Wuhan in Hubei Province is located 533 kilometers (or 331 miles) from Zhangjiajie, and Yichang, also in Hubei and located just to the east of Wuhan, is a little closer at 380 kilometers (or 236 miles).
These two major hubs are well-connected by train and we recommend taking the train to Zhangjiajie from both Wuhan and Yichang. This is because there are no direct flights, and while there is a bus from Wuhan to Zhangjiajie (not from Yichang), it is unlikely to be very comfortable for the entire ride.
How to get to Zhangjiajie from Wuhan by train
There is a daily direct train from Wuhan to Zhangjiajie, which goes from Wuchang Railway Station into Zhangjiajie Railway Station. It's train K967, which leaves at 1.18am and arrives in Zhangjiajie at 11.20am the next morning, taking just over 10 hours.
We recommend taking the train because it's quite a long way on the bus, and the train is usually more comfortable and overnight.
You can use the China Highlights train ticket service to instantly check ticket prices per seat category, or to find out the latest availability. Tickets for these journeys by train range from approximately 14 USD to 41 USD.
How to get to Zhangjiajie from Wuhan by bus
There are buses between Wuhan and Zhangjiajie but these take about 7 hours. For RMB 180 to 188 (more than the cheaper train tickets), you can get a bus from Wuhan Jinjiadun Bus Station or Wuhan Hongji Bus Station; they leave at 10am or 8.40am respectively and both get into Zhangjiajie Bus Station.
How to get to Zhangjiajie from Yichang by train
There are two trains from Yichang East Railway Station directly into Zhangjiajie Railway Station. Either take the K1609 at 00.42am which takes 5 hours and 4 minutes, or the K1473 at 1.08pm which takes 4 hours and 54 minutes. Tickets for this train cost between 7 USD and 22 USD.
This is the best and only way to get from Yichang to Zhangjiajie directly, as there are no buses and flying requires a stop over.
How to get to Zhangjiajie from Wuhan/Yichang by air
Because the cities are relatively close, there are no direct flights. You can fly via Guangzhou on China Southern Airlines, or via Guiyang also on China Southern Airlines. Both of these options take about 5 hours.
A flight from Yichang to Zhangjiajie takes about 7 hours and stops off in Tianjin on China Southern Airlines too. This isn't a recommended route because it takes a long time, and there is a lot more chance for a delay compared to taking the train.
Zhangjiajie Travel Tips
The best time to go to both Zhangjiajie and Wuhan/Yichang 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, but beware that Wuhan is extremely hot in the summer.
Chinese public holidays will lead to more expensive accommodation and flights (and sold out flights and trains), these times are:
- China's summer holiday season (July and August)
- Labor Day (May 1–3)
- National Day (October 1–7)
- Spring Festival (late January or early to mid February)
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.
We recommend getting to the train station at least 1 hour being departure, 1½ hours during peak times or to be safe, 2 hours if you still need to collect your ticket.
Touring Zhangjiajie and Wuhan/Yichang
We can create your ideal journey including Wuhan or Yichang, a Yangtze cruise, and Zhangjiajie.
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.
If you are also interested in cities like Yichang and Wuhan on the Yangtze, you may want to consider one of our Yangtze cruise tours, which can be extended to Zhangjiajie.
And of course, tours can be tailored to your needs. For a tailor-made itinerary, please contact us here.