Kunming Transportation

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    Public Buses to Jiuxiang Scenic Park

    by cal6060 Updated Apr 14, 2015

    If you wish to shrink your budget to visit Jiuxiang Scenic Park by public buses, I have done it and share with you how to do it yourself here:

    1) You can take Bus # 50 outside Dongfeng Metro Station (东风广场) to The Kunming Eastern Bus Station (东部客运站)
    RMB 2; About 30-40 minutes depend on traffic.

    2) From The Kunming Eastern Bus Station, buy a ticket at sale window to Yi Liang (宜良).
    Y18; 1 hour and 18 minutes.

    3) From Yi Liang Bus Station, buy a ticket at sale window to Jiuxiang (九乡).
    Y10; 1 hour and 15 minutes.

    If you have a whole day to visit Jiuxiang, it is okay to travel by public transportation. If you wish to visit Shilin Stone Forest on the same day, I think it is better to hire your own taxi driver!

    Yi Liang Bus Station
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    Kunming Eastern Bus Station

    by cal6060 Updated Apr 14, 2015

    I would highlight this bus station because you can take a bus here to Shilin Stone Forest and Jiuxiang Scenic Area.

    You need to buy the bus ticket at one of the sales windows, then proceed to gate 3 (Yi Liang (宜良) and gate 4 (Shilin Stone Forest).

    If you are arriving to the airport, and wish to continue to visit the Shilin Stone Forest on the same day. You could take a metro train to this Bus Station. You could take an airport bus 919:B1 to this bus station as well.

    City Bus to this station: 22, 50, 29, 193, 194, 237, 902, 906, K9, K17, K18, T1
    #22 to Daguan Pavilion
    #50 to Dongfeng Square or a metro station.

    You can find a hotel next to the Bus Station.

    In Chinese: 东部客运站, dong bu ke yun zhan

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    Boat From Daguan Park to West Hill

    by cal6060 Updated Apr 13, 2015

    You can take a boat from Daguan Park to Western Mountain Forest Reserve near the cable car entrance, the Yunnan Nationalities Village, and Heigeng Park.

    There are three types of boats available for the trip:

    1) Normal Boat - RMB 50/ way; RM60/ return

    2) Traditional Wooded Boat - RMB 40/ way; RM 50/ return

    3) Speed Boat - RMB 80/ way; RMB 100/ return.

    Taking the boat, you will be able to enjoy the Dianchi Lake, the largest lake in Kunming.

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    Kunming Taxi

    by cal6060 Updated Mar 21, 2015

    Taxi is inexpensive in Kunming. I took a taxi from the Railway Station to my hotel on Kunshi Road around 25 Yuan, and from downtown to Daguan Pavilion cost me 30 Yuan, without the meters. The fare shall start with a 8 Yuan for the first km, continue with 2 yuan each subsequence Km.

    Some drivers refused to use meters you could choose to take another taxi. Despite you see a lot of taxis cruising around the streets, but it does not mean it is easy to catch a genuine one using the meter. I think the law enforcement in this part of China not strict enough like big cities in Shanghai or Beijing. That is why they can abuse the system.

    Good Luck

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    Kunming City Bus

    by cal6060 Updated Mar 21, 2015

    Kunming has an intensive public bus network. Unfortunately, it is not very user friendly for international travelers as the signposts are all in Chinese. If you wish to utilize the public bus to travel around Kunming, you need to be able to recognize the Chinese words' characters which the places you wish to visit.

    Yuantong Temple (圆通寺; Yuántōngsì); 85, 92, 95, 100, 101, 119, 235, Z5
    Daguan Pavilion (大观楼; Dàguānlóu); 104, 183, 100,22
    Green Lake Park (翠湖公园, Cuìhú Gōngyuán); 100, 133, 235, Z5, 139
    Zhengyi Road (正义路) 132, 119, 125, 133, 187
    Eastern bus station (东部客运站); 22, 50, 29, 193, 194, 237, 902, 906, K9, K17, K18, T1
    Kunming Railway Station (昆明站); 2, 23, 24, 25, 31, 32, 44, 59, 68, 80, 86, 154, 202, 239, 236, 83
    Dongfeng Square (东风广场, 东风东路) ; 52, 63, 5, 78, 132, 105, 50, 89

    You could link the bus number to places you wish to go. You can search other destinations via google map as well. It is very accurate.

    For your information, Dongfeng Square has a good bus network link between Kunming Railway Station, Zhengyi Road, metro trains and East Bus Station. If you stay near Dongfeng Square, I think it is very convenience.

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    Train to Dali

    by cal6060 Updated Mar 21, 2015

    You could take a train from the Kunming Railway Station to Dali. Dali is another famous tourist destination with beautiful sceneries and the old town. There are around 8 trains traveling to Dali from Kunming. Some trains stop in Dali and continuing up north to Lijiang. And some trains end in Dali. If you wish to take a train ride to see the sceneries, there is one train at 12:10 and arrive in 5 hours at 17:16. Most travelers take the evening sleeper train to save time and cost sleeping inside the train.

    I took a train K9632 departed at 22:29 and arrived on the next day at 05:30 at Dali, 7 hour ride. I was on train 1, lower bunk bed number 14. It was a comfortable ride! Fare: RMB 105.50 per person.

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    Kunming Metro

    by cal6060 Written Mar 21, 2015

    Kunming has been just like another city in China. Construction for more shopping malls and apartment buildings, digging down for metro station in the urban area are some of the scenes you could see in Kunming downtown. Part of the line 1 and 2 were just completed in April 2014, which they are operated as one line to link between north and south of Kunming. The Kunming Railway Station is the interchange, but it does not fully operated as the interchange station yet, you can basically take a ride from line 1 to line 2 without leaving the train. Line 6 operates trains traveling between Kunming Changshui International Airport to East Bus Station.

    The metro train will charge according to the distant, most rides within the city will cost around 2 to 3 Yuan.

    It is modern and new, but it is not efficent enough to travel Kunming with the metro train at current stage.

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    Kunming Railway Station

    by cal6060 Updated Mar 21, 2015

    The Kunming Railway Station was famous due to incident of the terrorist attack in 2014. So, the security is very tight with special arm forces and police officers checking round the clocks. You need to have your passport or identification card ready to enter the premises.

    I always have the impression that the railway station is the center of Kunming. The main boulevard in front station is a main road leading to another part of the city. The airport bus station is just next to the station. I don't recommend staying near the Railway Station because the hustle and bustle of this part of town. The traffic is horrible. It does not look safe to me.

    There are many city buses in front of the station. It is too crowded to catch a bus during rush hours like after 5pm. You could walk further north to Dongfeng Square to catch a metro train or other city buses, but not a good idea if you have your luggage.

    Despite there is a metro station named Kunming Railway Station, but it does not link directly to the Railway Station. It could be the metro station is still under construction or other reason they are not linked. Warning: it is a long walk between the metro station to the railway station. If you wish to take a metro train, you could stop at either Dongfeng Square station or Tangzixiang Station and take a bus few stop to reach the Railway Station. If you have few hours to spare, you could take a bus to Dongfeng Square, then walk west to the shopping belt of Kunming.

    This is my first time traveling to China without having to buy train tickets at the Railway Station, I bought my train tickets online via ctrip.com, alternately www.elong.net. I could use my credit card to make payment without much hassle. You need to collect the train ticket at window 5. This is the train station where you can catch a train either to Dali or Lijiang.

    Luggage storage is available for 5 Yuan at the waiting hall.

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    Kunming Airport Bus: 919 Line (13 Yuan)

    by cal6060 Updated Mar 20, 2015

    If you wish to take a cheaper airport bus, upon arrival walk outside the airport and turn right to the end. You will see people lined up to buy tickets to ride the bus. These buses have more stops comparing to the express bus that cost 25 Yuan. I think it won't make a lot of difference, may between 10 to 20 minute delay.

    Bus number as the following:
    North Railway Station (919: A , A1 or B)
    East Bus Station (919: B1)
    Railway Station (919: C)
    City Bus Station (North East Bus Station): (919: A1)

    If you live in the city, you could look for a hotel near an airport bus stop. I was staying in a hotel walking distance to the North East Bus Station.

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    Kunming Airport Express Bus (25 Yuan)

    by cal6060 Updated Mar 20, 2015

    When you are out from the arrival hall, you could just walk outside to buy an Express Bus ticket to your desire destination. The express bus ticket will cost 25 Yuan per passenger.

    Among the destinations are:

    Railway Station (Line2)
    Expo Garden (Line 3)
    South Bus Station (Line 4)
    Dongfeng Square (Line 6)

    I took Line 2 to the Railway Station. It took almost an hour to reach the Railway Station due to traffic jam 5pm rushing hours. I had booked my train ticket to Dali in advance.

    Note: You could take a cheaper bus 13 Yuan to the city. It could have more stops, but It does not make a lot of differences. Check out my next tip!

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    Kunming Changshui International Airport

    by cal6060 Updated Mar 20, 2015

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    The Kunming Changshui International Airport is located 25km northeast of the city center. It is a new and modern airport that operated since Jun 2012. The Airport is well designed with golden stripes with modern panel glass windows that overlook at the cloud and flying airplanes.

    You can find restaurants, money exchanges, cafes, convenience shops, and etc, just like any other international airport in the world.

    Outside the departure hall, you will be seeing the airport buses to different locations of Kunming. Airport taxi is plenty. And you could take a metro to Kunming but it will only arrive at the East Bus Station at this time of my visit. I believe the metro is just under construction that in the near future, you will be able to reach to the city center by metro train.

    You will be able to get 72 hours VISA-Free to see the city, if you have connecting flight to another country within 72 hours. If you have a short visit, I recommend you to visit Shilin Stone Forest and Jiujiang Scenic Area. You can take the metro train to the East Bus Station and take a bus to visit these places.

    You could take a local flight to Lijiang and Shangrila.

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    Airasia Flights: KLIA2 to Kunming

    by cal6060 Written Mar 20, 2015

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    I booked my airasia flight for Kunming two months before departure. It was a great deal RM320 Nett (US$100) return. The flight was not really crowded as I think Yunnan is still an unpopular among Malaysian travelers or simply winter is an off peak season. The international travelers might be taking flight from Singapore thru Silkair or others, which I took Silkair to Kunming 10 years back.

    Airasia has flights from Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok to Kunming. If you are traveling to Southeast Asia and would like to see a beautiful Yunnan. Airasia flights offer cheap airfare.

    You can visit Airasia Website to find out more!

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    Airplane to Kunming

    by Avieira67 Updated Dec 26, 2012

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    A good way to reach Kunming is by airplane. From big cities, you have several flights daily and, if you book well in advance, you can buy a ticket for a very good price. I travelled from Shenzhen to Kunming with 40% off the normal fare.

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    Bus to Dali

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 7, 2008

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    The bus for Dali leaves from the bus station near the train station. Despite the sign saying that it went to Dali (which I checked the Chinese characters in my Lonely Planet against) and not Dali City, the bus only went to Dali City and I had to get another bus the short distance to Dali itself. The main bus cost RMB84 and took around 5 hours. Along the way, you'll pass by villages with white-washed houses right up against the motorway with painted signs and pictures saying "Dinosaur Valley" as it was in this region that many complete dinosaur skeletons have been found (which can be seen in the Kunming City Museum).

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    Buses to the Vietnam border

    by kentishgirl Written Jul 2, 2008

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    We took an overnight sleeper bus from Kunming to the border. It was not pleasant, but it got us where we needed to go! A few things to say about the bus journey, which I hope will prepare you!

    Upon arrival at Kunming Bus Station we found chaos! We found the bay that our bus was supposed to be in and it was not there! Eventually we located the bus, behind numerous other buses - be prepared to ask around and arrive early enough to be able to do this.

    The bus itself is basic. There are no toilet facilities at all. The bus will stop en route, but your toilet will be the roadside!

    People smoke on the bus, so if you can make yourself understood - try and get a window bed. I smoke, not on buses - this was extreme.

    The beds are tiny! Ok, I am above average size, but even being slightly smaller I still would have been uncomfortable. They are not only short but skinny too! Don't expect to get much sleep.

    Don't be alarmed if in the middle of the night the bus stops, just get off (with your valuables) have some well earned fresh air :-) You'll probably need your passport; it's more than likely that it's an ID check.

    As you approach the border in the morning, the roads turn to mud roads, if you don't like heights - don't look out of the window. The scenery is gorgeous though!

    Upon arrival at the border town, walk to the bridge - it's not far, you don't need transport.

    Have your Vietnamese visa!!

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