Kunming Transportation

Kunming Transportation - Getting There

Panorama of Kunming City from a plane


Kunming Changshui International Airport has been put into operation since June 28th, 2012. It replaced the former Wujiaba International Airport and became China’s 4th national hub airport after the airports of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Presently, there are 17 airlines companies in the airport providing flights to domestic cities and international cities and regions, including Beijing, Chengdu, Guilin, Lhasa, Shanghai, Sanya, Xi'an, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Bangkok, etc. Passengers can easily get to the city by air.

 See Kunming Flights



The city has four railway stations, and two of them are mainly used.

One is the Kunming Railway Station (Nanyao Station), about four kilometers (about 2.5 miles) from the center of the city, which would take about 10 yuan within 15 minutes by Taxi to. Trains to Dali, Lijiang, Yuxi etc., run every day. The Ticket Booking Office is at No. 19, Kunshi Lu, hours of operation is from 8:00 to 17:30.

Another is Kunming South Railway Station, 17 miles (28 km) from Railway Station, is located at Wujiaying in Chenggong District. This station will operate bullet trains to/from major cities in China, such as Shanghai, Nanning, Hangzhou, Yiwu etc. after it is put into use by the end of 2016.

 Major domestic rail lines from Kunming to:

 See detailed Kunming Train Schedule

 Major international rail lines under construction from Kunming to:

at the train stationOn June 1st, 2007, two groups of inter-city trains started operation between Kunming and Qujing (the second largest city in Yunnan Province) directly. They are fitted with the high-grade EMU (Electric Multiple Unit), which makes the passengers' journey smoother, safer and more comfortable. Each of them has four carriages which can hold 372 people. Of those, 244 are hard seats and 128 are soft seats. The fare for the hard seat is CNY 24. The entire trip takes only 68 minutes.

Second is the North Railway Station, about three kilometers (about 1.9 miles) north of the city center. This station is important for visitors who plan to go to Vietnam for here you can make a trip further to Hanoi (two departures every week on Friday and Sunday).

 Important notice: It is impossible to get your Vietnam Visa in this city. Be sure to obtain your Vietnam visa in Guangzhou, Beijing, or other major city in advance if you are planning a trip to Vietnam.

Yunnan Province is vast; train journey requires much more time than air travel. However, if you are not in a hurry, train journey offers beautiful scenery along the way.

You can book tickets at the railway station ticket office, which are open from 8:00 to 17:30.

Long-Distance Bus

Highway transportation has developed rapidly. Highways radiate to places inside and outside Yunnan Province, as well as to neighboring countries. You can also choose long-distance buses to reach the city from Beijing (National Highway 108), Lanzhou (213), Shanghai (320), Fuzhou (324) or other cities.
While there are many bus stations in the city, for safety we recommend that passengers get board at well-operated stations.

 West Bus Station
The West (Xi Bu) Bus Station was built in 2008, which was originally known as the Xi Shan Bus Station. Now, it operates 954 long-distance buses on 44 lines, radiating to Dali, Lijiang, Diqing (Shangri-La), Chuxiong, Baoshan, Dehong, Lincang, Puer and Nujiang.
 Time Schedule (only for reference)

To Departure Time Duration Ticket Fare
Dali 07:20~23:00 every 5~20 minutes 4.5 hours CNY107/CNY138
Lijiang 08:00, 08:50, 09:30, 09:40, 10:30, 10:50, 11:20, 11:50, 12:10, 12:50, 13:00, 13:30, 13:50, 14:40, 21:00 (sleeper-cabin), 22:00 7~9 hours CNY191~CNY229/CNY177 (sleeper-cabin)
Shangri-La 08:30, 09:30;
18:30, 19:30, 20:00, 20:30 (sleeper-cabin)
10~12 hours CNY216~CNY243/CNY212 (sleeper-cabin)
Deqin 19:00 (sleeper-cabin) 15 hours CNY267 (sleeper-cabin)
 Location: Kunzhou Road, Xishan District
 Transportation: buses of Nos. 80 (from Main Railway Station), 82, 148, 151, 153, C65

 South Bus Station
South (Nan) Bus Station was built in 2009, mainly operating buses running on Kunming-Yuxi (Gaocang) Expressway. This expressway belongs to the National Highway No.213 and is the start point of the Kunming-Bangkok International Way. Now, there are scheduled buses to and from Puer, Xishuangbanna, Yuxi, Honghe Prefecture (Jianshui, Shiping, Yuanyang, Lvchun, Honghe) and Laos.
 Time Schedule (only for reference)
To Departure Time Distance Ticket Fare
Jinghong 08:00~22:00 every 10~20 minutes 590km CNY226/CNY259 (sleeper-cabin)

07:40~22:00 every 20~30 minutes

440km CNY182/CNY197 (sleeper-cabin)
Jianshui 07:30~16:30 every 30 minutes; 
16:45 (slpeer-cabin), 17:15, 18:00, 19:10, 20:30
220km CNY83/CNY67 (sleeper-cabin)
Yuanyang 10:20; 
12:30, 13:30 (sleeper-cabin)
322km CNY140/CNY139 (sleeper-cabin)
Mengla 10:30;
19:00, 19:30, 18:00 (sleeper-cabin)
725km CNY253/CNY312 (sleeper-cabin)
Mohan 20:00 789 CNY338 (sleeper-cabin)
Vientiane (Laos) 18:00 1,421km CNY587 (sleeper-cabin)
Luang Prabang (Laos) 18:30 1,100km CNY398 (sleeper-cabin)
 Location: cross of Guangfu Road and Middle Dongcheng Avenue, Guandu District
 Transportation: buses of Nos. 149, 165, 178, 154, C4, C5, C6, C7, C12, C13, 186

 North Bus Station
The North (Bei) Bus Station operates long-distance buses running to the northeast of Yunnan Province, such as Qujing, Zhaotong, Xundian, Songming, Luquan and Dongchuan.
 Location: Longtou Street, Panlong District
 Transportation: buses of Nos. 25, 92

 East Bus Station
The East (Dong Bu) Bus Station were built to service buses to and from the east and southeast of Yunnan Province along Kunming-Shilin Expressway. Passengers could take buses to Shilin County, Yiliang County, Wenshan Prefecture, Luliang County, Shizong County and Luoping County.
 Location: Panlong District
 Transportation: bus No. 28

 Northwest Bus Station
From Northwest (Xi Bei Bu) Bus Station, passengers could take buses departing to the northwest of Yunnan Province. There are buses running along National Highway No.108 to Dingwu, Yuanmou, Yongren, Huaping, Fuming, Luquan as well as buses to Anning, Yimen and Chuxiong along National Highway No.320.
 Location: High-tech Industrial Development Zone
 Transportation: bus No. 8
- Last modified on Sep. 10, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Getting to Kunming
Asked by Andrew Tan from SINGAPORE | Sep. 09, 2019 19:02Reply
I’m arriving Kunming on Sep 14 via train from Hekou
And will be leaving for Singapore from Changshui international airport.

From KM City is it possible to take the subway (Line 6) to its international airport? What time does the subway stops operation?
Answers (1)
Answered by Drew from USA | Sep. 10, 2019 18:21

Yes, you can take metro line 6 to get there. It operates from 6:20-22:20.
Asked by Terry from AUSTRALIA | Sep. 02, 2019 21:33Reply
I will be in Kunming on the 11 September for 2 days
and would like to visit the Stone Forest and Dragon Gate. Can you recommend a driver with a car, no guide is required.
Answers (1)
Answered by Leah from CANADA | Sep. 04, 2019 20:04

I'm not clear about the local situation. It is suggested to ask your hotel staff to recommend the good driver for you.
Asked by Teo from SINGAPORE | Jul. 18, 2019 06:31Reply
My hotel is near Wuyi metro station, Can we use the metro to go to Kunming railway station?
Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Jessica from USA | Jul. 18, 2019 19:24

Take metro line 3 to Dongfeng Square Station, then transfer to metro line 2 to South Huancheng Rd Station, and transfer to metro line 1 to your station. It takes 20 minutes with CNY3.
Asked by Kathy from MALAYSIA | Jun. 21, 2019 20:44Reply
Taxi to Kunming Railway station at early hours
I'm arriving Changshui airport at 2.00am. I will rest a few hours inside airport. Pre booked the next day train to Lijiang at 08.00am. Is there any taxi early morning to train station, around 5.00am?
Answers (1)
Answered by Peter from USA | Jun. 23, 2019 19:44

Yes, of course. From airport to the railway station, it costs CNY 80 to 90 by taxi.
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