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Kunming Transportation

Kunming Transportation

By Air

Kunming Changshui International Airport has been in use from June, 28th, 2012. It is the fourth national airport connecting China and other countries in Southeast Asia and South Asia and Europe. Located beside Changshui village, Guandu district, Kunming city, the airport is 24.5 kilometres away from the downtown area. Travellers can reach the airport by airport bus Line 1, Line 2, or Line 3, which will take you about 40 minutes, or you can start from East Tourist Bus Station by Line 6, Kunming Metro, or take No. 903 bus to arrive at the airport. If you prefer the cab, you have to spend at least one hour and it will cost you 120 yuan or so.

By Train

In Yunnan province, trains are simply a complementary means of transportation, which can be best elaborated in the saying that trains run no faster than cars. The reason for it is the mountainous landscape.

Kunming railway station, situated around Huannan Road, is just two kilometers away from the downtown area and is composed of twelve railways. Every day, there are trains running to Dali, Lijiang, Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, Chongqing, Zhengzhou, Nanning, Nanchang, xi’an, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Guiyang, Changsha, Hangzhou and other cities. In general, five railway stations are available in Kunming, that is, Kunming railway station, Kunming South railway station, Kunming North railway station, Kunming East railway station, and Kunming West railway station.

Kunming railway station - It is the starting station and terminal of eighty-two pairs of trains, including Shanghai-Kunming railway, Chengdu-Kunming railway, Nanning-Kunming railway, Neijiang-Kunming railway, Kunming-Lijiang railway.

Kunming South railway station - Now, it is mainly used for freight transport. South railway freight container centre is built here too. At the same time, four pairs of trains pull in at the station, slow trains of Nanning-Kunming railway included.

Kunming North railway station - It is the freight train station and trains of Kunming-Hekou railway stop at here. And the only metre-gage railway in China is preserved here, too.

Kunming East railway station - It is the biggest freight yard station in Kunming.

Kunming West railway station - It is mainly used for freight transport. Four pairs of trains pull in at the station, slow trains of Chengdu-Kunming railway included.

By Bus

As the transportation hub of Yunnan highway transportation, Kunming has 10,000 kilometres road, with national roads 108, 213, 320, 324, 326 passing through. There are five new tourist bus staion in Kunming which has been launched since the year of 2010.

East tourist bus station – located on the west side of Liangmiansi flyover on the extension line of the Forth Ring East Road and Renmin Road, it is bound for east Yunnan and southeast Yunnan.

North tourist bus station – situated on the east side of the crossings of the Forth Ring South Road and Caiyun Road, it is bound for south Yunnan.

West tourist bus station – located on the crossings of Chunyu Road and Yining Road, it is bound for west Yunnan.

North tourist bus station – sited on the Fengyuan Road, it is bound for northeast Yunnan.

By Underground

Kunming rail transit was undertaken on 19th, December, 2012. In total, there are six lines measuring 180.6 kilometres long. Not equipped with air conditioner, the underground is believed to be the most energy-saving project in China.

City Transportation

Bus – public transit in Kunming is in the lead around China. It has the largest bus parking lot and the three-dimensional garages in southeast China. Up till now, more than 290 bus routes are available in Kunming.

Taxi – the starting price is 8 yuan (including 3 kilometres), plus fuel charges 2.5 yuan. If you take a cab after 23:00, the starting price is 12 yuan, after three kilometers, additional 1.8 yuan for one kilometer.