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  • Guilin Transportations

  • If you want to travel in Guilin, good air,train and bus services are available from most part of China and abroad. You had better take a tour to get aroud the city. Taxis are plentiful and cheap. The city is flat so biking is also a good option. So, it is really convenient for traveling.

     

    • 1. By Air

     


    The new international airport of Guilin directly connects with most major cities at home and even Hong Kong, Japan, and Korea. The airport is 30 kilometers west of the city. Most big hotels have shuttles available; you need to focus on the prior notice. Other airport shuttles handle without a fixed schedule at RMB20. A taxi into the city will take you about 40 minutes and around RMB80-RMB100. CAAC runs buses from its Shanghai Road office at Minzhu Road to the airport.

     

    • 2. By Train

     


    Guilin is directly connected with Beijing (30 hours), Guangzhou (15 hours), Guiyang (18 hours), Kunming (28 hours), Shanghai (35 hours), and Xi'an (35 hours). Trains from Kunming and points west arrive and depart from the new Railway Station in Northern Guilin, while trains from all points north arrive and depart from the old Railway Station in the west of Guilin.

    Train tickets can be difficult to buy in Guilin as this is the most famous tourist destination in China. It is best to buy your tickets several days before your leaving the city.

     

    • 3. By Bus

     


    The old bus station is in the west of the city, and most short range buses leave here at cheap price. Long Distance Bus Station is located on Zhongshan Road near the Taihe Hotel, from which long distance buses leave. Departing from this station, you can get to Guangzhou, Nanning, and other cities in Guangdong and Guangxi.

     

    • 4. By Boat

     


    The most popular way to get to Guilin is by taking a journey down the Lijiang River. The boats leave in the early morning at about 8 or 8:30 am, but hotel shuttles to the dock usually leave at 7:30am. Boat tickets can be bought through hotels or at the ticketing office on Binjiang Road near the Lijiang River and south of Fir Lake. In winter, the water level of the river gets so low that shuttles are sometimes used to transit passengers down the river to deeper sections. Tickets cost around RMB350-RMB500 including a bus ride back to Guilin.

     

    • 5. City Transport

     


    The best way to get around in Guilin is either by taxi or by bicycle. Taxis are relatively cheap compared to other metropolis. Bicycles can be rented at hotels throughout Guilin and at many cafes and hostels in Yangshuo for a maximum of RMB15-20 in Guilin (with a deposit of around RMB200) and RMB10 in Yangshuo. Try to refrain from giving your passport as deposit on the bicycle. For getting you around for little money, note that during hot summer days in Guilin, taking a bus can be quite comfortable.