How to Get to & around Lijiang

Get to/away Lijiang

By Air

Lijiang Airport is also known as Lijiang Sanyi Airport. There are many flights to/from Kunming, Chengdu, Xishuangbanna, Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Chongqing, Xiamen, Guanzhou, Nanjing, Hangzhou etc. At present, the Lijiang Airport only has international flights to/from Hong Kong, Bankok and Seoul.

Lijiang-Kunming: flights are available from early morning to late at night and the trip is only 40 minutes’ flight. Kunming Lijiang tours>>

Transfer Tips: Lijiang Airport is about 28 km away from Lijiang City with 35 minutes’ transfer. You can take a taxi (usually 80-100 Yuan) or outside the arrivals hall you will find the airport bus to the old town.

Lijiang Airport

Lijiang Airport

By Train

There are daily service to Dali and Kunming. Dali-Lijiang: takes about 2 and half hours with 3 trains running; Kunming-Lijiang: takes about 8-9 hours with 8 trains running.

Transfer Tips: Lijiang Train Station is about 5 km from Lijiang Ancient Town. Several public bus lines serve the station, including the No.18 and No.4 buses. Be aware that taxis are not easy to come by in Lijiang.

Lijiang Train Station

Lijiang Train Station

By Bus

Lijiang has several long-distance bus stations, offering convenient service. There are buses to/ from Lijiang from/to Shangri-La (3.5hrs), Dali (3hrs), Kunming (8hrs), Chengdu (24hrs) etc. The frequent used bus station is Lijiang Transport Service Center Bus Station, located at Changshui Road, south of Lijiang Old Town.

Transfer Tips: There is frequent rainfall and lightning storms may occur in July and August. So it is not recommended to take the long distance bus to Lijiang during this period.

>> Check More about Transportation between Lijiang and Dali

>> Check More about Transportation between Lijiang and Shangri-La

Lijiang Transport Service Center Bus Station

Lijiang Bus Terminal

Get around Lijiang

By Taxi

A small taxi is CNY6 for the first 3 km and then CNY1.6 for every succeeding km. A Santana taxi is CNY7 for the first 3 km and CNY1.8 for each additional km. If you want to travel inside the small city by taking a taxi, 8 Yuan would be enough. If you want to go to a further destination, the car can be rented cheaply except during the peak season.

Lijiang Santana taxi

Lijiang Santana taxi

By Bike

Bicycle is a very popular and relaxing way to explore Lijiang. Bicycles are forbidden in the old town, but can travel to nearby ethnic villages, towns and to visit some of the scenic spots in the area (like Shuhe Ancient Village and Baisha Village). Tourists can rent Bikes at Hongtaiyang Square. All the bikes are mountain bikes, it costs RMB15/day.

Lijiang Bicycle

Lijiang Bicycle

Recommended Lijiang Tours

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