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Shangri-la Transport

At present, Shangri-la has not yet opened railway, but road and air transportation has already been very convenient. There are flights from Kunming to Shangri-la everyday. Take bus car or travel by car is also very convenient. In Shangri-La, there are buses and taxis and visitors can also chartered cars for traveling. 


External Transportation

Shangri-La County is only four kilometers away from Diqing Airport, the largest airport in northwest Yunnan. It now has opened direct flights to Kunming, Xishuangbanna, Chengdu, Lhasa, Chongqing, Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai Hongqiao and so on. Other cities’ visitors can choose to fly to Kunming first. There are many fights from Shangri-La to Kunming every day, and just take 1 hr to get there.

Airport Transportation

Diqing airport is only 5 kilometers from the downtown. Taxi normally takes about 15 minutes and the fare does not exceed 30 CNY.  From the airport to the Shangri-La County there is no airport bus. The taxies generally do not run the meter. It all takes seven Yuan to urban area and 20-30 Yuan from the city to the airport.

There are buses to Shangri-la from Kunming, Lijiang, Deqin, Daocheng and other cities:

Kunming: It takes 12 hrs by bus from Kunming to Shangri-la, passing by Jianchuan, Dali. Eachday, at about15:30-20:00 there are several buses. The price is around 200 CNY per person.
Lijiang: It takes 8 hrs to drive from Lijiang, passing Jianchuan, to Shangri-la. From 8:00 to 12:00, there are buses in every hour; the price is about 60 to 70 CNY per person.
Dali: It takes 8 hours by bus to Shangri-la and passes Jianchuan. There are buses from 8:00-12:00 every morning, on bus for each hour. Ticket price: 80-100 CNY per person.

Deqin: The driving time is about six hours and the buses depart at 8:30 and 9:30. At the July, August, September, along with the increasing of passenger flow volume, the there will be more buses. The ticket is around 70 CNY per person.

Daocheng: It takes about 8 hrs by bus. There is only one bus at 7:30 each day. From Dec. to Mar., if it is snowy, the bus will not depart. The price is about 100 CNY.
Xiangcheng: driving for 12 hours by bus, passing Daocheng, departing at 7:30. From Dec. to Mar., if it is snowy, the bus will not depart. The price is about 200 CNY.
Panzhihua, Sichuan: depart at 13:00 everyday, driving for about 12 hrs. Ticket: 200 CNY

Local Transportation

Local Bus
There are altogether 6 local bus lines. The running hrs for the buses is usually from 6:00 to 18:00.
The starting fare is 7 CNY. In the county, the taxies usually not run the meter, and the price is the starting fare for everywhere in the city.
Take taxi out of town, the price is around 15 CNY. And it takes about 20 CNY to the Airport.
Chartered Car or Bus
It is convenient to for chartering a car or bus to the scenic spots. The vehicle is charged by days. According to the brand and size of the vehicle, the price is different. The price is around 300 to 500 CNY per day.

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