Lijiang Ancient Town Transportation

Lijiang Old Town is located in Ancient Town District, Lijiang City, Yunnan Province on Yungui Plateau, at an altitude of 2400 meters. This ancient town is adjacent to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Shuhe Ancient Town and Baisha Old Town. It Lies between Dali and Shangri-La and it’s convenient for you to transfer to Dali or Shangri-La. 

How to get to Lijiang Ancient Town

From Kunming

By Bus:

You can take a bus to get there. Here is the bus schedule. It takes 7-9 hours, so it’s not a first choice. 


Departure Time

Ticket Price


Kunming West Bus Station

08:50, 09:30, 09:40, 10:30, 11:20, 11:50, 12:10, 12:50, 13:50, 20:30

CNY 188 / CNY 217

7 to 9 hours

By Train
Take fast trains from Kunming Railway Station. It takes around 7 to 9.5 hours. Then change bus no. 16 to get off at Qixing Street Station, or bus no. 18 to White Dragon Square Station. It costs around CNY 40 by taxi.

By Air
Take plane from Kunming Changshui Airport. It takes around 1 hour. Upon arrival, visitors can take airport shuttle bus to reach Lantian Hotel in the downtown area. Bus fare is around CNY 20. It takes around 30 minutes. Then they can walk around 1100 yards (1 kilometer) to reach there. Or they can take bus no. 8, 11 or 16 and get off at Qixing Street Station. If taking a taxi from Lijiang Airport, taxi fare should be around CNY 80 to 100.

From Dali

By Bus
Take bus from Tourist Bus Station near the South Gate of Dali Ancient Town. Buses depart from 07:50 to 17:00. Ticket Prices are CNY 62, 75 or 83. It takes around 2 to 4 hours. If arriving at Lijiang Express Bus Station, visitors can take bus no. 8, 11 or 16 and get off at Qixing Street Station. If arriving at Transport Service Center Bus Station, they can take bus no. 8 or 11 and get off at Qixing Street.

Take bus from Dali North Bus Station to Transport Service Center Bus Station and then use local buses to reach the old town.

By Train
Take fast trains from Dali Railway Station. Train ticket prices are CNY 34 for a hard seat, CNY 69.5 for a hard sleeper and CNY 104. 5 for a soft sleeper. It takes around 1.5 to 2.5 hours. After arriving, use local public bus to reach the old town.

Within Lijiang Ancient Town

In Lijiang city, travelers can travel around by taxi or bus. To go further, it is suggested to hire a private car (Yunnan Adventure Travel offers private service with experienced guide and driver to take you to all the attractions in Lijiang). To check more transfer info, please see how to get to and around Lijiang.