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How to Get to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is one of the most popular attractions in China. Due to its remote location, getting there can be a bit of an undertaking.

The best way to get to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is to fly or train to Zhangjiajie and then take a local bus or taxi from the town of Zhangjiajie to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.

Keep reading to find out how you can get to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.

Get to Zhangjiajie By Air

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is in Zhangjiajie, Hunan province. Firstly, you need to get to Zhangjiajie. There are two popular ways to reach Zhangjiajie: by flight and train.

Direct flights from the major cities in China to Zhangjiajie are available. You can choose to fly to Zhangjiajie from Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Kunming, Changsha and other important cities.

If there is no direct flight from your starting city, you can get to Zhangjiajie via the nearby city, Changsha, the capital of Hunan province.

Get to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park from Zhangjiajie Hehua Airport

Zhangjiajie Hehua Airport is right outside of Zhangjiajie town. It is about 40 km (25 mi) to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. There is no direct bus connecting the two places.

The most convenient way is to take a taxi from the airport to National Forest Park. A cheaper way is to take a taxi plus a local bus. You can choose one way among the four ways as below:

1.      Taxi: about 1 hour, CNY 120-200

Remember to negotiate the taxi fare before getting on in case of being cheated. You can show the driver:请带我去张家界森林公园.(Please take me to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.)

2.      Taxi + Bus: About 1.5 hour, CNY 42

Take a taxi from Zhangjiajie Hehua International Airport to Zhangjiajie Central Bus Station. It takes about 15 minutes and costs about CNY 30.

Then, transfer to a local bus at Zhangjiajie Central Bus Station to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. the ride is about one hour long and costs CNY 12.

Get to Zhangjiajie By Train

It is adorable to take train to Zhangjiajie from many cities in China, but it is not recommended as the journey is often more than over 10 hours. However, you can consider this option if you come from Guilin, Changsha or Yichang (the start or end of a Yangtze cruise).

If there is no high-speed train from your starting city to Zhangjiajie, you can check the trains to Changsha from where transfer to Zhangjiajie.

Get to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park from Railway Stations

There are two railway stations in Zhangjiajie. Zhangjiajie Railway Station is in the downtown of Zhangjiajie, and it is 40 km (25 mi) from Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Zhangjiajie West Railway Station is about 21 km (13 mi) to National Forest Park.

From Zhangjiajie Railway Station to Zhangjiajie National Forest

  • By taxi: It is convenient to take a taxi. It takes about 1 hour, and the charge is about CNY 150.
  • By local bus: Walk northwest to reach the neighboring Zhangjiajie Central Bus Station from where take a direct bus to the national forest park.

From Zhangjiajie West Railway Station to Zhangjiajie National Forest

  • By taxi: It takes about 45 minutes and costs about CNY 90.
  • By local bus: There is no direct bus from this railway station. You need to take a taxi to Zhangjiajie Central Bus Station firstly and then take a direct bus from there. The total ride is about 1.5 hours long and the charge is about 40 yuan.

Get to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park from Tianmen Mountain

Tianmen Mountain is in Zhangjiajie downtown. While Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is in Wulingyuan district. It is about 40 km from Tianmen Mountain to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. You can take a taxi or a bus to the National Forest Park.

There is no direct bus from Tianmen Mountain to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. You can walk about five minutes or take a taxi at a cost of CNY 5 from the cable station of Tianmen Mountain to Zhangjiajie Central Bus Station and then take a bus to the forest park.

Please note that there are three options of bus.

  • From Central Bus Station to Forest Park Entrance Ticket Station (Most visitors choose this one to get to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.)
  • From Central Bus Station to Tianzi Mountain Ticket Station (This bus passes Yangjiajie Ticket Station. Those who go to Yangjiajie Ticket Station can take this bus.)
  • From Central Bus Station to Wulingyuan Bus Station



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