Kunming Transportation

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    Taxi to/from the airport

    by hooiluangoh Written Apr 27, 2004

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    Kunming international airport is in the south east of Kunming city. Takes about 30-45 minutes to get to the city centre, depending on the traffic condition (yes, there are enough cars to cause a traffic jam).

    Taking a taxi into the city is very easy. The taxis wait right outside the airport, and they run on meter. Flag fare RMB 7. It costs about RMB 25 to RMB 30 to a CBD location, say the Green Lake. No taxi ticket/pass whatever. You pay cash to the driver upon arrival on your destination. No surcharge on luggage etc except for a 20% midnight surcharge after 10pm, which is already built into the meter reading. So you still pay what the meter says.

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    Bus to Dali

    by Ines28 Written Nov 14, 2004

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    If you want to get out of the city, e.g. to Dali or Lijiang, then go to the Camellia Hotel, they will arrange for the bus transport. Some of the people there speak a little English and are friendly and helpful. If you don't stay at the Camellia, you have to go there at the fixed time, they will take you to the bus station and will show you the right bus. It is easy and not expensive.

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    Travelling Around Kunming

    by kpyam2000 Updated Feb 13, 2004

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    Bus rides cost RMB 1 per trip to anywhere within the city. A real bargain.

    Taxis start at RMB 7 upon boarding. A ride around the city cost between RMB 7 - RM 12.

    Kunming boasts the cheapest airport taxi ride. Another bargain at RMB 20 - RMB 30 per trip. Remember to bargain.

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    Train to Dali

    by hooiluangoh Updated Dec 9, 2003

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    (price is quoted in RMB)
    1) The cabin with 6 people cost $86 per person. The bed is hard. A better cabin
    will be "Ruan Wo", which means soft-sleeper. This costs $150 per person. Ruan Wo accommodates 4 persons per cabin.
    If you hold a $86 ticket and when you see the train itself you change your mind
    and want a $150, then you will have to pay $86 X 20% ticket cancellation fee.

    2) Cleanliness - I don't know (sorry no experience), but there is no toilet in
    the cabin. There is only one toilet for the entire coach, which can accommodate
    66 people. (just in case I didn't use the correct vocab, a few coaches linked
    together become a train). I did read about this Ruan Wo. Its introduction was quite recent (year 2003).

    3) The train journey will start at 10:30pm and end at 6:27am the next day.
    Yunnan is the same as Malaysia : car travels faster than train. If you take a bus it takes about 4-5 hours. (now 7 hours because the highway is under construction)

    4) The railway stops at Dali. From there to Lijiang, and from Lijiang to
    Shangri-la you will have to take a bus.

    5) I read the temperatures today.
    Kunming : 11 -20C; Dali : 8 - 20C; Li Jiang: 9 - 19C; Shangri-la: 2 - 14C. It's going to be even colder in December especially in Dali, Li Jiang and Shangri-la.

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    Long Distance Bus Terminal

    by vigi Written Sep 29, 2003

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    There are 2 long distance bus terminals in Kunming. This Zhong-Be Station run buses to Dali and other Yunnan places, departing hourly. Tickets available at the station, or can be bought at hotel or travel agencies at the same price. Some agencies provide free transfer / pick up at the hotel.

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    Kunming City Map has all public bus routes

    by hooiluangoh Written Oct 7, 2003

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    Kunming's public bus

    Get the Kunming City Map at any news agent. RMB3.50 each. The bus routes are detailed there in chinese.

    The public buses are a convenient way to get around Kunming. Prepare lots of 1 yuan notes/coins. You are required to pay when you get onto the bus, no change is given.

    Each bus trip costs 1 yuan. Take the big bus at the proper bus-stops. Avoid the small van-type bus as they may charge more especially if you are a tourist.

    Occasionally there are the medium size bus. These are a luxury, because it costs 2 yuan, and provide better quality seats. Because it is more expensive, your chance of getting a seat is bigger.

    Some buses are equiped with screen display which shows the next bus stop in both English and Chinese.

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    Take a taxi from RMB8

    by hooiluangoh Updated Jun 8, 2004

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    Taxi !

    There are plenty of taxis in Kunming (about 6000 or 6700 to be exact, the extra 700 licences were issued after the 1999 expo). They are usually 10 year-old cars with real worn out seats. Sometimes the seat cover is a towel. Other times you think your butts are touching the road. But they are available anywhere. You can flag one down easily. Fare starts from RMB8, or RMB7 for smaller cars which will be phased out by the end of 2004 I think.

    There is a 20% surcharge after 10pm. Fare starts from RMB9.60 , and the unit rate after that has already included the surcharge. Hence you pay according to the fare displayed on the meter.

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    Luxury Bus Service

    by srd130 Written Feb 1, 2004

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    In my Lijiang transport tips, I mentioned there is a luxury bus service that operates out of Kunming.

    YNTAC (I don't know what that stands for) operates Volvo buses equipped with airconditioning, and a television with DVD/VCD. Here are the cities served and prices as of July 2003:

    Dali 103 yuan
    Lijiang 151
    Gejiu 60
    Kaiyuan 50
    Chuxiong 30
    Yuxi 21
    Qujing 35
    Xuanwei 50

    Of course these prices are higher than regular buses, but it is up to you to decide if the extra price is worth it. I took the bus to Lijiang and was very satisfied with the experience and got a free lunch at a nice hotel along the ride in Dali. So if you don't mind spending the extra money, it is a good way to travel in comfort.

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    Kunming - Dali

    by vigi Written Sep 29, 2003

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    This is the bus I took from Kunming to Dali. Price 65 Yuan. They told me 4-5 hours, but I was stuck in the bus for 7 hours before arrivng Dali! Some people vomit on the bus, and one local fainted half way adn was sent to hospital by police. I should have taken the train instead!!!

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    Kumning airport

    by xaver Written Oct 15, 2007

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    I arrived in Kunming from Bangkok which is a hour and 45 minuts flight.
    Once you leave from Kunming airport, before going to the check in you are supposed to fill a qustionaire for customs which is on a desck just in front the custom office.The quastionaire is written only in Chinese, so not understanding a word, I just wrote my name, surname and number of passport and that seemed to be ok as they let me go.Kunming airport is pretty small and check in, domstic and internationals open just 2 hours before the flight so, don't go so early, once inside there are no smoking rooms also so, you really do not know how to spend your time.

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    Chartered rail trips vs. Public Train to Dali

    by hooiluangoh Written Dec 16, 2003

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    There are plenty of ticketing agents in Kunming, ready to sell you train tickets for a commission.

    You may find that, upon enquiry, that the ticketing agent tells you a train schedule which the Kunming Train Station itself does not have. This is the typical "chartered train" ie some big travel groups charter the entire train, and let the agents sell the leftover seats.
    This type of coach does not have "soft sleeper".

    The "public seat" tickets sold by Kunming Train Station are released for sale now (Dec) until 3 days before departure time. You can buy these from both the ticketing agents as well as at the train station itself.

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    Bus to Dali [new town]

    by Avieira67 Updated Apr 10, 2007

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    Buses from Kunming to Dali [new town] departure from the south bus station [Beijing Lu], close to the train station.
    I left Kunming at 08:50 and arrived in Dali at about 14:00. Fare is 76 CNY.
    When in Dali (new town), you have to take a minibus to Dali Old Town.

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    Donkey Taxi

    by honurox Written Feb 19, 2005

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    Hores taxi

    I guess this is poor, poor mans mode of trasportation. Horses are band from the city center, but you can find these horse taxis at just about any bus station on the city limets.
    I have no idea how much the cost....But it looks fun! I dd see these same carts on the trail going up west mountain, if you wimped out you could ride one of these up the trail.

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    Public bus to SHILIN

    by Tedsocoa Updated Apr 8, 2007

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    A traditional trip outside Kunming is a bustrip to SHILIN for a visit to the famous Stone Forest.
    You can take a train from South station in Kunming, but it's much longer for staying one day there. To go there, take the bus to Shilin at the South busstation near Bejing road, but prepare a paper where some helpfull chinees has written the name of Shiling and Stone Forest. Because there are many buses going of, all signs are in chinese, so just show your paper to some friendly person. Once in the public bus, you pay the ticket, not expensive.
    My problem on this trip was, the the bus had a breakdown in the middle of the mountains to Shilin. So after one hour of just waiting outside, and trying to restart the motor driving downstairs the hill, (!), the engine was working again.
    Prepare yourself to arrive in the small town of Shiling, and NOT at the Stone Forest.
    So, at the bus station downtown, you have to take a very small bus to get up to the famous Stone Forest, distance ; about 8 km. Here you need really your small Chinese paper.

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    Train from Kunming to Guilin

    by Avieira67 Updated Jan 1, 2007

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    Trains going to Guilin leave from the main train station.
    Picture 1 - Main Train Station;
    Picture 2 - An example of a train ticket with translation into Portuguese. By the way, was the ticket I used when traveling from Shanghai to Suzhou.

    Origem - Origin
    Trem - Train
    Destino - Destination
    Date - ano/mês/dia, year/month/day
    Hora de partida - Departing time
    Carruagem - Carriage
    Lugar - Seat
    Preço - Price

    The class of the ticket is written at the right upper corner.

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