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Kunming - Dali Trains

In this page, we offer train from Kunming - Dali train information and more tips to have train travel to Kunming and Dali for your reference. 

The first character of train number has special meanings.
G–High-Speed Train
C–Intercity EMU Train
D–Electric Multiple Units (EMU) Train
Z–Direct Express Train
T–Express Train
K–Fast Train
Four-digit Number Train - Regular Speed Train
L–Temporary Train

Kunming - Dali Train
There are 8 pairs of trains traveling between Kunming and Dali every day. The fastest one takes about 5 hours and 6 minutes for one day, while the lowest one takes about 8 hours and 33 minutes. You would better check the schedule first when you make your travel plan.
►Train from Kunming to Dali
Trains from Kunming to Dali departs from Kunming Railway Station and arrive at Dali Railway Station. The running hours ranges from 5 hours to 8 hours and 35 minutes.
Recommended Trains: For the traveling time on train from Kunming to Dali is a little long, it is suggested to a over-night train with sleeper ticket, so that you can have a good rest by sleeping on the train and also save time for sightseeing activities in the day. Train No. K9602, K9616 and K9632 are recommended to take. They are all over-night train departs respectively at 22:06, 21:40 and 22:29. The running hours of them are more than 8 hours.
►Train from Dali to Kunming
Trains from Dali to Kunming leave from Dali Railway Station and arrive at Kunming Railway Station with daily departure. The earliest train is K9634 starting off at 08:54 in the morning. And the lastest one K9684 departs at 23:59. The running hours ranges from 5 hours and 10 minutes to 8 hours and 29 minutes.
Recommended Trains: It is suggested to take Train K9688 starting off at 11:10 and arriving at 16:20 and taking the shortest time on the way. Train K9634 and K9608 opetation in the day is also good ones to take. 

Notes for Taking Train in China
1. Booking an original train is easier than booking a passing-by train. You can book a train ticket 20 days in advance at most. It is suggested to book train ticket as early as possible, in case of the availability of hte ticket. There are four ways to book train tickets in China: at the Railway Station, Online booking, Telephone Booking, booking through travel agencies. One can find more about train ticket booking at How to Book China Train Tickets?

2. Generally, the seats on the train in China have tow types including soft seat and hard seat. Also, there are two kinds of sleeper seats on China's trains which are hard sleeper seat and soft sleeper seat. Hard sleeper seats are divided into upper hard sleeper, middle hard sleeper and lower hard sleeper (lower hard sleeper is the best); while soft sleeper seats are divided into upper soft sleeper and lower soft sleeper (lower soft sleeper is better).
2. In China, taking a train is a comparative cheaper way to cut down the travel cost. While correspondingly, the comfortable level is lower than by air.
Luggage: you need to take the luggages by yourself and keep an eye of them on transporting time, no luggage-checking service on the train
Carriage: it may be crowded when in the domestic travel seasons as well as summer holidays.

Tips for Travel to Dali and Kunming

Domestic Travel High Season
The most crowded seasons in China are Chinese Spring Festival (usually in late Jan or early Feb.), International Labor Day (May 01 to 03) and National Day (Oct 01-07). Spring Festival and the National Day golden week are the most crowded time for travelling. Scenic spots will be full of visitors.

Best Time to Visit Dali:
The best time to visit Dali is right from Mar to Oct, from the early springtime to the mid-autumn period. With a moderate climate, Dali is friendly to tourists who could not quickly adapt the weather in China.  More information about weather and climate in Dali, you can visit Best time to visit Dali.
Best Time to Visit Kunming:
Kunming is suitable for travelling throughout the whole year. However, the best time to visit Kunming is from March to October. One can find a lot of Yunnan ethnic celebrations during these times in addition to many fruits and blossoms within this period of time. One can visit Best time to visit Kunming to find out more about weather and climate in Kunming.

Related Information:
More transportation information: Kunming Transportation
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