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Thankfully, the train journey from Beijing to Kunming is largely shortened during a day, instead of two full days as before. That means, once you finished exploration of the Chinese imperial history and symbolic culture in historic Beijing, you can board a morning high speed train to embrace the most livable “Spring City” - Kunming, which is decorated by varicolored ethnic culture and fantastic natural landforms. With the comfortable climate, you can be treated with eye feast of Stone Forest, Dongchuan Red Land, Western Hill and authentic minority costume and culture, relaxing in a unique minority trip in southwest China.
Specifically, Beijing dispatches 2 daily high speed trains and 1 irregular D bullet train to Kunming from 08:00 to 19:35. G403 train is the first train running the least duration (10 hours 43 minutes), G405 train is the second train with nearly two extra hours. The overnight train - D939 sets out at dusk, goes for 15 hours totally and arrives in the next morning.
Note: Train information is subject to final confirmation due to the delay of data occasionally.
Beijing Kunming High Speed Railway is a 2,760km (1,715miles) long syntagmatic railroad line that starts at Beijing and terminates at Kunming. It mainly includes two parts: Beijing Changsha section (north Beijing Guangzhou High Speed Railway) and Changsha Kunming section (west Shanghai Kunming High Speed Railway). Begins at Beijing West Railway Station in Beijing, the railway traverses Shijiazhuang (in Hebei Province), Zhengzhou (home to Shaolin Temple and Mount Song), Wuhan (in Hubei Province), Changsha (in Hunan Province), Guiyang (capital of Guizhou), and eventually gets to Kunming South Railway Station in Kunming. The whole train journey takes around 11 hours to 12.5 hours. The through high speed railway between Beijing and Kunming will be constructed and completed after 2020, linking southwest China with southeast Asian areas.
Beijing West Railway Station (北京西站)
Location: No.118, East Lianhuachi Road, Fengtai District, Beijing (北京市丰台区莲花池东路118号)
As one of the major train stations in Beijing, Beijing West Railway Station offers passenger transport service for high speed trains and normal trains on Beijing Guangzhou High Speed Railway, Beijing Lhasa (Tibet) Railway and Beijing Kowloon (Hong Kong) Railway. It is located about 25 mins’ driving to Forbidden City and 1 hour’s driving to Beijing Capital International Airport. You can get to the station by taxi, bus (more than 30 bus lines), airport express (line 7 from Beijing Capital International Airport) and subway (Beijing Metro Line 7 and Line 9). Learn more about Beijing West Railway Station >
Kunming South Railway Station (昆明南站)
Location: Xiangyuan Street, Chenggong District, Kunming City, Yunnan Province (云南省昆明市呈贡区祥园街)
Kunming South Railway Station is a huge high speed train station in east Dianchi Lake, southeast Kunming. The station serves over 100 trains on Shanghai Kunming High Speed Railway, Yunnan Guangxi (Nanning Kunming) High Speed Rail, Chongqing Kunming High Speed Railway and Kunming Yuxi Intercity High Speed Railway. Also it delivers bullet trains to Dali and ordinary trains to Lijiang. Situated about 50 mins’ driving to downtown, 40 mins’ driving to Dragon Gate, 1.5 hours’ driving to Stone Forest and 4 hours’ driving to Dongchuan Red Land, Kunming South Railway Station is accessible by local bus (over 10 bus lines), taxi, metro (Kunming Subway Line 1) and airport shuttle (Line 919K from Kunming Changshui International Airport). Learn more about Kunming Transportation Guide >
Class of Ticket
There are three kinds of tickets are provided on high speed train from Beijing to Kunming, Business Class Seat, First Class Seat and Second Class Seat. Second Class Seat is the most budget level you will share a row space with other passengers. And the First Class of Seat is more comfortable and quiet for those who prefer a good rest on the way. If you would like to try the most luxury and superior train travel experience, the Business Class better than the business level on airplane will shock you beyond expectation. Check All Types of Seats on China High Speed Train>
Book, Collect, Alter and Cancel
Foreign tourists can book train ticket online or ask help from ticket agency, or buy the tickets physically at the train station with your valid passport. One thing you should remember is to book the ticket as early as possible, especially in peak tourist seasons. After collecting the tickets, please read carefully about the train number, departure date and station to make sure you won’t miss the train. If you want to cancel, alter your train tickets, you are required to bring your passport to the ticket counter and make the adjustments. Check details about How to Book, Collect, Alter, and Cancel Train Tickets>
Board & Get off
1) Prepare your documents well (valid passport with China Visa); 2) Get to the right train station in advance; 3) Collect train tickets; 4) Read your train ticket; 5) Pass the security control; 6) Pass through Security & Luggage Checks; 7) Find the right waiting room; 8) Cross the ticket checking gate; 9) Get to the right platform; 10) Get on your train. Keep the ticket well, because the ticket will be checked again to leave the station after you get off. Check details about How to Board & Disembark a Train>
China train travel with luggage is much easier than taking flight, for you don’t need to check luggage separately. Each passenger with a train ticket is allowed to carry luggage in certain weight and volume, but without limitation of amount and types. Though there are written regulation and rules about the luggage allowance, in practice, passengers can take as much luggage as you can if only you handled them properly. Check detailed Baggage Allowance & Policy to Take China Train>
Facilities and Service
All high speed trains in China are equipped with advanced facilities and good service to make your journey more convenient and comfortable. There are different places you can put your luggage onboard, racks and specialized luggage storage areas. Besides, the air-conditioner train offers you plug under the seats to charge your phone or laptop, sightseeing window to view the outside scenery as well as western-style toilets. There is also available dining area you can get some supplies. Bilingual signs and the broadcast use both Chinese and English so that you don’t need to worry about the communication. Check All Facilities & Service on China Train>
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