We'll be in China for 14 days. Staying at 6 different places.
I'm having trouble with the Guilin to Xi'an flight decision.
The FLIGHT TIMES from Guilin to Xi'an:
21:00 (arrives 00:10 with stopover)
22:20 (arrives 00:05)
We'll be coming from the rice terrace. They have a bus that departs Dazhi at 11:30 which would get us to the airport about -14:00/14:30 (including a taxi ride)
That doesn't seem early enough for the 15:40 flight.
Q: Don't I need to be at the airport 2 hours prior to departure?
The late flights will get us into Xi'an very late, making necessary a taxi to the hotel, and paying extra for late check in.
Here are the options I've thought about:
1. 15:40 flight. private car to Guilin Airport. arrive early enough for 15:40 flight. With 3 of us, I think that'll cost about $100 more.
2. 22:20 flight. Spend some extra time in the rice terrace area or Guilin, arriving to Xi'an in the middle of the night. Sleep in a little before going to the Terracotta Warriors. I saw that my hotel charges extra for LATE checkin. They didn't really answer when I emailed asking how much more. It'll also be too late for the airport shuttle, so we'll have to take a taxi to the middle of Xi'an.
3. Stay in Guilin that night. Get up at 5am to catch the 8:05 flight. Go see the Terracotta Warriors early afternoon. (This will be a Thursday.)
We plan to depart Xi'an on Friday to get to PingYao. So Xi'an will be only 1 or 2 nights.
I've been mulling this over for more than a week, and haven't come to a decision. Maybe I should factor in which flight times are more or less expensive. I'm willing to pay more if it's the best option for our travel, but I just like to be aware of the costs and implications of what I am choosing!
There may be options or factors I'm not considering. Please share any thoughts you have.
Thanks so much,