Lijiang Transportation

This part mainly introduces Lijiang Transportation in detail, which help you choose the best way to get to Lijiang. Lijiang City is located in the junction of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau and the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in the northwest of Yunnan Province. It is connected to Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in the north and Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture in the south. It is adjacent to the Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in the west, bordering Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture and Panzhihua City in the east, and 527 kilometers away from Kunming. As one of the most famous tourist destinations in Yunnan Travel, Lijiang has the very convenient transportation that people can get there by air, train and long-distance bus.

How to Get to Lijiang

By Air

As of 2017, there are 2 airports in Lijiang City, namely, Lijiang Sanyi International Airport and Ninglang Luguhu Airport. Lijiang Sanyi Airport, also known as Lijiang Airport, located in Qihe Township, Gucheng District, Lijiang City, Yunnan Province. It is about 28 kilometers away from the downtown. It is a 4D civil international airport and the second largest airport in Yunnan and a regional tourism hub in Yunnan. Ninglang Luguhu Airport is located in Hongqiao Township, Ninglang County, Lijiang City. It is 25 kilometers away from the scenic spot of Lugu Lake and 50 kilometers away from Ninglang County, which is postioned a domestic 4C feeder airport. The total area is about 175 hectares (2,625 acres) and the airport elevation is 3,292.9 meters. Positioned as a domestic 4C feeder airport.

Lijiang Flights

Lijiang Sanyi International Airport

Ninglang Luguhu Airport

Lijiang International Flights

Airline Company Destination
China Eastern Airlines Hong Kong, Taipei, 
Tiger Airways Bangkok
Mandarin Airlines Taipei
Asiana Airlines Seoul
Korean Air  Seoul
Lucky Air Kuala Lumpur

Airport Transportation

Lijiang Sanyi International Airport

  • By Airport Shuttle Bus: According to the information of the official website of the airport in April 2019, there is only one departure point of airport bus in Lijiang Downtown, that is Lantian Hotel(蓝天宾馆), which is about 1 kilometer from the large water wheel of Lijiang Ancient Town.
  • By Taxi: Lijiang Airport is about 28 km away from Lijiang City with 35 minutes' driving. Of course, it is very convenient to take a taxi to the airport at the price of 80-100 yuan.
  • By Bus: Departing from Lijiang Ancient Town, you can take No.27 bus to the airport. Getting on the bus at Nanmenjie stop(南门街站), getting off at Jichang Lukou stop(机场路口站), totally 28 stops, 1.5 hours.

Ninglang Luguhu Airport

  • Airport Shuttle Bus: There are two airport shuttle buses  on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The departure place is Jinken Hotel at 8:30 and 10:20 a.m. There is one airport shuttle bus on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The departure place is Jinken Hotel at 9:15 a.m. The actual information is subject to the operation information of the Bus Company.
  • Taxi: It is about 33 kilometers from the scenic spot of Lugu Lake, which takes about 38 minutes at the price of 92 yuan.

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By Train

There are trains from Kunming to Lijiang and Dali to Lijiang, and there is Lijiang Railway Station in Lijiang. In July 2014, the Lijiang-Shangri-La Railway started construction. The length of the line construction was 139.66 kilometers, the project investment was 10.372 billion yuan, and the total construction period was 6 years. The Xichang-Lijiang Railway is under the planning. Lijiang Railway Station is about 5 km from Lijiang Ancient Town. Several public bus lines serve the station, including the No. 18 and No. 4 buses.

Lijiang High Speed Trains

Lijiang Railway Station mainly operates trains to/from Kunming and Dali, the high speed trains are mainly from/to Kunming and Lijiang.

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By Long-distance Bus

Currently, the most convenient way to reach the city is by long-distance bus from the neighborhood areas. Lijiang has set up a relatively complete highway system extending in all directions. There are main thress bus stations in Lijiang, namely, Lijiang Bus Station, Lijiang Tourism Bus Station and Lijiang Express Bus Station. It is very convenient to travel between the city and other destinations in Yunnan Province. Of course, Kunming, Dali and Shangri-La are the important destinations in the classic Yunnan Travel.

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How to Get Around Lijiang

Top Attractions Transportation

By City Bus

When you want to get around Lijiang, buses are your primary choice. It is very convenient to take a bus to get around the downtown of Lijiang. There are currently more than 10 bus lines in Lijiang City, connecting the main places in Lijiang.

By Suburban Area Bus

Lijiang suburban area buses are mainly headed to the famous attractions, such as Lashi Lake, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

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By Taxi or DiDi

Taxi travel has greatly facilitated our daily life. The image of a taxi also represents the external image of a city. For tourists, it is very convenient to take a taxi to get around Lijiang. The average taxi fare in Lijiang City is 8 yuan, 10 yuan at night, and then 1.4 yuan/km. The prices are different for different vehicle models, such as Santana 6 yuan/3 kilometers for starting price.

Didi Chuxing Technology Co., (stylized DiDi, 滴滴出行), formerly Didi Kuaidi (滴滴快的), is a global transportation company headquartered in Beijing. The company provides app-based transportation services, including taxi hailing, private car hailing, social ride-sharing and bike sharing; on-demand delivery services; and automobile services, including sales, leasing, financing, maintenance, fleet operation, electric vehicle charging and co-development of vehicles with automakers. Just download a DiDi App, then just input the address where you go and where you're in, and submit the order, finally there is a driver to pick you up to your destination.

By Private Car

It is very convenient to get around Lijiang by self-driving, you can want to any place without waiting. It is possible to stay a place for several days. Do not worry to miss the cars or the beautiful attractions. All itineraries can be adjusted according to your requirements.

By Bicycle

If you want to take a short-distance trip, bike is a good choice. Bikes are also available at many guesthouses and rental huts around Lijiang Ancient Town. Bikes vary greatly in quality so shop around for the best deal. Merida and Giant are among the better brands to consider. Lijiang Cycling Tours are the best choice for you.

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By Hiking

Lijiang Ancient Town is the best place for hiking lovers. What's more, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Lugu LakeShuhe Ancient Town, Tiger Leaping Gorge are all the best choices for hiking lovers. Lijiang Hiking Tours are the best choice for you.

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Lijiang Tours by Air/High Speed Train

It is very convenient to get to Lijiang by air or train. What's more, in the near future, the railway from Lijiang to Shangri-la will be completed. At that time, you can experience the brand-new Lijiang Tour by train.