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Kunming (昆明), situated in middle of Yunnan Province, Yunnan Guizhou Plateau, is the provincial capital city and the largest city in Yunnan, as well as one of the popular destinations in Western China. It also serves as gateway to Southeast Asia and South Asia. Known as “Spring City” with comfortable weather in four seasons, Kunming has been well connected with a lot of major cities and favored resorts in China, and other famous places in Yunnan though fast high speed trains. Therefore, you can reach Kunming from Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guilin, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xiamen, Changsha, Wuhai and etc. Meanwhile, you can experience convenient train travel between Kunming, and Dali, Lijiang to have in-depth discovery of diverse natural landscapes, ethnic cultures of different minorities and interesting local customs.
Kunming High Speed Rail Map
Every day, there are over 270 high speed bullet trains travelling to/through/from Kunming, including more than 90 G-trains and about 180 D-trains from Kunming Railway Station or South Railway Station. Check the facts of Kunming high speed railway station as below.
Railway Stations: Kunming Station (昆明) - Lijiang Station (丽江)
Distance: 517km (321miles)
Duration: 2 hours 58 minutes ~ 3 hours 29 minutes
Based on the opened Kunming Dali High Speed Railway, the long-expected high speed bullet trains start to run between Kunming and Lijiang, which cuts down the train travel time from 9.5 hours to about 3 hours. So far, there are 6 pairs of bullet trains (D trains) shuttling between Kunming Railway Station in Kunming and Lijiang Railway Station in Lijiang every day. For travelers who want to take fast trains from Kunming to Lijiang, you can choose from 6 trains arranged from about 08:15am to 19:30pm. The first train is a direct train without any stop on the way, which departs in the morning with shortest travel time less than 3 hours. Two of the trains will pass by Chuxiong (楚雄) or Dali (大理) and stop about 2~3 station en route. Similarly, there 6 daily bullet trains running the returning trip between 08:30am to 19:30pm.
Railway Stations: Kunming Station (昆明) - Dali Station (大理)
Distance: 341km (212miles)
Duration: 1 hour 48 minutes ~ 2 hours 14 minutes
After visiting Kunming, the famous “Spring City”in Yunnan Province, it’s very fast and convenient to transfer to Dali to explore diverse minority architecture, culture and history by 2 hour’s high speed trains. Totally, there are over 35 couples of high speed trains running between Kunming and Dali. To get from Kunming to Dali, you can take bullet trains departing from 07:30am to 21:45pm, and also extend further trip to Lijiang. Most trains will have a short stopover in Chuxiong (楚雄), the well-known location that holds the grand Torch Festival in Yunnan, and Xiangyun (祥云) in Western Yunnan Province. After you arrival in Dali, you can visit Dali Old Town, beautiful Erhai Lake, and other landmarks to fully touch the historical and cultural city for Bai ethnic group.
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Railway Stations: Kunming South Station (昆明南站) - Guiyang North Station (贵阳北站)
Distance: 463km (287.7 miles)
Duration: 1 hour 59 minutes ~ 2 hours 50 minutes
Taking a Kunming high speed train to Guiyang needs only about 2 to 3 hours. Every day, there are about 40 G-trains departing from Kunming South Railway Station from about 7 in the morning to 9 in the evening. With much shorter travelling time than driving for over 7 hours, you are highly recommended to take the bullet train to savor the various folk custom and ethnic features in both Yunnan and Guizhou Provinces. Besides, since the Kunming Guiyang high speed trains would stop in Anshun (about 1 hour 40 minutes to 2 hours 15 minutes from Kunming South), you could get off in that station to visit the famous Huangguoshu Waterfall in the middle way.
Railway Stations: Kunming South Station (昆明南站) - Guilin North Station/Guilin Station (桂林北/桂林站)
Distance: about 1,030km
Duration: 4 hour 52 minutes ~ 7 hours 51 minutes
There are 3 G-train and 5 D-trains operating from Kunming South Station to Guilin City. The G-trains and D-trains travel along totally different High Speed Rail. Usually, the D-trains start from Kunming and arrive at Guilin Railway Station, passing Shilin, Puzhehei, Nanning, etc., with a whole journey of about 7 hours 16 minutes - 8 hours 8 minutes. And the G-trains usually reach Guilin North Railway Station after about 4 hours 40 minutes – 4 hours 46 minutes, passing Anshun, Guiyang, etc. So taking the bullet train from Kunming is another best way to visit the highlights in Guilin, like Li River, Elephant Trunk Hill, Yangshuo, Longsheng Rice Terraces, etc.
Railway Stations: Kunming South Station (昆明南站) - Shanghai Hongqiao Station (上海虹桥站)
Duration: 11 hour 26 minutes ~ 12 hours 19 minutes
From Kunming South Station, there are 4 G-trains running to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station every day. The earliest train departs at about 07:36 and the last train at about 10:37, both in the morning. You can spend about 11.5 to 12 hours 17 minutes to get to Shanghai metropolis from the beautiful Kunming, with the highest speed of the train at about 300-350km/h. As the Shanghai Kunming High Speed Rail goes by Guiyang (about 2.5 hours), Kaili (about 2 hours 42 minutes-3 hours 24 minutes), Changsha (about 6 hours-6 hours 15 minutes), Nanchang (about 7-8 hours 24 minutes), Shangrao (about 9-9 hours 48 minutes), Hangzhou (about 10 hours 42 minutes-11 hours 42 minutes) and many other places before reaching Shanghai, you could have fun to the most along this one way to enjoy diverse kinds of culture, sightseeing, history, etc. and meet different people of different ethnic groups, etc.
Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station
Railway Stations: Kunming South Station (昆明南站) - Beijing West Station (北京西站)
Distance: about 2,760km (1715 miles)
Duration: 10 hour 43 minutes ~ 12 hours 18 minutes
Beijing Kunming high speed train has put into operation for the convenience of people’s visiting, traveling, business, etc. You can choose from the 2 daily G-trains from Kunming South Railway Station to Beijing West Station. The earliest High Speed Train departs at about 8 of every morning. The whole running takes about 10.5 hours - 12 hours 18 minutes according to the number of middle stops. Before you arrive in the Capital City Beijing, you could get off in Anshun (about 1 hour 50 minutes), Guiyang (about 2 hours-2 hours 20 minutes), Changsha (about 5-6 hours), Wuhan (about 6.5-7.5 hours), Zhengzhou (about 8-9.5 hours), and other stops to have a classic and memorable tour from the southern to the Northern China.
Beijing West Railway Station
Railway Stations: Kunming South Station (昆明南站) - Guangzhou South Station (广州南站)
Distance: about 1,330km (826 miles)
Duration: 6 hour 24 minutes ~ 9 hours 24 minutes
At present, there are about 3 daily G-trains (G2924, G2934, &2928) and 12 daily D-trains running from Kunming South Station to Guangzhou South Station. All the G-trains would have a short stop in Guiyang, so you can disembark in this city to feel its beauty and even enjoy an extensional tour in the Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture to experience the interesting folk culture, stylish costumes and pure nature of the minorities in Guizhou province. Moreover, since most D-trains from Kunming stop in Shilin (Stone Forest), Puzhehei, Nanning, etc. you could appreciate more fabulous natural sceneries by getting off the train in those destinations. Only for several hours and more comfortable journey, you could go from Kunming to Guangzhou to enjoy the Culture of Lingnan, delicious Cantonese food, visit many historical and cultural attractions, and transfer to other host destinations in China or return to your home from Guangzhou Baiyun Airport.
Guangzhou South Railway Station
Gorgeous Night Skyline of Guangzhou
Besides, there are also bullet trains from Kunming to Anshun from about 07:17 to 20:55 for about 2 hours, Shenzhen at about 07:53 and 15:23 for about 7 hours, to Changsha from about 07:17 to 16:00 for about 5-6 hours, to Zhengzhou from about 07:17 to 11:33 for about 8-10 hours, to Wuhan from about 07:17 to 15:40 for about 6.5-8 hours, and to Nanning from 07:13 to 18:17 for about 4.5-5 hours, etc. China High Speed Train Cities >
Since it is more and more convenient to transfer from Kunming to many popular tourist destinations in Yunnan and even China, China Discovery highly recommends you to visit top destinations in China by high speed train before or after a fun time in Yunnan Province. You can select the Yunnan Guizhou tour by high speed train to savor the ethnic culture in the two popular destinations.
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As the only one high speed railway station in Kunming serving for bullet trains to/via/ from Kunming, Kunming South Railway Station situates at Wujiaying Street, Chenggong District in Kunming City (昆明市呈贡区吴家营街道昆明南站). It needs to drive for about 33km from Kunming Government building (city center area), 40km from Kunming Changshui International Airport, and about 30km from Kunming Railway Station.
Transportation from Kunming South Railway Station:
Take Kunming Metro Line 1, local bus no. 919k, 52, 213, k42, etc. to the downtown area, take Metro Line 1, Line 2, local bus no. 2, 919k, k43, 235, 237, etc. to Kunming Green Lake. Besides, if you go by driving, it would take about 65mins to Kunming Green Lake and Jingxing Bird and Flower Market, about 4 hours to the Dongchuan Red Land, and about 1 hour to the West Hill Scenic Area.
To Stone Forest
The most convenient way to go to Stone Forest from Kunming is to take a bullet train from Kunming South Railway Station. There are about 11 D-trains available from about 08:15-20:00 every day, and the duration is only about 20 minutes. Besides, if you drive there, it usually needs about 65mins to Stone Forest from that train station.
Kunming South Railway Station
Kunming Stone Forest
Note: the above information about the number of trains, stops, stations, durations, time, prices, distances, and so on is only for your reference. Detailed data may be adjusted according to the practical situation. If you have more questions about Kunming high speed trains, please contact your Travel Consultant for help!
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