Kunming to Stone Forest, Stone Forest Kunming Transportation

Kunming Stone Forest, also known as the Shilin in Kunming, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site of Karst topography and a notable set of limestone formations in Yunnan province. Shilin National Scenic Area is composed of 7 scattered scenic areas and covers an area of 400 square kilometers.

There is an old saying that visiting Kunming without seeing the Stone Forest is wasting time. How to get to Stone Forest from Kunming? What’s the best way to travel around the Stone Forest Scenic Area? Let’s find out together!

Where is Kunming Stone Forest?

Location: Shilin Town, Shilin Yi Nationality Autonomous County, Kunming City, Yunnan Province, China (云南省昆明市石林彝族自治县石林镇)

Kunming to Stone Forest

Map of Kunming to Stone Forest

The Stone Forest is located in Shilin Yi Nationality Autonomous County, about 85km from Kunming - the capital of Yunnan. For most tourists who want to appreciate the world marvel would get to Kunming first. After arrive at Kunming, you can get to Stone Forest directly from the airport, train stations or downtown city by car, train or bus.

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Get to the Stone Forest from Kunming

Get to Kunming Stone Forest by Private Car - Most Recommended Way

Kunming Stone Forest is about 85km from Kunming, takes about 1.5h to by car. We China Discovery, with rich experiences in ranging Yunnan tours for our customers, can provide you the best travel experiences. Our professional English-speaking guide and experienced drivers can pick you up anywhere in Kunming at any time you want.

Booking a private car service, you don’t need to waste your time and energy on planing the trip and waiting tour buses, or worrying about where to put your luggage, you can fully relax yourself on the car and save energy to travel around the Stone Forest Scenic Area. Our experienced guide will accompany your whole trip; introduce to you the formation, background, highlights and interesting folktales of each attraction. No matter you want a deep tour in this nature superlative craftsmanship or would like to tour attractions nearby, such as Jiuxiang Scneic Area to enrich your journey, our superior travel consultants can arrange your trip according to your own preferences. If you need any help, please feel free to contact us and tailor your trip with us.

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Kunming Private Car Service

Kunming Private Car Service

From Kunming Changshui International Airport to Stone Forest

Kunming Changshui International Airport (昆明长水国际机场) is located at Changshui Village, Guandu District in Kunming city, about 28km from Kunming city center (Jinma and Biji Archway 金马碧鸡坊) and 81km from the Stone Forest. It takes about 1.5 hours to get to Kunming Stone Forest from Kunming Airport by car.

For independent travelers who want to get to the Stone Forest directly, the most convenient way is by taking the airport special line buses running between two places, takes about 2 to 2.5 hours. There are 6 bus shifts from the airport to Stone Forest and 6 return buses every day. Check for more details about the running buses.

Kunming Changshui International Airport

Kunming Changshui International Airport

From To Time Time Consuming Daily Shifts
Kunming Changshui International Airport The Stone Forest 9:30 - 18:00 2 - 2.5 hrs 6 runs
The Stone Forest Kunming Changshui International Airport 8:30 - 16:00 2 - 2.5 hrs 6 runs

(Note: Time and shifts of Changshui Airport to Stone Forest Special Line might change according to the real situation)

From Kunming Railway Stations to Stone Forest

In Kunming, there are two train stations has running trains to the Stone Forest, Kunming Station (昆明站) and Kunming South Station (昆明南站).

The Stone Forest Scenic Area is located in Shilin County, there are two train stations nearby, Shilin Station (石林站) and Shilin West Station (石林西站).

From To Time Consuming Daily Shifts
Kunming South Station Shilin West Station 18 mins 8 trains
Kunming Station Shilin Station about 1h 40mins 2 trains

(Note: 1. Kunming Station is near the city center, however Kunming South Station is about 30km away from the city center, takes 50mins to get there by car. 2. Shilin Station is near the Stone Forest Scenic Area, but Shilin West Station is about 22km away from the scenic area, needs about 1 hour driving. 3. Time and shifts of trains from Kunming to Stone Forest might change according to the real situation. )

From Kunming South Railway Station (Bullet Train + Bus)

Kunming South Railway Station (昆明南站) is the high-speed railway station in Kunming and located 30km south from the city center, can be reached by taxi (about 50mins) or subway (about 1.5 hours).

There are 8 bullet trains running between Kunming South Railway Station to Shilin West Station, only takes about 18 minutes. Shilin West Station (石林西站) is about 22km from Stone Forest Scenic Area, after get off the train, you can take Shilin Bus A2 or Bus 99 to get to the Stone Forest, takes about 1 hour.

From Kunming Railway Station (Train + Taxi/Foot)

Kunming Railway Station (昆明站) is only 3km from the city center, can be easily reached by public transport. There are two trains head to Shilin Railway Station (石林站) in the morning.

It takes about 1h 40 minutes to get from Kunming Station to Shilin Station. Shilin Station is only about 3km from Stone Forest Scenic Area, after get off the train, you can walk to the scenic spot with about 50mins to walk there, or you can take a taxi to get there with less than 10 minutes.

Kunming Railway Station

Kunming Railway Station

Stone Forest

Stone Forest in Kunming

From Kunming Downtown Areas to Stone Forest

The city center of Kunming refers to the area around Jinma and Biji Archway (金马碧鸡坊) where most tourists choose to stay. From the city center, you can get to the Stone Forest by train or by bus.

By train

Kunming Station - Shilin Station (Train): You can take Local Bus K12 from Dongsijie (东寺街) to get to Kunming Station (昆明站) with about 40 minutes or you can take a taxi with less than 15 minutes. It takes about 1h 40mins to get to Shilin Station (石林站), take a taxi there, less than 10 minutes you will arrive at Stone Forest.

Kunming South Station - Shilin West Station (Bullet Train): If you want to take bullet trains to get to Stone Forest, you need to get to Kunming South Station (昆明南站) first, by taxi or subway with 1-1.5 hours. After get on the trains, you will arrive at Shilin West Station (昆明西站) with less than 20 minutes. Get off the train and take Bus A2 or Bus 99 to get to the Stone Forest, takes about 1 hour.

By Bus

Every day, there are a large number of tour buses running between Kunming Eastern Bus Station (昆明东部汽车客运站) and Stone Forest Scenic Area every half hour from 8:00 to 18:00, the whole journey takes about 2 hours.

Kunming Eastern Bus Station is about 14km from the city center, can be reached by subway Line 3 or you can take a taxi to get there with about 40 minutes.

Stone Forest

Stone Forest in Kunming

Kunming Bus Station

Kunming Eastern Bus Station

Get around Kunming Stone Forest

Stone Forest in Kunming is divided into 7 scenic areas; the most popular one is the Stone Forest Scenic Area (Great & Lesser Stone Forest). There are sightseeing buses running in this Scenic Area.

Besides, Naigu Stone Forest Scenic Area (8km), Feilong Waterfall Scenic Area (Dadieshui Waterfall) (28km) and Chang Lake Scenic Area (23km) are also worth to pay a visit.

Travel Around by Private Car - Most Recommended Way and Chosen by Most Travelers

Attractions are scattered in Shilin County, so if you want to finished most attractions within 1 day, the most recommended, time-saving and convenient way to travel around is by taking a private car. Our experienced drivers will transfer you directly from one spots to another, save your time and energy. When arriving at one attraction, our English-speaking tour guide will accompany you to tour the area, guide you the best touring route and make sure you don’t miss anything marvelous. If you want to know more details or want to tailor your own trip, please feel free to contact us.

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Travel Around by Bus - Not Recommend

There are local buses running between Stone Forest Scenic Area, Naigu Stone Forest Area and Dadieshui Waterfall.

However after get off the bus at Xinglin Daguanyuan (杏林大观园) you still need to walk 4.2km to Naigu Stone Forest Scenic Area. For those who want to get to Dadieshui Waterfall from Stone Forest Scenic Area, after get off the bus at Shilin West Station (高铁石林西站) need to walk 6km to get to Dadieshui Waterfall Scenic Area.

Naigu Stone Forest

Naigu Stone Forest in Kunming

Dadieshui Waterfall

Dadieshui Waterfall in Shilin

How to Plan Your Kunming Stone Forest Tour

Most travelers would plan a half day tour in the Stone Forest, visit the Stone Forest Scenic Area and take the rest of the day to visit the underground Karst World - Jiuxiang Cave or visit a typical Yi minority village - Nuohei Village. For those who want to have a deep tour in Stone Forest, after visiting the Stone Forest Scenic Area, you can continue your trip to Naigu Stone Forest to feel the majesty of the coal-black stone rise straight from the ground to the sky, then pay a visit to Dadieshui Waterfall which is the largest waterfall in Yunnan Province with a maximum drop about 90 meters.

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Before or after Stone Forest tour, most tourists would spend 2-3 days in Kunming city, visit the largest ancient temple in Kunming - the Yuantong Buddhist Temple, take a leisure walk around the Green Lake, visit the largest Flowers & Birds Market, climb up to the Western Hills and pass the Dragon Gate, wander around the largest minority museum in China to learn different culture of different minorities.

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Jiuxiang Cave

Jiuxiang Cave in Kunming

The Three Pagodas

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Travel Kunming Stone Forest with China Discovery

To help you enjoy a worry-free holiday to Kunming Stone Forest, we highly recommended you travel with us China Discovery who is a professional about the local condition of Kunming Stone Forest and the whole Yunnan. Our local experienced drivers will escort you to the Stone Forest from Kunming or other places with comfortable car directly with speed and safety. And our English-speaking tour guide will accompany you all the way, showing you the best travelling route and introduce all highlights of Kunming Stone Forest so you can focus all your attentions on the highlights. The tour can be tailor-made according to your group size, time, physical conditions, plan, interest, budget and every special need. If you have any other ideas about the trip or you have other places or cities wanted to visit such as Sichuan, Tibet, Guilin or Guiyang, our experienced travel consultants are very glad to offer their help. Please feel free to feel free to contact us if you need any help.

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