Kunming to Yuanyang Transportation: by Train, Flight and Bus

Yuanyang County in Hani-Yi Autonomous Prefecture of Honghe is seated in the southern part of Yunnan Province. It is about 205 kilometers away from Kunming City, the provincial capital city. As Yuanyang has the appealing natural and agricultural splendors, a lot of tourists and photographers long to reach there to treat their eyes and cameras. And now we will show you how to get to Yuanyang and its major rice terrace scenic spots from Kunming. Let’s go!

Kunming to Yuanyang

Kunming to Yuanyang Transportation Map

How to Go to Yuanyang County

Usually, to get to Yuanyang, you need to go to the county area first. And from Kunming to Yuanyang County, the driving way takes about 4.5-5 hours to cover about 270-330km long distance as there are some different routes via Jianshui County and Gejiu City. For most travelers, there are mainly three options for arriving in Yuanyang County. Check them at below.

Kunming – Yuanyang

By Bus

Apart from going by car, the most convenient and only way without any stopover is to take the non-stop distance coaches. There are usually 3 daily buses, which depart from Kunming South Coach Terminal at about 10:20, 12:30, and 18:00 and finally stop at Yuanyang Xinjie Bus Station (元阳新街客运站) in Yuanyang downtown. The prices are about 140-150 RMB/person. The whole way riding takes about 6.5 hours.

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Kunming to Yuanyang

Kunming Southern Bus Station

Kunming – Jianshui – Yuanyang

By Train – Bus

From Kunming to Yuanyang via Jianshui (建水), you need to take a train and then a distance bus. There are about 2 daily K trains from Kunming Railway Station (昆明火车站) to Jianshui Railway Station (建水火车站), with one running during around 12:30 – 15:33 for about 3 hours and the other during around 16:08 – 18:50 for about 2 hours & 45 minutes. The train ticket costs only about 29.5 RMB/person.

After reaching Jianshui Railway Station, transfer to Jianshui Bus Terminal (建水汽车客运站), which is about 10 – 15 minutes’ driving distance from the train station, and take a coach to Yuanyang for about 3 hours. The buses start about every 30 minutes during about 07:15 – 18:40, so you could choose one according to your arrival time in Jianshui. The ticket costs about 32 RMB/person.

According to the time schedule of the trains and buses, the Kunming to Jianshui train at 12:30 is a better choice, and you could take a coach leaving Jianshui after about 16:00, and then get to Yuanyang at about 19:00.

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Kunming Railway Station

Kunming Railway Station

Jianshui Railway Station

Kunming – Gejiu – Yuanyang

By Bus – Bus

You could also transfer first to Gejiu (个旧) by a distance bus for about 4 hours. The about 11 daily buses departs during about 08:30 – 16:15 from Kunming Eastern Bus Station (昆明东部汽车客运站) to Gejiu Bus Terminal (个旧汽车客运站), and the price is about 117 RMB/person.

Then transfer in Gejiu Bus Terminal to Yuanyang. The buses to Yuanyang Xinjie Town depart about every 10 minutes during about 07:00 – 19:00, which needs about 1 hour with a bus riding of about 53 km. and some other buses head for Yuanyang Nansha Bus Terminal in the downtown area, however, as the station is a little far away to the rice terrace scenic areas, we suggest you buy the bus ticket to Yuanyang (Xinjiezhen) to benefit your sightseeing. The price is about 17 RMB/person.

If you go by this way via Gejiu, it will take you 5 hours or so from Kunming to Yuanyang County.

(note: the above information of train number, railway station, time, prices, 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 trains between Kunming and Yuanyang.)

Kunming Eastern Bus Station

Gejiu Bus Terminal

Kunming – Mengzi – Yuanyang

By Train – Bus

Also, the two daily K-trains from Kunming Railway Station to Jianshui will then continue its run to make stops at Mengzi North Railway Station (蒙自火车站) and Mengzi Railway Station (蒙自火车北站). The train runs for about 4 hours from Kunming to Mengzi. And the price is about 41.5 RMB/person.

Then, you need to transfer to Mengzi Bus Terminal (蒙自汽车客运站), which is about 15-20 minutes’ driving distance from the two railway stations, and take a coach to Yuanyang County. The bus riding needs about 3 hours to get to Xinjie Town (新街镇).

So if you want to go from Kunming to Yuanyang via Mengzi, it will take you about 7.5 hours.

Mengzi to Yuanyang Bus

Mengzi Bus Station


1. The above information of number of buses and trains, stations, time, prices, 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 transportation between Kunming and Yuanyang.

2. Yuanyang Nansha Bus Terminal is a little far from Yuanyang Xinjie Town where is much closer to the terraces scenic spots, so we suggest you choose a bus to Yuanyang Xinjie Town.

3. As from Kunming to Yuanyang, it needs over 5 hours and travelers would usually get there in the afternoon and even later, so, for most travelers to Yuanyang, they usually first get to Yuanyang to have a good rest and start their sightseeing tour from the following day.

How to Go to Yuanyang Rice Terraces

Yuanyang Hani Rice Terraces could not be enjoyed after you getting in Yuanyang, and since the scenic area is a little far away from the Xinjie Town and Yuanyang County, and moreover, it consists of 4 main individual parts and cannot be reached from one to another by foot, we suggest you go there by car. Check the time and distance of driving from Yuanyang Xinjie Town to the major rice terrace scenic spots at below.

Rice Terrace Scenic Spot Driving Distance Driving Time
Laohuzui Rice Terraces About 18km 30 – 40 minutes
Duoyishu Rice Terraces About 23km 50 minutes
Bada Rice Terraces About 15km 30 – 40 minutes
Jingkou Rice Terraces About 15km 30 – 40minutes

Tips: Jingkou Hani Folk Village is located at the south of Xinjie Town, on the way to Jingkou Rice Terraces, and travelers could go there by car for about 20 minutes with a riding for about 7 kilometers to enjoy the harmonious folk village of Hani people. >> See all highlights in Yuanyang.

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Yuanyang Transportation Map

Map of Yuanyang Rice Terraces

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