Zhangjiajie – Changsha – Shanghai by High Speed Train

Zhangjiajie – Shanghai Transport

Zhangjiajie – Changsha – Shanghai Train Travel Guide

  • Rail route: Zhangjiajie – Changsha – Shanghai by high speed train
  • Train type: C trains and G trains
  • Train frequency: ZJJ – CS (20 daily), CS – SH (27 daily)
  • Duration: ZJJ – CS (2h40-3h41); CS – SH (4h22-7h11)
Steps Routes Transport Duration
Step 1 Wulingyuan – Zhangjiajie West bus 40m
Step 2 Zhangjiajie West – Changsha Station C train 3h
Step 3 Changsha Station – Changsha South Metro line 2 25m
Step 4 Changsha South – Shanghai Hongqiao high speed train 5-6h

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High Speed Railway & Station Map

Ask Jack

I did the trip Guangzhou – Changsha – Zhangjiajie, and visit Zhangjiajie Wulingyuan Forest Park and Tianmenshan Forest Park in August of 2020, and have some insider tips. So if you have any questions on your Shanghai – Changsha – Zhangjiajie travel, do ask Jack. I’d love to offer my help. Contact Jack.

Step 1: Zhangjiajie West – Changsha Station by High Speed Train

Zhangjiajie West Railway Station (ZhangjiajieXi) is a newly opened train station in north of Zhangjiajie, which has about over 20 C category high speed trains running between Changsha Railway Station and Zhangjiajie West Railway Station (Zhangjiajiexi), journey time is 2h40-3h30. The high speed trains are arriving at Changsha Railway Station, not Changsha South (Changshanan).

Timetable, Price & Duration

Zhangjiajie West – Changsha by bullet train
Trains From – To Frequency Duration Ticket Fares (CNY)
2nd Cls 1st Cls Biz Cls
C trains Changsha – Zhangjiajie West 20 3h 105 171
C trains Zhangjiajie West – Changsha 28 3h 110 179
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Step 2: Changsha Station – Changsha South by Metro Line 2

From Changsha Railway Station: After your high speed train from Zhangjiajie West arrive at Changsha Railway Station, you just exit the train station and find the metro line 2 from Jintai Square Station (just 20m from train station)to Changsha South Railway Station. The bullet trains to Shanghai are departing from Changsha South. But if you want to fly to Shanghai, you can get from Changsha South to Airport by Maglev Express in 20-30m to catch your flight.

From Changsha South: If you are going from Changsha South to Changsha Railway Statin by metro, and want to catch the high speed train from Changsha Railway Station to Zhangjiajie West, you can take the metro line 2 from South Railway Station to Railway Station. But Jack would recommend you to get off at Jintai Square (South Railway Station to Jintai Square) and exit station through EXIT 4, which is just 20 meters from the station. If you get off at Railway Station, you will have to walk about 10 minutes to get the the platforms for high speed trains to Zhangjiajie West.

There are two station buildings in Changsha Railway Station, one is for high speed trains (near Jintai Square)and the other one is for normal trains (near Railway Station stop).

1 Railway Station 长沙火车站 Line 3, Line 2
2 Jintai Square 锦泰广场
3 Wanjiali Square 万家丽广场
4 Renmin East Road 人民东路
5 Changsha Avenue 长沙大道
6 Shawan Park 沙湾公园
7 Duhua Road 杜花路
8 South Railway Station 长沙火车南站 Line 4, Line 2, Maglev express

Step 3: Changsha South – Shanghai Hongqiao by Bullet Train

Changsha South – Shanghai Hongqiao by bullet train
Trains From – To Frequency Duration Ticket Fares (CNY)
2nd Cls 1st Cls Biz Cls
G trains Changsha South – Shanghai Hongqiao 27 5.5-6h 502.5 814 1555.5
G trains Shanghai Hongqiao – Changsha South 27 5.5-6h 502.5 814 1555.5
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As Changsha is very far from Shanghai, the bullet trains will take about 5.5 – 6 hours to finish the journey, and the ticket far is also high. But the high speed trains are punctual, comformtable, departing or arriving at urban area. You can also consider flying.

Step 4 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 bus

Other Rail Routes

Guangzhou to Zhangjiajie high speed train, Hong Kong to Zhangjiajie high speed train, Changsha Airport to Zhangjiajie

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