Kunming Changshui International Airport

Serving the capital city of China’s Yunnan Province, Kunming Changshui International Airport (IATA: KMG; ICAO: ZPPP) is located in Changshui village of Guandu District, about 24 km away from the city centre. The airport opened at 08:00 (UTC+8) on June 28, 2012, replacing the old Kunming Wujiaba International Airport, which will be demolished. The new airport has two runways (versus the single runway at Wujiaba), and handled 41,980,339 passengers  in 2016, making it one of the 50 busiest airports in the world by passenger traffic, the first time it earned this distinction. In 2020, it is expected to handle 43 million passengers. Kunming Changshui International Airport and Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport are the two national gateway hub airports of China.


The main 548,300 m2 (5,902,000 sq ft) terminal of Changshui International Airport is the second largest terminal building in China only next to Terminal 3 of Beijing Capital International Airport. The terminal has 66 gates with jet bridges. Total number of 88 gates are available. Currently, it has one terminal building, Terminal 1. Terminal 2 is expected to be completed before 2020. The building has 3 underground floors, as well as 3 floors above ground. Advanced and complete facilities and services are available in the building for transit, shopping, dinning, accommodation, and entertainment.

Airlines and Destinations

The airport currently opens 319 routes, that 275 domestic routes, 38 international routes, 6 regional routes connecting 89 domestic cities, regional cities 3, 26 international cities. At the existing terminal you can find the following airlines: China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Dragon Air, JuneYao Airlines, Korean Airlines, Kunming Airlines, Lao Airlines, Lucky Air, Sichuan Airlines, Spring Airlines, Thai Airways International, Vietnam Airlines, Xiamen Airlines, UNI Air, Yingan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, etc. It provides flights to many cities in China and abroad. Some of the domestic cities are popular tourist sites like Lijiang, Jinghong, Beijing, Chengdu, Guilin, Lhasa, Shanghai, Sanya and Xi’an. The international destinations include Taoyuan, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Hanoi, Dacca, Phnom Penh, Osaka, Singapore, Calcutta, Rangoon, Mandalay, Vientiane and Bangkok.

Facilities and Services

At KMG Airport you can find the following Services and Facilities:

– Restaurants and cafeterias
– Free Wifi access
– Special assistance for passengers with reduced mobility
– Banks and ATMs: Fudian Bank, China Citic Bank, Bank of Communications, Post Saving Bank of China and Travelex China.
– Currency Exchange
– Wifi access for free
– Baby Change Facilities
– Disabled Parking
– Lost and Found (inquiry desks)
– Shops and Dutty free
– Car rental services
– Transportation access
– Parking access
– Taxi/Shuttle access
– Medical services (3 first aid rooms)
– 15 inquiry desks
– Luggage storage (Departures Hall on F3 and at the Domestic exit of the Hall Base 1)
– Luggage Packing at the Departures Hall on F3
– Children Playrooms
– Lounges: there are some lounges at Kunming Airport providing showers, relaxing area and many other services and facilities.

Airport Transportation

By Airport Shuttle Bus

There are several airport lines connecting Kunming airport and the city center. It is easy for tourists to travel between the airport and the downtown city area.

Route No. 1: Airport – Xinying Community新迎小区 (Ziteng Hotel紫藤酒店) – North Railway Station (Xiongye Hotel熊业大酒店) – Xiaoximen小西门 (West Inn西驿酒店/Nanjiang Hotel南疆宾馆)
Operation Hours: 07:00 – 02:00 next day
Duration: 50 minutes
Ticket Fare: CNY 25
Departure: Every 20-30 minutes

Route No. 2: Airport – International Convention & Exhibition Center国际会展中心 (Zhongyu Hotel中玉酒店) – Wujiaba巫家坝
Operation Hours: 08:30 – 22:00
Duration: 45 minutes
Ticket Fare: CNY 25
Departure: Every 30 minutes

Route No. 3: Airport – Expo Garden世博园 – Beichen Fortune Center 北辰财富中心- North Downtown 北市区(Linyu Road霖雨路)-North Bus Station
Operation Hours: 08:00 – 17:30(Airport – North Bus Station); 08:00 – 00:00(Airport – Linyu Road)
Duration: 90 minutes
Ticket Fare: CNY 25
Departure: Every 30 minutes

Route No. 4: Airport – Empark Grand Hotel Kunming(昆明世纪金源大饭店) – Kunming South Bus Station – Howard Johnson Hotel(豪生大酒店)
Operation Hours: 09:00 – 22:00
Duration: 65 minutes
Ticket Fare: CNY 25
Departure: Every 30 minutes

Route No. 5: Airport – Zhonglin Building Materials City 中林建材城- Jinnanya Business Hotel金南亚商务酒店 – Dianchi National Tourist Holiday Zone滇池国家旅游度假区 – Dianchi Hotel滇池大酒店
Operation Hours: 09:30 – 17:30
Duration: 65 minutes
Ticket Fare: CNY 25
Departure: 09:30, 10:30, 17:00, 17:30

Airport – Aviation Community航空小区 – Jinnanya Business Hotel金南亚商务酒店 – West Bus Station
Operation Hours: 09:00 – 19:00
Duration: 65 minutes
Ticket Fare: CNY 25
Departure: Every 30 minutes

Route No. 6: Airport – Xinying Community新迎小区 (Ziteng Hotel紫藤酒店) – Kunming Hotel昆明饭店 – Kunming Railway Station
Open Hours: 07:00 – 21:30(Airport – Kunming Railway Station); 07:00 – 22:00(Airport – Kunming Hotel)
Operation: 45 minutes
Ticket Fare: CNY 25
Departure: 09:30, 10:30, 17:00, 17:30

By Subway

The first phase of subway line 6 has been put into operation in June 2012. Tourists can take the subway located at the airport and arrive at downtown area. The open hours are 06:20 to 22:20 and it departs every 20-25 minutes at the cost of CNY 15. With a total distance of 18km, the first phase of Kunming subway line 6 is the first rail transit in the city, connecting the downtown area and Changshui International Airport.

The stops of the first phase of subway line 6 includes East Bus Station(东部汽车站), Dabanqiao(大板桥), Airport Front(机场前), Airport Center(机场中心). And the stops for the second phase which is expected to operate by the end of 2019 are Tangzixiang(塘子巷), Tuodong Stadium(拓东体育馆), Juhua(菊华), Juhua General Transport Hub(菊华综合枢纽站).

By Taxi

It’s the most convenient way going to downtown area from the airport. In daytime, the flag-down fare is CNY 8 for the first 3 km and CNY 1.8 per km for the rest of the journey. At night (22:00-06:00 next day), it is CNY 9.6 for the first 3 km and CNY 2.1 per km for the rest. It takes about 50 minutes from Changshui Airport to the city center area at the cost of around CNY 100.

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Airlines and destinations


Airlines Destinations
AirAsia Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur–International
Air China Beijing–Capital, Chengdu, Dazhou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Shanghai–Pudong, Shenyang, Tianjin, Wenzhou, Yangon, Zunyi–Maotai
Air China
operated by Dalian Airlines
Dalian, Shiyan
Air Travel Cangyuan, Changchun, Chengdu, Hailar, Nanjing, Nantong, Qingdao, Shenyang, Wuxi, Yantai
Batik Air Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta
Beijing Capital Airlines Hangzhou, Qingdao
Cathay Dragon Hong Kong
Chengdu Airlines Chengdu, Xishuangbanna
China Eastern Airlines Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Baoshan, Beijing–Capital, Cangyuan, Changsha, Changzhou, Chengdu, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Chongqing, Colombo, Dali, Dalian, Da Nang, Dhaka, Diqing, Dubai–International, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Guilin, Handan,[11] Hangzhou, Hanoi, Harbin, Hefei, Ho Chi Minh City, Hohhot, Hong Kong, Huai’an, Jieyang, Jinan, Jinggangshan, Jining, Kathmandu, Kolkata, Lancang, Lanzhou, Lhasa, Lijiang, Lincang, Liuzhou, Luang Prabang, Luoyang, Luzhou, Macau, Malé, Mandalay, Mangshi, Nanchang, Nanchong, Nanjing, Nanning, Naypyidaw, Ningbo, Ninglang, Ordos, Osaka–Kansai, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Phnom Penh, Phuket, Pu’er, Qianjiang, Qingdao, Quanzhou, San Francisco, Sanya, Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Hongqiao, Shanghai–Pudong, Shangrao, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Siem Reap, Singapore, Sydney, Taichung, Taipei–Taoyuan, Taiyuan, Tengchong, Tianjin, Tongren, Urumqi, Vancouver, Vientiane, Wenshan, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Wuxi, Xi’an, Xiamen, Xichang, Xingyi, Xining, Xinyang, Xishuangbanna, Yancheng, Yangon, Yantai, Yibin, Yichang[16]Yinchuan, Yiwu, Yongzhou, Yuncheng,[17] Zhanjiang, Zhaotong, Zhengzhou
Seasonal: Phu Quoc
China Express Airlines Tianjin, Xinzhou, Xishuangbanna
China Southern Airlines Beijing–Capital, Changchun, Changsha, Chongqing, Dalian, Guangzhou, Guilin, Haikou, Harbin, Islamabad (begins 27 September 2019),[19]Jieyang, Jinan, Nanning, Qingdao,[20] Sanya,[21] Shanghai–Pudong, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Urumqi, Wuhan, Xi’an, Xishuangbanna, Yinchuan, Yiwu, Zhengzhou, Zhuhai
China Southern Airlines
operated by Chongqing Airlines
Chongqing, Dali, Tengchong
China United Airlines Beijing–Nanyuan, Hanzhong, Longnan, Shijiazhuang
Citilink Denpasar/Bali, Surakarta
Donghai Airlines Nanyang, Shenzhen, Zhuhai
Fuzhou Airlines Fuzhou
GX Airlines Haikou
Hainan Airlines Beijing–Capital, Changsha, Dalian, Haikou, Lanzhou, Linfen, Shenzhen, Taiyuan, Xi’an
Hebei Airlines Shijiazhuang
JC International Airlines Siem Reap
Juneyao Airlines Bijie, Hangzhou, Nanchang, Nanjing, Shanghai–Hongqiao, Shanghai–Pudong, Yueyang, Zhangjiajie
Korean Air Seoul–Incheon
Kunming Airlines Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Baoshan, Changchun, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Datong, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Huizhou, Jinan, Lijiang, Lincang, Mangshi, Nanjing, Nantong, Qingdao,[27] Pattaya–U-Tapao,[28] Phuket, Shanghai–Pudong, Shenzhen, Taiyuan, Taizhou, Tengchong, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Xi’an, Xiamen, Xiangyang, Xishuangbanna, Yinchuan,[27] Yuncheng, Zhaotong, Zhengzhou, Zhuhai, Zunyi–Maotai
Lanmei Airlines Charter: Sihanoukville
Lao Airlines Luang Prabang, Vientiane
Loong Air Changchun, Ganzhou, Linyi, Ningbo, Tongren, Wenzhou, Xingyi, Yinchuan
Lucky Air Anqing, Bandar Seri Begawan, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Baoshan, Cangyuan, Chengdu, Chiang Mai,[32] Dalian, Diqing, Fuzhou, Ganzhou, Guangzhou, Haikou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Hefei, Hohhot, Jeju,[33] Jieyang, Jinan, Jinzhou, Koh Samui, Kota Kinabalu, Krabi, Kuala Lumpur–International, Lancang, Lanzhou, Lijiang, Lincang, Longyan, Mangshi, Mianyang, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Nanjing, Nha Trang, Ningbo, Ninglang, Penang, Phuket, Phu Quoc, Pu’er, Qingdao, Saint Petersburg,[34] Sanya, Shanghai–Hongqiao, Shanghai–Pudong, Shenzhen, Shijiazhuang, Taiyuan, Tengchong, Urumqi, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Xi’an, Xiamen, Xishuangbanna, Xuzhou, Yichang, Yichun (Jiangxi), Yinchuan,[35] Zhengzhou, Zhuhai
Seasonal: Cebu
Malindo Air Langkawi
Okay Airways Changsha, Hefei, Tianjin, Xishuangbanna
Qingdao Airlines Fuyang, Hanzhong, Qingdao
Philippines AirAsia Kalibo
Ruili Airlines Beihai, Changzhi, Chengdu, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Enshi, Fuzhou, Hai Phong (begins 30 September 2019),[40] Harbin, Hohhot, Lanzhou, Lianyungang, Mangshi, Nantong, Qingdao,[39] Shenyang, Sihanoukville, Taiyuan, Tianjin, Wuhan, Xi’an, Xishuangbanna, Yulin
Scoot Singapore
Shandong Airlines Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Delhi, Jinan, Jingdezhen, Nanjing, Osaka–Kansai, Qingdao, Quzhou, Urumqi, Xiamen, Yantai
Shanghai Airlines Changsha, Hengyang, Shanghai–Hongqiao, Shanghai–Pudong, Xishuangbanna, Wenzhou, Zhengzhou
Shenzhen Airlines Guangzhou, Hefei, Nanchang, Quanzhou, Shenzhen, Wuxi, Yantai, Yangzhou, Zhengzhou
Sichuan Airlines Beijing–Capital, Changsha, Changzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Dunhuang, Guangyuan, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Hefei, Jinan, Lanzhou, Lhasa, Lijiang, Mandalay, Nanchang, Nanjing, Ningbo, Qingdao, Shanghai–Pudong, Shenyang, Shijiazhuang, Taipei–Taoyuan, Taiyuan, Tianjin, Urumqi, Vientiane, Wanzhou, Wuxi, Xi’an, Xiamen, Xining, Xishuangbanna, Xuzhou, Zhengzhou
Spring Airlines Changde, Huaihua, Mianyang, Qianjiang, Shanghai–Hongqiao, Shenyang, Shijiazhuang, Yangzhou, Zunyi–Xinzhou
Thai AirAsia Bangkok–Don Mueang, Phuket
Thai Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
Tianjin Airlines Changsha, Haikou, Tianjin, Xi’an
Tibet Airlines Changsha, Lhasa, Mangshi
Uni Air Kaohsiung
Vietnam Airlines Van Don (begins 26 September 2019)
Charter: Nha Trang
West Air Xishuangbanna, Zhengzhou
XiamenAir Fuzhou, Hangzhou, Quanzhou, Xiamen, Zhuhai


Airlines Destinations
Uni-Top Airlines Chennai, Delhi, Dubai-Al Maktoum, Kolkata, Mumbai

Visa-Free Transit

For passengers who hole passport of 53 countries and regions can enjoy the 72-Hour Visa-Free Policy when making an international transfer via Changshui Airport. As of January 1, 2019, it will be extended to the 144-hour visa-free transit. More details please read 72-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Kunming & 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Kunming.

Transportation in Yunnan:

Yunnan Travel by Air

Rail Transport in Yunnan

Roads in Yunnan