How to Get to Xishuangbanna from Kunming 2021

Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture located in the very south part of China holds the typical tropical flavor and Dai ethnic brilliance to attract any visitor from the globe to feel her hospitality and “hot”. To get close to this fervent destination, travelers usually visit from Kunming during their whole Yunnan discovery! Let’s check the distance between Kunming and Xishuangbanna and the transportation by flights, trains and coaches at below to start your Xishuangbanna tour in 2021/2022!

Kunming Xishuangbanna Distance

To get to Xishuangbanna usually means to get to Jinghong City, the capital of Xishuangbanna Autonomous Prefecture, which is situated about 390 kilometers (243 miles) southwest away from Kunming City, the provincial capital of Yunnan. The long distance between usually needs 7-7.5 hours by car driving, which is a little too long for international travelers.

Kunming to Xishuangbanna

Kunming to Xishuangbanna Transportation Map


Kunming to Xishuangbanna by Flight (Most Recommended)

Taking a flight is the most recommended way to go from Kunming to Xishuangbanna during your Yunnan travel. Kunming Changshui International Airport has many daily flights to Xishuangbanna Gasa International Airport (IATA:JHG) from the early morning till late night hours, with a whole flying time of only about 1 hour. You can get to Kunming Airport by convenient private car, taxi, metro, airport shuttle bus with short time from Kunming downtown, and reach Jinghong downtown by private car, taxi, airport bus, public bus from Jinghong Airport conveniently.

Kunming Changshui International Airport (昆明长水国际机场):

Address: Changshui Village, Guandu District, Kunming (昆明市官渡区长水村,昆明长水国际机场)

Transportation: The airport is about 28 kilometers northeast from Kunming downtown area, which needs about 40 minutes’ car ride. You can take the Metro line 6 and Airport Shuttle Bus or ask a taxi to get there.

Xishuangbanna Gasa International Airport (西双版纳嘎洒国际机场):

Address: Jichang Road, Jinghong City, Xishuangbanna (西双版纳傣族自治州景洪市机场公路)

Transportation: Xishuangbanna Airport is about kilometers from Jinghong city center. You can take a private car or taxi for about 20 minutes, and local bus for about 1 hour.

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Kunming Changshui International Airport

Kunming Changshui International Airport

Xishuangbanna Gasa International Airport

Xishuangbanna Gasa International Airport

Kunming to Xishuangbanna by Distance Coach

Kunming South Coach Terminal has several long-distance coaches to Jinghong City every day, which launch from the morning and night hours and usually take about 8.5 hours for riding the whole long way! Besides, Kunming South Railway Station Bus Terminal serves a few buses to Jinghong. Seats on most distance coaches between Kunming and Jinghong are sleepers, which is suitable for visitors with longer time and lower budget. However, it is still not very suggested for international travelers!

Kunming South Coach Terminal (昆明南部客运站):

Address: No.5151 North Caiyun Road, Guandu District, Kunming (昆明市官渡区彩云北路5151号).

Transportation: The coach terminal is located a little far from Kunming city center. You can take a taxi/private car there for about 40 minutes, or take local metro and bus for about 1 hour.

Banna Coach Station (版纳客运站):

Address: No.3 Minhang Road, Jinghong, Xishuangbanna (西双版纳傣族自治州景洪市民航路3号).

Transportation: Banna Coach Station is located in Jinghong city center. Local buses and taxis/ private car can take you get around easily.

Kunming to Xishuangbanna

Kunming Southern Bus Station

Kunming to Xishuangbanna by Train (Under Construction)

Transportation Between Dali and Kunming

Yuxi Mohan Railway between Kunming and Xishuangbanna is now under construction, which is planned to be taken into use in 2021. On the occasion, travelers can take the bullet train from Kunming to Xishuangbanna for only about 3 hours. (Note: We will update the news according to the official news!)

How to Plan a Xishuangbanna Tour

Travelers usually enjoy 3-4 days in Xishuangbanna to discover Manting Park, Mengle Giant Buddha Temple and other highlights in Jinghong City, and the top must-sees around including Banna Wild Elephant Valley, Jinuo Ethnic Village, Tropical Plants Garden, Dai Minority Park, etc. for the best savory of Dai ethnic minority charm and tropical area flavors.

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Besides, it is also popular to visit Xishuangbanna from Kunming, which is the best gateway city to Xishuangbanna with convenient flights and bullet trains from major destinations in China. You can first enjoy a 1-2 days discovery of the “Spring City” to see the famous Stone Forest, Kunming Green Lake and more city bests before the following exciting enjoyment of Xishuangbanna Prefecture. Such plan usually needs about 4-5 days in total!

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Moreover, you are also recommended to travel Xishuangbanna with more top destinations in Yunnan in one go to explore the diversity of the vast Yunnan, such as Dali with profound Dali Old Town and interesting Nanzhao Kingdom stories, Lijiang with famous ancient towns and interesting Dongba ethnic minority culture, Shangri-La with the pure land beauty in the world, Yuanyang with incomparable Yuanyang Rice Terraces and lovely mushroom-shaped houses, etc., which usually needs 6-15 days based on your exploration depth! Moreover, if you have any idea of more interested destinations in China to travel with Xishuangbanna together, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Zhangjiajie, Guilin, Guiyang, etc., please feel free to contact us and our experienced travel expert will help you to plan you coming tour with sincerity!

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Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden


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