To get the most out of a visit to Yunnan Province, 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. In the following are listed the main air, rail, and highway routes within the province – and beyond.
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. Provincial routes originating from KMG include flights to the scenic sites of cities such as Baoshan, Dali, Lijiang, Mangshi, Simao, Xishuangbanna, Zhaotong and Zhongdian. 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 (JHG), near Xishuangbanna.
china-trains/book-ticket-offices-kunming.htm 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. These include:
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, a stretch of 640 km (400 mi), of which 340 km (213 mi) lies within Yunnan 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.
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.
Yunnan has built a comprehensive highway system with roads reach almost all the major cities or towns in the region. 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.