Lijiang to Kunming: by Flight, Train, Bus

Kunming is located at the southeast of Lijiang. The distance from Lijiang to Kunming is 517 kilometers. Travelers could choose your favorite way to transfer from Lijiang to Kunming - by flight, by high speed train or by bus.

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Kunming Lijiang Map

Lijiang to Kunming Map

Lijiang to Kunming Train

In 2023, There are 6 daily high speed trains (D trains) and 1 normal K trains from Lijiang to Kunming, running service from 08:23 to 22:40. The travel time on the train varied with different trains, about taking 3 - 10.5 hours. As the latest operations of high speed trains, it is highly recommended to embark a fast, cozy and convenient bullet train from Lijiang to Kunming. For travelers who are in budget, you are suggested to take the overnight train to Kunming which could help save one night accommodation fee and also make full use of your daytime to explore the tourist attractions in Lijiang.

Lijiang to Kunming Train Schedule

FromToTrain NumberDepartsArrivesDuration
Lijiang Railway Station
Kunming Railway Station
D8774 08:23 11:21 2h58mins
D8778 08:48 12:05 3h17mins
D8764 11:04 14:24 3h20mins
D8782 13:00 15:58 2h58mins
D8790 16:42 19:52 3h10mins
D8794 17:29 20:47 3h18mins
K6128 22:40 09:04 10h24mins

(Note: the above information of train number, railway station, time, prices, etc. is only for your reference, since they could be slightly changed according to practical situation. For the latest and real-time high speed train or K trains running from Lijiang to Kunming, please go ahead to check Lijiang to Kunming train schedules, fares and train stations 2023.)

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Lijiang Railway Station

Location: Shangji Road, Huangshan Town, Yulong County, Lijiang City (丽江市玉龙县黄山镇上吉路)

Lijiang Train Station is the main railway station used in Lijiang now. It is about 8 kilometers from the station to Lijiang Old Town. If by taxi or private car, it only needs about 0.5 hour for the transfer. Also buses are available outside of Lijiang Train Station to Old Town.

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Kunming Railway Station

Location: No. 1, Beijing Road, Guandu District, Kunming, Yunnan (昆明市官渡区北京路1号-昆明火车站)

Kunming Railway Station is located very close to the Kunming city center, so you could arrive there by a local taxi for about 10-20 minutes with a distance of about 3 minutes. Besides, you could take the Metro Line 2 there directly to the station. If you go to the station from Kunming Green Lake, it needs about 30 minutes by car.

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Lijiang Old Town Transportation Map

Lijiang Old Town Transportation Map

Kunming High Speed Train Map

Kunming High Speed Train Map

Lijiang to Kunming Flight

Taking a flight is the fastest way to Kunming from Lijiang. Travelers just need to spend 1 hour for flight travel instead of 3.5 - 10 hours on the train. If you want to save much time and energy, you’d better transfer from Lijiang to Kunming by air. Also, the price for the flight is affordable and sometimes travelers could enjoy a deal with best price.

Lijiang to Kunming Flight Schedule

Every day, there are more than 4 daily flights from Lijiang Sanyi Airport to Kunming Changshui International Airport. The travel time is within one hour. The earliest Lijiang Kunming flight is at 12:25 and the last one is at 21:25. If you need real-time information about the flights, you can contact our experenced travel consultants for help.

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Lijiang Sanyi Airport (丽江三义国际机场)

Location: Sanyi Village, Qihe Town, Gucheng District, Lijiang City (丽江市古城区七河镇三义村)

Lijiang Airport, also called Lijiang Sanyi Airport, is the second largest airport in Yunnan after Kunming Changshui International Airport. Lijiang Airport has flights from Kunming, Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Guilin, Xian etc. International flights can connect Lijiang with Hong Kong, Taipei, Bangkok, Singapore, Seoul and more regions.

Lijiang Airport is about 29 kilometers from Lijiang Old Town. You can take a taxi or outside the arrivals hall you will find the airport bus to the old town. For more information about How to Get from Lijiang Airport to Lijiang Old Town.

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Kunming Changshui International Airport (昆明长水国际机场)

Location: Changshui Village, Guandu District, Kunming, Yunnan (云南省昆明市官渡区长水村-昆明长水国际机场)

It is the largest and most frequently used airport in Yunnan province, which is about 23km from the city downtown area. To arrive there, you could take the local Airport Shuttle Bus Line 1 or Line 2 from the city downtown, and the buses start about every 20 minutes. Besides, taking a taxi, you could spend about 50 minutes with a driving distance of about 27.5km there. For more information about How to Get from Kunming Airport to City Center.

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Lijiang Old Town

Kunming Green Lake Park

Lijiang to Kunming Bus

Before the complete of high speed rail between Lijiang and Kunming, transferring between two city by long-distance coach / bus is one of the common way for local people. Nowadays the high-speed train is quicker than bus with a reasonable price. Therefore traveling by bus is no longer people's first choice.There are only 1 - 2 long-distance buses from Lijiang Bus Station to Kunming West Bus Station, leaving Lijiang at 11:00 or 14:00. The travel time takes about 7 - 8 hours.

How to Plan a Lijiang Kunming Tour

Combined a 5-6 days tour with Kunming and Lijiang, travelers could explore UNESCO World Heritage sites like Kunming Stone Forest, Lijiang Old Town; enjoy ethnic festivals, architectures, costumes etc. Besides the colorful ethnic cultural experience, you’ll see breathtaking natural scenery by visiting the Blue Moon Valley, Green Lake Park, Black Dragon Pool and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Kunming and Lijiang.

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Dali is home to Bai people minority, located between Kunming and Lijiang. You can take 2 - 3 days to explore the ancient city of Nanzhao Kingdom, visit Dali Old Town and the landmark architecture - Three Pagodas, enjoy local ethnic activities such as three-course tea, tie-dye and local morning markets in Xizhou Villag. If you have 3 - 4 day left, don't miss "the lost paradise on earth" - Shangri-La. Head to the gorgeous Songzanlin Monastery and pray devoutly, pay a visit to Tibetan local family and enjoy breathtaking scenery in Pudacuo National Park.

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If you want to cover all the fantastic destination of Yunnan, arrange 10 days or longer will be great for the in-depth exploration. Highlight your trip by visiting photography paradises - Yunanyang and Dongchuan. Or if you want to enjoy tropical scenery, head south to the tropical kingdom Xishuangbanna or dreamlike land Puzhehei.

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