Nowadays, Dali has been linked with many nearby and major cities in China by flight, train and long-distance bus. Even though, the most popular way to get there is from Kunming by direct train or bus. If time permits, one may tour Kunming before going on the trip to Dali. The transportation inside Dali also brings a lot of convenience to tourists, including frequent city buses, ships, taxis and bicycles.
Currently, there is only one airport in Dali city, which is located in the junction of Fengyi Town and Haidong Town. As a vital tourist airport, Dali Airport is about 13 kilometers (about 8 miles) from Dali City, 5 kilometers (about 3 miles) from Erhai and 30 kilometers (about 18.5 miles) from Dali Ancient City. At present, flights connect the airport with many cities in China such as Beijing, Shanghai, Kunming, Xishuang Banna, Tianjin, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guiyang and Guangzhou. Airport check-in services will close 30 minutes before the flight departure. Convenient airport shuttle bus and taxis connect airport and Dali City. We recommend leaving for the airport from downtown two hours ahead of departure time.
|Green ordinary trains|
Located at No.261 on Weishan Road, Dali Railway Station is about 19 kilometers (12 miles) from Dali Ancient City. City bus no.8 connects the station with Dali ancient town. Other buses stopping here include 1, 5, 8, 17 and 21.
Generally speaking, trains run from Kunming, Lijiang and some other nearby places to this station. High speed trains from Kunming take about 2-2.5 hours; ticket fare for a Second Class Seat is CNY 155.5 and for a First Class Seat is CNY 247.5. Those normal speed trains from Lijiang take 2.5 hours; ticket fare for a soft seat is CNY 49 and for a hard seat is CNY 34.
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Located at No.372, Weishan Road, the Dali Bus Station is the largest bus station in the city. It operates bus lines to Kunming and Lijiang, as well as cities in other provinces, such as Panzhihua in Sichuan and Puer in Fujian. Most comfortable express buses depart from this station. Buses No.1, 2, 4, 8, 10, 16, 17, 21 stop in this station.
In addition, there are several other bus stations inclding Dali North Bus Station, Dali Ancient City Passenger Coach Station, Dali Express Coach Station and Dali Xingsheng Bus Station.
There are more than 270 city bus routes running to every corner of the city. Most of them do not have ticket sellers.
Visitors can take city bus to some of the scenic spots, like Dali Ancient City, Erhai Lake, Three Pagodas... For example, visitors can take bus No. 6 to Erhai Park or No. 8 to the Ancient City. The ticket price from Xiaguan to the Ancient City is CNY 1.5 per person.
In addition, autobuses shuttle between various scenic spots. For instance, it costs about CNY4 from Butterfly Spring to the Ancient City by autobus. Visitors can also appreciate the beautiful scenery of Cangshan Mountain by cable car or on horseback.
Generally speaking, getting to the scenic spots by city-bus is very convenient and enjoyable.
|Cruise to the lake|
For people who want to travel within Dali as fast as possible, taxi is a wise choice. Taxis in Dali are of different brands and the charging standard varies a little: most taxis charge CNY8 for the first 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) in the day time and CNY10 in the night time from 22:00 to 06:00 next morning. CNY2 is charged for every succeeding kilometer (0.6 mile).
However, local taxi drivers usually don’t charge by meter, especially when you take a cab at the airport, railway station, long-distance bus station or scenic spots. Therefore, you’d better inquire the rate and negotiate a reasonable price before boarding.
Taxi Fare for Reference:
|Destination||Distance from Airport||Fare from Airport|
|Dali Railway Station||13 kilometers||CNY 30 - 40|
|Dali Ancient City||29 kilometers||CNY 60 - 70|
|Xiaguan Area||18 kilometers||CNY 50 - 60|
|Shuanglang||42 kilometers||CNY 150 - 200|
|Erhai Lake||14 kilometers||CNY 25 - 35|
|Cangshan Mountain||31 kilometers||CNY 60 - 70|
|Shaxi Ancient Town||145 kilometers||CNY 280 - 300|
Cycling is a perfect way to visit the Ancient City of Dali at a leisurely pace. Bicycles can be rented quite easily at the Ancient City, such as at Yangren Street, Honglongjing Area and Bo’ai Road. In addition, many hotels also provide bicycle rental service. Usually, the rental fee is about CNY 20-30 per day, and a deposit of CNY200-300 is needed.
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