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Transportation Guide
There are many ways for you to get here and there in Kunming or travel around the country. Due to Kunming is situated on the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau, rail and air become the top choices to go Kunming from outside of Yunnan. Inside of Kunming city, you could also choose bus, taxi etc.

By air

Kunming Changshui International Airport (KMG)

Kunming is served by Kunming Changshui International Airport (KMG), it is projected to be China's fourth largest airport and one of the world's top 80 airports. The new airport is expected to greatly increase the city's access to countries in SE Asia and S Asia. The airport is being constructed by Yunnan Airport Group. It will be able to handle 25 million passengers yearly and it is expected to handle 38 million every year by 2020 and 65 million passengers per year in 2035.

How can you get to your University from Kunming Changshui International Airport?

If you want to meet us at Harbin Kunming Changshui International Airport, you can book an airport pick-up service with SICAS  (Contact us

CAAC shuttle buses

Kunming has air connections with several Chinese and Southeast Asian cities. CAAC shuttle buses (¥5) serve passengers between the airport (Tuodong Lu) and the city center. You can learn more about ezch route by click here

By taxi

Transport by taxi cost around 15 yuan and it takes about 20 minutes. Three public buses run on the route including No. 52, 67 and 78. 


Kunming has a convenient railway. There are two railway stations:Kunming Railway Station and Kunming North Railway Station.

Kunming Railway Station 

Kunming Railway Station is at the southern end of Beijing Xi Lu. Compared with the other railway station (North Railway Station), Kunming Railway Station services most of the trains to places to other provinces of China. Trains run north to Chengdu, southeast via Xingyi to Baise and Nanning in Guangxi, and east through Guizhou, via Liupanshui, Anshun, Guiyang, into the rest of the country. Tickets are sold in three days in advance.

Kunming North Railway Station

Kunming North Railway Station is on the heritage metre gauge Kunming–Hai Phong Railway, which runs to Hekou and Vietnam. In the past, every Friday and Sunday, a train used to depart to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. It took about 16 hours to reach Hekou (a seat is ¥35, berths around ¥90), and 32 hours to Hanoi(hard sleeper lower bunk ¥175, upper bunk ¥235).

Trains from Kunming to: Beijing (daily; 48 hr); Chengdu (3 daily; 18-21 hr); Chongqing (2 daily; 23 hr); Guangzhou (2 daily; 45 hr); Guilin (2 daily; 30 hr); Guiyang (5 daily; 12 hr); Hanoi (daily; 28 hr); Hekou (1 daily; 16 hr); Kaiyuan (2 daily; 8 hr); Nanning (daily; 20 hr); Panzhihua(3 daily; 6 hr); Shanghai (2 daily; 60 hr); Xiaguan (daily; 8 hr); Xichang (3 daily; 12 hr).

If you want more information about how to take a train, please click here.

By subwayNine subway lines will be built in Kunming City which will connect the major passenger distribution centers around the city. Currently, four lines are under construction, including line 1, line 2, line 3, and line 6. The first phase of line 6 has already been in operation since 28th June, 2012, and the south section of the first phase of line 1 has been in trial operation from Feb. 6, 2013. Passengers can take subway line 6 to travel between the East Bus Station and the Airport Center. It is also easy to go from Xiaodong village to the University Town via the South Bus Station by the south section of the first phase of line 1. 

Click here to know more Kunming subway

By City-bus

There are more than 100 bus lines covering almost every area in the city. It costs only 1 Yuan to take a public bus throughout Kunming. The last shift usually leaves 22:00 to 22:30. Passengers should get on a bus from the front door and get off from the back door. Today most buses are self-service; correct small change is required.

Followings are some bus lines with main stops just for your referrence:

No.1 Yunnan University of Finance and Economics—Kunming University of Science and Technology—Yunnan University—Golden Eagle Shopping Center—Kunming Museum

Operating time: 06:00~22:00

No.3 Kunming Railway Station—Mi Le Tempel—Golden Horse and Jade Rooster—Phoenix Village

 Operating time: 06:00~22:00

No.4 Daguan Park—Mi Le Temple—Golden Horse and Jade Rooster—Golden Eagle Shopping Center

Operating time: 06:00~22:00

No.6 Minshan (Chunyu Road)—Gao Yao (Western Hills)

Operating time: 06:00~22:00

No.22 North Railway Station—Kunming Zoo—Yunnan Nationalities University—Yunnan Normal University—Mi Le Temple—Daguan Lou

Operating time: 06:00~22:00

No.24 Haigeng Park—Yunnan Nationalities Village—Kunming Railway Statoion

Operating time: 06:30~19:00

No.100 Daguan Park—Kunming Stadium—East Gate of Cuihu Park—Kunming Zoo

Operating time: 06:30~21:00

No.101 North Railway Station—Yuantong Temple—Yunnan University—Cuihu Park—Kunming Stadium

Operating time: 06:00~21:30

Tip: Stand close to the door to get off at the next stop, otherwise, the bus driver does not stop.

By Taxi

Taking a taxi is convenient. The fare for Santana is 8 Yuan for the first three kilometers (about 1.9 miles) and 1.8 Yuan for each additional kilometer. After 22:00, the flag-down-rate increases to 9.6 Yuan and 2.7 Yuan for every additional kilometer (about 0.6 miles). The flag-down-rate of a mini taxi is 7 Yuan for the first three kilometers (about 1.9 miles) and 1.6 Yuan for every kilometer (about 0.6 miles) thereafter. Note: inside each taxi is a distinctive animal image that identifies taxi ownership. Keep the image in mind in case you leave something behind.