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 72-Hour Visa-Free Policy when making an international transfer via Changshui Airport. As of January 1, 2019, it will be extended to the 144-hour visa-free transit.
Read details about 72-Hour Visa-Free Transit & 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.

- Last modified on Dec. 12, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Kunming Airport
Asked by Mishal from INDIA | Dec. 12, 2018 14:06Reply
Do I need to check in again if I have a connecting international flight at Kunming Airport?
I am travelling from Nanjing to Kolkata.. I have connecting flight. Do I need to check in again.. I have same airline, if I have to do will 2 hour stay will be enough
Answers (1)
Answered by Lillian from POLAND | Dec. 12, 2018 22:52

For International to International transfer, generally speaking, you don't need to check in again. But you still need to complete the security check. 2 hours are enough. Don't worry.
Asked by Devon from CANADA | Dec. 11, 2018 11:26Reply
My first stop in China will be in Kunming Airport for approximately two hours
Then I'll carry on to Beijing where I have a 16 hour layover. My total time in China will be less than 24hrs. Will I be able to leave the airport in Beijing on a 24 hour transit visa?
Answers (1)
Answered by Lily from CANADA | Dec. 11, 2018 23:13

Yes, according to your situation, you can enjoy the 24 hours visa free policy. But if you wanna leave the Beijing Capital Airport, you need to apply for a stay permit when you arriving at the airport. Don't worry.
Asked by Ken Phillips from NEW ZEALAND | Dec. 10, 2018 23:08Reply
My flight from Kunming Airport arrives at 9.30 am on Thursday.
I need to get to The fairyland hotel, 155 Guofang Road in the Wuhua district. Complete with a bike box. How best to get there please? Ride the bike??
Answers (3)
Answered by Zoe from FINLAND | Dec. 11, 2018 23:12

It is advised to take metro line 6 from Airport Center to East Coach Station first. Then transfer to metro line 3 to Wuyi Road Station, Exit A. After arriving, walk southwest around 620 meters to find the hotel.
Answered by Ken from NEW ZEALAND | Dec. 12, 2018 01:09

Thanks for the reply. But with a 1560mm x 150 mm x 900 mm bike box?
Answered by Zoe | Dec. 12, 2018 18:34

Oh, it will be not convenient for you to take the metro or bus. And the box is a little bit large. I am not sure whether if you are allowed to take public transportation with it. Thus you are advised to take a taxi directly. Generally speaking, the cab fare is CNY80 to 90.
Asked by Tmm from THAILAND | Dec. 05, 2018 21:46Reply
I will arrive to Kunming around 2-3am. Can I stay in airport until metro line 6 opening?
Answers (1)
Answered by Felicity from CANADA | Dec. 07, 2018 00:15

Yes, you can.
Asked by Xyz from CANADA | Dec. 05, 2018 14:13Reply
Eligible for 24-hour visa on arrival at Kunming Changshui Airport?

I will be travelling from India -> Kunming -> Shanghai -> Vancouver
Layover in China - 11hrs
Am I eligible for the 24 hour Free visa?
Answers (1)
Answered by Beatrice from SINGAPORE | Dec. 05, 2018 18:28

Yes, you are.
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