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Transportation in Dali Travel

Dali New City vs Dali Old Town

Dali is the capital city of the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture. It consists of Dali New City (known as Xiaguan) and Dali Old Town. The local government keeps new city and old town separate. Owing to the distance of about 15 km from the new city area, the old town is still peaceful and well-preserved. When we discuss Dali, it usually refers to the Old Town of Dali.





Dali Airport operates flights from many Chinese cities including Guangzhou, Kunming, Xishuangbanna, and so on. By airplane, it takes about 40 minutes from Dali to Kunming, and 50 minutes to Xishuangbanna.


Distance to Xiaguan: 13 km

Distance to Dali Ancient Town: 28km


Transportation to city center:


Airport bus

From airport to Cangshan Hotel (in Xiaguan): 8:00,12:00

(There is an extra bus leaving at 9:00 on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday)

From Cangshan Hotel to Airport: 7:00, 11:00

Ticket price: 10 Yuan (one-way ticket)



It takes about 50 minutes from airport to Dali Ancient Town by taxi. Normally the taxi fare varies around 90 Yuan. From Dali airport to Xiaguan it takes about 50 Yuan.



Railway Station


Dali Railway Station

Dali is connected to many Chinese cities including Lijiang and Kunming from Dali railway station.

Location: 261, Weishan Road

Distance to Dali Old Town: 15 km



Bus Stations


Taking tourist bus is a convenient and economic way when travel in Dali. From Dali you could easy get to Lijiang, Kunming or other cities by tour bus.



Dali Bus Station


Dali Bus Station is the biggest bus station of Dali. It operates buses travelling between Yunnan cities and cities of other provinces.


From Dali to Lijiang: (every day)

8:30, 9:30, 14:00, 19:00


From Dali to Shangri-la

6:20-11:00 (every 30 minutes)

6:30-9:30(night shift, every hour)


Address: 21, Jianshe Road, Xiaguan



Xiaguan Bus Station


Xiaguan Bus Station operates tour buses travelling between Dali and cities inside Yunnan Province, including Lijiang, Kunming, Liuku, Tengchong, Ruili, Jinghong, and so on.


Address: Xiaguan, Jianshe Road



Dali Acient Town bus station


Tourists could choose to take tour buses from Dali Ancient Town Bus Station


Address: inside Dali Ancient Town

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