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Kunming Transportation

The public transportation in Kunming is well developed. Intercity buses and taxis are available for local transportation, and various trains and airlines connect the city to many major cities in and out of China. Travelers would do well to familiarize themselves with the provincial, inter-provincial and internationally-linked transportation network, including travel options by air, by rail, and by road. The main air, rail, and highway routes within and beyond the province are listed as following.

 

Air

As the transportation hub of Yunnan Province, Wujiaba International Airport (KMG) near the provincial capital of Kunming currently operates 48 Chinese domestic routes – including a number of strictly provincial routes – and 6 international routes. There are domestic flights to most of China's major cities, offering connections to some of China's most popular tourist destinations in cities such as Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin and Shanghai.

 

International routes include flights between KMG and Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Rangoon and Singapore. In addition to the air routes originating from KMG, there are 11 provincial and 2 international routes that originate from Jinghong Airport, near Xishuangbanna.

 

Railway

Yunnan Province is naturally linked to other parts of China via a network of railways – and indeed, also linked by rail to China's immediate neighbors: Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam. With the capital, Kunming serving as the province's railway hub, a number of railway lines radiate out in all directions, including:

 

Northward – The Chengkun Line from Kunming to Chengdu in Sichuan Province, a stretch of 1100 km (688 mi), of which 280 km (175 mi) lies within Yunnan Province.

 

Eastward – There are two lines, one running to the northeast, the other running to the southeast: The Guikun Line runs from Kunming to Guiyang in Guizhou Province, the Nankun Line runs from Kunming to Nanning in Guangxi Province, a stretch of 900 km (563 mi), of which 243 km (152 mi) lies within Yunnan Province.

 

Southward – There is a provincial railway line between Kunming and Yuxi, about 95 km (59 mi). The most logical extension of this railway would take it to Pu'er and on to Xishuangbanna, though no concrete plans for this extension exist at present.

 

Westward – There is a provincial railway line between Kunming and Dali, about 315 km (197 mi), with plans to extend this railway line northward from Dali to Lijiang and Shangri La, and possibly eventually into Tibet.

 

Bus

Over one hundred bus lines crisscross the city proper, reaching every corner. The price is quite cheap usually 1 yuan for a non air-conditioning one and 2 yuan for a air-conditioning bus.Bus travel across the region now is very convenient and easy.

 

Travelers can take a bus here heading to the neighboring tourist destinations such as Dali, Lijiang. There are four major long distance bus stations in Kunming with the South Bus Station and Railway Square Bus Station the most useful and important.



Taxi

The starting price is 7 yuan for the first three kilometer and 1.6yuan will be added for per extra 1 kilometer. After 10:00 pm price is a bit higher 9.6 yuan for the first 3 kilometers and 2.7 yuan will be added to per extra kilometer.

 

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