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Dali - Lijiang Train

Dali and Lijiang are connected with each other with the help of 5 pairs of trains on a daily basis. They have a running distance of 157 km (97 mi) and the travel time is about 1.5 - 2.5 hours. The price of a hard sleeper costs no less than CNY 77.5.

Basic Fact

Operated at: Dali Railway Station, Lijiang Railway Station
Duration: about 1.5 -2.5 hours
Distance:157 km (97 mi)
Top speed: 120 km/h (75 mph)
Major station along the way: Heqing

Dali to LijiangTrain Schedule

(Last Update on Jan 5, 2021)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
K962110:08 - 12:472h39m
K962716:48 - 19:012h13m
 (Last Update on Jan 5, 2021)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
K962207:38 - 09:301h52m
K962813:20 - 15:492h29m
See more Lijiang Schedule

Note: The above timetables are only for reference. Please search for the real-time schedule via the search tool on the top of this page.

Dali - Lijiang Train Ticket Price

(Last Update on Jan 5, 2021)
Soft SleeperHard SleeperHard Seat
CNY 34


Other Transportation Option: Dali - Lijiang Coach

Coach is another transportation means for passengers to travel between these two cities. Nowadays there are nearly 30 pairs of coaches from different stations shuttling between Dali and Lijiang with an interval of about 30 minutes. The duration of them is about 2.5–3.5 hours and the prices range from CNY 50 to CNY 80 around.

Dali - Lijiang Train vs. Coach

Train Coach
Duration  1.5 - 2.5 hours  2.5 - 3.5 hours
Price  Hard seat: CNY 34 Around CNY 50 to CNY 80
Departures Frequency 5 pairs per day Nearly 30 pairs every day
Punctuality Occasional delays for around 30 minutes Usually be punctual
Mobile devices Allowed to use Allowed to use
Pros and cons  Fast, but less comfortable Slow, but more comfortable

How to Arrive at the Following Attractions from Dali Railway Station

To Erhai Lake Park:

The station is close to the park with a distance of about 2 km (1.2 mi). Passengers can take bus no. 21 to Mingzhu Square station and walk around 220 meters (240 yards). The duration is about 20 minutes.

To Three Pagodas in Chongsheng Temple:

Passengers can take Three Pagodas Special Line to reach the temple directly. The duration is about 1.5 hours with the price of CNY 2.

How to Reach the Following Attractions from Lijiang Railway Station

Bus nos. 18, 28 and 26 are available for passengers to reach the Old Town from the station and the total duration is around 40 - 50 minutes.
 Passengers need to take bus no.16 special line to Xiangshan Market station, and then transfer to bus no.17 to Xueshan Chakou station. After that, passengers are advised to take a taxi to the famous spot. The total duration is around 3 hours.

Major Rail Lines from Dali to:

Major Rail Line from Lijiang to:
- Last modified on Jul. 22, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Dal i- Lijiang Train
Asked by Ralph | Oct. 10, 2019 19:05Reply
If there anyone tried the "transformed seat" from Dali to Lijiang?
We plan to book soft seats but was informed they are transformed seats from soft sleeper. Is there anyone tried them before?
Answers (1)
Answered by Trent from AUSTRIA | Oct. 11, 2019 17:29

Yes, I traveled this way! It is very surprised that the train was a double-floor one. I had ticket on lower floor. It says soft seat but you will just sit on a soft sleeper bed. There will be totally 3 people on the bed. It is a little bit odd to sit face to face with someone but not too bad for a short trip.
Asked by Siri from THAILAND | Aug. 20, 2019 11:58Reply
Bus from Dali (Old Town) to Lijiang
Where I can book in advance for the bus ticket from Dali (Old Town) to Lijiang?
Answers (1)
Answered by Paulina from USA | Aug. 20, 2019 19:03

Buses are available from the old town to Lijiang, but I do not know how to buy a ticket in advance. I suppose for non-chinese people, we need to buy it on spot.
Asked by Marissa | Apr. 19, 2019 03:33Reply
I heard there is high speed train from Dali to Lijiang?
Answers (1)
Answered by Nicolette from CANADA | Apr. 21, 2019 17:32

I also read about this online and used to see some D rides. But later they disappeared and only high speed rides from Kunming remains. But it is a short distance trip, 2 hours by hard seat is Ok for me.
Asked by arrissa from THAILAND | Nov. 20, 2018 17:55Reply
้How can I take to Three Pagodas for one day?
Could you pls advise me If I take a train from kunming to dali and sightseeing at three pagodas for half day and then take a train to lijiang in same day, what is the "three pagodas special line" and where to take it?

If I finished the half day in Dali, Can I take a train at the same station to Lijiang right?

Thanks for your answer
Answers (1)
Answered by Eugene | Nov. 20, 2018 22:31

The three pagodas special line has a stop at Dali Railway Station, just about 250m by walking from the station. You can try to find it after your arrival. After your visit, you can still back to the Dali Railway Station and head to Lijiang.
Asked by Albertine from ESTONIA | Oct. 29, 2018 01:37Reply
There are only 2 rides a day from Dali to Lijiang?
No any morning train?
Answers (1)
Answered by Barry | Oct. 29, 2018 23:51

They are now available with morning rides. In the past days, the schedule is under adjustment thus not available online. They are ready for sale now!
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