Hong Kong - Lijiang High Speed Train

News comes that Hong Kong will not be connected with Lijiang by high speed trains in a short term.

However, Hong Kong – Kunming high speed rail line has been opened. Taking a transfer in Kunming so as to travel between Hong Kong and Lijiang by high speed train can be considered. By this way, the high speed train travel time between Hong Kong and Lijiang is about 21-22.5 hours and ticket price for a second class seat costs about CNY 840 - 950 (USD 120 - 135).

Another recommended choice is to travel from Hong Kong to Guangzhou by bullet train and then take a flight to Lijiang, which takes about 4 hours in total. 

Basic Facts:

 Open time: September 23, 2018

 Overall Duration: 21 - 22.5 hours

 Distance: About 1,950 kilometers (1,210 miles)

 Top speed: 200 km/h (124 mph) in HK, 300 km/h (186 mph) in Mainland

 Operated at: West Kowloon Railway Station, Lijiang Railway Station

 Recommended Transfer Stations: Kunming / Kunming South Railway StationGuangzhou South

Transfer in Kunming: Hong Kong - Kunming Bullet Train + Kunming - Lijiang Normal Train 

Hong Kong to Kunming to Lijiang Train Schedule & Ticket Fare

Hong Kong – Kunming South Kunming - Lijiang  Overall Travel Time  Ticket Fare (CNY)
Second Class Seat + Hard Sleeper
G408: 12:06 - 20:48 Y756: 23:30 - 08:52+ 20H46M 717 + 123 = 840
See more Hong Kong Schedule

Lijiang to Kunming to Hong Kong Train Timetable & Ticket Fare

Lijiang - Kunming  Kunming South - Hong Kong  Overall Travel Time  Ticket Fare (CNY)
Second Class Seat
D8768: 18:42 - 22:41 G410: 08:05 - 16:57 22H12M  141.5 + 750.5 = 892
See more Lijiang Schedule

1. "+" means the second day.
2. The above timetable is only for reference. Please search for the real-time schedule via the search box on page top.

A transfer between Kunming South Station and Kunming Railway Station is reminded to passengers who choose the above option. Luckily, Metro Line 1 connects these two stations directly. The whole journey takes a duration of around 50 minutes and costs CNY 5.

Other Transportation Mean Between Hong Kong and Lijiang

Hong Kong – Guangzhou Bullet Train + Guangzhou – Lijiang Flight

Route Schedule Duration Ticket Fare
West Kowloon – Guangzhou South About 30 pairs daily  45 mins - 70 mins CNY 215
for second class seat
Guangzhou Airport – Lijiang Airport over pairs of flights
on a daily basis
3 hours CNY 1,000 – 2,000
for economy class seat
Total --- 4 hours CNY 1,215 – 2,215

Though there is no direct flight available between Hong Kong and Lijiang, there are more than 10 pairs of direct flights flying between Guangzhou and Lijiang. If choosing the second option, passengers are reminded to take a transfer between Guangzhou South Station and Baiyun International Airport. Luckily, those two places are connected by metro. To reach the airport, they can take Metro Line 2 from Guangzhou South and transfer at Jiahewanggang Station to Metro Line 3 and get off at Airport South Station. The total duration is about 75 minutes with the ticket price of CNY 10.

Major Rail Lines from Hong Kong to:
Major Rail Lines from Lijiang to:
- Last updated on Aug. 04, 2023 by Kate Liu -
Questions & Answers on Hong Kong - Lijiang High Speed Train
Asked by Hamza from GERMANY | Aug. 22, 2019 23:36Reply
Is there any flight to Lijiang directly from HK?
If not, how to transfer between Kunming airport and Kunming South Station?
Answers (1)
Answered by Tandy from CANADA | Aug. 25, 2019 17:27

Seems no direct flight to Lijiang. To travel between airport and South Station, you can try to see if the bus 919K is still in service or not. If not, you may consider taxi or metro line 6 + 3 + 2 + 1 (yes, complicated).
Asked by Harold from USA | Mar. 18, 2019 03:02Reply
Transfer between Kunming and Kunming South
After I reach Kunming South Station from HK, I would need to go to Kunming Station for overnight train to Lijiang. Please guide me the way to go, thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Fleming from AUSTRALIA | Mar. 18, 2019 17:46

You can take metro line 1 from the South Station to Huanchengnanlu and exit from gate D. Then walk about 15min to the railway station. The duration should be about 60 to 80min.

Or maybe you can choose to wait at Kunming South and take K9693 at 10:17pm directly so you can avoid this transfer between stations.
Asked by Drake from TANZANIA | Nov. 13, 2018 00:44Reply
Hong Kong to Kunming South to Lijiang.
It seems there are only overnight trains from Kunming Station to Lijiang. How can I travel between the two stations? How long will it take?
Answers (1)
Answered by Irving | Nov. 13, 2018 23:55

From South Station, you can take subway line 1 to Chunrongjie and then change to line 1 (the main line) to Huan Cheng Nan Lu. Then you can walk to the station which is about 1km away. To be safe, you'd better to prepare 1.5 hours on the way.
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