Kunming - Dali High Speed Train

Right now, over 70 pairs of high speed trains are operated between Kunming and Dali on a daily basis. With a running distance of 328 km (204 mi), bullet trains need about 2 - 3 hours to complete a single ride. A second class seat costs CNY 155.5 (USD 22).

Kunming - Dali High Speed Train

Basic Facts:

 Open date: July 1, 2018
 Duration: about 2 - 3 hours
 Distance: 328 km (204 mi)
 Top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph)
 Operated at: Kunming/ Kunming South, Dali

Kunming to Dali High Speed Train Schedule 

(Last Update on Aug 24, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
D865707:06 - 09:342h28m
D866407:43 - 09:582h15m
D871416:00 - 18:052h5m
D396017:10 - 19:212h11m
D874221:40 - 23:452h5m
Nearly 75 departures in total: departure time from 06:49 to 21:40; duration from 1H58M to 2H51M.
See more Kunming Schedule 

Dali to Kunming Bullet Train Timetable 

(Last Update on Aug 24, 2023)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
G284607:03 - 09:252h22m
D384410:15 - 12:322h17m
D867014:01 - 16:122h11m
G284215:54 - 17:592h5m
D870818:28 - 20:342h6m
About 75 departures in total: departure time from 07:03 to 21:13; duration from 1H59M to 2H41M.

Note: The above timetable is only for reference. Please search for the real-time schedule via the search box on the page top.

Kunming - Dali High Speed Train Ticket Fare 

(Last Update on Aug 24, 2023)
First Class SeatSecond Class Seat
CNY 247.5 / USD 34CNY 155.5 / USD 22

Kunming - Dali High Speed Train Running Route

This high speed railway is officially known as the Kunming - Chuxiong- Dali Intercity Railway. Several railway stations with the characteristics of minorities are set up along the line, including Lufeng South, Guangtong North, Chuxiong, Nanhua, Yunnanyi and Xiangyun. In the beginning of their running, bullet trains are planned to shuttle with an average interval of about 25 minutes. With its operation, the total duration between these two cities has been shortened from the previous 5.5 hours around to the current 2 hours.

How to Get to Dali Ancient City from Dali Railway Station

Dali Railway Station is located at the south part of the Ancient City. There is bus No. 8 connecting these two places directly. The duration is about 1.5 hours. If by taxi, about 40 minutes are needed.

Other Transportation Option: Kunming - Dali Coach

If time is permitted, passengers can also take coaches to shuttle between the two cities. Nowadays there are over 50 pairs of coaches running between these two cities with an interval of about 30 minutes. The prices range from around CNY 115 to CNY 180 (USD 21 - 25). The total duration of the journey is about 4 - 5 hours.


1. Kunming and Dali are two hot tourist cities with their beautiful natural scenery and unique cultural customs. No matter which transportation means is chosen at last, passengers are recommended to take a seat next to the window so as to enjoy the beauty along the line.

2. Kunming - Dali - Lijiang is a popular travelling route. Before the operation of Kunming – Dali High Speed Railway, only normal trains run among these places. Nowadays, passengers can choose to take a 2-hour bullet train between Kunming and Dali and another 2-hour normal train between Dali and Lijiang. By doing so, around 4 hours can be saved for the Kunming - Lijiang journey onboard.

 Further Reading: Dali to Kunming Bullet TrainHow to Travel between Kunming and Dali

Major Rail Lines from Kunming to:
Major Rail Lines from Dali to:
- Last updated on Aug. 24, 2023 by Kate Liu -
Questions & Answers on Kunming - Dali High Speed Train
Asked by Leong from MALAYSIA | Jun. 25, 2023 05:50Reply
Kunming airport to Dali railway station by high-speed train
I need to travel from Kunming international airport to Dali railway station by high speed rail, arriving June 27, 5 pm at airport touchdown.
Please advise;
1. is it easier take metro to Kunming railway station and how much
2. best train departure time to suit the logistic and transit time from airport
3. which Kunming railway station to choose
Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Maria | Jun. 25, 2023 19:55

1. Metro is available but you need to transfer. You can take Metro Line 6 to Tangzixiang and transfer to Metro Line 2 to take 1 station to South Ring Road Station, and then transfer to Metro Line 1 to take 1 station to reach the railway station. It takes about 40 minutes and costs CNY6 per person.

2. G2848 depart at 18:42 and G2844 at 19:19 are recommended. They both depart from Kunming Railway Station.

3. Kunming Railway Station is more suitable for you at that time.
Asked by Buda | Apr. 21, 2020 17:30Reply
Is there a rail pass that can be used between Kunming and Dali for 30 days?
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Apr. 23, 2020 17:46

Thank you for your inquiry.

However, we are sorry that there is no such rail pass between Kunming and Dali. You need to buy ticket for each appointed train on appointed day. There is only rail pass for Kunming-Yuxi part.
Asked by Verranezhthassica Vella from SINGAPORE | Sep. 30, 2019 10:58Reply
Boarding time
Hi! How long before the train departing must you be there to check in ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Lamont from CANADA | Oct. 08, 2019 20:56

I think usually the deadline is 10min, but taking the time for tickets and security check, it is surely necessary be there much earlier in advance. Maybe no less than 60min.
Asked by Jesse from MALTA | Aug. 29, 2019 01:19Reply
Are all these high speed trains to Dali running from both stations in Kunming?
So we can choose to board at any of the two stations?
Answers (1)
Answered by Kincaid | Aug. 29, 2019 18:14

There are two exceptions, D8696 at 9:56 and D8726 at 15:35. They only use the main station, other rides stop at both the main station and South Station. If you booked a tickets from South Station, you can then board from any of them.
Asked by Hamlin from USA | Mar. 26, 2019 17:41Reply
Why the ticket price is different on the trains?
I am looking for second class seats on trains from Kunming to Dali. I found the ticket price is different. Some costs RMB109, some is RMB132 or even RMB145. I read that there are two stations in Kunming. Is this the reason? Different departure station?
Answers (1)
Answered by Gloria from USA | Mar. 27, 2019 00:23

Like you mentioned, the trains could use different station but this is not the main reason for price difference. I read online some where that the railway company made a discount on some of these rides. When there is a discount of 25% off, the price is CNY109. There is no difference for tickets and service. If there is one at suitable time, it is a good deal.
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