Changsha – Zhangjiajie West by High Speed Train

Changsha – Zhangjiajie – Wulingyuan Park

Changsha – Zhangjiajie West by High Speed Train

  • High speed rail route: Changsha Railway Station – Zhangjiajie West Station
  • Train type: C trains (intercity high speed train)
  • Duration: 2h40 – 3h32
  • Ticket price: CNY110 for a 2nd class seat
Steps High speed rail routes Transport Duration
Step 1 Get to Changsha Station Line 2 Line 3
Step 2 Changsha Station – Zhangjiajie West high speed train (C trains) 2h40 – 3h32
Step 3 Zhangjiajie West – Wulingyuan bus 40m

Live Train Schedule

High Speed Railway & Station Map

Ask Jack

I took the Changsha – Zhangjiajie West high speed trainm and visited Zhangjiajie Wulingyuan Forest Park and Tianmenshan Forest Park in August of 2020. If you have any questions on your Changsha – Zhangjiajie travel, do ask Jack. I’d love to offer my help. Contact Jack.

Changsha – Zhangjiajie West by C Trains

Changsha – Zhangjiajie
Trains From – To Frequency Duration Ticket Fares (CNY)
2nd Cls 1st Cls Biz Cls
C trains Changsha – Zhangjiajie West 18 2h40-3h32 110 179
C trains Zhangjiajie West – Changsha 18 3h 110 179
Live schedule & ticket availability & delivery at China Highlights & China DIY Travel (Promo code: ct123)

There are about 18 daily C trains (intercity train) running between Changsha and Zhangjiajie, using Changsha Railway Station and Zhangjiajie West Station (ZhangjiajieXi). Don’t get them wrong as both Changsha and Zhangjiajie has two train stations: Changsha Station and Changsha South, Zhangjiajie West Station and Zhangjiajie Station.

What are the High Speed Trains Like

C8085 Changsha to Zhangjiajie West

C8021 Zhangjiajie West to Changsha

Changsha Railway Station

changsha train station
I took metro line 2 & got off at Railway Station (Changsha Railway Station). But I was told this terminal is for normal trains & I had to take a 10-minute walk transfer to another terminal for high speed trains.

Changsha Railway Station is served by metro Line 2 Line 3. This Station serves two kind of train service: normal trains (K, T, Z trains) and high speed trains (C, D trains). Normal trains and high speed trains in Changsha Railway Station are using different terminals. If you are catching normal trains (T, K, Z trains), you can alight at Railway Station metro stop. If you are catching the C, D trains (to Zhangjiajie West), you just alight at Jintai Square (line 2), which is more close to the terminal.

Zhangjiajie West Railway Station

zhangjiajie west train station
Jack took the high speed train C8085 from Changsha Railway Station & arrive at Zhangjiajie West Station at 11:11, journey time 3h11m.

Zhangjiajie West Train Station (ZhangjiajieXi) opened its service on December 26, 2019 and operated C trains to or from Changsha Station. There is a bus station called Zhangjiajie High Speed Rail Bus Terminal next to it, and the bus station has frequent service to Wulinggyuan Park (arriving at Wulingyuan Bus Station, see Zhangjiajie West Station to Wulingyuan). You can take public bus 4, 5, 15, 16, 17 or hire a taxi to get to Zhangjiajie West.

 How to Buy Train Tickets

You can buy ticekts at train station’s ticket office on the date of travel, or book online in advance with a trusted ticket agent (they will charge you service fees) like China Highlights & China DIY Travel (Promo code: ct123).

Buy in Zhangjiajie West Railway Station

The ticekt office is located at left side of Zhangjiajie West Station. Foreigners can buy train tickets at ticket windows with passports and cannot buy tickets with the automatic ticketing machines as they only accept Chinese ID cards and Wechat or Alipay payments.

Buy in Changsha

You can buy tickets at either Changsha Railway Station or Changsha South Railway Station. Just choose the one close to you.

Book Online with a Trusted Ticket Agent

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Customer reviews: Tripadvisor

Team members: Lisa, Danny, Helen, Lynn, Jeremy


  • ChinaTrain12306 users can use   promo code ct123  to reduce service fee.
  • Helen (Chinese-born Australian) & her Aussie husband are expat living in China, also seasoned world travelers.
  • They were very reponsive & efficient, booking price is reasonable.
  • They gets recommended on Trip Advisor forum & positive reviews from customers.
  • Kept you informed and up to date at all times.
  • They provided very detailed & easy-to-follow  instructions  on how to pick up tickets, how to read the ticket, how to get to the train station along with photos, how to naviate the large stations.
  • They offer printed sheet in Chinese to show to people (taxi drivers or ticket issuers) in case you needed help while there.
  • Offer tips on what to see, do, and eat in different cities.
  • They made  youtube videos  for customers about collecting tickets, boarding trains, making transfers, directions at specific stations.
  • Provided emergency contact numbers  including whatsapp numbers just in case you ran into problem.
  • They even gave you Chinese translations to use at bus stops for buying bus tickets when trains were not awailable.
  • They will try to make sure that you sit together on all the trains. They can also help secure all of you in the same compartment in a sleeper train.


Customer reviews: Tripadvisor & Trustpilot

Team members: Ethel Fang, Sharon Huang, Iris Wang, Jason Li, Apple Zeng, Phoebe Ran.


  • They offer ticket  delivery service , and can deliver to your hotel.
  • CHT gets positive customer reviews on Trip Advisor & Trust Pilot.
  • China Highlights is a top reputed online tour agency since 1998.
  • They are efficient, responsive and reliable.
  • CHT provides  online seat selection functions  to secure your preferable seats for free.
  • You will received a  helpful email  detailing how to navigate rail stations, how to pick up tickets, how to board trains & some translated phrases if you needed help.
  • They will email you alternatives to choose from if the class or train you want isn’t available.
  • CHT has a great number of articles about China train travel.
  • Jack used to work with the CHT train team, and known how they worked.
  • CHT accepts  various payments  of credit card, Paypal, iPayLinks, Alipay, WeChat Pay, etc.
  • CHT can even book you international train tickets from China to Vietnam, Russia, etc.
  • One-to-one service.

 Zhangjiajie West – Wulingyuan Forest Park by Bus

Your trip to Zhangjiajie is not completed without a visit to Wulingyuan National Forest Park. But many travelers don’t know how to travel between Wulingyuan Park and Zhangjiajie West Station. Jack did this trip in August, 2020. So I will share my experience.

There are bus linking Zhangjiajie High Speed Rail Bus Terminal (next to Zhangjiajie West) and Wulingyuan Bus Station in just 40 minutes, and the ticket fare is CNY 13. The last bus departs at 18:00. You will find bus terminal is located on the right side when you exit Zhangjiajie West Station. The bus departs when full.

Read: Zhangjiajie West Railway Station to Wulingyuan by bus

Other Rail Routes

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Trusted Online Ticket Agents:

Option 1: China Highlights is a reliable online agency  for China train ticketing. They get positive reviews on TripAdvisor & Trustpilot. Sharon and her team help you buy tickets & plan rail routes even deliver tickets to your hotels with a service fee.

Option 2:  is an internatioal brand owned by Ctrip Group, China's largest online travel booking platform. offers booking service for flight, train, hotel, activities, etc