How to Get Dali

Dali is a city of Yunnan province in China. It is famous for its beautiful landscape and the intense minorities’ life. The most representative attractions in churchyard are butterfly spring, Erhai Lake, Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple, etc. It has a well-developed transportation system; you can get there by plane, train and long-distance bus. All of them offer great convenience to visitors.

How to get Dali

◎By Plane

Dali's main airport is Dali airport, situated in the border of Fengyi town and Haidong township, about 12 km from downtown Dali. Some cities, such as Kunming, Xishuangbanna, Guangzhou, Beijing, Chengdu Chongqing and etc. have flight connecting Dali.

◎By Train

Dali Railway Station is located in Yunling Avenue of east new town. To get to Dali by train is usually recommended from Kunming or Lijiang. It takes about 6-7 hours from Kunming to Dali, while from Lijiang to Dali only takes about 2 hours.

Train Schedule from Kunming to Dali

Train Number

Duration

Seat

Hard Berth

K9636/K9637

23:38 - 07:12

¥ 64 (hard); ¥ 97 (soft)

 

K9632/K9633

23:08 - 06:52

¥ 49 (hard)

 

K9640/K9641

08:23 - 16:05

¥ 49 (hard)

 

K9610/K9611

21:58 - 04:35

¥ 64 (hard)

¥ 105.5 (down)

K9618/K9619

10:00 - 16:49

¥ 64 (hard)

¥ 105.5 (down)

K9602/K9603

22:55 - 05:59

¥ 64 (hard)

 

Train Schedule from Lijiang to Dali

Train Number

Duration

Seat

Hard Berth

K9628

17:00 - 19:27

¥ 33(hard); ¥ 48(soft)

 

K9620/K9617

20:00 - 21:47

¥ 35

¥ 78.5 (down)

K9612/K9609

08:26 - 10:19

¥ 35

¥ 78.5 (down)

◎By Bus

Currently, Dali has 3 long-distance bus stations and a starting place, respectively is: Dali bus station, Xiaguan bus station, Dayun bus station and Dali bus departure place of ancient city. Dali bus station is the largest long distance bus station in Dali, situated in the No.21, jianshe Road, across from the Minsheng Shopping Square. There are many long distance buses run to Dali from Kunming, Lijiang, Shangri-la, or other nearby cities.

Getting Around Dali

◎By bicycle

Bicycle is a very popular way to get around the city and its nearby attractions, such as Xizhou Old Town, Zhoucheng Old Town, Erhai Lake, Mount Cang, etc. You can rent bicycle at the side of Camellia japonica hotel which located at Boai road of Dali Old Town, the rental is 10 to 12 Yuan/day, need guarantee deposit.

◎By Bus

Bus is a very convenient way to get around the city. There are plenty of public buses running to every corner of the city. Among them, bus 4 (from the bus company to Dali south gate and north gate), bus 8 (from the railway station to east gate of Dali and west gate of Dali), can drive to Dali directly in 30 minutes, ticket price is 1.5 Yuan.

◎By Taxi

Taxi is also a good way to travel around. The starting fare of taxi is 6 Yuan, add 2 Yuan per kilometer.

◎By Boat/Cruise Ship

Boat/cruise ship is the best way to visit some of the islets and Bai ethnic villages, or watch the fishermen ordering their cormorants catching fish in Erhai Lake. Tourists can take Boat/cruise ship from different docks.


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