How to get to & around Dali

Dali is the capital city of the prefecture of the same name. It consists of Dali New City (下关: Xiàguān) and Dali Old Town (古城: Gǔchéng). Travelers visit Dali Old Town for its traditional architecture and minority cultures. When discussing Dali, it is important to be clear whether you are talking about the entire city or just the Dali Old Town.


By Air

Dali Airport is located to the east of Dali New City, 13 km from South Gate, and around 30 km from Dali Old City.

Direct flights include Dali-Kunming (Daily), Dali-Chengdu (Daily), Dali-Chongqing, and Dali-Xishuangbanna (Daily). You can fly to many large cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong via Kunming.

Dali Airport

Dali Airport

By Train

At present, there are many high speed D trains from Kunming to Dali Train Station (in Dali New City-Xiaguan), leaving during about 06:30-21:30 every day, the trains need only about 2-3 hours time for arriving. So travelers can easily choose the ideal train for their travel planning.

There are one or two trains daily from Lijiang to Dali and back. The ride takes nearly 2 hours. And also some daily trains from Lijiang to Kunming via Dali.

If your destination is Dali Old Town, you need to take car or bus to go ahead since Dali Old Town is about 13 km away from the Dali Train Station.

>> Check More about Kunming Dali High Speed Train

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Dali Train Station

Dali Train Station

Go Around Dali

On Foot

Dali Old Town is small enough to get around on foot; Cangshan Mountai, Erhai Lake, Three Pagodas are all very close to the Old City. Cangshan Mountain runs north-south next to the city. As you look at the mountains and face west, the Erhai Lake is at your back (east). You’ll realize that the entire Dali Old Town gently slopes from the mountains to the lake.


By Bike

Bikes are also available at many guesthouses and rental huts around town. Bikes vary greatly in quality so shop around for the best deal.


By Taxi

Taxis in Dali Old Town generally cost less 10 Yuan (though most drivers will ask for 10 Yuan). For other locations outside Dali Old Town, all prices are negotiable.

Notes: Two famous little Ancient towns, Xizhou and Zhoucheng are located in the north of Dali Old City, 10 km and 20 km respectively. Butterfly Spring Park is 24 km and Shaxi Ancient Town is about 90 km from Dali Old City; Actually, Shaxi Ancient Town is closer to Lijiang.

Dali Taxi

Dali Taxi

Dali Bike Tour

Bike Tour around Dali

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