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Yunnan is attracting an increasing number of visitors from China and abroad along, and this has led to developments in transportation.
Kunming, the capital of the province, functions as a transport hub connecting Yunnan with the rest of China, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. It is convenient to get to/around Yunnan by air, train, and coach.
Currently Yunnan Province has 13 airports in its major tourist cities, such as Kunming, Lijiang, Dali, Shangri-La, and Jinghong (Xishuangbanna), making these cities easily reached from the main cities in China.
It is possible to get to Yunnan by train, though it is not as convenient as travelling by air.
Bullet trains from Beijing, Shanghai, Jinan, Nanjing, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou are available to Kunming, but the journeys are long (6–12 hours for the quickest trains). It takes 20+ hours for inter-province sleeper trains to Yunnan.
Travelling by train is a better option if you travel between Yunnan and neighboring provinces Sichuan, Guizhou (Guiyang–Kunming now 2½h!), and Guangxi, or within Yunnan province. Click to check a train route schedule.
Yunnan Province is also expanding the provincial rail network to neighboring Southeast Asian countries, such as Vietnam and Myanmar.
With Kunming city as the center, Yunnan has a developed highway network stretching to the major cities in Yunnan, neighboring provinces of Sichuan, Guizhou, Guangxi, and Tibet, and even neighboring countries of Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand.
It is convenient to take a coach between these tourist destinations in Yunnan:
With rich experience in designing and arranging Yunnan tours, our travel experts can help you with professional suggestions in selecting the means of transportation to make your trip smooth and comfortable. You are welcome to contact us if you need any assistance.
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