Transportation in Guilin
Flights to Guilin
There are daily flights to Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (KWL) from major mainland cities and from Hong Kong, Bangkok (not regular), Kuala Lumpur, Osaka and Seoul. Book air ticket early as the price will increase as it approaches your traveling day. At off season, air ticket may be cheaper than train ticket (even the hard sleeper price), it is worth a try to check the difference.
Air Asia provides flights to Guilin from Kuala Lumpur every alternate day.
Jetstar flies twice-weekly from Singapore to Guilin.
Guilin Liangjiang International Airport is located 28km southwest of Guilin City. Airport bus to town is ¥20, but drops just south of the city centre. Taxi should then be around ¥10-20 to most hotels. The bus only leaves when is full so there may be a wait as the bus fills up.
A taxi direct from the airport to a city centre hotel is about ¥100 - 120. Back to the airport, a hotel may arrange the trip for ¥80.
To Yangshuo County: There is no shuttle bus. Taxi is around 300CNY.
Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (airport code: KWL)
Website (Chinese): http://www.airport-gl.com.cn/
Phone number: (+86) - 773 - 284 5114
Domestic Flight Routes
There are daily direct flights connecting Guilin and all the major cities in mainland China including Beijing, Shanghai,Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Huangshan, Zhuhai, Nanning, Chongqing, Ningbo, Chengdu, Tianjin, Wenzhou, Hangzhou, Beihai, Shantou, Xiamen, Haikou, Fuzhou, Zhengzhou, Kunming, Guiyang, Changsha, Dalian, Hefei, Wuhan and Jinan.
The time to travel from Guilin South station (commonly called Guilin Station) to Guilin North station is about 20 minutes. For foreigner visitors using Guilin south station is recommend, because it easy to find and conveniently located. Please book your tickets at least two or three days in advance. For holidays, book a couple weeks in advance.
Public bus serves Train Station, Long Distance Bus Station and central city downtown. The ticket fare is 1RMB/ride for normal bus, 2RMB/ride for air-conditioning bus and all the bus starts with "5" (for example "58") are free.
The tourist bus (AC-double deck bus) is an opened tourist line which serves the some of the city's main tourist attractions including the Elephant Trunk Hill, Binjiang Road, Fubo Hill, Folded Brocade Hill. Each bus has a guide on board.
Express buses to Yangshuo County, Longsheng County and Xing'an County leave from Distance Bus Station close to train station. Daily departure ensures there are plenty of tickets. However, advance booking is needed during public holidays such as the Chinese New Year, Labor's Day, Qingming Festival, Duanwu Festival, Mid-autumn Festival and National Day Holiday.
Bus going to Yangshuo County is a direct service. No set down or pick up is available during the journey. Buses depart every 20min between 5:30am to 10:30pm. If you want to come back to Guilin, join the return bus service.
There are two main docks for passenger transport service in Guilin. One is Mopanshan Passenger Transport Dock which is near Mopanshan Mountain, 28 km from the downtown area. In the city center there is no public bus to the dock, so tourists have to spend approximately 60CNY for a taxi to reach this dock. Another dock is Zhujiang Dock which is 32 km southeast of the city center and 2 km by waterway from Mopanshan Dock. This dock is mainly designed for foreign tourists.
Every year more than 400,000 tourists take the cruise ship from Zhujiang Dock to travel along the Li River. Cruising along the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo is a journey of about 54 km. The cruise ships from the berths downtown to Yangshuo usually set off at 9:00 and 9:30, and will take about 4 -5 hours to complete the journey. However, in some years' winter the water level may be rather low, so the cruise is limited to just 10 km instead of the normal 82 km.
Taxis are plentiful, clean, safe, and inexpensive in Guilin. They can be found at taxi stands in most busy city areas or hailed on the streets. An increasing number of taxi drivers nowadays speak some English which may prove extremely useful for first-time visitors.
The fare system is based on the distance. Fares begin at 7RMB + 1RMB oil tax for the first 3 km and go up incrementally 1.6 RMB every 1KM. From 11PM to 6AM the fare is a little bit higher. You can reach most places in town at only around 12RMB.
If time isn't the most important factor, then bicycles are easily the best way to travel around Guilin and its surrounding areas. Most attractions are close from one to another and the towns are not big. Guilin is relatively flat, so great rides are ensured. Cycling with your friends and wandering around the tranquil landscapes, can be a memorable experience. Bicycles can be rent from your hotel at around 50-100 CNY/day.