Jiuzhaigou Sightseeing Bus

Sightseeing Bus in Jiuzhaigou Valley
Sightseeing Bus in Jiuzhai Valley

Visitors need to take the sightseeing bus to visit the Jiuzhaigou National Park and the bus fare is CNY 90. In order to conserve the fragile ecological environment, sightseeing buses in the scenic area are powered by natural gas. These buses help prevent pollution of the beautiful environment and make sightseeing on the trip a great deal easier.

Sightseeing bus routes start at the entrance gate of the valley, with scheduled stops arranged around the valley's main attractions. Visitors can get on and off the buses at any of the stops in the valley. It is worth noting that the larger buses can only be taken at designated stops. Thus if tourists do wish to get on a bus further along the route then they should aim to catch the medium-size vehicles. The buses start running at 07:00 when the park opens and stop running when the park closes. Make sure that the tour schedule is planned accordingly.

Below are two main bus routes:
1. Entrance – Bonsai Lake – Reed Lake – Shuzheng Valley (Shuzheng Waterfalls and Shuzheng Lakes) – Rhinoceros Lake – Nuoriland Tourists Center – Zechawa Valley – The Long Lake – Entrance
2. Entrance – Bonsai Lake – Reed Lake – Shuzheng Valley (Shuzheng Waterfalls and Shuzheng Lakes) – Rhinoceros Lake – Nuorilang Tourists Center – Rize Valley (Panda Lake, Pearl Shoal Waterfalls etc) – Entrance

The major stations of sightseeing buses and duration:

Route   Distance (Kilometers) Duration (Minutes)
Entrance - Shuzheng Valley  10 11
Entrance - Nuorilang Tourists Center  14 16
Entrance – Primitive Forest  31 41
Entrance – The Long Lake  32 38
Shuzheng Valley - Nuorilang Tourists Center  4 5
Shuzheng Valley - The Long Lake  22 27
Shuzheng Valley - Primitive Forest  21 30
Nuorilang Tourists Center - The Long Lake  18 22
Nuorilang Tourists Center - Primitive Forest  17 25

1. The distance is around 98 kilometers (61 miles) and the sightseeing bus takes about 130 minutes for a round trip.
2. It takes 30-40 minutes to have lunches or buffets at Nuorilang Tourists Center.

Recommended Two-day Travel Routes

Actually, tourists can reach almost all attractions by taking sightseeing bus when traveling to Jiuzhaigou National Park. However, it may reduce the pleasure of this journey if tourists travel by sightseeing bus only. Generally speaking, tourists are advised to visit some spots on foot. They can not only take physical exercises but also get closer to each scenic spot. Below are the detailed recommended routes:

Day 1: Take sightseeing bus to Primitive Forest first. Then take the bus to Arrow Bamboo Lake, from where tourists can walk to visit the following places including Panda Lake, Waterfalls of Panda Lake, Multicolored Lake, Pearl Shoal, Mirror Lake, Nuorilang Tourists Center, and Nuorilang Waterfalls. Afterwards, they can take sightseeing bus to Rhinoceros Lake for a visit and then walk to tour around Tiger Lake, Shuzheng Waterfalls and Shuzheng Lakes. This journey will end at Shuzheng Village where visitors can take sightseeing bus to the entrance and prepare for the second day journey.

Day 2: Take sightseeing bus to the Mirror Lake first. This lake shows the most beautiful scenery in the morning. Later, walk along the plank road to visit Rize Valley Lakes and then take sightseeing bus at Nuorilang Tourists Center and arrive at Long Lake directly. Walk along the plank road from Long Lake to Colorful Pond and then take sightseeing bus to Shuzheng Lakes. Next, they can travel on foot to visit Crouching Dragon Lake, Sparking Lake, Double Dragon Lake and Reed Lake. After touring around, take sightseeing bus to pay a visit to Bonsai Lake. Here the second day tour comes to an end. Tourists can go back to the entrance by sightseeing bus.

 Kindly reminder:
1. Tourists are advised to sit by the left side when touring Shuzheng Valley and Zechawa Valley by taking sightseeing buses. They should sit by right side when touring Rize Valley. In this way, they can get better view to appreciate the beautiful scenery along the way.
2. Last Bus Times: 19:00 at Nuorilang Tourists Center; 16:30 at Long Lake; 18:00 at Primitive Forest.

- Last updated on Apr. 25, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on Jiuzhaigou Sightseeing Bus
Asked by Goy Lao from USA | Oct. 22, 2019 12:57Reply
I'll visit Jiuzhaigou on Nov. 2. Is it still open? Will they have the sightseeing bus running?
Answers (1)
Answered by Violet from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 22, 2019 23:21

Yes, it will open at that time. However, nowadays, tourists need to join in a travel agency. Then they are allowed to tour around the scenic area.
Asked by Andrea Cini from DENMARK | Jul. 03, 2019 00:48Reply
Is the Jiuzhaigou sightseeing bus tour still happening? Last I've heard the park was closed.
Answers (1)
Answered by Parker from USA | Jul. 03, 2019 18:27

It is still under post-earthquake reconstruction and not open to the public.
Asked by Atatika Pentrakan from THAILAND | Apr. 05, 2017 21:39Reply
Can I take a taxi from Chengdu Shuangliu Airport to Songpan Bus Station?
Coming soon, My family will arrive to the airport in 14th April 2017 (At 3.00am.).
I want to go Songpan Bus Station by taxi. Is it possible?
Because I will stay at Emma's Guesthouse, it is near the bus station.

Answers (1)
Answered by Vivian from SINGAPORE | Apr. 06, 2017 21:24

Well, I'm afraid that it won't be easy for you to take a taxi to Songpan Bus Station because of the long distance. Thus upon landing, you can take a cab to Chadianzi Bus Station first. It costs CNY 70-80. After arriving, you can find several direct coaches to Songpan. They depart at 07:00 and 11:30. The ticket fare is CNY 109 per person. Hope helpful!
Asked by Thi Cam Tu Le from VIETNAM | Oct. 15, 2016 18:52Reply
Hi, We have 7 people and want to hire a vehicle from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou.
On the way, we wamt to stop over Huanglong for few hours visit. Do you know how much and where we can book the car service? Thanks
Answers (2)
Answered by Emma from THAILAND | Oct. 15, 2016 20:14

For your 7 people, you need a van. And the rental fee would cost you about CNY800 - 1,000 for such ride. You can book the car at railway station or bus station, where the private car or van can be easily found.
Answered by Thi Cam Tu Le | Oct. 16, 2016 00:45

Thank you for your answer :)
Asked by Claudine from FRANCE | Sep. 10, 2016 16:38Reply
Is it possible to leave Huanglong during evening?
After visiting the park, to go back to Songpan city?
Answers (3)
Answered by David from CANADA | Sep. 10, 2016 20:36

If you want to leave at night, you need to hire a car in advance. And the ride from Huanglong to Songpan may cost you CNY200.
Answered by Claudine from FRANCE | Sep. 11, 2016 02:28

Many thanks!
You mean a car with a driver right?

We could also stay close to park and leave early in the morning.
Is it possible to sleep close to park?
Do you know if there are buses to Songpan in the morning?
Answered by David | Sep. 12, 2016 02:33

Yes, I meant a car with a driver. You can stay near the park. The Seercuo International Hotel is highly recommended to you. It is located at Seercuo Village, near the entrance of the park. A standard room costs around CNY 600 per night. You can book a room by dialing 86-0837-8759222.

I heard that there are direct buses to Songpan from Huanglong. But I have no idea of its schedule. You can ask the staff at the bus station. Good luck! :)
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