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Zhangjiajie is 990 kilometers (or 615 miles) from Guangzhou.
We recommend flying as there are flights daily between Guangzhou and Zhangjiajie.
However, if you're looking for a cheaper option and have plenty of time, the train is the way to go as taking the train in China is an experience in itself and is a great way to enjoy the Chinese countryside views as well as make friends and experience Chinese life on a train!
China Southern Airlines connects Guangzhou to Zhangjiajie daily. Direct flights take approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes, and the flights go at 11.40am or 11pm. Tickets start at approximately 140 USD but will double in the lead up to peak season.
Guangzhou Nan (South) Station has 100+ bullet trains a day to Changsha Nan (South) Station, taking around 2 hours 40 minutes. From there take a half-hour taxi across the city to Changsha Station (长沙站) for one of the day's 7 trains to Zhangjiajie. Probably the best is the K82 at 11.35, taking just under 6 hours, as the other trains (though quicker) depart in the early morning or arrive late at night. The whole trip costs under 65 USD.
Or contact us for private transport direct from Changsha South Station to anywhere in Zhangjiajie in around 5 hours.
For overnight trains from Guangzhou Railway Station, you can either take the K9064 departing at 12.56, the K9006 departing at 17.24, or the T8302 departing at 20.04, all of which go into to Zhangjiajie Railway Station at 03.46, 11.48, or 09.10 the next day respectively. These trains take between 13 and 18.5 hours, but the 13-hour train (the T8302) sells out quickly so make sure you book in advance. Tickets for this trip cost between 25 and 69 USD depending on whether you want a hard seat or a soft sleeper.
You can use the China Highlights train ticket service to instantly check ticket prices per seat category or to find out the latest availability on both stretches.
The best time to go to Zhangjiajie (and Guangzhou) is when there are no public holidays in China, as it gets really busy, and when the weather is best.
Between September and early November, the weather is comfortable. You can also go between April and June if you don't mind humidity and the occasional rain.
Chinese public holidays will lead to more expensive accommodation and flights (and sold out flights), these times are:
We recommend you get to the airport at least 2½ hours before departure, and 3 during peak times. There can be really long check-in and security lines during holidays and weekends.
Zhangjiajie is really a once-in-a-lifetime destination. We've got plenty of Zhangjiajie tours depending on how much time you have and how active you want to be. We can take you around for four full days to explore everything these gorgeous mountains have to offer, or take you on a one-day tour of the glass bridge and Baofeng lake.
And of course, tours can be tailored to your needs. Please contact us here if you've got any special requests or requirements, or need help navigating your journey from Guangzhou to Zhangjiajie.
If you need help planning your trip to Guangzhou, take a look at the top things to do in Guangzhou. These can be customized to suit a budget or other requirements too.
We also have a 4-day tour of Guangzhou and Shenzhen for those with more time to explore Guangdong Province.