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Dali Railway Station

Dali Railway Station is about 8 miles (12.8 kilometers)  from Dali Airport, 12 miles (19 kilometers) from Dali Ancient City, 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) from Erhai Lake, 12.5 miles (20 kilometers) from Mt. Cangshan (Cangshan Mountain), and 12 miles (19 kilometers) from Three Pagodas.

Address: No.261 on Weishan Road, Xincheng District

Schedule and Ticket Booking

As the terminal stop of Kunming-Dali Rail Line and the starting point of Dali-Lijiang Rail Line, the station mainly operates trains to Kunming, Lijiang and Guangtong.   
 See Dali - Kunming Train, Dali - Lijiang Train

High Speed Train Schedule

(Last Update on Aug 30, 2022)

ToTrainsDurationTicket Fare (CNY)
First/ Second Class Seat
G2846, D8662, D8662, D3934...
58 departures from 07:15 to 21:07
1h59m - 2h49mCNY 173/ 109
USD 27/ 17
D8123, D8127, D8131, D8135 from 12:29 to 20:131h30m - 2h1mCNY 95/ 60
USD 15/ 9
Guangtong North
G2846, D8662, G2850, D3946...
11 departures from 07:15 to 21:07
1h7m - 1h26mCNY 105/ 66
USD 17/ 10


Normal Speed Train Timetable

(Last Update on Aug 30, 2022)

ToTrainsDurationTicket Fare (CNY)
Soft/ Hard Sleeper
Y761 at 13:493h49mCNY 111.5/ 80.5
USD 18/ 13
 The above schedule is for reference only. For real-time schedule and ticket booking, please click the arrival stations.

Dali Railway Station
Dali Railway Station

Station Plan

The station consists of a six-storey terminal building and the front square. However, only the first, second and third floors of the terminal building are for passenger use; the fourth to sixth floor are used as staff offices.
 3F: waiting room, toilets, hot drinking water, cell phone charging station
 2F: waiting room, toilets, hot drinking water, cell phone charging station
 1F: ticket office, platforms, left luggage, shops

 Front Square: bus stops, taxi stands

How to get to the station from downtown area?

 Arrival by bus:
At Railway Station Bus Stop: 1, 5, 8, 21, City Sightseeing Line, Santa Special Line
At Dianyuan Xiaoqu: 2 (branch line)
At Municipal Court: 7, 10, 13, 16

Passengers arriving by bus will get off at the Weishan Road in front of the station. Passengers with a ticket in hand should go to the correct waiting room on the second or third floor. Passengers without tickets should go to the ticket office on the first floor to purchase one first and then go to the waiting room and wait for the departure.

 Arrival by taxi:
If getting to the station by taxi, passengers will be dropped off at elevated drop-off area on the second floor.
From Duration (Minutes) Cost (CNY)
Dali Ancient City 25 40
Three Pagodas 50 55
Dali Airport 25 20

A Hard Sleeper Carriage
A Hard Sleeper Carriage

Ticket Check and Boarding

Before checking in, please read your tickets carefully to know where to have the tickets checked. After checking-in, follow the direction boards to the platforms to board.

How to leave the station?

Upon arrival, all passengers will be led to the exit hall to get out. To the east side of the exit hall, one can find the toilet. After exiting, one can go to the front square to take bus or taxi to leave the station.

 Leave by city bus to famous sites:
 Dali Ancient City:
Take bus no. 8 to the destination.
Or take Santa Special Line to Honglongjing, and then walk 800 yards northeastward to get there.

 Erhai Park:
Take city sightseeing line to get there.
Or take bus no. 1 to Intersection of Yunlong Road and then walk 870 yards to the destination.

 Yan's Compound of Bai Minority in Xizhou:
Walk 700 yards to the northeast of the Railway Station, one can see Dali Coach Station (the new one) and then take a coach to Xizhou County. The coach departs between 08:00 and 19:40 every 20 minutes. The coach ride takes about 40 minutes and ticket fare is CNY6 or so.

 Leave by long-distance bus:
About 700 yards to the northeast of the Railway Station, one can find Dali Coach Station (the new one). Passengers can go there and take a coach to Lijiang Old Town, Kunming, Tengchong, Jinghong, and Xizhou, etc.

Destinations Departure Duration Ticket Fare (CNY)
Lijiang 2 departures between 07:00 and 19:00 3h 66/80
Kunming 7 departures between 07:00 and 21:00 4h30m/5h 98 - 160
The coaches depart based on passenger flow. For exact time, please consult the coach station.

Facilities and services:

 Ticket office:
Ticket office is located on the first floor. Passengers can collect, purchase, refund or change tickets in the tickets office.

 Waiting room:
Passengers can find a seat inside the waiting rooms either on the second floor or on the third floor. Cell Phone Charging Station, toilets and hot drinking water are provided in the waiting room.

 Left luggage:
There is luggage storage office on the first floor. It usually charges CNY5 for a small bag per day and CNY10 for a large bag per day.
- Last updated on Jan. 17, 2023 by Brenda Lian -
Questions & Answers on Dali Railway Station
Asked by Eastman from GREECE | Apr. 29, 2020 19:11Reply
I used to heard there are high speed train from Dali to Lijiang and back
I did not find one your website. How can I find timetable for high speed train?
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | May. 05, 2020 17:43

Thank you for your inquiry.

High speed rides used to be available for this trip, however, currently they are not in service. According to the recent schedule, only one normal ride K9627 a day from Dali to Kunming. If your travel date is still far from now, you can wait until the date is approaching. More rides may added later. Hope this information can help you.
Asked by Helen from AUSTRALIA | Oct. 24, 2019 19:16Reply
Which waiting room?
I am catching a train from Dali to Kunming tomorrow. I have to collect my ticket first, from Level 1.
How do I know which waiting room (level 2 or 3) to go to?
Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Oct. 25, 2019 03:07

Thank you for your inquiry.

This information need to be checked at station according to your train number. The waiting room/checkin gate information will shows on the information screen at station. It will also be printed on your paper ticket, at the top-right side. You can check that after you exchanged ticket at station.
Asked by GOMATHY ALAGESWARA from MALAYSIA | Oct. 20, 2019 06:35Reply
if i want to visit dali for a day stating from the railway station which bus line is the best option
like to visit lake erhai, Ancient Town and 3 pagodas or The Butterfly Spring
Answers (1)
Answered by Gabriella | Oct. 22, 2019 01:31

It depends on where will go firstly, there is a 3 pagodas bus line which can take you there, or bus 8 to the old town.
Asked by Haylie from ICELAND | Jul. 09, 2019 02:55Reply
Kunming metro/bus card in Dali
Can I still use the transportation card in Kunming for bus in Dali, for bus No. 8 or the Santa Special Line? Or it is only in Kunming?
Answers (1)
Answered by Nova from USA | Jul. 09, 2019 20:42

The card in Kunming only works in Kunming. You can buy bus ticket in cash in Dali. Or I heard from my Chinese friend that you can use WeChat to pay as well.
Asked by jaja from MALAYSIA | Mar. 11, 2019 05:10Reply
From Dali Ancient Town to Dali Railway Station
Can i wait at any bus stop and take bus no 1 5 8 21 or city sightseeing line or santa special line? or i have to wait at specific bus stop to go to dali railway station?
Answers (1)
Answered by Alice from MALAYSIA | Mar. 11, 2019 19:31

Not sure where is your location. I was near the South Gate of Ancient Town and there is a tourist center right at the opposite side. They offer buses to Dali Railway Station directly. The bus seems around every 1 hour and cost CNY10 (or CNY15, I forget about it) per person. You can also ask your hotel for this service also. Normal price would be CNY40 per time.
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