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How to Get to Yangshuo from Guilin

A for Guilin downtown and B for Yangshuo County.

Where is Yangshuo?

Yangshuo (阳朔) lies in the northeast of Guangxi Province and to the southeast of Guilin City. Surrounded by karst peaks and bordered on one side by the Li River it is easily accessible by bus or by boat from nearby Guilin. How to Get to Yangshuo from Guilin?

By Bus

From Guilin, there are frequent minibuses and Express Buses leaving for Yangshuo. All buses terminate at the bus terminal in Yangshuo. Minibuses depart from the square in front of the Guilin railway station. The journey takes about 70 to 90 minutes. Starting at 7:00am, the busses depart close to every 20 minutes and cost an affordable 27 Yuan. The last bus departs at 10 pm. Passengers are supposed to buy tickets on the bus once it is underway. Invariably touts will try to sell you a more expensive ticket before the bus departs, or invalid tickets, whilst even coming onto the bus. The best approach is simply to ignore them.

Express buses (buy tickets from counter inside terminal) depart every half hour from the Guilin Bus Terminal off Zhongshan Zhong Lu (near to Guilin Railway Station) and take about one and a half hour. Most buses from Guilin now arrive at the new north bus station. You can take the small yellow public buses (looks like a large golf cart) from here to Yangshuo West Street in 6 minutes.

Guilin Dingfu Distribution Center also has buses bound for Yangshuo, located at 75 Cuizhu Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin City. It can provide direct tourist routes to popular scenic spots such as Yangshuo Shili Gallery, Longji Terraces and Lipu Yinziyan, as well as 11 new tourist routes to meet the travel needs of tourists to different tourist destinations.

By Bullet Train

Visitors can also take bullet train from Guilin to Yangshuo. It takes about 24 minitues and costs 24 yuan to 72 yuan. The trains run from 7:38 to 21:41. The high-speed rail station is located in the suburb of Xingping Town, and you can take the shuttle bus to Yangshuo from the station. The journey takes about an hour and the fare is 20.

By Boat or Cruise

There are also boats that travel down the Li River from Guilin, which is known as Li River Cruise. It is slower and more expensive than buses, but a very scenic journey. You will pass by what is considered some of China's most famous scenic views. The boat usually departs from Mopanshan Dock or Zhujiang Dock at 9:00 am. And the journey takes about 4 hours.

Note: Do check with your travel agent or hotel which boat you will be on as standards can vary a lot. Ask for a picture to be sure it is what you had in mind.

By Bamboo Raft

This stretch along the Li River is probably the most renowned and popular. The "raft experience" is now a boom industry and hundreds of these small rafts cruise this route when the big tour boats have passed. The rafts are safe and the better operators provide life jackets. The Bamboo Raft departs from Yangti to Xingping.

To take the bamboo raft, travelers should take minibus to from the parking lot in front of Guilin Railway Station to Yangti Dock first. Then have fun on the Bamboo Raft cruising along Li River for 2 hours. After get off the Bamboo Raft at Xingping, take minibus to get to Yangshuo Bus Terminal. You can take the small yellow public buses (looks like a large golf cart) from the terminal to Yangshuo West Street in 6 minutes.

By Car

If one does not care about the expense, renting a car from a travel agency is recommended. They usually transfer service for clients by offering car, a diver and a tour guide. Although it is more comfortable and flexible, the cost is very expensive.

By Shuttle Bus from Guilin Airport to Yangshuo

There was not bus from Yangshuo to Guilin Liangjiang International Airport before. With the prosperous tourism factory in Yangshuo, Tourists could take shuttle bus from Guilin airport to Yangshuo Bus Station directly. The shuttle bus departs every 2 hours from 8: 00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The bus fare is 50 to 60 Yuan per person.

Shuttle Bus Schedule:
Yangshuo to Airport: 08:00, 10:00, 12:00, 13:30, 15:30, 17:30, 19:00, 20:30
Airport to Yangshuo: 09:30, 11:30, 13:30, 15:30, 17:00, 18:30, 20:00, 22:30

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