Kunming Transportation

Kunming is the capital and largest city in Yunnan Province, and is the forefront and the portal of China facing Southeast Asia, South Asia and even the Middle East, so Kunming transportation is convenient. With convenient transportation, Kunming receives and sees tens of thousands of tourists every day. As a transportation hub in southwest China, Kunming plays an important role in connecting southeast Asia with China. The city also offers links to other popular cities in Yunnan, such as Dali, Lijiang and Shangri-la.

How to Get in Kunming

Kunming is one of the most important transportation hubs in southwestern China, and there are many ways to reach Kunming, such as plane, train, long-distance bus or driving, which is very convenient.

By Air

Kunming Changshui International Airport, located in Changshui village of Guandu district in Kunming city, is a 4F class civil transport airport put into operation on June 28, 2012, 24.5 kilometers northeast of Kunming city. It replaced the former Wujiaba international airport and becomes one of the China's top 10 airports. Currently, the airport has more than 40 airlines, providing flights to domestic, international and regional cities, including Beijing, Chengdu, Guilin, Lhasa, Shanghai, Sanya, Xi'an, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Bangkok, etc. Passengers can easily go to the city by air.

Kunming Domestic Flights 

Kunming International Flights

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Airport Transportation

There are several ways to get to the airport. You can take the airport express bus, subway, city bus or taxi. Subway line 6 starting from Kunming East Bus Station can take you to Changshui airport. In addition, 6 airport express bus routes departing from Xiaoximen(West Inn/Kuming Nanjiang Hotel), Kunming Wujiaba/Kunming Railway Station/Kunming Jinjiang Hotel, North Bus Station, South Bus Station/Chenggong New Area/Howard Johnson Hotel, Dianchi hotel/West Bus Station and Kunming Railway Station respectively, are also available. You can take taxi as well, but taking a taxi costs the most.

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By Train

As an important node of the national railway network and the key point of Yunnan railway artery, Kunming is a railway hub station composed of 12 railway trunk and branch lines, including Shanghai-Kunming railway, Chengdu-Kunming railway, Nanning-Kunming railway, Neijiang-Kunming railway, Kunming-Lijiang railway, Kunming-Hanoi railway, Shanghai-Kunming high-speed railway, Beijing-Kunming high-speed railway, Kunming-Bangkok high speed railway, Nanning-Kunming high-speed railway, Chengdu-Kunming high-speed railway and so on. There are also trains to Shilin, Dali and Lijiang.

Main Railway Stations in Kunming

Kunming Railway Station
Kunming railway station is located in Guandu district of Kunming city. There are Chengdu-Kunming railway, Guiyang-Kunming railway, Neijiang-Kunming railway, Nanning-Kunming railway and other railway lines passing through.

Kunming South Railway Station
Kunming South Railway Station, located in Wujiaying of Chenggong District in Kunming. It is an important infrastructure for China's "Belt and Road" program to radiate Southeast Asia, and an important transportation hub for the construction of the middle road network in Yunnan Province. Kunming South Railway Station mainly undertakes Shanghai-Kunming high speed railway, Kunming-Yuxi intercity railway, Chengdu-Kunming high speed railway and Nanning-Kunming high speed railway.

Kunming High Speed Trains

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By Long-distance Bus

Kunming is one of the most important transportation hubs in western China. Winthin the territory, there are Beijing- Kunming expressway, Shanghai- Kunming expressway, Shantou- Kunming expressway, Guanghzou- Kunming expressway, Chongqing- Kunming expressway, Hangzhou- Ruili expressway, Kunming Ring expressway, Kunming- Bangkok expressway and other expressways passing through. The completed Kunming- Bangkok expressway starts from Kunming and can reach neighboring countries and regions.

Main Bus Stations in Kunming

  • Kunming East Bus Station
    Address: In the Intersection of Hongqiao Road and Zhaoqing Road, Panlong District, Kunming City昆明市盘龙区虹桥路与照青路交汇处
    Tel: 0871-63833680
    Major Destinations: Wenshan Prefecture, Gejiu City, Kaiyuan City, Mengzi City, Mile City, Luxi County, Hekou County, Pingbian County, Jinping County, Luliang County, Shizong County, Luoping County, Shilin County, Yiliang County, etc.
  • Kunming West Bus Station
    Address: No.18, Yining Road, Xishan District, Kunming City昆明市西山区益宁路18号
    Tel: 0871-68182746
    Major Destinations: Dali Prefecture, Baoshan City, Dehong Prefecture, Lincang City, Nujiang Prefecture, Diqing Prefecture, Gucheng District of Lijiang, Yulong County, Yongsheng County, Ninglang County, Jingdong County, Shangyun Town(in Lancang County of Pu'er).
  • Kunming South Bus Station
    Address: No.7, Shangbo Street, Guandu District, Kunming City昆明市官渡区商博街7号
    Tel: 0871-67361683
    Major Destinations: Pu'er City(except Shangyun Town and Jingdong County), XishuangbannaYuxi City(except Yimen County), Jianshui County, Shiping County, Yuanyang County, Lvchun County, Honghe County, Jinning District.
  • Kunming North Bus Station
    Address: Fengyuan Road, Panlong District, Kunming City昆明市盘龙区沣源路
    Tel: 0871-68373009
    Major Destinations: Qujing City (except Luliang County, Shizong County, Luoping County), Zhaotong City, Songming County, Luquan County, Dongchuan District of Kunming.
  • Kunming Northwest Bus Station
    Address: In the Intersection of Chengjiayng Road and Xiaotun Road, Wuhua District, Kunming City昆明市五华区陈家营路与小屯路交汇处
    Tel: 0871-68265359
    Major Destinations: Chuxiong prefecture, Yimen County(in Yuxi City), Anning City, Fumin County, Luquan County of Kuming, Huaping County(in Lijiang City), Panzhihua City(in Sichuan Province)

Expressways in Kunming

How to Get Around Kunming

By Subway 

Kunming Metro is still under construction. Now all lines of Kunming subway line 1, Kunming subway line 2, Kunming subway line 3 and Kunming subway line 6 have been opened.

By City Bus

By the end of 2018, Kunming bus group had operated 485 routes and 6,164 vehicles, carrying 2.1 million passengers per day. The bus network has covered the main roads, residential areas, stations, docks and commercial outlets, basically meeting the travel needs of citizens. All buses in Kunming are self-service ticketing buses, getting on in the front door and getting off in the back door. 1 yuan for normal buses and 2 yuan for air-conditioned buses.


  • The stop time of public buses in Kunming is very short, tourists had better stand close to the door after boarding, so as not to delay getting off.
  • Recommended A1 bus tour line: ticket price is 2 yuan, running through all the famous scenic spots in Kunming.

By Taxi

The taxi fare during the daytime in Kunming starts at 8 yuan(within 3 kilometers), 2.5 yuan fuel surcharge is needed when paying. From 22:00 to 7:00, the starting price is 9.6 yuan(within 3 kilometers), and 1.8 yuan per kilometer is charged after 3 kilometers. If you want to take a taxi to Shilin, airport and other places, the road toll should be borne by the passengers themselves. In addition, you can also use the mobile app such as Didi to rent a car.

By Bicycle

Bike-sharing refers to the sharing services provided by companies on campus, subway stations, bus stations, residential areas, commercial areas and public service areas, which is a time-sharing rental mode. Bike-sharing is a new green sharing economy. The bicycles are now available in every corner of Kunming and can be used by downloading an app or alipay scanning. Some require a deposit.

By E-Motorcycle

The electric motorcycle is one of the main transportation means for Kunming people to travel. Every day, there are many electric motorcycles running on the streets and alleyways, which are popular for being light and fast. Electric motorcycle is suitable for short distance travel, if you are in a hurry and your destination is not far, then electric motorcycle is a good choice. Electric motorcycle can be commonly seen in railway stations, bus stations, residential areas and other areas. Please pay attention to safety when taking electric motorcycle.

High Speed Trains Tours

High speed train is becoming one of the important land transportations in China for its faster speed and better facilities. Today, high speed trains are available from Kunming to Dali and Lijiang. Taking a high speed train on your journey will bring a brandnew experience.