How to Get to & around Shangri-La 2020

Get to/away Shangri-La

By Air

Diqing Airport, also called Shangri-La Diqing Airport or Zhongdian Airport, has flights linking itself with Kunming, Lhasa, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Shanghai. Daily flights are available between Kunming and Shangri-La. If there is no direct flight from your departure cities to Shangri-La, you could reach Kunming first and then transfer to Shangri-La by air or by long-distance bus.

Transfer Tips: The airport is located 5 km from downtown Shangri-La. There is no shuttle bus running between the airport and Shangri-La urban area at present. You may take a taxi which costs around 15-20 Yuan.

Shangri-La Diqing Airport

By Train

Shangri-La has no train station at present. Visitors could take a train to nearby cities such as Lijiang, Kunming and Dali. A railway is under construction and predicted to be finished in 2020.

By Bus

A good way to reach Shangri-La is by long-distance bus. Shangri-La Long-distance Bus Station is located in the middle section of Changzheng Road. It operates buses to nearby counties and major cities of Yunnan Province.

Kunming Shangri-La 720KM 12 hours runs every half an hour
Lijiang Shangri-La 174KM 4 hours runs every 40 minutes
Dali Shangri-La 380KM 7 hours both coaches and sleeper bus are available
Panzhihua(in Sichuan) Shangri-La 470KM 12 hours one daily sleeper bus available
Deqin Shangri-La 180KM 5-6 hours Four regular buses available

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

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

Shangri-La Long-distance Bus Station

Get around Shangri-La

By Taxi

The starting price is 5 Yuan. The town seat is not big and taxis are not metered by taximeter. Within downtown area the taxi fare is CNY5. But if you go out of the downtown, the cost will be higher. Try to discuss the price with the drivers.

Shangri-La Taxi

Shangri-La Taxi

By City-bus

There are several public buses in Shangri-La, bus fares are 1 Yuan. There are some minibuses to the surrounding towns. In the high season, minibuses will open more routes to the surrounding attractions. Bus No.3 will take you to the Songzanlin Monastery.

Shangri-La Public Buses

Shangri-La Public Buses

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