How to Reach Kunming - The Easiest Way to Reach Kunming


  • By Air: Located about 25km northeast of the city, Kunming Changshui International Airport operates flights from international destinations like Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. It is also connected to various regional cities through domestic services. You can take a taxi, express bus or a metro line in order to reach the city.
  • By Train: The train station in the south serves several Chinese cities like Nanning, Guilin, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, and Xi'an. Overnight sleeper trains connect the city to Xiaguan and Lijiang.
  • By Bus: Four bus stations located at the edge of four directions of the city serves runs long distance buses to various cities as well as international destinations like Laos and Vietnam. The old bus station near the train station no longer has long distance services. Beware of the fake charges by some services as the bus fares are generally inclusive of luggage and fuel fee.
  • By Car: Kunming can be accessed through several road ways like G78 and G8511.


  • By Bicycles: You can rent bicycles at a few hostels for cheap.  
  • By Bus: City buses are fairly convenient with the ticket pricing of ¥1 and ¥2 for air conditioned buses. It is also possible to get a pass in case you want to commute frequently by this service.
  • By Subway: If you want to travel by the metro for a hassle free commuting, you also have subways around the city which has tunnels with only stairs.
  • By Taxi: Taxi services are available beginning but the Kunming travel guide insists on travelling by meter fare. Avoid flat fee because they might charge you high. The fare of taxis also differs based on their sizes.

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Modes of Transportation in Kunming

Know about the preferred mode of transport, average time spent and average distance traveled for commute in Kunming. The most preferred mode of transport in Kunming is Walking.

Average distance: 7 km Average time: 40 min

  • Walking 50%
    Walking 55 min Overall average time for 5 kms 55 min
  • Train/Metro 50%
    Train 18 min Walking 5 min Waiting 2 min Overall average time for 9 kms 25 min

How to Reach Kunming from Nearby Cities

Route Distance Time
Dali to Kunming 285.64 km 4 hours 45 mins
Lijiang to Kunming 298.43 km 4 hours 58 mins
Bangkok to Kunming 357.74 km 5 hours 57 mins
Phnom penh to Kunming 422.29 km 7 hours 2 mins
Kuala lumpur to Kunming 525.15 km 8 hours 45 mins
Batu pahat to Kunming 567.23 km 9 hours 27 mins
Ho chi minh city to Kunming 576.68 km 9 hours 36 mins
Singapore to Kunming 608.25 km 10 hours 8 mins
Yangon to Kunming 755.33 km 12 hours 35 mins
Jakarta to Kunming 972.34 km 16 hours 12 mins
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