Shanghai to Zhangjiajie: 3 Ways to Travel

The distance between Shanghai and Zhangjiajie is about 1,300km (820mi). The only available non-stop ways of travel are by air and normal speed trains. The flight usually lasts 2.5h and costs CNY400-500 for economy class, while the normal speed trains take 18.5-22.5h at a cost of CNY350-550 for a sleeper berth. However, the main disadvantage of these two ways is their poor departure frequency. If some tourists fail to book a plane ticket and consider normal speed train time-consuming, it is recommended to travel by high speed train, but a transfer in Changsha is required; the overall travel time is 9-11h at a cost of CNY585-620.

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How to Travel from Shanghai to Zhangjiajie

1. Shanghai to Zhangjiajie Flight: 2.5h, CNY400-3,000

Each day, only 1-3 flights are scheduled from Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) to Zhangjiajie Hehua International Airport (DYG). Though it is the quickest way to travel between these two places, tourists have very limited choice.

Ticket Fare:
Economy Class: CNY400-500; Business Class: CNY3,000
 

2. Shanghai - Zhangjiajie Train: 18.5-22.5h, CNY180.5-549.5

There are three normal speed train services departing daily from Shanghai South Railway Station. K71 arrives at Zhangjiajie West Railway Station, while the other two services terminate at Zhangjiajie Railway Station. K71 is the most suitable for budget travelers.

Train Dep. Arr. Duration
K71 14:34 9:02 +1 18h 28min
K1373 16:49 12:58 +1 20h 9min
K807 18:51 17:24 +1 22h 33min

Ticket Fare:
Hard Seat: CNY180.5-189.5; Hard Sleeper: CNY331.5-343.5; Soft Sleeper: CNY533.5-549.5

More details about: Shanghai to Zhangjiajie Train
 

3. Shanghai to Changsha to Zhangjiajie High Speed Train: 9-10h, at least CNY585-620

→ Shanghai to Changsha High Speed Train: 5.5h, CNY478-502.5 for 2nd Class Seat

Firstly, tourists can book the train which departs from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station and arrives at Changsha South Railway Station. Nearly 25 trains are scheduled each day from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. This flexibility can greatly ease tourists' time limitations.

Ticket Fare:
Second Class Seat: CNY478-502.5; First Class Seat: CNY798.5-814; Business Class Seat: CNY1,497.5-1,555.5

See more about: Shanghai to Changsha Train
 

→ Changsha to Zhangjiajie High Speed Train: 2.5-3h, CNY105-115 for 2nd Class Seat

About ten daily high speed trains can conveniently carry tourists from Changsha Railway Station to Zhangjiajie West Railway Station in 2.5-3 hours.

Ticket Fare:
Second Class Seat: CNY105-115; First Class Seat: CNY179-186

See more about: Changsha to Zhangjiajie Train

Note: This method of travel requires passengers to move from Changsha South Railway Station to Changsha Railway Station. Once getting off the Shanghai to Changsha high speed train, traverlers should take Changsha Metro Line 2 to go from Changsha South Railway Station to Changsha Railway Station direct. This metro leg will cost CNY3 and take about 0.5h.
 

How to Travel from Zhangjiajie to Shanghai

1. Zhangjiajie to Shanghai Flight: 2h, CNY400-3,000

1-3 planes fly from Zhangjiajie Hehua International Airport to Shanghai Pudong International Airport every day. Tourists should keep an eye on the latest flight information.

Ticket Fare:
Economy Class: CNY400-500; Busienss Class: CNY3,000
 

2. Overnight Normal Speed Train: 20-21h, CNY189.5-549.5

Note that K808 and K1374 depart from Zhangjiajie Railway Station, while K73 departs from Zhangjiajie West Railway Station. All services send tourists to Shanghai South Railway Station.

Train Dep. Arr. Duration
K808 15:54 12:58 +1 21h 4min
K73 16:03 12:15 +1 20h 12min
K1374 18:58 15:12 +1 20h 14min

Ticket Fare:
Hard Seat: CNY189.5; Hard Sleeper: CNY355.5-367.5; Soft Sleeper: CNY533.5-549.5
 

3. Zhangjiajie to Changsha to Shanghai High Speed Train: 9-10h, at least CNY585-620

→ Zhangjiajie to Changsha High Speed Train: 2.5-3h, CNY102-115 for 2nd Class Seat

Tourists must first get to Zhangjiajie West Railway Station and take the high speed train to Changsha, arriving at Changsha Railway Station in 2.5-3 hours.

Ticket Fare:
Second Class Seat: CNY102-115; First Class Seat: CNY179-186

See more about: Zhangjiajie to Changsha Train

Note: Upon arriving in Changsha Railway Station, tourists need to move to Changsha South Railway Station by Metro Line 2. This leg will take 0.5h at a cost of CNY3.
 

→ Changsha to Shanghai High Speed Train: 5.5h, CNY478-502.5 for 2nd Class Seat

Normally, the last high speed train to Shanghai departs at around 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thus, tourists should buy the train ticket in time; the travel time is about 5.5h.

 Ticket Fare:
Second Class Seat: CNY478-502.5; First Class Seat: CNY798.5-814; Business Class Seat: CNY1,497.5-1,555.5
 

How to Travel from Shanghai to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park (Wulingyuan)

1. Flight + City Bus + Coach to Wulingyuan: about 5h, CNY515

The Shanghai to Zhangjiajie air leg will cost you CNY400-500 and take 2.5h. After landing at Zhangjiajie Hehua International Airport, you can transfer to the city bus outside the airport to get to Zhangjiajie Central Bus Station. Get on city bus Outer Ring 4 (Wai Huan Si Lu) and get off at Tian Shan Suo Dao stop. This leg takes about half an hour, and the bus ticket is only CNY1. Then, you can walk to Central Bus Station in less than 10 minutes and there, buy a ticket for the non-stop coach to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park (Wulingyuan). Non-stop coaches depart frequently, taking 1h at a cost of CNY13.
 

2. Normal Speed Train + Non-stop Coach / Taxi to Wulingyuan: about 23h, CNY350-410

The average duration of the Shanghai to Zhangjiajie normal speed train is about 22h, and the price for a hard sleeper is about CNY330. As mentioned above, there are two arrival stations of normal speed train in Zhangjiajie, Zhangjiajie Railway Station and Zhangjiajie West Railway Station. If you get off at the former, you can walk to Zhangjiajie Central Bus Station in about 10 minutes, and buy a non-stop bus ticket to Wulingyuan, which takes about 1h and costs CNY13.

For those who arrive at Zhangjiajie West Railway Station, due to the absence of a nearby bus station, it is recommended to hail a taxi to directly get to Wulingyuan. The taxi should take about 40min and cost about CNY80.
 

3. Shanghai to Changsha to Zhangjiajie High Speed Train + Taxi: 10-11h, CNY675-700

The high speed train leg from Shanghai takes 9-10h in all and costs at least CNY585-620, arriving at Zhangjiajie West Railway Station. As before, it is suggested to travel to Wulingyuan bu taxi, which takes about 40min and costs CNY80.

- Last modified on Apr. 13, 2021 -
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