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 May. 05, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Kunming Airport
Asked by Nicole Hoekstra from UNITED STATES | Aug. 11, 2019 11:18Reply
Leave Kunming Airport?
We are flying from Canada and have a 15 hour layover at the Shanghai airport and another 15 hour layover at the Changshui airport on our way to Nepal. Since we have two separate stops in China, are we eligible for the 24-hour TWOV or the 72-hour TWOV?

We would like to leave each of these airports to visit restaurants and spas and then return to the airport for the next flight.

Answers (1)
Answered by Isaac from CANADA | Aug. 13, 2019 00:28

Your route is Canada - Shanghai (15hrs) - Kunming (15hrs) - Nepal, right?
If yes, you are not eligible for 24 hours TWOV or 72/144 hours TWOV. You need to apply for the visa in advance in your country.
Asked by Yi Cheng from AUSTRALIA | Jul. 04, 2019 07:31Reply
Can I buy Chinese SIM card at Kunming Airport?
Answers (1)
Answered by John from USA | Jul. 04, 2019 19:28

Yes, as I know, you can purchase it. But I didn't remember the exact location. You can consult with staff.
Asked by Phill from AUSTRALIA | Jun. 29, 2019 03:36Reply
Meet and Transit service at Kunming Airport
I arrive at Changshui airport at 23:05 and depart the next flight at 00:50 (all China Eastern flights).

Is there a paid (recommended) 'meet & greet" transit service, where someone can meet me at the arrival gate, assist me to collect and re-check luggage, then escort me to my departure gate?

I have never flown through China, so I am nervous.

Answers (1)
Answered by Bryce from USA | Jul. 01, 2019 18:09

Sorry, there is no such service. Relax! There are clear English signs in the airport and you also can consult with staff.
Asked by Vivien Leow from MALAYSIA | Jun. 17, 2019 21:31Reply
We will arrive KMG from Bangkok and will go to Lijiang by China Eastern.
We have 4 hrs. in between. Is the international flight and domestic flight operate in the same terminal?
Answers (1)
Answered by Nina from USA | Jun. 18, 2019 20:41

Hi, it only has one terminal. For the exact check in counter, you need to consult the airline to confirm it.
Asked by Tosapol from THAILAND | May. 22, 2019 02:14Reply
Is there shuttle bus to Kunming downtown at 01.00 a.m.?
My flight will arrive at 1 am, Is there still any bus available to Downtown?
Answers (2)
Answered by Liam from USA | May. 23, 2019 00:17

Yes, the shuttle bus line 1 operates until the last flight.
Answered by Tosapol from THAILAND | May. 24, 2019 02:59

I searched from Chinese website, the last shuttle bus is till 3.00 am. Thanks.
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