How to Get to Shangri-La City from Lijiang

Shangri-La is situated in the northwest of Lijiang, both in the northwestern part of Yunnan, with a crow-fly distance of about 120 kilometers and a driving distance of about 187 kilometers. Shangri-La is a small mountainous city with an average altitude of 3,280 m. Transportation options are limited here. At present, there are no direct flights or trains between the two cities. So the best and most convenient transferring way is to take a 4-hour long-distance bus. 

How to Get to Shangri-La City from Lijiang?

By Long-Distance Bus

It is the most convenient way and the most cheapest way getting to Shangrila from Lijiang. There are coaches respectively departing from Lijiang Bus Terminal, Shuhe Ancient Town, the South Gate and North Gate of Lijiang Ancient Town. The whole journey takes about 4 hours with the ticket fare ranging from CNY 46-68.

Shangri-La – Lijiang Schedules

Departure Station Arrival Station Departure Time
Lijiang Bus Terminal(丽江客运站) Shangri-La Bus Tus Terminal 07:30, 08:10, 08:50, 09:30, 10:00, 10:40, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30,13:00, 13:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 17:10, 16:30
Shuhe Ancient Town(束河古镇) Dukezong Ancient Town 08:00
North Gate of Lijiang Ancient Town Dukezong Ancient Town 08:15
South Gate of Lijiang Ancient Town Dukezong Ancient Town 08:25

Lijiang Bus Terminal
No. 25, Kangzhong Road, Gucheng District, Lijiang, Yunnan
15 minutes to Lijiang Ancient Town;
50 minutes to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain;
25 minutes to Shuhe Ancient Town;
40 minutes to Sanyi Airport.

Shangri-La Bus Terminal
Add: the junction of Xiangbala Avenue and Kangding Road, Shangri-La, Diqing
15 minutes to Ganden Sumtseling Monastery;
40 minutes to Pudacuo National Park;
15 minutes to Dukezong Ancient Town;
15 minutes to Napa Nature Preserve;
20 minutes to Shangri-La Airport.

By Train

At present, there is no railway to Shangri-La yet. The Lijiang–Shangri-La railway or Lixiang railway is a railroad under construction in Yunnan Province of Southwest China, due to be completed in 2020. By then, tourists can take the train from Lijiang to Shangrila.

Transportation in Yunnan:

Yunnan Travel by Air

Rail Transport in Yunnan

Roads in Yunnan