Visit Lijiang by Train

Lijiang is known for its snow-covered mountains, rapid-running rivers and old town Lijiang. The place is about 500 km northwest of Kunming. Since 26th of August, 2011 when the railroad connecting Kunming to Lijiang opened, travelers can have a comfortable and cheap way to get to beautiful Lijiang other than taking a plane.  On 5th of January, 2019,the high speed EMU trains were launched which has dramatically shortened the travel time from more than 8.5 hours to 3 hours only.

How long does the train take?

  • High Speed EMU Train: 3 to 3.5 hours,
  • Overnight Train:8.5 to 10 hours,

How much does the train ticket cost?

  • High speed train
    2nd Clas Seat: CNY220
  • Green EMU train
    2nd class sea: CNY197
  • Overnight train
    Hard Sleeper: CNY141.5
    Soft Sleeper: CNY217

Where are Kunming Station and Lijiang Station located?

Kunming Railway Station
Location: southern end of Beijing Road, Guandu District, Kunming City.
Bus Line: 236, 2, 83, 23, 47, 68

Lijiang Railway Station
Location: Shangji Village, Nankou, Lijiang. 10km from the old town
Bus Line: 4, 16, 18

What does the high speed train look like?

high speed train

The high speed trains from Kunming to Lijiang launched since 5 Jan, 2019.

2nd class seat

Each row has 5 2nd class seats with electricity outlet underneath.


'Hulk' EMU Train

Maximum speed: 160KM/hour. Its 2nd class seat is CNY197.

What does the overnight train look like?


The trains running between Kunming and Lijiang are K trains. K (Kuai) means fast in Chinese language.

Soft Sleeper

Many travelers take overnight train from Kunming to Lijiang. Soft sleeper is the best class.

Hard Sleeper

Hard sleeper has less privacy without a lockable door, but it is a cheap option. The 9 hours sleep costs only USD21.

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