Lijiang Transportation

The city of Lijiang is located in the northwestern corner of Yunnan Province, southeast of Tibet Autonomous Region. It has  the same beautiful terrain as Shangri-La, located about 200 km (125 mi) northwest of Lijiang in Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.

As with many small mountainous towns and cities in China, Lijiang is mystically beautiful. So, while getting there might under ordinary circumstances be half of the fun, we suggest that you instead "cut to the chase" and get to Lijiang by the quickest means at your disposal (by air) — we feel confident that you will not regret it!

Lijiang's Airport

Lijiang Sanyi International Airport is one of the three international airports in Yunnan Province, together with Kunming Changshui International Airport and Xishuangbanna Gasa International Airport. All the main cities in China are accessible from Lijiang Sanyi International Airport.

The facilities of Lijiang Sanyi International Airport are complete to tourist requirements. It has a single runway, 19 aircraft bays, and eight boarding gates. Shuttle buses are very convenient for you to get to the city center.

Railway Stations

There are two railways stations in Lijiang: Lijiang Railway Station and Lijiang East Railway Station. They make Lijiang much more accessible from the major cities of Yunnan Province, such as Kunming and Dali. It is an important part of the Yunnan–Tibet Railway.

Lijiang East Railway Station has 17 windows selling train tickets to tourists, from 7:20am to 9am, 12pm to 3pm, and 5:20pm to 8:30pm. You can take buses 4, 16, 18 to the railway station.

Bus Stations

Lijiang has several bus stations to reach the main cities in Yunnan Province.

Lijiang Passenger Transport Service Center Bus Station

  • Address: Changshui Road, southwest corner of Lijiang Ancient City
  • Telephone: 0888-5121106
  • Buses to Zhongdian, Deqin, and Kunming

Lijiang Guluwan Bus Station

  • Address: Red Sun Square, close to Black Dragon Pool Park, north of Lijiang Ancient City
  • Telephone: 0888-5122929
  • Buses to Daju, Xiaguan, Zhongdian, Panzhihua, and Kunming

Lijiang Gaokuai Bus Station

  • Address: Shangri-La Avenue
  • Telephone: 0888-5169758
  • Buses only to Kunming

Lijiang Tourist Bus Station

  • Address: Close to Naxi Hotel, Changshui Road
  • Telephone: 0888-5125492
  • Buses to local tourist areas

City Transport

As Lijiang is small, exploring on foot is ok. Taxis and rentable bicycles are also available.

Questions and Answers About Lijiang Transportation

Flora choa 2014-02-16
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Hi can I check if I can get a taxi from airport to any hotel location in Lijiang? (City cenre)
Hi Flora, yes, you can. Just show the taxi driver the hotel address in Chinese, he/she will take you there. Whitney Liao replied on 2014-02-17
Carry 2013-01-19
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Hello,I found out that the overnight train from Kunming to Lijiang has vip rooms. This is the website i found the pictures on: Its a cabine for 3 persons. Since we are travelling with our 7 year old daughter, it would be ideal for us! I saw several websites to book train tickets, but there is never an option to book these vip rooms. Can anyone please help? It would be for the 1st of April.
Hi Carry, The best seats on the overnight train from Kunming to Lijiang are soft cabins with 4 soft sleepers in each cabin. We do not offer train ticket booking service only, but we could book tickets for you in a tour package. Please know more about Lijiang tour here: Regards, Coco Coco Yang replied on 2013-01-19
tim walters 2013-01-18
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I live part time in Kaifeng china henan provence, I need to go to Hong Kong and get my visa restamped and then want to go to Li jang to visit a friend what is the best way to do that, should i go first to LiJang and then Hong Kong and then go from there to Chongqing to see my other friend. And then back to Kaifeng. I have to get my visa restamped to be out of mainland china I have to get my visa restamped and be out of mainland China by Jan 31 st and then i can have another 60 days here in China
Dear Sir or Madam, You could go to Hong Kong from Kaifeng for getting your visa restamped at first, then fly to Kunming. You could take a flight or a train to Lijiang, and then fly to Chongqing. At last go back to Kaifeng. You could search the time schedule of the flight or train on our website. Train: Flight: Lussie Lu replied on 2013-01-19
S L Lau 2013-01-13
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Hi, We would like to travel from Kunming (2 nights) - Dali (1 night) - Lijiang (2 nights) back to Kunming (depart on the same day by 5pm flight). Is it possible for 4 of us to complete our sight seeing within 6 days? We dont mind travel by overnight VIP train or bus. Our flight departs Kunming at 5pm. Please recommended us some downtown hotels near food streets and shopping malls in Kunming, Dali and Lijiang range US45. to US50. Any better suggestion is very mush appreciated.

Hi Lau, yes, it is doable  for 4 of you to complete your sight seeing within 6 days. Are there any kids or elderly people in your group? How old if yes? Please also kindly advise the exact date you would like to start the tour. Then we will send you a proposal.

Whitney Liao replied on 2013-01-15
Richard Lee 2012-11-04
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Hi, good morning. I would like to travel from shanghai to Kunming/yunnan and to visit Lijiang River. Please kindly advise the most efficient route. Many thanks for your kind help. Warm regards, Richard

Hi Richard, either from Shanghai to Kunming or from Kunming to Lijiang, there is a long distance. So both recommend plane as transportation. Between Kunming and Lijiang, Dali is also highly recommended. Then you can fly to Dali first from Kunming, and drive to Lijaing from Dali. We are very glad to send you a detailed itinerary, please let me know below the information:

1.  Number of people in your group including yourself

2.  Length of stay in China

3.   Inbound / outbound city

4.   Starting date of the tour

5.   Class of Hotel: 3 / 4 / 5 star

6.   Estimative total budget per person

Whitney Liao replied on 2012-11-05
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