There are 6 ways to get from Chiang Mai to Kunming by plane, subway, night bus, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly, line 3 subway  •  2 h 43 min

  1. Fly from Chiang Mai (CNX) to Kunming (KMG) CNX - KMG
  2. Take the line 3 subway from East Bus Station to Dongfeng Square

$182 - $353

Cheapest option

Bus Baidu  •  31 h 21 min

  1. Take the bus from Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal to Nong Khai
  2. Take the bus from Laos Vientiane to Kunming South

$112 - $121

4 alternative options

Night bus, bus  •  36 h 51 min

  1. Take the night bus from Chiang Mai to Nong Khai
  2. Take the bus from Laos Vientiane to Kunming South

$152 - $177

Bus Naga travel  •  46 h 29 min

  1. Take the bus from Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal to Luang Prabang Laos
  2. Take the bus from Naga Express Travel Luang Prabang to Kunming Yunnan

$123

Bus, Sleeper  •  2 days 2 h

  1. Take the bus from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani 876
  2. Take the bus from Udon Thani to Vientiane Talat Sao Station
  3. Take the Sleeper from Vientiane Bus Station to Kunming South Bus Station

$134 - $154

Drive  •  14 h 45 min

  1. Drive from Chiang Mai to Kunming 730.5 miles

$100 - $160

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Chiang Mai to Kunming is to bus which costs ฿3700 - ฿4000 and takes 31 h 21 min.

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The quickest way to get from Chiang Mai to Kunming is to fly and line 3 subway which costs ฿6000 - ฿12000 and takes 2 h 43 min.

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The distance between Chiang Mai and Kunming is 794 km. The road distance is 1168.7 km.

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It takes approximately 2 h 43 min to get from Chiang Mai to Kunming, including transfers.

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Lucky Air Co. Ltd. and China Eastern Airlines offer flights from Chiang Mai Airport to Kunming Airport.

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Map of how to get from Chiang Mai to Kunming.
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  • Distance: 496.4 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 43 min

What companies run services between Chiang Mai, Thailand and Kunming, China?

You can take a bus from Chiang Mai to Kunming via Nong Khai, Vientiane Talat Sao Station, Laos Vientiane, Kunming South, and South Bus Station in around 31 h 21 min.

Airlines
China Eastern Airlines
Website
en.ceair.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Kunming
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $600
Lucky Air Co. Ltd.
Website
luckyair.net
Flights from Chiang Mai to Kunming
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $400
Train operators
Kunming Rail Transit
Website
kmgdgs.com
Subway from East Bus Station to Dongfeng Square
Ave. Duration
10 min
Frequency
Every 5 minutes
Estimated price
$1
Schedules at
kmgdgs.com
Bus operators
Sueksa Tour
Website
12go.asia
Night bus from Chiang Mai to Nong Khai
Ave. Duration
12 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28
Schedules at
12go.asia
Book at
12go.asia
Baidu
Website
zhidao.baidu.com
Bus from Laos Vientiane to Kunming South
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$84
Schedules at
zhidao.baidu.com
Orsuksa Tour
Website
easybook.com
Bus from Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal to Nong Khai
Ave. Duration
13 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27
Schedules at
easybook.com
Naga travel
Website
nagatravel.com
Bus from Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal to Luang Prabang Laos
Ave. Duration
20 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$46
Schedules at
nagatravel.com
Book at
12go.asia
Bus from Naga Express Travel Luang Prabang to Kunming Yunnan
Ave. Duration
25 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$77
Schedules at
12go.asia
Phetprasert Tour
Phone
056 720 720
Website
phetprasert.com
Bus from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani
Ave. Duration
12 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$18 - $28
Schedules at
phetprasert.com
The Transport Company
Website
home.transport.co.th
Bus from Udon Thani to Vientiane Talat Sao Station
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$2 - $12
Schedules at
home.transport.co.th
Thongly Bus
Website
baolau.com
Night bus from Vientiane Bus Station to Kunming South Bus Station
Ave. Duration
31 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$113
Schedules at
baolau.com

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