Dali Transportation


Dali Airport is 13 kilometers to the east of Dali City .

At present, there are only flights to Kunming and Xishuangbanna.

  • Airport Inquiry : 0872-2315335
  • Ticket office: 0872-2171999


You can take Bus No.7 from Xiaguan to Dali Airport. Plane tickets are available in some hotels and travel agencies in Jianshe Road of Xiaguan.


Guangtong-Dali Railway is connected with Chengdu-Kunming Railway at Guangtong Railway Station.

  • Railway Station Inquiry: 0872-2325579
  • Ticket Office: 0872-2166588


1) There are daily trains from kunming to Dali or vice verse.

2) Trains to other tourists cities including Lijiang, Shangri-la are also available

City Transportation

There are eleven buses altogether in the city proper of Dali. The transportation is very convenient.


It is very convenient for tourists to get to all scenic spots from Xiaguan by taxi.


If you just want to wander around the Ancient City of Dali, it is a good choice to rent a bicycle.


If you want to visit Erhai Lake, it is ideal to go by yacht on the Erhai Dock to the north of Xiaguan.


1)You can walk to the Chongsheng Temple from the Ancient City of Dali, and that will only take you half an hour. You can also take a carriage to the Temple.

2)Ropeway is available in Cangshan Mountain and you can also ride a horse up the Mountain.

3)If you want to visit the Precious Stone Mountain from the Ancient City of Dali, you can take the bus from Dali to Jianchuan at the Passenger Transport Station in the city proper. Then you have to transfer to the buses from Jianchuan to the Precious Stone Mountain.


From the bus stop near the west gate in Dali there are daily buses to Zhongdian and express buses to Kunming . Express buses to Lijiang and minibuses also leave from here.

A bus leaves for Shaping every Monday morning for the market.


1) The three biggest Long-distance Bus Stations of Xiaguan are all located on Jianshe Road.

2) There are daily long-distance buses to Dali at all Bus Stations in Kunming. The buses from Kunming to Dali will stop at Xiaguan (Xiaguan is a new city), but not the Ancient City of Dali. Out of Xiaguan Bus Station, you can take Bus No.4 to the Ancient City of Dali directly .

Questions and Answers About Dali Transportation

andy ang 2013-11-01
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if skip air, what is the duration & cost for coach or train from Dali to Kunming

Hi andy, it is about 5 hours by bus and cost around RMB160. For train, it is about 7 hours and RMB80.

Simon Huang replied on 2013-11-01
laurence 2013-10-02
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I don''t find horary and rates for long distance buses from Dali to Kunming
Dear laurence, Thank you for the inquiry. The bus from Dali to Kunming departs every 30 minutes from 7:40-19:00, and the price is about CNY160/USD26. Doris Huang replied on 2013-10-03
Soraya 2013-07-29
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Hi! I am planning a trip throught Yunnan, and I would like to know the approximate price to go from Dali to Kunming by taxi. Can you please give me some infomation regarding this?

Hi Soraya, we don't suggest that you go to Kunming from Dali by taxi. The cost would be higher than the air fare.

Whitney Liao replied on 2013-07-30
hi,Soraya. it is extremely costly to go by taxi, at least 800 Yuan. The most popular way is by coach, just check with the local people, there are many coaches heading to Kunming everyday. JoeDADA replied on 2013-07-31
Heng 2013-06-05
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Hi, Can I rent a car or mini van from dali to kunming airport to catch 2PM flight ? How much it cost ?
Dear Heng, It is about 350km from Dali to Kunming, it will be too expensive to rent a car or van. It costs about CNY1600/ US$260. I suggest you could ask the hotel you are staying to arrange it for you. Lussie Lu replied on 2013-06-06
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