Getting around Yunnan - Transportation

Yunnan, home to some of China's most spectacular ancient villages and natural sites, is an extremely popular tourist destination. It has convenient modern transportation facilities. You can get there by train, airplanes or bus. Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan, is also the transportation hub of Yunnan.

Getting Around in Yunnan:

By Taxi:
The easiest means of getting around in Yunnan's cities is by taking one of the many taxis. The drivers are always happy to give advice to visitors. The first 3 kilometers cost 8 Yuan and 1.8 Yuan after that. Visitors do not need to worry about not being able to get back to their hotel, because every hotel will offer its guests a business card written in Chinese and English that will inform the taxi drivers where you are staying and how to take you back there.

By Road:
Land transportation in Yunnan is quite convenient. You can take the bus traveling around Yunnan Province or traveling to the nearby provinces such as Sichuan and Guizhou. There are several bus stations in Kunming and other main cities. Express buses are available connecting the major tourist destinations such as DaliLijiang, and Shangri-La.

By Bus:
There are more than 50 bus lines which can take you to every corner of Kunming. Taking the bus is one of the best and most convenient ways to get around the city. It costs one Yuan per person to take the bus. Change is not given, so it is important to make sure visitors carry exact change with them. The public buses make stops at all of the city's major sites and the downtown commercial centers.

By Bicycle:
The primary mode of transportation around Kunming and much of Yunnan is still the bicycle. It is also a perfect way for visitors to explore the city. It offers visitors the chance to stop where they would like, for as long as they want. Bicycles can be rented in many places such as Kun lake hotel and camellia hotel. Rental costs 2 Yuan per hour or 15 Yuan per day plus deposit. The deposit for a new bicycle is 400 Yuan, and a used one is 200 Yuan.

Getting Around China:

By Air: 
Located 5 kilometers away from Kunming's city center, is the Wujiabei International Airport. It is the quickest and most convenient way to get around China. Number 67, 56, 78, or 103 public bus lines go there. The fee is one Yuan per person. To get there by taxi costs around 15 Yuan and takes around 25 minutes. Kunming is connected with all of China's major cities by air.

By Train or Bus:
Getting around China by train or bus is the most common way to get to most cities. It is recommended that visitors be cautious about their belongings and personal safety while using these two modes of transportation. Kunming has two main train stations. The Kunming Railway Station is located on Beijing Xi Lu Street and can be reached from the city center by bus lines 68, 80, and 23. It is the one most commonly used by visitors because most of the trains that go to places outside the region begin at this station. The Kunming North Railway Station is useful for visitors who wish to go to Vietnam. A train departs to Hanoi every Friday and Sunday. Kunming also has four bus stations. The South Bus Station which is across the street from the Kunming Railway Station is the most useful of the four for visitors. It has buses to most of the region's destinations. There are two basic kinds of busses, Regular and Speedy. The Regular buses are slower and their condition is not as good as the Speedy ones.

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