Lijiang-Dali Transportation: By Long-distance Bus and By Train

Lijiang and Dali are two hot destinations in Yunnan Province. Dali, a famous historic and cultural city of China, is renowned for her beautiful natural scenery, historical heritage, and well-preserved Bai minority culture. Having a long history dating back to 4th century, Dali is one of the oldest cultural birthplaces of Yunnan. Lijiang also has a history of at least 800 years and may date as far back as the Song Dynasty. Lijiang is considered as a fairyland blessed with fresh air, clear streams, breathtaking snow mountains and an undisturbed landscape inhabited by Naxi ethnic minority. What’s more, Lijiang is the transfer station of Ancient Tea Horse Caravan Route.

How to Get to Dali from Lijiang

There are airport, railway station and bus stations both in Dali and Lijiang. Since the distance between Lijiang and Dali is not far, there is no direct flight. A stopover to change plane will spend more time and money, so it is not recommended to take plane.

1. By Long-distance Bus

At Lijiang Bus Station, traveler can take the bus to Dali. There are at least 20 daily buses departing from Lijiang to Dali, ranging from 07:10-19:00. With a distance of about 202 kilometers, the journey is about 3-3.5 hours. 

Lijiang-Dali Bus Timetable

Departure Station Arrival Station Departure Time Duration Price
Lijiang Bus Station Dali North Bus Station 7:10, 8:00, 9:00, 10:40, 11:30, 12:40, 13:30, 14:00, 16:00, 17:40 About 3h30m 61-79 CNY
Lijiang Bus Station Dali Ancient Town 8:30, 9:30, 11:00 About 3h-3h30m 61-74 CNY
Lijiang Bus Staiton Dali Bus Station 10:00, 17:00 About 3h30m 79 CNY
Lijiang Bus Station Dali North Bus Station 12:00(stop over in Dali) About 3h30m 79 CNY
Lijiang Bus Station Dali Ancient Town 12:10, 15:00, 19:00(stop over in Dali) About 3h-3h30m 74-80 CNY
Lijiang Bus Station Dali Express Bus Station 13:10, 16:20(stop over in Dali) About 3h 74-79 CNY
Lijiang Bus Station Shuanglang Bus Station 14:50 About 2h 66 CNY

2. By Tour Bus

There are travel line buses departing from Lijiang Ancient Town to Dali.
Check more information about Lijiang Travel Guide.
1 Day Lijiang City Highlights Group Tour
1 Day Lijiang Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Tour with Impression Lijiang Show
1 Day Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking Group Tour from Tina’s Hotel to The Middle Rapid and Hetaoyuan Village

Check more information about Dali City Travel Guide. 
1 Day Dali Highlights Tour
1 Day Dali Easy Hiking Tour to Cangshan Mountain
1 Day Dali Cangshan Mountain Hiking Tour to Xiaocenfeng Peak 4092M
2 Days Dali Pilgrimage Hiking Tour from Erhai Lake to Jizu Mountain

Tour Bus Timetable

Point of Departure Point of Arrival Departure Time Duration Price Staging Station
Lijiang Shuhe Ancient Town Dali Railway Station 07:50 3h 116 CNY The North Gate of Lijiang Old Town, The South Gate of Lijiang Old Town, Dali Ancient Town 
The North Gate of Lijiang Old Town Dali Ancient Town 08:05 2.5h 116 CNY The South Gate of Lijiang Old Town
The North Gate of Lijiang Old Town Dali Railway Station 08:15 3h 116 CNY The South Gate of Lijiang Old Town, Dali Ancient Town 
The South Gate of Lijiang Old Town Dali Ancient Town 08:20, 08:30 2.5h 116 CNY /

3. By Train

At Lijaing Railway Station, there are 2 daily trains running from Lijiang to Dali Railway Station. It takes about 2 hours, for CNY 34(Hard seat/No seat) – 105.5(Soft sleeper). 

Lijiang-Dali Train Schedule

Train Number Departs Arrives Duration
K6120 07:00 08:59 1h59m
K6122(stop over 2 minutes in Heqing Station) 16:00 18:22 2h22m

4. By Chartered Bus

There must be chartered buses around Shuhe Ancient Town, Lijiang Ancient Town, Lijiang Railway Station, Lijiang Bus Station and other scenic spots. About price, you can go and consult drivers. Taking chartered bus is more convenient and flexible, but accordingly, you will pay more money.

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