Shanghai to Zhangjiajie: 3 Ways to Travel

The distance between Shanghai and Zhangjiajie is about 1,300km (820mi). Available non-stop ways of transport are only planes and normal speed trains. The flying usually lasts 2.5h and costs CNY400-500 for economy class, while the normal speed trains take 18.5-22.5h and CNY350-550 for 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 needed; the overall travel takes 9-11h and 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 planned 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:
Business Class: CNY3,000; Economy Class: CNY400-500
 

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

There are 3 daily normal speed trains departing from Shanghai South Railway Station. K71 arrives at Zhangjiajie West Railway Station while the other two at Zhangjiajie Railway Station. K71 is 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:
Soft Sleeper: CNY533.5-549.5; Hard Sleeper: CNY331.5-343.5; Hard Seat: CNY180.5-189.5

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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 each day from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. can greatly ease tourists’ time limit.
​ Ticket Fare:
Business Class Seat: CNY1,497.5-1,555.5; First Class Seat: CNY798.5-814; Second Class Seat: CNY478-502.5

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

About ten daily high speed trains can conveniently send tourists from Changsha Railway Station to Zhangjiajie West Railway Station in 2.5-3 hours.
​ Ticket Fare:
First Class Seat: CNY179 to CNY186; Second Class Seat: CNY105 to CNY115

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​ Note: This way of transfer needs travelers to move from Changsha South Railway Station to Changsha Railway Station. Once getting off the Shanghai to Changsha high speed train, tourists can take Changsha Metro Line 2 to go from Changsha South Railway Station to Changsha Railway Station directly. Taking metro will cost CNY3 and nearly 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:
Business Class: CNY3,000; Economy Class: CNY400-500
 

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

Pay attention that K808 and K1374 set off from Zhangjiajie Railway Station, and K73 departs from Zhangjiajie West Railway Station. All 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:
Soft Sleeper: CNY533.5-549.5; Hard Sleeper: CNY355.5-367.5; Hard Seat: CNY189.5
 

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 can first get to Zhangjiajie West Railway Station and take a high speed train to Changsha, which is bound for Changsha Railway Station within 2.5-3 hours.
​ Ticket Fare:
First Class Seat: CNY179 to CNY186; Second Class Seat: CNY102 to CNY115

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​ Note: Upon arriving in Changsha Railway Station, tourists need to move to Changsha South Railway Station by Metro Line 2. This part will take 0.5h and 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. And the duration is about 5.5h.
 Ticket Fare:
Business Class Seat: CNY1,497.5-1555.5; First Class Seat: CNY798.5-814; Second Class Seat: CNY478-502.5
 

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 flight may cost you CNY400-500 and 2.5h. After landing off at Zhangjiajie Hehua International Airport, you can transfer to 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 part takes about half an hour, and the bus ticket is only CNY1. Then you can walk to Central Bus Station within 10 minutes and buy the ticket for non-stop coach to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park (Wulingyuan). Non-stop coaches depart frequently, taking 1h and CNY13.
 

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

The average duration of Shanghai to Zhangjiajie normal speed train is about 22h. And the price for hard sleeper is nearly 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 only after 10 minutes. And then you can buy the non-stop bus ticket to Wulingyuan, which costs about 1h and CNY13.
 
For those who arrive at Zhangjiajie West Railway Station, for the lack of surrounding bus station, it is recommended to hail a taxi to directly get to Wulingyuan. The taxi may take 40min and CNY80.
 

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

The transfer of high speed trains in all needs 9-10h and at least CNY585-620. Tourists from Shanghai will finally arrive at Zhangjiajie West Railway Station. Similarly, they are suggested to get to Wulingyuan by taxi at the cost of 40min and CNY80.
- Last modified on Jul. 09, 2020 -
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