Travel to Hekou Border and Sapa from Kunming by Train

Being around 450 kilometers from the provincial capital Kunming(昆明), Hekou Border(河口边境) is known for its cross-culture scenery. It is also one of the most famous scenic areas in Yunnan, which can be easily reached by train. Sapa, is a frontier township and capital of Sa Pa District in Lào Cai Province in north-west Vietnam. It is one of the main market towns in the area, where several ethnic minority groups such as Hmong, Dao (Yao), Giáy, Pho Lu, and Tay live. Tourists can take the train to Hekou and change the bus to Sapa.

From Kunming to Hekou by Train

Please be noted, that after you have arrived at the North railway station of Hekou County, you will still need to transfer by local coach or taxi to Hekou Border. However, it is absolutely important for you to reach a deal with the driver or conductor before departure. Everyday, there will be about 4 trains departing from Kunming Railway Station to Hekou North Railway Station, and the schedule is listed as follows:

Train No. Time of Departure Duration Ticket Price
K9832 11:02 5 hr 21 mins Hard Seat-CNY 54.5  Soft Seat-CNY 86.5
K9826 12:30 6 hr 19 mins Hard Seat-CNY 54.5
K9822 15:41 5 hr 47 mins Hard Seat-CNY 54.5
K9816 22:55 7 hr 10 mins Hard Seat-CNY 54.5  Hard Sleeper-CNY 100.5

Address of Kunming Railway Station:
No.1 Beijing Road, Guandu District, Kunming City, Yunnan Province
This railway station can be reached by City Bus No.2; No.80; No.23; No.24; No.25; No.44; No.83(CNY 1 for ordinary, CNY 2 for air-conditioned), and Airport Express No.919 C (approximately CNY 13), as well as Metro Line 1(can be transferred to at Dongfeng Square Station). The taxi fare from downtown area is around CNY 15 (according to the Chinese Uber, Didi), and expected time of arrival will be around 20 mins.

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