Jinghong Transportation

Bordering with Burma in the south, Jinghong is an important port city linking China with the Southeast Asian countries and regions, having a border line of 112.39 kilometers (70 miles). It covers a total area of 7,000 square kilometers (2,703 square miles), with thirteen towns and 86 villages under its prefecture.

Xishuangbanna Airport (Xishuangbanna Jinghong Airport), is the second largest airport in Yunnan.  National Highways No.213 and No.214 join in Jinghong, and 85% of the town roads here are paved with asphalt. Meanwhile, the international express highway from Kunming to Bangkok also passes the area.

The Lancang-Mekong River enjoying the fame as 'the Danube of the East' flows through the area. Jinghong Port is the first grade national port in China, from which passengers can get to Burma, Laos, Thailand and other places aside the Lancang-Mekong River.

By Air

  Airport Code: JHG

Location: Xishuangbanna Airport is situated 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) to the southwest of Jinghong City.

Brief Intro: Established in 1990, Xishuangbanna Airport is the second largest airport in Yunnan. It covers an area of 1620 mu (266.9 acres), including a 20.4 thousand square meters (50.4 acres) apron with four gate positions and a 7859 square meters (11.8 acres) terminal building. The 2200 meters (1.2 miles) long runway here can handle planes like B737. Now, it has flights connecting Xishuangbanna with 18 major Chinese cities including Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Kunming, Lijiang and Shangri-La as well as 3 international lines including Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Luang Prabang.

There is no shuttle bus running between the airport and the city center. However, since the distance is not great, taxies in the airport may be a good choice. Moreover, about 500 meters (547 yards) to the right of the airport, there is City-bus No.1 could take you to the city center.

By Long-Distance Bus

All the towns and townships in Jinghong are connected by highways. Kunming-Xishuangbanna express highway has been opened since the year 2006. There are over 20 buses leaving for Kunming, and it takes about nine hours to finish a single trip. In addition, there are three highways reaching to Burma and Thailand.

Jinghong Long-distance Bus Station is located at No.23, North Road. Visitors can take Bus No.3 to this station for CNY 1 per person.
Xishuangbanna Bus Station is Located at No.5, North Road. Visitors can take Bus No.3 to this station for CNY 1 per person.

By Ship

Made up of Jinghong, Ganlanba and Guanlei wharfs, Jinghong Port is the first grade national port in China. The Lancang-Mekong River international waterway has become a main artery to link China with Southeast Asia and even South Asia. Currently, Jinghong-Chiang Saen, Burma, and Jinghong-Vientiane, Laos, international waterways has been opened. Visitor can take Bus No.2 to the port directly for CNY2 per person.

By City-bus

There are a total of three buses in the city. Visitors can take them to all of the secenic spots in the city. Follows is some detail for reference:

Bus No.1 starts from Minhang Lukou of Jingde Lu (on the opposite side of the civil aviation ticket office) where passengers can change to Bus No.3, and ends at Gasa Township, via the old and new gates of the National Garden of Flirtatious Expressions and Xishuangbanna International Airport. The ticket price is CNY2 per person.
Bus No.2 is from the Jinghong Port to Gadong Township, passing the Tropical Flowers Garden and the Medicinal Botanical Garden. The ticket price is CNY2 per person.
Bus No.3 is a ring road from the crossing of North Jinghong Road and North Galan Road to the Manting Park. It goes by the Jinghong Long-distance Bus Station, Xishuangbanna Bus Station, the trade market, Jinfeng Hotel and Tianshun Supermarket. The ticket price CNY 1 per person.

By Taxi

Distance  Daytime  Night: 22:00 – 06:00 the next day
Within 2.5km (1.6mi)   CNY8 CNY10
2.5-8km (1.6-5mi)  CNY2/km  CNY2/km
Over 8km (5mi)  CNY3/km  CNY3/km
Waiting Fee: Free for the first 5 minutes, and CNY1 for every additional 5 minutes' waiting.
Fuel Charge: CNY1-2 according to the fuel price.

Note: It is regulated that all taxis in the city should use taximeter. If a driver refuses to charge by meter, call 0691 2152188 to file a complaint.

By Bicycle and Rickshaw

Jinghong City is small, so it is a good choice to travel it by riding bicycles for those self-independent visitors. The advantages of riding a bicycle is one can stop at any place or time to enjoy what one is interested in freely. They can rent bicycles from some local hotels with a certain amount of deposit.

Additionally, visitors can also take a rickshaw for a short-distance sightseeing in the city, and the fee is just about CNY2 for a single trip.

- Last modified on Jan. 08, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Means of Transportation in Jinghong
Asked by Michael W from AUSTRIA | Jan. 08, 2020 00:34Reply
Booking busses from Jinghong to Luang Namtha
I want to book a bus online since I need it for my visa application. Do you know if there is a website (preferably in english, but also chinese would be possible at this point) that offers such a service? Thanks in advance.
Answers (1)
Answered by Ian from MALAYSIA | Jan. 08, 2020 17:55

Sorry, I didn't find the ticket of this route online for sale. You may have to buy it on the spot.
Asked by Roger from USA | Mar. 08, 2017 09:10Reply
Are there sleeper buses from Kunming to Xishuangbanna?
Answers (2)
Answered by Peyton from SINGAPORE | Mar. 08, 2017 19:43

Yes, you can take the sleeper bus from Kunming South Bus Station. The buses depart from 08:00 to 22:00 with the ticket fare of CNY 247 per person. After arriving, take a taxi or hire a private car to get to the scenic area.
Answered by Roger from USA | Mar. 09, 2017 21:18

Thank You, Payton!
Asked by AD Junior from MALAYSIA | Feb. 16, 2017 21:41Reply
What is the best transportation to Jinghong from Kunming? Instead of flight.
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Answered by Dylan from AUSTRALIA | Feb. 17, 2017 20:43

You are advised to take direct long-distance bus from Kunming South Railway Station. As I know, the bus schedules are from 08:00 to 22:00 with the frequency of around half an hour. The ticket fare is CNY 247 per person.
Asked by Gerhard vasicek from AUSTRIV | May. 22, 2016 03:30Reply
Boat from Jinghong to Vientiane
Hi,I would like to ask ,if the boat is running and if yes,which days and where to buy the ticket.
Thank you very much
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Answered by Lily from CANADA | May. 23, 2016 03:08

I am afraid that there is no boat service between the two. I heard that there is a direct bus to Vientiane from South Bus Station, but I am not clear about the schedule.
Answered by Gerhard Vasicek from AUSTRIA | May. 23, 2016 04:56

Dear Lily,thank you very much.
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