China Travel Answer

Q: Could you please advise the bus and train times from Wenzhou to Guilin?

There is no direct train service between Wenzhou and Guilin, so if you travel by train, you need to make a conneciton. For instance, you can take a train in Wenzhou that gets you to Nanchang (the capital of Jiangxi Province) in about 11 hours (get a sleeping berth). There is a train that departs from Nanchang and heads to Guilin. This is a ride of 14 hours (sleeping berth).

The challenge is to make sure that when arrive in Nanchang, you can get the train ticket you need to Guilin. That is, if you do not want to spend a whole lot time waiting in Nanchang.

Two other conenction possibilities are Jinhua and Hangzhou. Jinhua is a city approximately 260 km west of Wenzhou. You can get there from Wenzhou either by train or by bus. You can then catch a train that go through (most likely one that comes from Shanghai) and travels on to Guilin. From Jinhua Xi Zhan (Jinhua West Railway Station) to Guilin it is a train ride of 18 hours or so (definitely need sleeping berth). Again, the challenge is to secure a ticket so that when you arrive in Jinhua you can move on soon. Jinhua Xi is not a large railway station, so it may be difficult to get hold of a train ticket there.

Hangzhou is north of Jinhua, so it is farther away from Guilin. But Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang Province and it is also a top tourist destination in China. This seems to be the place to go if you intend to stay there a couple of days anyway. Hangzhou is about 450 km northwest of Wenzhou. If you travel by train from Wenzhou to Hangzhou, travel time is 6 to 7 hours. The trains from Shanghai to Guilin stop in Hangzhou before they reach Jinhua. From Hangzhou to Guilin it is a train ride of about 21 hours.

Air China operates a flight service between Wenzhou and Guilin. It is not a direct flight - there is a stopover in Nanchang. Overall flight time is about three hours. Airfare roughly doubles the cost a soft sleeping berth on a train.

You can, if you want to, travel by bus from Wenzhou to Guilin, but it is a rather long bus trip, the distance between Wenzhou and Guilin being roughly 1,400 km. There are long distance coaches that have sleeping berths. Still it is going to be a long time confied to a very small place.