By Air Located in the west, 28 km (17.4 miles) away from city center, Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (KWL) is the largest and busiest international airport in Guangxi. 52 international and domestic airlines connect Guilin with other 45 domestic cities, including Hong Kong, Macau and Taipei, as well as foreign countries, such as Japan, Thailand, Malaysia and South Korea, etc.
How to go to the airport from Guilin City: 1. The airport shuttle bus runs from the Aviation Building (18 Shanghai Road, Guilin) every 30 minutes (6:30am-9:00pm) at a cost of CNY25. It takes about 45 minutes. 2. Take a taxi to the airport at a cost of CNY120.
How to go between the airport and Yangshuo Town: 1. There are two shuttle buses traveling between the airport and Yangshuo Town: 2. To take a taxi between the airport and Yangshuo Town costs about CNY250.
By Train There are two railway stations in Guilin--Guilin Railway Station (South Station), which is in the central south part of the city, and Guilin North Railway Station (North Station), located in the north part of Guilin. As one of the railroad hubs in south China, every day there are many trains arrive and depart. It is convenient to go to other places in China from Guilin, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Fujian, Canton, Anhui, Guizhou, Hubei, Henan, Hebei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Shaanxi, Sichuan and Zhejiang.
Recently, Guilin had just opened its high-speed train to Nanning, the capital of Guangxi, Liuzhou and Beihai. Moreover, the high speed train G529/530 has connected Guilin with Changsha, Wuhan, Zhengzhou and Beijing, which dramatically shortened the travel time between Guilin and these important Central China and Northern China cities.
Tips: In order to get the ticket successfully, we advise that it is better for you to make reservations five days in advance or even ten days in advance during China's golden weeks and Spring Festival. The booking service fee will cost CNY30 to CNY60 per ticket.
How to get to the station: 1. By Public Bus South Station: No.2, No.3, No.4, No.5, No.9, No.12, No.16, No.19, No.22, No.25(B Route), No.27, No.33, No.51, No.91 and No.99. North Station: No.1 Cost: No.51-free of charge, No.91 & No.99-CNY2/pp, Other routes cost CNY1/pp. 2. By Taxi
By Long Distance Bus Guilin has three bus stations, including the Central Bus Station in central Guilin, Qintan Bus Station to the west and Beimen Bus Station to the north. The Central Bus Station, located in No.65, Zhongshannan Road, 10 minutes' walk from the railway station in the north, is the main bus station in Guilin. Buses set off from this station to the cities in the south direction of Guilin, including those in Guangdong provinces, such as Yangshuo, Xingping, Club Med, Gongcheng, Guagnzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai and Zhongshan, etc. The buses from Guilin to Lingui, Yongfu, Longsheng and Liuzhou, etc start from Qintan Bus Station. Most buses from Beimen Bus Station, situated in the Zhongshanbei Road, go to Guanyang County, Ziyuan County, Xing'an County and Lingchuan County.
Tips: All the buses from these three stations follow either of the bus schedules below. Please make clear both of them before buy the ticket. 1. The first schedule: The coach bus has no stops along the journey until reach the destination. 2. The second schedule: The coach bus has stops along the journey.
Public City Bus Guilin, as a well-developed tourist city, boasts convenient and comfortable public transportation system. More than 50 public bus lines reach most parts of the city, to the north of Bali Street, Overseas Farm to the east, Xicheng New Zone (Lingui) to the west and Yanshan District to the south.
Most buses without air conditioning charge CNY1 per person. The air-conditioned ones charge CNY2 per person. Upon getting on the bus, you yourself put one yuan (coin or paper note money) to the slot of a box beside the driver. Most of the buses run from 6am to 10pm every 4 to 7 minutes, while some begins from 7am to 6:30pm. For most of the bus stops, there are English directories or maps.
Taxi There are lots of taxies in Guilin and most of the taxies are Jetta and Santana. Some taxies are painted into red, while others are yellow plus green. The price depends on the time and the type of the taxi. The charge of Santana and Jetta is higher than other types of taxies. Most taxies provide service 24 hours a day with air conditioning. The following is the charge depending on the time. Flag-down Fare (CNY) 2km-4km (CNY)/km Over 4km (CNY)/km Daytime (6:30am-11:pm) 7 1.6 2 Night (11pm-6:30am) 7.8 1.8 2.4
Bicycle Ride a bicycle to enjoy picturesque Guilin and experience local people's life and taste authentic Guilin snacks is the best way when you travel in Guilin. Bicycles can be rented at most of hotels (Sheraton Guilin, Royal Garden Hotel, Shangri-la Guilin Hotel, Park Hotel...), some travel agents and some bicycle shops. The charge depends on the type of the bicycle and how long you want to rent. The daily rate is approximately from CNY20 to CNY50.
Boat There are three docks around downtown of Guilin and two main docks in the suburb for passenger transport service.
The three docks around downtown are Zhiyintai Dock, Wenchang Bridge Dock and Six Horse Dock. These three docks are mainly designed for tourists who want to have an amazing cruise on Guilin Water System (Two Rivers & Four Lakes) from 9:30am to 9:30pm. This tour will cost you 90min to enjoy unique sceneries along the cruise, such as Verdant trees, colorful flowers, elegant pavilions, celebrity former dwellings, crystal and clear water and traditional Chinese bridges. You will not only experience a picturesque Guilin, but also a fantastic Guilin with profound cultures.
Tips: 1. How to get the docks Zhiyintai Dock: No.2 and No.23 Buses, get off at Elephant Hill Stop. Wenchang Bridge Dock: No.2, No.16 and No.23 Buses, get off at Wenchang Bridge Stop. Six Horse Dock: No.10, No.11, No.14, No.18 and No.31 Buses 2. Duration of Visit Daytime: 9:30am-6pm Night: 7:30pm-9:30pm
Another two main docks in the suburb are Zhujiang Dock and Mopanshan Dock for Li River Cruise to Yangshuo. Zhujiang Dock is mainly for foreign tourists and high officials from home and abroad, while Mopanshan Dock is designed for domestic travelers.
Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo attracts over 300,000 tourists every year. The cruise ships normally set off at 9am or 9:30am and take near 4 hours to complete the journey (82km/50.95miles).
Note: If the water level is rather low in winter, the cruise is limited to just 10km (6.2miles). If the water level is rather high after rainstorm in spring and summer, the cruise is cancelled.