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.
By Air - Best Choice
Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport
- Airport name in Chinese: 九寨黄龙机场; or 九黄机场 for short
- Location: Chuanzhusi Town in Songpan County, about 88 km from Jiuzhaigou and 43 km from Huanglong.
- Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou flights: about 2 hours' duration
From Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou: Flights from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou arrangements vary according to the travel season. In the peak season (from April to October), there will be about 4 flights traveling between Chengdu and Jiuzhaigou. In the low season (from November to March), there will be one or two flights.
From other domestic cities to Jiuzhaigou: There were direct flights to Jiuzhaigou from some popular domestic cities: Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Chongqing before the Jiuzhaigou Earthquake on Aug. 8th 2017. Now only direct flights to/from Beijing are available.
International flighs:There are no direct international flights to Jiuzhaigou. You will need to get to Chengdu first.
Transportation between the Airport and Jiuzhaigou
Airport buses run between the airport and Jiuzhai Valley. The journey takes about one and a half hours. 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 car is about 200 yuan; though bargaining is essential for a good deal.
By Long-distance Bus - Less Recommended
Jiuzhaigou is about 440 km from Chengdu. The bus journey takes about 9-10 hours. There are two main bus stations in Chengdu running buses to Jiuzhaigou: Xinnanmen Bus Station (新南门车站) and Chadianzi Bus Station (茶店子车站). Make sure with the station staff that your bus will stop at the Valley (and not just the county).
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.
Jiuzhaigou Kou Tourist Bus Center (九寨沟口旅游客运中心) offers buses traveling to Huanglong, Songpan and Chengdu. The bus center is about 5 minutes' walk from Jiuzhai Valley National Park.
Currently, there are no trains running to Jiuzhaigou from Chengdu. The Chengdu–Lanzhou high-speed railway is now under construction. When it is finished at the end of 2020, there will be a high-speed train available from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou with a journey duration of about 2 hours.
Transportation within Jiuzhaigou
You can easily to flag down a taxi in Jiuzhaigou. The rate of the taxis in Jiuzhaigou County is 4-6 yuan for the first 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) due to the different car types. Make sure to use the taximeter when taking a taxi or you can negotiate the price with the driver before boarding.
Jiuzhai Valley National Park Electric Sightseeing Bus
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.
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