Public buses serves Train Station, Long Distance Bus Station and central city downtown. The ticket fare is 1RMB/ride for normal bus, 2RMB/ride for air-conditioning bus and all the bus starts with "5"(for example "58") are free.
The tourist bus (AC-double deck bus) is an opened tourist line which serves the some of the city's main tourist attractions including the Elephant Trunk Hill, Binjiang Road, Fubo Hill, Folded Brocade Hill. Each bus has a guide onboard.
Main Bus Routes with main stops:
No.1 bus: Nanxi Cinema--Cross-Road Circle--North Railway Station
No.17 bus: Putou Rd--Guilin Railway Station (along the Ring Road)
Express buses to Yangshuo County, Longsheng County and Xing'an Countyleave from Distance Bus Station close to train station. Daily departure ensures there are plenty of tickets. However, advance booking is needed during public holidays such as the Chinese New Year, Labor's Day, Qingming Festival, Duanwu Festival, Mid-autumn Festival and National Day Holiday.
Buses going to YangShuo County is a direct service. No set down or pick up is available during the journey. Buses departs every 20min between 5:30am to 10:30pm. If you want to come back to Guilin, join the return bus service.
Taxis are plentiful, clean, safe, and inexpensive in Guilin. They can be found at taxi stands in most busy city areas or hailed on the streets. An increasing number of taxi drivers nowadays speak some English which may prove extremely useful for first-time visitors.
The fare system is based on the distance. Fares begin at 7RMB + 1RMB oil tax for the first 3 km and go up incrementally 1.6RMB every 1KM. From 11PM to 6AM the fare is a little bit higher. You can reach most places in town at only around 12RMB.
If time isn't the most important factor, then bicycles are easily the best way to travel around Guilin and its surrounding areas. Most attractions are close from one to another and the towns are not big. Guilin is relatively flat, so great rides are ensured. Cycling with your friends and wandering around the tranquil landscapes, can be a memorable experience.
Bicycles can be rent from your hotel at around 20CNY/day.