. Huangshan North is about 21 km (13 mi) or 30 minutes' drive north of city center.

Popular bullet trains: The eight daily Beijing services take only 6½ hours. There is only one Shanghai (4½h) via Hangzhou (3½h) service, departing Shanghai Hongqiao at 08:31 [March 2017]. There are 14 services to Wuyi Mountain (1½h), and one to Guangzhou (7h).

By Long-Distance Bus — from/to Shanghai, Hangzhou, the Yellow Mountains …

Huangshan City has buses to nearby major tourist destinations, such as Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Wuxi, the Yellow Mountains, Jiuhua Mountain, Shexian, and Jingdezhen.

Huangshan Bus Station

  • Chinese: 黄山市汽车客运站
  • Location: 31 Qiyun Road, about 15 minutes' drive from the city center, 7 minutes form Huangshan Railway Station, and 20 minutes from Huangshan North Railway Station.

Buses from Shanghai and Hangzhou to Huangshan Bus Station:

Departing At Cost
(yuan, approx.)
(hours, approx.)
Shanghai Long-Distance South Bus Station 07:57, 10:27 135
Hangzhou West Bus Station 06:50, 07:50, 08:40, 09:40, 10:20, 11:20, 11:50, 12:20, 13:30, 14:40, 15:40, 16:50, and 18:20 90 3

Transportation to Yellow Mountain Scenic Area

The Yellow MountainsThe Yellow Mountains

Yellow Mountain Scenic Area is also called Huangshan (黄山), so don't get it confused with the city (or prefecture). Tell the ticket seller clearly that which destination you want to go.

There are buses from Huangshan Bus Station to the front gate of Yellow Mountain Scenic Area every five minutes during the day. The journey takes about 1½ hours.

There is a small bus station at the front gate of Yellow Mountain Scenic Area: Zhaixi Bus Station (寨西汽车站) or Xinguoxian Huangshan Scenic Area Bus Station (新国线黄山风景区汽车站).

You can take direct buses from Shanghai, Hangzhou, Hefei, Suzhou, Nanjing, so you don't have to go to Huangshan city center. If you arrive at Zhaixi Bus Station, you need to take another bus to one of the cableway stations, about 30 minutes.

Buses from nearby cities to Yellow Mountain Scenic Area:

Bus Station Departures Cost
(yuan, approx.)
(hours, approx.)
Shanghai Long-Distance South 14:57 150
Shanghai Pudong Long-Distance East 07:08 150
Hangzhou West 08:00, 09:50, 12:40, 14:10. 15:10. 17:45, 98–112 5
Hefei East 07:40, 09:20, 10:40, 13:15, 13:43 98
Suzhou North Square 05:50 134 5
Suzhou South 07:30 134 5
Nanjing South 07:00 101
Nanjing East 14:10 92 5
Nanjing 14:30 92 3

Cruises from Near Huangshan City to Thousand Islets Lake

Thousand Islets LakeThousand Islets Lake

Huangshan City is about 60 kilometers (40 miles) west of Thousand Islets Lake, the largest man-made lake in China with a forest park and picturesque scenery.

You can take a boat to get to Thousand Islets Lake, but first you need to take a bus from Huangshan Bus Station to She Country (歙县), then transfer to a smaller bus to Shendu Dock (深渡码头). It's only about 30 km (20 mi) northeast of Huangshan, but the journey may take an hour or more.

Passenger ships depart at 7:40 and 11:30, and take 5 hours to get to the Thousand Islets Lake dock. Tourist ships, which are more expensive, include visits to islands along the way.

Taxis and Tricycles

The starting price for taxis in Huangshan City is 7 yuan. After 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles), it's 2 yuan every kilometer.

There are also many tricycle cabs in front of the railway station. It's usually 2 yuan per person.

It takes about 6 minutes to take a taxi or from the Huangshan Railway Station to Tunxi Old Street.