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Dali Old Town Transportation

Getting there

To Xiaguan(Dali City)

Daily flights from Kunming to Dali cost up to 930 yuan and arrive at Dali Airport on the southeast edge of Erhai Lake. Flights run around 40 minutes and there are no buses to Dali from the airport which means you'll need to make your own plans to get there. Taxis are not always available and may require extensive haggling if you want to avoid paying too much.

Kunming's West Bus Station sells express bus tickets to Xiaguan (下关) for 142 yuan. Expect 20 minutes in line on busy days such as Fridays and longer around holidays. Bus trips typically take four hours.

There are day and night trains from Kunming to Dali that take from six to eight hours, with ticket prices ranging from 30 yuan for a hard seat to more than 100 yuan for a bed. This mode of transport is not recommended if you only have a weekend.

To Dali Old Town

Once in Xiaguan, it's another 22 km to the old town. The 4 and 8 buses will take you to the old town in around half an hour for 1.5 yuan between 6:30 am and 8 pm daily. 

Taxis are a faster option but will run 50 yuan.


Dali Airport is 13 kilometers to the east of Dali City .

At present, there are only flights to Kunming and Xishuangbanna.

Airport Inquiry : 0872-2315335

Ticket office: 0872-2171999

You can take Bus No.7 from Xiaguan to Dali Airport. Plane tickets are available in some hotels and travel agencies in Jianshe Road of Xiaguan.

Guangtong-Dali Railway is connected with Chengdu-Kunming Railway at Guangtong Railway Station.

Railway Station Inquiry: 0872-2325579

Ticket Office: 0872-2166588

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