Kunming Changshui International Airport

Airport Code: KMG

 Location: Kunming Changshui International Airport lies nearby Changshui Village, Guandu District in the northeast of Kunming city and is 25 kilometers (about 15.5 miles) from the city center.
Changshui Airport Transfer

 Brief Intro: The airport was formally come into operation on June 28th, 2012. It replaced the former Wujiaba International Airport and serves as 'Gateway' to southwest China. The new airport services Southeast Asia, South Asia, West Asia, and connects with Europe, Asia, and Africa. It has a layout of about 22.97 square kilometers (8.87 square miles). It has 2 runways and is expected to meet the annual throughput of 38,000,000 passengers, cargo throughput of 950,000 tons, and 303,000 aircraft sorties in the near future. It provides flights to many cities in China and abroad. Some of the domestic cities are popular tourist sites like Lijiang, Jinghong, Beijing, Chengdu, Guilin, Lhasa, Shanghai, Sanya and Xi'an. The international destinations include Taoyuan, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Hanoi, Dacca, Phnom Penh, Osaka, Singapore, Calcutta, Rangoon, Mandalay, Vientiane and Bangkok.
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 Passport holders of 53 countries and regions can enjoy the 144-Hour Visa-Free Policy when making an international transfer via Changshui Airport. 
Read details about 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Kunming.

 Terminal Buildings
Currently, it has one terminal building, Terminal 1. Terminal 2 is expected to be completed before 2020. The total building area is about 548,300 square metres, which is the second largest terminal building in the country only next to Terminal 3 of Beijing Capital International Airport. The building has 3 underground floors, as well as 3 floors above ground. It has 66 contact gates with jet bridges. Advanced and complete facilities and services are available in the building for transit, shopping, dinning, accommodation, and entertainment.

 Airline Companies
China Eastern Airlines (MU), China Southern Airlines (CZ), Dragon Air (KA), JuneYao Airlines(HO), Korean Airlines (KE), Kunming Airlines (KY), Lao Airlines(QV), Lucky Air (8L), Sichuan Airlines(3U), Spring Airlines (9C), Thai Airways International(TG), Vietnam Airlines(VN), Xiamen Airlines (MF), UNI Air (B7), Yingan Airlines (YA), Malaysia Airlines (MH)

 Tips for flying from Kunming Airport
 1.Both domestic and international check-in counters are closed 30 minutes before flights departures.
 2. Passengers should arrive 2 hours in advance for domestic flights and 3 hours in advance for international flights.
 3. Transfer Guide
The Transfer Hall provides passengers with baggage tag-through service and air ticket, boarding pass exchange and luggage consignation service. This transfer service is only applicable to passenger transfers between domestic flights. When buying an air ticket, passengers should note that at least 2 hours must be reserved for transfer.

It is easy for passengers to take subway, airport shuttle bus, or taxi to travel between the airport and the downtown city area.


 Commercial Area: The commercial district of the airport has been divided into six different areas, with a total area of 35,000 square meters. Ninety-eight companies have started operation, including 61 retail outlets and 37 catering shops. Snack bars, coffee shops, banks, and post offices are also available.
 First Aid Room: There are 3 first aid rooms in the terminal building, providing medical treatment for passengers. They are located separately at the west side of the security inspection area in the Domestic Departure Hall on F3, Boarding Exit 30 at the arrival alleyway on F2 at east airside concourse Y, and the administrative area on F2. 
 Lounge: There are 40 hourly lounges in the airport, providing shower, rest, and other services. Passengers can find them at the area of the International Departure Hall and Domestic Departure Hall on F2. 
 Children Playrooms: Two children’s playrooms are set in the terminal building. They can be found at the commercial area of the Domestic Departure Hall, and International Departure Hall on F2 at the front center area. 
 Car Parks: There are two parking lots, inside and outside.
   Parking rates:
    Inside: CNY8 for first 60 minutes, CNY2 for every 30 minutes afterwards and CNY60 for one day.
    Outside: CNY5 for first 60 minutes and CNY1 for every 30 minutes afterwards; CNY60 for one day for small-sized vehicles and CNY100 for one day for large-sized vehicles.
 Tip: It is free to park a vehicle for less than 15 minutes.


 Airport Inquiry: There are 15 inquiry desks in total in the terminal. They are located separately at the Departure Hall, security inspection area of the Domestic Departure Hall, commercial area at the middle airside concourse of the Departure Hall on F3; the commercial area of the International Departure Hall on F2; and the Greeting Guests Hall on Base 1. 
 Luggage Storage: The luggage storage service is available at the air crew and employees aisle at the west side of the Departure Hall on F3, and Domestic Exit at the west side of the Greeting Guest Hall on Base 1. 
 Luggage Packing: Four luggage packing service counters are available at the Departure Hall on F3 in the terminal building.
    Location: Left side of Exit 1; right side of Exit 4; Check-in Counter A; Check-in Counter K
 Lost & Found: Lost & Found service is provided at each inquiry desks in the terminal. 
 Bank: There are banks, ATMS and Agiotage Services in the terminal building.
    Fudian Bank: West side of the Departure Hall on F3
    China CITIC Bank: East side of the Departure Hall on F3
    Bank of Communications: West Side of the Greeting Guest Hall on B1
    Post Saving Bank of China: Commercial area on F1
    Travelex China: International Arrival exit at the east side of the Greeting Guest Hall on B1
    Bohai Transforex: Commercial area at the International Departure Hall on F2
 WiFi: The passenger active area in the terminal is covered entirely with WiFi service.
 Train Ticket Office: The service counter is located at outside the Exit 3, Arrival Hall. Service Time: 24 hours

- Last modified on Dec. 04, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Kunming Airport
Asked by Weng from USA | Dec. 02, 2019 21:03Reply
SFO to Kumming (Layover 9 hours ) to Yangon. Do I need to claim luggages and check in again?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ethan from NETHERLANDS | Dec. 04, 2019 22:42

If the airlines have luggage check through service, then you don't need to claim luggage and check in again.
Asked by GOMATHY ALAGESWARA from MALAYSIA | Oct. 31, 2019 05:43Reply
I am arriving at 1am in Kunming Changshui Airport are the hourly lounge available.
Can I stay there till my next flight at 07:00am?
Answers (1)
Answered by Claire from NEW ZEALAND | Nov. 03, 2019 23:28

Yes, no problem.
Asked by Sven from CANADA | Oct. 24, 2019 20:28Reply
Flying from Canada to study in Kunming for 6 months.
Is Changshui Airport a valid China port of entry?
Answers (1)
Answered by David from USA | Oct. 28, 2019 00:59

Yes, of course. And you need to apply for a Chinese visa in advance.
Asked by nate nealley from UNITED STATES | Oct. 10, 2019 19:10Reply
Regarding the sleep pods at Kunming Airport
They are listed as being rented for two hour periods. Does anyone know, perhaps firsthand, if they can be rented longer - say, four or six hours? If you used them, do you recommend?
Answers (1)
Answered by Alina from NETHERLANDS | Oct. 11, 2019 19:56

Yes, you can rent for longer time. The price is CNY88 for 2 hours, and CNY30 for extra hour.
Asked by Nimeshi perera from SRI LANKA | Aug. 20, 2019 18:22Reply
Will 1 h 40 min enough for transfer from one fliht to anothr in Kunming Airport?
I'm traveling from Jinan to Colombo via China eastern and I have to change the flight at the Kunming Airport. As far I know I have to go through checked out and again checked in procedure with my baggage. So I want to know will the time enough for me to transfer? This is first time I'm traveling alone so bit nervous.
Answers (3)
Answered by Sue from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 20, 2019 20:56

Hi. I have just done this exercise. You have to go thru immigration and fill,out a yellow temporary visa. The immigration man gave it to me so I’m not sure if they are available in the arrival area. Proceed to baggage pickup, then through the security check. Then go through the doors and turn left. You will see an elevator to take you to the second floor for departures and your ongoing checkin.
That process is easy but before you go through immigration fill out your blue exit visa. They are available on a table near where the officer is. Hope this is of some help...my process did not take long but it was 5am and very quiet.
Answered by Nimeshi from SRI LANKA | Aug. 21, 2019 01:54

Thank you so much Sue for your answer. I bit confused about filling yellow and blue temporary visa form. If you can please explain about it bit more. I also want to know after I complete checked out procedure do I need to go to the second floor with my baggage to check in to my second flight. I will be in the airport around 2 pm. So I guess may be it will crowded so much. Will it be hard to find the departure terminal?
Answered by Chananan from THAILAND | Aug. 21, 2019 07:18

via the email above
I have a problem as same as you.
At the End of this year
I will go to Changshui International Airport and then I must have to transfer to Diqing
Shangri-La Airport I have a 2 hr for transferring.
I will arrive at Changshui airport at 12.30 pm and the second flight will be take off at 2.30 pm
I worry that the time have not enough for me to transfer?

Please let me know about this problem or advice me of this case
Thank you so much

Because I am not a Chinese person.
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