There are 7 ways to get from Kunming to Lijiang by train, bus, taxi, car, subway or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train  •  5 h 48 min

  1. Take the train from Kunming to Xiangyun (Station) Beihai - Dali
  2. Take the train from Xiangyun to Lijiang Kunming-Lijiang

$24 - $35

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Bus  •  9 h 43 min

  1. Take the bus from Kunming West to Lijiang KunmLijiang

$30 - $31

Taxi  •  5 h 3 min

  1. Take a taxi from Kunming to Lijiang 313.6 miles

$140 - $180

Drive  •  5 h 3 min

  1. Drive from Kunming to Lijiang 313.6 miles

$45 - $65

Line 3 subway, fly to Lijiang  •  3 h 44 min

  1. Take the line 3 subway from Dongfeng Square to East Bus Station
  2. Fly from Kunming (KMG) to Lijiang (LJG) KMG - LJG

$44 - $606

Fly to Ninglang Luguhu, taxi  •  5 h 49 min

  1. Fly from Kunming (KMG) to Ninglang Luguhu (NLH) KMG - NLH
  2. Take a taxi from Ninglang Luguhu to Lijiang

$86 - $313

Fly to Deqen, taxi  •  5 h 20 min

  1. Fly from Kunming (KMG) to Deqen (DIG) KMG - DIG
  2. Take a taxi from Deqen to Lijiang

$121 - $618

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Kunming to Lijiang is to bus which costs ¥205 - ¥215 and takes 9 h 43 min.

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The quickest way to get from Kunming to Lijiang is to line 3 subway and fly which costs ¥300 - ¥4200 and takes 3 h 44 min.

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The distance between Kunming and Lijiang is 322 km. The road distance is 501.7 km.

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It takes approximately 5 h 48 min to get from Kunming to Lijiang, including transfers.

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There are 857+ hotels available in Lijiang. Prices start at $23 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Kunming to Lijiang.
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  • Distance: 201.3 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 48 min

What companies run services between Kunming, China and Lijiang, China?

You can take a train from Kunming to Lijiang via Xiangyun (Station), Xiangyun, and Lijiang in around 5 h 48 min. Alternatively, China Bus Guide operates a bus from Kunming to Lijiang 5 times a day. Tickets cost $30 and the journey takes 8 h 30 min.

Airlines
China Eastern Airlines
Website
en.ceair.com
Flights from Kunming to Lijiang
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $850
Flights from Kunming to Ninglang Luguhu
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $250
Flights from Kunming to Deqen
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $750
Lucky Air Co. Ltd.
Website
luckyair.net
Flights from Kunming to Lijiang
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $460
Flights from Kunming to Ninglang Luguhu
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $380
Flights from Kunming to Deqen
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $490
China Southern Airlines
Website
csair.com
Flights from Kunming to Lijiang
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $1,500
Flights from Kunming to Deqen
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $750
Shenzhen Airlines
Website
shenzhenair.com
Flights from Kunming to Lijiang
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Flights from Kunming to Deqen
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $480
Kunming Airlines
Website
airkunming.com
Flights from Kunming to Lijiang
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $390
Sichuan Airlines
Website
ch.com
Flights from Kunming to Lijiang
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $1,500
Ruili Airlines
Website
rlair.net
Flights from Kunming to Lijiang
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $390
Beijing Capital
Website
intl.jdair.net
Flights from Kunming to Lijiang
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $220
Tibet Airlines Corporation
Website
tibetairlines.com
Flights from Kunming to Deqen
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $480
Train operators
China Railways D-Class
Website
chinahighlights.com
Train from Kunming to Xiangyun (Station)
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $18
Schedules at
trip.com
Book at
trip.com
2nd Class Seat
$13 - $18
1st Class Seat
$16 - $23
China Railways K-Class
Website
chinahighlights.com
Train from Xiangyun to Lijiang
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $13
Schedules at
trip.com
Book at
trip.com
Hard Seat
$8 - $13
Hard Sleeper
$16 - $24
Soft Sleeper
$24 - $40
Kunming Rail Transit
Website
kmgdgs.com
Subway from Dongfeng Square to East Bus Station
Ave. Duration
11 min
Frequency
Every 5 minutes
Estimated price
$1
Schedules at
kmgdgs.com
Bus operators
China Bus Guide
Website
chinabusguide.com
Bus from Kunming West to Lijiang
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$30
Schedules at
chinabusguide.com
Other operators
Taxi from Kunming to Lijiang
Ave. Duration
5 h 3 min
Estimated price
$140 - $180
Kunming Taxi

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