Kunming Transportation - Getting Around

The city will operate 9 metro lines according to the plan. Presently, line 1, line 2line 3 and line 6 are in service, passing a number of major passenger distributing centers like Changshui Airport, East Coach Station, Kunming Railway Station and South Railway Station.
See metro maps for reference.


There are more than 100 bus lines covering almost every area in Kunming. It costs only 1 Yuan to take a public bus throughout the city. The last shift usually leaves 22:00 to 22:30. Passengers should get on a bus from the front door and get off from the back door. Today most buses are self-service; correct small change is required.

 Followings are some bus lines with main stops just for your reference:
No.1: Yunnan University of Finance and Economics — University of Science and Technology — Yunnan University — Golden Eagle Shopping Center — Kunming Museum
Operating time: 06:00~22:00

No.3: Kunming Railway Station — Mi Le Temple — Golden Horse and Jade Rooster — Phoenix Village
Operating time: 06:00~22:00

No.4: Daguan Park — Mi Le Temple — Golden Horse and Jade Rooster — Golden Eagle Shopping Center
Operating time: 06:00~22:00

No.6: Minshan (Chunyu Road) — Gao Yao (Western Hills)
Operating time: 06:00~22:00

No.22: North Railway Station — Zoo — Yunnan Nationalities University — Yunnan Normal University — Mi Le Temple — Daguan Lou
Operating time: 06:00~22:00

No.24: Haigeng Park — Yunnan Nationalities Village — Railway Statoion
Operating time: 06:30~19:00

No.100: Daguan Park — Kunming Stadium— East Gate of Cuihu Park — Zoo
Operating time: 06:30~21:00

No.101: North Railway Station — Yuantong Temple — Yunnan University — Cuihu Park — Kunming Stadium
Operating time: 06:00~21:30

 Tip: Stand close to the door to get off at the next stop, otherwise, the bus driver does not stop.


Fare Daytime Night (22:00 – 06:00)
Starting Rate for First 3km (2mi)   CNY8 CNY9.6
Fare between 3-10km (2-6mi)   CNY1.8/km CNY2.1/km
Fare beyond 10km (6mi)   CNY2.7/km CNY3.1/km
Fuel Fee  CNY1 for one ride
Waiting Fee  CNY0.9 for every 2.5min

Car Rental

Confident visitors can rent a car. We suggest visitors collect full information before deciding to rent a car. Rental prices range from 120 yuan to 300 yuan for a four-seat vehicle. We suggest renting a car with a driver who can also serve as tour guide; in addition you will save on your deposit, which is 500 to1000 Yuan for one car with a driver, but at least 5000 yuan deposit for a vehicle without a driver.

 Important notice: Foreigners must have a Chinese driver's license. We suggest visitors rent a car with a local driver to avoid going crooked road.


Renting a bicycle is another option. Many hostels in the city offer bicycle rentals at about 2 Yuan per hour and 15 Yuan for a day. The deposit for an old bike is 200 Yuan, 400 Yuan for a new one. Cycling around the city is gaining in popularity since the city is not big; travel by bicycle is convenient, economical and good for the environment. Visitors are reminded to secure bikes when parking them.
- Last updated on Jul. 19, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Getting Around Kunming
Asked by Ivan from CZECH REPUBLIC | Dec. 26, 2019 00:45Reply
Hello is there still direct bus from KMG airport to Shilin forest? How much is it?
Where is the stop at the airport and where can we buy ticket? Thank you.
Answers (2)
Answered by Ann from CANADA | Dec. 26, 2019 19:09

Yes, there is direct bus you can take. It departs from 8:20 to 21:00 with frequency of 30-60 minutes and CNY45. You can follow the signs to the ticket counter or ask for help from airport staff to tell you the direction.
Answered by Ivan from CZECH REPUBLIC | Jan. 01, 2020 13:31

Ann, Thank you. Ivan
Asked by Sue from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 03, 2019 19:20Reply
How to get from Kunming South Railway Station via Metro to Hump-Mulan guest house?
The hotel is located at 8-4 Villa, East Xihua District, Xiyuan road, xishan

Answers (1)
Answered by Collins from CANADA | Aug. 07, 2019 01:59

Take bus no.A12 to Yudui Village first. Then transfer to the bus no.183 to Xihua Community. Walk northwest around 350 meters to find the hotel.
Or you can take a taxi from South Railway Station directly. The cab fare is around CNY20.
Asked by shimon levy from ISRAEL | Apr. 24, 2019 09:13Reply
what is the taxi fare from Kunming Airport to Hump-Mulan guest house in villa,east xihua 8-4
district xiyuan road, xishan
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Answered by Moria from USA | Apr. 25, 2019 19:34

Hi, the taxi fare is around CNY80 - 100 in the day time.
Asked by foong from MALAYSIA | Dec. 25, 2018 04:30Reply
what is the taxi fare from Kunming Airport to jinbi square?
Is there a taxi voucher service at the airport?
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Answered by Ella from FRANCE | Dec. 25, 2018 17:24

In general, it costs CNY80 to 90 in the day time. There are special taxi stands at the airport. You can find the place based on the detailed English signs at the airport. The official taxis will use the taximeter. Don't worry.
Answered by foong from MALAYSIA | Dec. 25, 2018 21:50

thank you for the helpful answer
Asked by Samapti from USA | Dec. 12, 2018 16:19Reply
Please provide details to take Subway from Kunming Changshui Airport to Yuantong temple.
i want to take the subway to Yuantong temple from the airport. Please help me by providing details of the route - subway line, station names, walking route, any tips, etc. thank you so much in advance
Answers (2)
Answered by Sarah from AUSTRALIA | Dec. 12, 2018 22:49

Upon landing, take subway line 6 from airport to East Coach Station first. Then transfer to subway line 3 to Dongfeng Square and line 2 to Chuanxin Gulou Station, Exit A. Afterwards, walk west along Yuantong Street around 900 meters to find the destination.
Answered by Samapti from USA | Dec. 13, 2018 06:55

Thank you so much Sarah!!
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