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Kunming - Zhangjiajie Train

As Zhangjiajie does not have a high speed railway station at present, no high speed trains are available between Kunming and Zhangjiajie. There are 2 pairs of normal trains operating daily between the two cities, two of the most popular tourist destinations throughout China. All trains shuttle between Kunming Railway Station and Zhangjiajie Railway Station and a single trip needs 19 to 20.5 hours. Passengers having a rush schedule can take a direct flight or take a high speed train transfer in Huaihua or Changsha.

Basic Facts:

 Duration: 19 -20.5 hours
 Running Distance: 1,323 kilometers (822 miles)
 Stations along the way: Qujing, Xuanwei, Liupanshui, Anshun, Guiyang, Fuquan, Kaili, Yuping, Zhenyuan, Huaihua, Jishou, Fuquan

Kunming to Zhangjiajie Train Schedule

(Last Update on Jun 22, 2021)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
K228618:28 - 13:45+19h17m
K47419:24 - 14:23+18h59m
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Zhangjiajie to Kunming Train Timetable

(Last Update on Jun 22, 2021)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
K228509:31 - 05:54+20h23m
K47316:52 - 12:57+20h5m
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1. "+" indicates the second day.
2. The above timetable is for reference only. Please search for the real-time schedule via the search box on page top.

Ticket Fare of Kunming - Zhangjiajie Trains

(Last Update on Jun 22, 2021)
Soft SleeperHard SleeperHard Seat
CNY 456.5
USD 71
CNY 299.5
USD 46
CNY 163.5
USD 25

Other Transportation Options between Kunming and Zhangjiajie

Transit at Huaihua

If you fail to get tickets for the above direct trains, transiting at Huaihua is an option. There are many high speed trains between Kunming South Railway Station and Huaihua South Railway Station, taking only 3.5 to 5 hours. For the Huaihua - Zhangjiajie leg, passengers can take a normal speed train at Huaihua Railway Station, which takes about 3.5 - 4.5 hours. To transfer between the two stations in Huaihua, passengers can take bus 11, k12, and 204/k204.

Transit at Changsha

It takes 5 to 6.5 hours by high speed train between Kunming South Railway Station and Changsha South Railway Station and around 4,5- 6 hours between Changsha and Zhangjiajie by the bullet train or slow rail ride. Passengers need to transfer between the two stations in Changsha to catch next train. Taking subway line 2 is the best option. It takes about 30min and costs only CNY 3 one way.

If passengers don't want to transfer between different stations, they can take a direct bus to Zhangjiajie from the bus station to the south of Changsha South Station.

Taking flight instead

There are one or two pairs of flights daily. It takes about 2 hours one way. If in urgent cases, flight is the best option for this journey. The full price ticket fare is much higher than a train ticket. While, you can always book some discount tickets in a proper time.

Kunming - Zhangjiajie Train vs. Flight

Nos.   Normal Trains  Flights 
Price  Cheap:
CNY 483.5 for soft sleeper & CNY 325.5 for hard sleeper 
CNY 1,130 for a full price ticket; always have discount of 20%-70% off
Duration  about 19 - 20.5 hours   about 2 hours
Schedules 2 pairs  1 - 2 pairs
Major Rail Lines from Kunming to:
Major Rail Lines from Zhangjiajie to:
- Last modified on May. 24, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Kunming - Zhangjiajie Train
Asked by Jill from INDIA | Nov. 05, 2019 19:40Reply
Meal on overnight trains
We will take overnight train from Kunming to Zhangjiajie. We are wondering should we take food by ourselves or we can buy it on the train in cash?
Answers (1)
Answered by Shelwin from USA | Nov. 06, 2019 17:22

There are meals for sale on long distance trains when it is lunch time and dinner time. If you can accept Chinese food, box meals, it is no problem to buy them by cash. Surely, you can take some food of your own too!
Asked by Marin from JORDAN | May. 06, 2019 21:00Reply
How to go from Destination Youth Hostel in Wulingyuan to the train station?
Answers (1)
Answered by Krista from ITALY | May. 07, 2019 18:17

This hostel is not very far from Wulingyuan bus station. You can walk to there and take a bus to Zhangjiajie Center Bus Station. The Center Bus Station is also not far from Railway Station, walking distance. The bus should take around 1 hour on the way. I am not sure the earliest bus and final bus time. You may check it with local people there or your hostel. Or you can book a transfer service too, usually within CNY200 per car. Most hostel can offer such service.
Asked by Duke from NETHERLANDS | Jan. 09, 2019 00:58Reply
upgrade from hard sleeper to soft sleeper
I only get hard sleeper bed on the train from Zhangjiajie to Kunming. Can I still change to soft sleeper is there is a last minute chance or even on the train? How can I pay for it?
Answers (1)
Answered by Isabella from USA | Jan. 09, 2019 18:08

It is possible to change the ticket before departure time at station ticket counter if there are more tickets available. If not, you can still have a try after boarding. You can find a train staff and to see if there is still space in soft sleeper carriage. If yes, you can pay the price difference between hard and soft sleeper to make an upgrade. I think they only accept cash payment.
Asked by Selene Liverani from ITALY | Nov. 05, 2018 08:48Reply
Flight from Zhangjiajie to Kunming
Can you please tell me which airline company offers the flight connection from Zhangjiajie to Kunming?
Do they have flight all year round or just during high season?
Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Carson from USA | Nov. 05, 2018 23:57

It seems there is no direct flight from Zhangjiajie to Kunming, or at least during the off season recently. You may need a flight to Changsha and then to Kunming. The flight to and from Changsha should in service all year round, like China Southern Airlines.
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