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Located in the northwest of Yunnan Province, in the Tibetan Plateau foothills, Shangri-La is a small mountainous county. Transportation options are limited.
There are limited daily flights to Shangri-La, but no railway to this area yet. Bus is the best option for travelling from the nearby popular tourist cities of Dali and Lijiang.
Diqing Shangri-La Airport (DIG) is the only airport in the county, and offers direct flights to Kunming, Chengdu, Chongqing, Lhasa, and Guangzhou.
Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province, is a transportation hub. Daily flights from Kunming to Shangri-La are available.
Direct Domestic Flights to Shangri-La:
|From||Per Day||Journey (Approx.)|
|Guangzhou||2 per week||2h 50m|
Good to know: The airport is about 5 km (3 mi) from downtown Shangri-La. There is no shuttle bus at present. Taxis cost about 30 yuan.
Highways are the main means of transportation for locals and tourists to get to Shangri-La from the main cities of Yunnan.
|From||Distance (km)||Journey (h)||Price (yuan)|
Good to know:
It is a long way to go from Kunming (or Dali) to Shangri-La directly. A more comfortable way is to take a train from Kunming to Dali/Lijiang, and enjoy sightseeing there; and then take a bus from Lijiang to Shangri-La.
There are several public buses in Shangri-La. Bus 3 can get you to Songzanlin Monastery, a popular spot in Shangri-La, for 1 yuan.
Shangri-La is a small town. The taxi fare is about 5 yuan within the town.
If you plan to visit Yunnan, don't miss Shangri-La, a place offering a taste of Tibet, with similar altitudes and culture, but without so much hassle.
We have conducted many tours to Shangri-La. Here are two popular itineraries for your inspiration: