How to Get to & around Yuanyang

Get to/away Yuanyang

There is no airport or train station at Yuanyang County, you are supposed to get to Kunming first (Kunming airport and train stations are highly developed for you to choose from) and then travel overland to Yuanyang to appreciate the artistic Hani rice terraces and other highlights there.

By Train

To get to Yuanyang by train, you need to transfer from Kunming, via Jianshui or Mengzi on the same railway, and then take a distance bus for arrival. There are 2 daily trains from Kunming Railway Station for your choice, which are K9826 at around 12:30 and K9822 at around 16:08.

Kunming - Jianshui - Yuanyang

Transferring from Kunming to Jianshui (建水) by Train needs about 2 hours & 45 minutes - 3 hours, covering a railway distance of about 206 km. Then you need to take the bus from Jianshui Bus Terminal (建水汽车客运站) to Yuanyang for about 3 hours, which starts about every 30 minutes during around 07:15 - 18:40 every day.

Kunming - Mengzi - Yuanyang

Trains from Kunming to Jianshui will stop in Mengzi after in Jianshui. You could also get off at Mengzi North Railway Station (蒙自火车北站) for about 4 hours’ train running. Then, transfer to Yuanyang Xinjie Town by a distance coach at Mengzi Bus Terminal (蒙自汽车客运站), for about 3 hours.

Kunming-North Mengzi Train

Kunming-North Mengzi Train

By Bus

Bus is the main transportation to get to Yuanyang from Kunming. Here are two ways to get there:

Kunming-Yuanyang Nonstop

There are only 3 nonstop buses from Kunming South Coach Terminal to Yuanyang Xinjie Bus Station (元阳新街客运站) (about 320km), driving about 6.5 hours. The departure time is around 10:20, 12:30, 18:00.


To go from Kunming via Gejiu (个旧) to Yuanyang is the most time-saving way by bus, which takes about only 5 hours in total. First take a coach (around 08:30 - 16:15 every day) to Gejiu Bus Terminal (个旧汽车客运站) from Kunming Eastern Bus Station (昆明东部汽车客运站) (about 300km) within about 4 hours, then transfer to Yuanyang Xinjie Town with another 1 hour’s bus riding. As there are buses to Yuanyang (Xinjie town) and Yuanyang Nanshsa Bus Terminal, for your convenient of tourist sightseeing, we advise to book the bus to Yuanyang (Xinjie Town).

Note: Yuanyang Nansha Bus Terminal is at the county downtown, which needs about 1 hour’s driving to Yuanyang Xinjie Town (新街镇). And Yuanyang Xinjie Town is closer to the rice terrace scenic spots. If you take a bus to Yuanyang Nansha, it would cost you more time to get to the sightseeing places.

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Kunming South Bus Station

Kunming South Bus Station

Kunming to Yuanyang Bus

Kunming - Gejiu Bus

Get around Yuanyang

From Yuanyang Xinjie Town to major scenic spots like the rice terraces, old town, etc., there is no public bus or taxi. The only transportation way for travelers is to take a local chartered minibus.

By Chartered Minibus

The chartered minibus is the only and convenient vehicle to go around to the top attractions in Yuanyang, and that is charged reasonably by person.

From Yuanyang Xinjie Town, you could get to:

AttractionDriving Time & Distance
Laohuzui Rice Terraces 30-40mins for about 18km
Duoyishu Rice Terraces 50mins for about 23km
Bada Rice Terraces 30-40mins for about 15km
Longshuba Rice Terrace 15mins for about 4km
Jingkou Folk Village 30-40mins for about 15km

(Note: the above information of number of shifts, railway/bus station, time, etc. is only for your reference, since they could be slightly changed according to practical situation. You could contact our professional travel expert for the detailed and newest information of Yuanyang transportation.)

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Yuanyang Transportation Map

Map of Yuanyang Rice Terraces

Yuanyang Transportation

Yuanyang Minibus

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Questions & Discussions

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Bus from yuanjiang to xinjie
Is there a bus from yuanjiang to yuanyang xinjie or nansha?
2017-12-01 22:33
Hi Corregan,

Thanks for your question. The distance between Yuanjiang (元江) and Yuanyang (元阳) is about 120 kilometers. But, there is no direct bus from Yuanjiang to Yuanyang. Instead, you can first take a bus to Honghe (红河) and then transfer from Honghe to Yuanyang.
1) Yuanjiang to Honghe: You can take bus from Yuanjiang Bus Station at 8:00 10:00 11:00 12:00 14:00 and reach Honghe Bus Station.
2) Honghe to Yuanyang: Many buses are running from Honghe Bus Station, and you can take at 7:20 7:40 8:10 8:50 9:10 9:20 10:00 11:00 12:00 12:30 12:40 14:00 14:30 15:40. The ticket price is cheap which costs around ¥17.

The time and price may adjust slightly based on the real situation. Please understand. Wish you a nice trip to Yuanyang Rice Terrace.
Bus schedule from Yuanyang to Jinghong
I am planning my trip. Kunming-Yuanyang-Jinghong and would like to know bus schedules.
I have read that there is a direct bus from Yuanyang to Jinghong. I would like to know this bus schedule and price.
And if possible please give me bus schedule , Yuanyang-Jianshui. Thank you very much.
2017-11-01 12:22
Dear Beewinny,
Warm greetings from China Discovery. Thanks for your questions. I have checked the official website for the Kunming-Yuanyang-Jinghong schedules and prices.

1. Kunming-Yuanyang Bus: The distance between Kunming and Yuanyang is 270km which takes about 6~7 hours for driving. There are three long distance buses running at 10:20, 19:30 and 20:00 from Kunming South Bus Station to Yuanyang. The price is around 132RMB.

2. Yuanyang-Jinghong Bus: At present, no bus runs from Yuanyang to Jinghong yet. But, you can travel from Jianshui to Jinghong by coach which there are two from Jianshui Long Distance Bus Station to Jinghong at 13:30, 16:30, taking 12-13 hours. The price is about 144RMB.

3. Yuanyang-Jianshui Bus: The distance between Yuanyang and Jianshui is 80km, taking about 2.5 hours for driving. Buses are a lot running during 07:10~18:40 from Yuanyang Xinjie Bus Station to Jianshui and the price is around 32RMB.

Please pay attention that the bus schedules may adjust according to the real situation, season and road condition, etc. The Prices above are for reference which may do some slightly change. Please understand!

If you want private tour to travel in Yunnan or have more questions, please let us know and we are here glad to help. Have a good time.
Private transportation
Is it possibile to arrange a car from the Kunming airport to Yungyang, we arrive on 15 august at 21pm.
2017-08-14 19:06
How to get from Yuanyang to Duoyishu
Is there public transport from Yuanyang to Duoyishu. When are the departures
from Yuanyang to Duoyishu village?
2017-04-11 01:09
Hello Stan,

Thanks for your question. If you travel from Kunming to Yuanyang, you may arrive at Yuanyang Nansha Bus Station (located in new town) or Yuanyang Xinjie Bus Station (located in old town). Local mini buses are available from Nansha Bus Station to Yuanyang Xinjie Town. And Yuanyang Xinjie Bus Station has mini buses running to Duoyishu Village every hour.

If you want to enjoy worry free transfer, you can hire a local car/van to travel directly from the bus station to Duoyishu and other villages to view the amazing rice terraces. The price should discuss with the driver. For more questions, please feel free to contact us.

Wish you have a wonderful time in Yuanyang!

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