Kunming – Guilin Train Routes

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Kunming and Guilin are two of the most important tourist destinations in the south of China. With the recent introduction of high-speed trains along this route, the trains are now a good alternative to the unreliable flights and the delays due to bad weather in Kunming. The train is also a good alternative to flying because the scenery along this route is very good.

There are two ways to do this route. The simplest is the most obvious route, taking a high-speed trains direct between the two cities. However, we recommend an alternative route: Guilin-Guiyang-Kunming. Even leaving 45 minutes to change trains in Guiyang, you save 2 hours over the non-stop route. There are also more choices and some trains even depart/arrive in Yangshuo. If you have time, you also can visit Guiyang (and surrounding cities) as they are very interesting.

Kunming – Guilin trains

There are two pairs of bullet trains between these two cities for a total travel time of about 8 hours.

Fares are as follows:
First class seats: ¥553.5 to ¥556.5
Second class seats: ¥373.5 to ¥376

Kunming to Guilin to Kunming timetable

Kunming to Guilin trains
Train #Dep.Arr.Duration
D3942 7:34 15:33 7 h 59 min
D3944 10:59 19:00 8 h 01 min
Guilin to Kunming trains
Train #Dep.Arr.Duration
D3943 9:47 18:02 8 h 15 min
D3945 14:48 22:20 7 h 32 min

Kunming – Guiyang – Guilin trains

Following a different route can save you quite a bit of time and save on the cost of the tickets. While you can transfer trans quite smoothly in Guiyang, we suggest that you leave 30 to 45 minutes between trains just in case. We also suggest that you pick-up all your tickets at the first station. By doing so, you do not need to exit the station in Guiyang and pass security again and can do an internal transit at Guiyang.

Watch this video that explains the easy in-station transit:

In Kunming, trains depart or arrive at the Kunming south station. In Guiyang, the transfer takes places at the Guiyang north station. In Guilin trains depart or arrive at three stations: the Guilin railway station (center of town) or Guilin west or Guilin north. In our opinion, transportation to or from Guilin west is somewhat more complicated. Some, not all of these trains also go to or depart from Yangshuo.

Note that if you are on a tight schedule you can combine a Kunming-Guiyang overnight train with a Guiyang-Guilin bullet train.

Fares are as follows (KM-GY + GY-GL):
Business class: ¥671.5 (KM-GY only)
First class seats: ¥358 + ¥156.5 = ¥514.5
Second class seats: ¥212.5 + 130.5 = ¥343

Kunming to Guiyang to Guilin timetable

Kunming – Guiyang trains
Train #Dep.Arr.Duration
G286 7:17 9:39 2 h 22 min
G1380 7:33 9:46 2 h 21 min
G1378 7:33 9:54 2 h 21 min
G2112 7:47 10:12 2 h 25 min
G2924 7:53 10:06 2 h 13 min
G404 8:00 9:59 1 h 59 min
G1372 8:14 10:43 2 h 29 min
G2964 8:21 10:56 2 h 35 min
G1682 8:51 11:12 2 h 21 min
G1538 8:57 11:18 2 h 21 min
G2966 9:09 11:59 2 h 50 min
G2114 9:25 11:53 2 h 28 min
G1398 9:44 12:05 2 h 21 min
G1374 10:01 12:29 2 h 28 min
G2968 10:13 12:59 2 h 46 min
G2115 10:30 12:54 2 h 24 min
G1376 10:37 13:05 2 h 28 min
G406 10:58 13:19 2 h 21 min
G2970 11:04 13:25 2 h 21 min
G1696 11:11 13:32 2 h 21 min
G1536 11:33 14:01 2 h 28 min
G1422 11:52 14:27 2 h 35 min
G2118 13:59 16:34 2 h 35 min
G2976 14:25 16:58 2 h 33 min
G2120 14:36 17:21 2 h 45 min
G2934 14:45 16:45 2 h 00 min
G2122 15:09 17:42 2 h 33 min
G2928 15:23 17:30 2 h 07 min
G2978 15:29 17:52 2 h 23 min
G1526 15:40 17:47 2 h 07 min
G2124 15:53 18:34 2 h 41 min
G1514 16:00 18:14 2 h 14 min
G2980 18:30 19:06 2 h 36 min
G2986 20:28 22:57 2 h 29 min
G2988 20:55 23:10 2 h 15 min
Guiyang – Guilin trains
Train #Dep.Arr.Duration
D3591 6:25 8:56 2 h 31 min
D3561 7:16 10:05 2 h 49 min
D2803 8:08 10:34 2 h 26 min
D3563 8:16 10:54 2 h 38 min
D2807 8:37 11:17 2 h 40 min
D2809 9:03 11:36 2 h 33 min
D2811 9:13 11:45 2 h 32 min
D2813 9:40 12:12 2 h 32 min
D2815 9:59 12:52 2 h 53 min
D2817 10:44 13:31 2 h 47 min
D2819 11:24 13:57 2 h 33 min
D2821 12:07 14:33 2 h 26 min
D2823 12:20 14:59 2 h 39 min
D2879 13:08 15:47 2 h 39 min
D3565 13:54 16:25 2 h 31 min
D2825 14:23 16:55 2 h 32 min
D2827 14:55 17:27 2 h 32 min
D2831 15:42 18:01 2 h 19 min
D3567 16:00 18:47 2 h 47 min
D3569 16:17 19:12 2 h 55 min
D2833 16:36 19:16 2 h 40 min
D2835 16:55 19:34 2 h 39 min
D2837 17:20 20:07 2 h 47 min
D2841 17:47 20:26 2 h 39 min
D2843 18:03 20:44 2 h 41 min

Guilin – Guiyang – Kunming timetable

Guilin – Guiyang trains
Train #Dep.Arr.Duration
D3592 9:22 11:51 2 h 29 min
D2804 9:53 12:44 2 h 51 min
D3562 10:33 13:25 2 h 52 min
D2806 11:25 13;58 2 h 33 min
D2808 11:44 14:35 2 h 51 min
D2812 12:44 15:22 3 h 05 min
D3566 12:48 15:53 3 h 05 min
D3564 12:54 15:37 2 h 43 min
D2814 13:26 16:11 2 h 45 min
D2816 13:36 16:30 2 h 54 min
D2818 13:47 16:40 2 h 53 min
D2880 14:13 17:05 2 h 52 min
D2820 14:30 17:17 2 h 47 min
D2822 15:33 18:04 2 h 31 min
D2828 17:25 20:17 2 h 52 min
D2830 17:52 20:40 2 h 48 min
D2832 18:02 20:50 2 h 48 min
D2834 18:37 21:07 2 h 30 min
D2836 18:59 21:51 2 h 52 min
D2838 19:35 22:09 2 h 34 min
D3568 19:42 22:24 2 h 42 min
D2840 20:00 22:37 2 h 37 min
D3570 20:15 22:49 2 h 24 min
D2842 20:34 22:58 2 h 24 min
D2844 20:58 23:24 2 h 26 min
Guiyang – Kunming trains
Train #Dep.Arr.Duration
G2961 7:10 9:45 2 h 35 min
G2963 7:47 10:08 2 h 21 min
G2965 7:57 10:37 2 h 40 min
G2969 8:30 11:05 2 h 35 min
G2911 11:07 13:29 2 h 22 min
G2973 11:20 13:55 2 h 35 min
G2115 12:05 14:39 2 h 34 min
G2933 12:19 14:19 2 h 00 min
G2117 12:27 14:56 2 h 29 min
G2119 12:49 15:28 2 h 39 min
G2927 13:02 15:02 2 h 00 min
G1525 13:07 15:15 2 h 08 min
G1511 13:21 15:36 2 h 15 min
G2975 13:27 16:09 2 h 42 min
G1421 15:54 18:30 2 h 36 min
G1535 16:25 19:03 2 h 38 min
G403 16:44 18:43 1 h 59 min
G1371 16:49 19:18 2 h 29 min
G1695 16:59 19:28 2 h 29 min
G2981 17:20 20:00 2 h 40 min
G1373 17:26 19:41 2 h 15 min
G1379 18:05 20:19 2 h 14 min
G2983 18:13 20:34 2 h 21 min
G1397 18:18 20:41 2 h 23 min
G1537 18:27 20:56 2 h 29 min
G2121 18:39 21:08 2 h 29 min
G1377 18:52 21:20 2 h 28 min
G2985 19:26 21:54 2 h 28 min
G2123 19:31 22:00 2 h 29 min
G285 19:52 22:13 2 h 21 min
G1681 20:05 22:20 2 h 15 min
G405 20:20 22:34 2 h 14 min
G2923 20:32 22:46 2 h 14 min
G1375 20:58 23:06 2 h 08 min

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Classes of travel on China trains
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