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Kunming - Lijiang Train

6 pairs of high speed trains are operated between Lijiang Railway Station and Kunming Railway Station / Kunming South Railway Station. It takes around 3 - 3.5 hours to finish the journey and the ticket fare is CNY 197 - 220 for a second class seat. 

Besides,  4 pairs of normal speed trains running between Lijiang and Kunming. The distance is about 517 kilometers (321 miles), requiring 8.5 – 9.5 hours for a one-way trip. A hard sleeper costs CNY 186.5.

Kunming - Lijiang High Speed Train

 Top speed: 200 km/h (124 mph)
 Duration: 3 - 3.5 hours

Kunming to Lijiang High Speed Train Schedule

(Last Update on Jun 8, 2020)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
D876207:14 - 10:433h29m
D877208:47 - 11:452h58m
D877610:20 - 13:503h30m
D879611:19 - 14:323h13m
D878012:26 - 16:033h37m
D878414:10 - 17:082h58m
D394014:43 - 18:103h27m
D876615:52 - 19:293h37m
D878817:22 - 20:453h23m
D879219:23 - 22:212h58m
(Last Update on Jun 8, 2020)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
D877408:23 - 11:212h58m
D877808:48 - 12:053h17m
D394209:25 - 12:593h34m
D876411:04 - 14:243h20m
D878213:01 - 15:592h58m
D878614:36 - 18:023h26m
D879815:03 - 18:333h30m
D879016:42 - 19:523h10m
D879417:29 - 20:473h18m
D876819:05 - 22:183h13m
Note: The above timetable is for reference only. Please use our tool on top of this page to search for the real-time schedule.

Ticket Fare of Kunming - Lijiang High Speed Train

(Last Update on Jun 8, 2020)
First Class SeatSecond Class Seat
CNY 351
USD 51
CNY 220
USD 32
Kunming-Dali-Lijiang Train
Arrival at Lijiang by Train
Kunming Railway Station
Kunming Station

Kunming - Lijiang Normal Trains

 Distance: 517 kilometers (321 miles)
 Top speed: 120 km/h (75 mph)
 Duration: 5.5 - 7.5 hours

Kunming to Lijiang Train Schedule

(Last Update on Jun 8, 2020)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
K968620:56 - 06:10+9h14m
K961622:00 - 06:40+8h40m
K960223:25 - 09:13+9h48m
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Lijiang to Kunming Train Timetable

(Last Update on Jun 8, 2020)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
K961820:00 - 04:40+8h40m
K968821:30 - 06:29+8h59m
K960422:40 - 09:04+10h24m
See more Lijiang Schedule
1. "+" indicates the second day.
2. The above timetable is for reference only. Please use our tool on top of this page to search for the real-time schedule.

Ticket Fare of Kunming - Lijiang Train

(Last Update on Jun 8, 2020)
Soft SleeperHard SleeperHard Seat
CNY 226 - 262
USD 33 - 38
CNY 152
USD 22
Stations along the way: Lufeng South, Guangtong North, Chuxiong South, Daju, Yao’an, Changchong, Mupang, Shaqiao, Xiangyun, Midu, Dali, Heqing

Dali, another major tourist destination in Yunnan, is an intermediate stop along the way. Passengers can cut the trip into two legs and have a layover in Dali. It only takes about two hours to travel between Dali and Lijiang. See Kunming - Dali schedule.

Among all the trains, some are overnight sleepers departing at night and arriving in the next early morning, which are an ideal choice for budget travelers. They can purchase a hard sleeper ticket and have a sleep onboard. In this way, they can save the hotel expense and spare more daytime for travelling.

Transportation to/ from the Railway Stations

 Kunming Railway Station:
By Subway: Line 1
By Bus: 2, 23, 24, 25, 32, 44, 51, 59, 80, 83, 86, 154, 260, C71, Z30

 Lijiang Railway Station:
By Bus: 4, 16, 18, 26

Other Transportation Options: Flight & Long-distance Bus

If you do not like rail ride, flight is available between Kunming and Lijiang and it only takes 40-50 minutes. But the ticket price is much higher.

Long-distance buses are also running among the two cities. However, it is not advised to take because the duration is no less than rail ride, the ticket price is close to a soft sleeper in a rail carriage although it is not as comfortable and spacious as a soft sleeper, and it is not that safe as a rail ride.

Recommended Travel Route

Boarding Gate for Train K9619
Boarding Gate for K9619 at Dali Station
Kunming, Dali, and Lijiang are regarded as the three most famous attraction sites in Yunnan Province. Once going to Yunnan, tourists wouldn't like to miss any one of them. But how can one travel to the three places without wasting a lot of time and costing too much? The recommended route is like below:

As Kunming is the capital city with more train and flight arrivals, you can get there first. After touring around, take an overnight train to Dali where you can travel around for 2 to 3 days. Later, continue the rail ride to Lijiang to experience the leisurely life in the old town. Both of the two rail rides are not too long and you can buy a hard seat to save money. Of course, if you want to travel more comfortably, sleepers will be better choices.

For return trip, there is no need to make a stop in Dali, hence the rail ride will be somehow longer and it is recommended to get you a sleeper. If you feel exhausted, you can fly to Kunming and then leave Yunnan. Or if there is a flight to your next destination from Lijiang, you can depart there.

 Major Attractions:
 In Kunming: Stone Forest, Dianchi Lake

 In Dali: Dali Ancient City, Erhai Lake, Mt. Cangshan, Three Pagodas

 In Lijiang: Lijiang Old Town, Lugu Lake, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Shuhe Ancient Town

Major Rail Lines from Kunming to:

 See also: 8 Most Scenic Train Rides in China
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