Lijiang is around 200 kilometers from Dali. Driving a car will take 2 to 3 hours. Taking a regular train will take 2 hours and 30 minutes. There are also buses available for this route.
There is no flight available between Dali and Kunming probably because it will only take few hours to reach Lijiang from Dali by train.
Long distance buses will take 3 to 4 hours travel time from Dali to Lijiang. Bus fare is from 50 to 80 CNY which is almost the same price if you take the train. The only advantage of taking the bus is the terminal is walking distance to Lijiang Old Town.
It takes 3 hours travel time to reach Lijiang from Dali. We choose the soft seat as it will only take few hours to be in our destination. We spent just 49 CNY and we had a smooth travel and we’re able to nap for a while.
Hiring a Taxi or Private Car
We tried getting a car to get to Lijiang but prices were 300 to 350 CNY. Well, a car can drop you straight to Lijiang old town but the taxis are small and not comfortable.
Private car is ranging from 300 to 400 CNY.