By Air: There is a daily flight from Kunming to Xiaguan and there are also some other limited regional Dali airport flights. Xiaguan is 380km northwest of Kunming. But one thing to note is that during peak seasons there may be more Kunming-Xiaguan flights,the flights to and from Xiaguan may change according to seasons.
Xiaguan airport is 15km east of the city center. Unfortunately, since the airport is not frequently used,there are no public buses running to the airport. The best way to get away from the airport to the city is by taking a taxi. This costs around RMB35 and takes 30 minutes.Although sometimes the airport has a shuttle bus running between the city and the airport, the bus does not run on a regular basis.
Ticketing: Most of the hotels and travel agents have ticketing services about the main road of Xiaguan,Jianshe Lu.
By Train: The train runs daily between Kunming and Xiaguan.In peak seasons there may be another additional train running and schedules may be rearranged. It is much more efficient and convenient to make the journey by bus for the train from Kunming takes over 8 hours.
Although Bus No. 6,8,10,11 all run to the Dali train station which is located not far from the city center on the east, the best way to get to the railway station is still by taxi.You can get to the station for RMB5 and it takes less than 10 minutes from almost any point of the city.
Ticketing office: Located in the lobby of 35108 Army Guesthouse, there is only one ticketing office sells train tickets to Kunming.
Opening Hours: 9:30-17:30.
Address:The ticketing office for inter-provincial trains(trains to and from Kunming) is on 21 Jianshe Lu, inside the main bus station
Tel: 2189330 .
Open daily 9:00-18:00.
By Bus: Most travelers choose to travel to Xiaguan from Kunming by bus. There are three major Dali bus station in Xiaguan, all on the same street, Jianshe Lu.
A.The biggest bus station is the Dali Central Bus Terminal(Dalishi Keyun Zongzhan) on 21 Jianshe Lu.
Most of the Gaokuai (express and expensive!) buses start from here and there is a separate waiting hall for fast buses away from the normal buses.
Gaokuai buses leave for Kunming every 30 minutes between 7:30-20:00. The price varies according to the type of vehicle from RMB89-RMB103.The trip takes 5 hours.
Gaokuai Buses to Lijiang cost RMB50 and leave 4 times a day from this station 8:30,9:30, 14:00,19:00, the trip takes merely 3 hours.Gaokuai Buses to Zhongdian cost RMB85 and leave at 9:00 and 15:00, the trip takes 9 hours.
There are numerous other buses running to these cities, that are cheaper but slower, the schedule may vary according to season. Call 2189330 for updated information.
B.The second largest station is called the Transportation Service Terminal(Keyun Fuwu Zhan), there are some express and other buses leaving from here, most of the Kunming buses arrive at this station.
C.The third bus station is on Jianshe Lu, opposite the biggest one and beside the Dayun Hotel, also know as Dayun station. Express buses do not use this station but normal buses to and from Kunming (RMB50) and other destinations are available from here. The schedules and services are not reliable however.