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Lijiang to Dali Train

At present, 2 high speed trains run from Lijiang Railway Station to Dali Railway Station with the travel time of 2 hours. The ticket price for a second class seat is CNY68/80 and for a first class seat is CNY108/127.

There is also a normal speed train in service, taking 3.5 hours or so. Ticket fare for a soft sleeper is CNY 115.5 and for a hard seat is CNY 23.5.

The travel distance between the two cities is only 159 kilometers (99 miles), so one can also choose to take long-distance bus which takes about 2.5 hours.


Lijiang to Dali Train Tickets Booking

Details of the Train D8124:
1Lijiang -07:30
2Heqing 07:5107:55
3Dali [Yunnan] 09:0309:09
4Weishan 09:4109:43
5Yunxian 10:28-
6Lincang 10:5710:57
Dali [Yunnan]
Details of the Train Y762:
1Lijiang -09:55
2Heqing 10:1810:25
3Dali [Yunnan] 13:16-
Dali [Yunnan]
Details of the Train D8128:
1Lijiang -13:02
2Heqing 13:2313:31
3Dali [Yunnan] 15:1715:35
4Weishan 15:5716:06
5Yunxian 17:02-
6Lincang 17:3217:32
Dali [Yunnan]
Details of the Train D8132:
1Lijiang -15:00
2Heqing 15:2115:28
3Dali [Yunnan] 17:1117:17
4Weishan 17:5417:58
5Xiaowandong 18:3718:41
6Lincang 19:43-
Dali [Yunnan]
Details of the Train D8150:
1Lijiang -20:20
2Heqing 20:5220:55
3Dali [Yunnan] 22:2622:26
Dali [Yunnan]

Other transportation option: Long-distance Bus

Lijiang is not far away from Dali, one can also take long-distance bus in Lijiang Passenger Transportation Terminal to get to Dali. Among them, 3 long distance buses scheduled at 07:10, 12:00 and 13:10 can reach Dali Ancient Town, 2 scheduled at 16:20 and 19:00 takes Dali Express Terminal as their final destination and the rest 15 scheduled from 8:00 to 17:40 can get to Dali North Express Terminal. The ticket fare of the long distance bus varies from CNY 61 to CNY 79.
 The ancient town of Lijiang carries a history of more than 800 years. The houses and other architectural buildings in the town were built with the distinctive Naxi Style. Travelling in the town seems like to go back in the ancient times with a slower life pace and comfortable environment. From the old town, passengers can take city bus 18 to reach Lijiang Railway Station directly.

Where to Go in Dali

Erhai Lake
As the second largest lake in China, Erhai Lake is more like an ear shaped sea instead of a lake. Near the lake, Golden Shuttle Island where Bai people live with their unique culture and lifestyle and Erhai Lake Park which is full of flowers in spring, are also nice scenic spots to go. Visitors can take Erhai Lake Cruise at Daligang Wharf, Longkan Wharf or Taoyuan Wharf to fully enjoy the beautiful scenery of the lake.

Cangshan Mountain
The mountain stands west of Erhai Lake, consisting of 19 peaks and 18 streams. The snow accumulated on the top of the mountain is one of the four sceneries in Dali that you shouldn’t miss. Most importantly, you can also visit attractions like Gangtong Temple, Zhonghe Temple, Qilongnv Pool and Butterfly Spring in Cangshan Mountain Scenic Area.

Three Pagodas
Three Pagodas, built 1,800 years ago is the exact place where you want to explore the history of the city. It consists of Qianxun Pagoda which is in the middle, and two lower ones standing in the north and south. There, you can find many sculptures of Buddha, Buddhist readings and etc.

Except all the three attractions mentioned above, Dali Ancient Town, Donglianhua Village, Yan’s Compound of Bai Minority are also places worth going.

 See also Dali - Lijiang Train

 See detailed Lijiang Train Schedule 

 Major Rail Lines from Lijiang to:
 Major Rail Line from Dali to:
- Last updated on Mar. 25, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Lijiang to Dali Train
Asked by Roe from USA | Jan. 15, 2020 16:40Reply
What's the difference between Soft Seat and Hard Seat?
Answers (1)
Answered by Nina from MALAYSIA | Jan. 16, 2020 17:31

Soft seat has larger space, only 2 passengers will sit together on one side. Hard sleeper will have 3 passengers together on one side and 2 on the other side. Soft seat is more recommended since the ticket price is only a small difference.
Asked by Perry | Jun. 13, 2019 02:30Reply
What does "transformed soft seat" refers to?
I booked a soft seat and was informed that it was a transformed soft seat. What does it mean?
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Jun. 13, 2019 18:07

Thank you for your inquiry.

On some trains, lower bed in soft sleeper cabin will be sold as soft seat. Each 3 or 4 passengers will be sit together on one lower bed. This kind of "seat" is in fact transformed from soft sleeper beds. Hope this information can help you.
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