Getting there & away
The golden rule about getting to Dàlǐ by bus is to find out in advance whether your bus is for Dàlǐ or Xiàguān. Many buses advertised to Dàlǐ actually only go as far as Xiàguān. Coming from Lìjiāng, Xiàguān-bound buses stop at the eastern end of Dàlǐ to let passengers off before continuing on to their final destination. From here it’s a 20-minute walk to the main guesthouses.From the long-distance bus station near the west gate in Dàlǐ there are daily buses to Shangri-la (Y50, eight hours, every 30 minutes from 7.30am to 11am & 7.20pm, 8pm, 8.30pm) and express buses to Kūnmíng (Y106, five hours, 9.30am, 10.30am and 4.30pm, 9pm). A slow bus for Kūnmíng also leaves daily at 8am (Y65). Buses to Lìjiāng (Y30 to Y50, three hours, every 30 minutes, 7.30am to 7.20pm) also leave from here.
Buses run regularly to Shāpíng, Xǐzhōu and other local destinations from opposite the long-distance bus station. A bus leaves for Shāpíng every Monday morning (Y5, one hour, 9.30am) for the market.
Probably the most popular means of getting to Dàlǐ is the overnight sleeper train from Kūnmíng (hard sleeper Y93).
Xiàguān’s new airport has brought Dàlǐ to within 45 minutes’ flying time from Kūnmíng. A taxi from Dàlǐ to the airport will cost Y60 to Y80. Alternatively, you can take a bus to Xiàguān and pick up a taxi from there (Y50).