How to Get to & Get around Kunming

Get to/away from Kunming

By Air

Kunming Airport

Kunming Changshui International Airport, also called Kunming New Airport, is located in Guandu District, in the northeast of Kunming, which is about 24.5 kilometers straight-line distance from the city center, taking 50 minutes'drive. It is  the major transfer hub for tourists who want to take Yunnan tours.

Kunming Airlines & Flights to/from Kunming
You can easily get to Kunming from Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-La, Xishuangbanna and other places in this province. The flights of Kunming from/ to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shengzhen and Chengdu are available. The international and interregional flights include Kunming to/from Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, Seoul, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Da Nang.

Note: Kunming airport bus operation time table: Kunming downtown to the airport: 05:00-22:00; airport to the Kunming downtown: 09:00-24:00. (Each half-hour intervals)

Kunming Changshui Airport

Kunming Changshui Airport

By Train

There are five railway stations in Kunming: Kunming Railway Station, Kunming West Railway Station, Kunming North Railway Station, Kunming East Railway Station and Kunming South Railway Station (under construction). Among them, the Kunming Railway Station is connecting most cities in Yunnan province and China, making it the first and best choice for your Kunming Train tour.

Kunming Railway Station

It is the main passenger railway station, located about 4 km from Kunming city center. There are 112 trains driving between Kunming to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Xian, Xiamen, Hangzhou, etc.
Kunming - Dali: with a distance of 358 km, takes about 2-3 hours with more than 20 bullet trains running daily;
Kunming - Lijiang: with a distance of 517 km, takes about 8-9 hours with 5 trains running daily.

>> Check More about Kunming Dali High Speed Train

Kunming Railway Station

Kunming Railway Station

Get Around Kunming

By Subway

Currently, the Kunming Metro Rail Transit (line 1-6) is in full construction, until now the Subway Line 1 (stop by Kunming Railway Station) and Subway Line 6 (Kunming East Bus Station-Kunming Changshui International Airport) have opened.

By Bus

the main way to travel around Kunming. There are 9 rapid transit roads and 295 bus lines, making you bus tour more easily in Kunming city; besides, you can take coach at Kunming East/North Bus Station to Stone Forest, Jiuxiang and Dongchuan scenic spots. More details are following:

Kunming - Stone Forest
Take bus at Kunming East Bus Station. From 7:00-19:10, there are many direct buses driving from Kunming to Stone Forest scenic area for about 2 hours.

Kunming - Jiuxiang
Take bus at Kunming East Bus Station. Transfer to Yiliang County from Kunming within 1 hour, then take 21 bus to Jiuxiang Scenic Region.

Kunming - Dongchuan
Take Bus at Kunming North Bus Station. There are 2 buses heading for Fazhe Town at 7:50 and 8:30, with 5-6 hours bus driving, you can get off at Flower Stone Village, where you can see the grand Dongchuan Red Land.

>> Check More about Transportation between Kunming and Dali

>> Check More about Transportation between Kunming and Yuanyang

>> Check More about Transportation between Kunming and Shangri-La

Kunming Bus

Recommended Kunming Tours

Top 3 Kunming tours chosen by most customers to explore Kunming in the best way. Check the detailed itinerary, or tailor your own trip now with us.

Kunming Stone Forest
3 Days Kunming Tour to Stone Forest & Jiuxiang Cave

Kunming / Stone Forest / Jiuxiang / Kunming

Dongchuan Red Land
4 Days Kunming & Dongchuan Red Land Scenic Tour

Kunming / Dongchuan / Kunming

Three Pagodas
4 Days Kunming & Dali Highlights Tour

Kunming / Stone Forest / Kunming / Dali

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Questions & Discussions

Following are latest questions and answers from our webusers and customers. You can learn many useful information from the discussion and cases. You can also join in the discussions or ask your own question. Our experts will help you ASAP.

Kunming Metro Subway line 6
Hi. Can i just check - is line 6 (metro) operating now? i need to get to the airport from East Bus/Coach Station. Please advise Many thanks!
2017-08-09 11:03
Hi Ralph,

Thanks for your message. Currently the metro line 6 is not under operation. You can walk 1.9km or take a taxi to Hongqiao Flyover East( 虹桥立交桥东) to take bus 919k to the airport.
I leave East bus station for Yiliang then change to Bus 21 for Jiuxiang.. What time does first bus leave from East. If time permits I wish to go on to Stone Forrest. What transport is available to transfer and cost . If I do this how do I get back to Kunming and what is latest time of departure Thank you
2016-10-24 02:00
Hi Wal Curl,

Thanks for your questions about transportation to Jiuxiang and Stone Forest. The first bus leaves Kunming East Bus Station is at 07:00, then 07:15, 07:30…buses are a lot to Yiliang. It takes about 1 hour for around 17 Yuan (schedules and price may adjust according to the real situation, please go to the bus station one day ahead to check it). If take Kunming-Yiliang bus, you can get off at Yiliang Shuanglu Hotel to transfer bus no.21 to reach Jiuxiang, about 1 hour around 10 Yuan.

It is inconvenient to transfer from Jiuxiang to Stone Forest directly. You should get back to Yiliang county and then take bus to Stone Forest. As for transportation from Stone Forest to Kunming, the last bus is at 18:30. To be honest, if you use public transportation on your own, it will be a tight day to visit two tourist spots.

If you have more questions about Kunming and nearby sites, or want to use private car service, please feel free to let us know. We are here ready to help!

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