Kunming Shangri-La (Zhongdian) Transportation: by Flight, Bus & Train

Kunming enjoys the reputation of “spring city”, while Shangri-La (or called Zhongdian) enjoys “the lost paradise”. They are both hot destinations in Yunnan province. The flight distance between the two places is only 659km, but the transportation between the two cities is a little bit complex. It’s necessary for you to know the transportation situation before you start your Shangri-La Kunming tour.

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Kunming Shangri-La Map

Kunming Shangri-La Transportation Map

How to Travel between Kunming and Shangri-La

Presently, there are only two ways available between Kunming and Shangri-La: by flight or long-distance bus. Taking flights only needs around 1~1.5 hours which is more comfortable and convenient, while taking long-distance bus is the cheaper one. However, for it takes more than 12 hours by taking long-distance bus, we would recommend the flight more. Below is the detailed flight & bus information between the two destinations. According to your time and budget, you can choose the one you prefer.

Kunming Shangri-La (Zhongdian) Flight

Flight from Kunming to Shangri-La:

Flight
Number
FromToDeparting & Arrival
Time
Duration
MU5931 Kunming Changshui International Airport
昆明长水国际机场
Diqin Shangri-La Airport
迪庆香格里拉机场
06:50 - 08:05 1 hr & 15 mins
MU5939 09:55 - 11:15 1 hr & 20 mins
8L9831 10:25 - 11:50 1 hr & 25 mins
MU5935 15:40 - 17:00 1 hr & 20 mins
MU5933 21:00 - 22:25 1 hr & 25 mins

Please Note: (1) The above information might be slightly changed according to practical situation, feel free to contact our professional travel expert for the detailed and newest information. (2) To suit for your schedule and arrangement, you can either take the morning flight like 09:55 - 11:15 to Shangri-La, then you can do half day tour; or if you choose night flight like 21:00-22:25, you will have more time in Shangri-La for exploration.

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Flight from Shangri-La to Kunming:

Flight
Number
FromToDeparting & Arrival
Time
Duration
MU5932 Diqing Shangri-La Airport
迪庆香格里拉机场
Kunming Changshui International Airport
昆明长水国际机场
08:45 - 09:50 1 hr & 5 mins
MU5940 12:05 - 13:10 1 hr & 5 mins
8L9832 12:40 - 13:40 1 hr
MU5936 23:00 - 00:05 1 hr & 5 mins
MU5934 23:25 - 00:25 1 hr

Please Note: (1) The above information might be slightly changed according to practical situation, feel free to contact our professional travel expert for the detailed and newest information. It is recommended to take a morning flight to reach Kunming from Shangri-La, and then you can enjoy half day city tour in Kunming.

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Kunming Changshui International Airport:

Location: Changshui Village, Guandu District, Kunming, Yunnan (云南省昆明市官渡区长水村-昆明长水国际机场)

It is the largest and most frequently used airport in Yunnan province, which is about 23km from the city downtown area. To arrive there, you could take the local Airport Shuttle Bus Line 1 or Line 2 from the city downtown, and the buses start about every 20 minutes. Besides, taking a taxi, you could spend about 50 minutes with a driving distance of about 27.5km there.

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Diqing Shangri-La Airport:

Location: Jiantang Town, Shangri-La City, Diqing, Yunnan (云南省迪庆藏族自治州香格里拉市建塘镇-迪庆香格里拉机场)

Diqing Shangri-La Airport is about 5km away from downtown Shangri-La. There is no shuttle bus available between the airport and Shangri-La urban area at present, but you can choose the taxi, which will cost 18 yuan around. For Shangri-La Old Town is only about 4km away from the airport, taking a taxi will also be the best choice for you to get there.

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Kunming Changshui Airport

Kunming Changshui Airport

Diqing Shangri-La Airport

Diqing Shangri-La Airport

Kunming Shangri-La Bus

For the long time traveling on the road, it is not recommended to take a bus to transfer between Kunming and Shangri-La. But, if you are in budget, you can check the following bus information which will help you a lot to travel between Kunming and Shangri-La.

Bus from Kunming to Shangri-La:

FromToDeparting
Time
DurationPrices
(CNY)
Kunming West Bus Terminal
(昆明西部客运站)
Shangri-La Bus Terminal
(香格里拉客运站)
08:30 9 - 10 hrs 249
17:30 9 - 10 hrs 208
19:00 9 - 10 hrs 208

Please Note: The above information might be slightly changed according to practical situation, feel free to contact our professional travel expert for the detailed and newest information.

Bus from Shangri-La to Kunming:

FromToDeparting
Time
DurationPrices
(CNY)
Shangri-La Bus Terminal
(香格里拉客运站)
Kunming West Bus Terminal
(昆明西部客运站)
08:30 From 10 hours to 11 hours.
It takes more time when the traffic is awful.
264
18:50 223
19:00 223

Please Note: The above information might be slightly changed according to practical situation, feel free to contact our professional travel expert for the detailed and newest information.

Shangri-La Bus Terminal:

Location: Zhongshan Road, Diqin Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan (藏族自治州中乡路-香格里拉客运站)

Shangri-La bus terminal is about 6.9km away from Diqing Shangri-La Airport. It is the only bus terminal in Shangri-La, so don't worry about going to the wrong place. You can take bus to the most popular attraction Pudacuo National Park from here, the bus will go at 9:30 am every day, and 15 yuan per person is enough.

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Kunming West Bus Terminal:

Location: No.18, Yining Road, Xishan District, Kunming city, Yunnan province. (云南省昆明市西山区益宁路18号-昆明西部客运站)

Kunming West Bus Terminal is situated a little far away from the city downtown, and near Kunming West Railway Station. You could take the local Metro Line 3 to get there for about 40 minutes, or take a taxi for about 30 minutes from the city center.

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Shangri-La to Kunming Bus

Shangri-La Bus Terminal

Kunming to Shangrila Bus

Kunming West Bus Terminal

Shangri-La - Lijiang - Kunming Transportation

Due to the uncertainty and inconvenient of taking long-distance bus from Shangri-La to Kunming, many tourists choose to take bus to Lijiang, and then take train or flight back to Kunming. The bus from Shangri-La to Lijiang leaves every half an hour every day from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, and there are about 7 daily high-speed trains and 5 flights between Lijiang and Kunming. So, if you only focus on those three places in Yunnan, we would recommend traveling Shangri-La and Lijiang first, and then back to Kunming after you have visited the two places.

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Kunming Shangri-La Train

So far there is no train available in Shangri-La. In fact, the Railway is under construction, and it is predicted that the train would be under operation between the two cities in 2020. We will update the information of trains between Kunming and Shangri-La if there is any news.

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How to Plan a Kunming Shangri-La Tour

Most people would begin their Yunnan tour from the “Spring City” - Kunming. Spend 1-2 days in Kunming downtown and then head to the renowned Stone Forest. Kunming, as the capital city of Yunnan, has a well-established transportation system to other part of Yunnan. For tourists who has limited time but want to admire the beauty of “the lost paradise” on earth - Shangri-La, can take a flight to get there. Take 2-3 days to visit the “Little Potala Palace” - Ganden Sumtseling Gompa, see the most beautiful part and true paradise in Pudacuo National Park etc.

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If you got an about 6-8 days holiday, you are suggested to travel Kunming, Shangri-La with beautiful Lijiang together as many other travelers. Spend 2 days in Lijiang to discover the famous old town, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Naxi ethnic culture, followed by an exciting Tiger Leaping Gorge hiking experience. Then take a bullet train to Dali and spend 1-2 days there discovering the beauty of Erhai Lake and historical culture of the past Nanzhao Kingdom, experiencing Bai ethnic featured activities, Three-course Tea and Tie-dye.

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If you want to cover all the fantastic destination of Yunnan, arrange 10 days or longer will be great for the in-depth exploration. Highlight your trip by visiting photography paradises - Yunanyang and Dongchuan. Or if you want to enjoy tropical scenery, head south to the tropical kingdom Xishuangbanna or dreamlike land Puzhehei.

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