There are 3 ways to get from Chiang Mai to Kunming by plane, bus or car

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Fly  •  4h 40m

  1. Fly from Chiang Mai (CNX) to Kunming (KMG) CNX - KMG

¥287 - ¥2219

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Bus  •  45h 24m

  1. Take the bus from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
  2. Take the bus from Luang Prabang - Naluang Station to Kunming Yunnan

¥652 - ¥825

Drive  •  15h 7m

  1. Drive from Chiang Mai to Kunming 1177.2 km

¥750 - ¥1100

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The cheapest way to get from Chiang Mai to Kunming is to bus which costs ฿2900 - ฿3700 and takes 45h 24m.

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The quickest way to get from Chiang Mai to Kunming is to fly which costs ฿1200 - ฿10000 and takes 4h 40m.

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The distance between Chiang Mai and Kunming is 794 km. The road distance is 1177.2 km.

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The best way to get from Chiang Mai to Kunming without a car is to bus which takes 45h 24m and costs ฿2900 - ฿3700.

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It takes approximately 4h 40m to get from Chiang Mai to Kunming, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Chiang Mai to Kunming is to fly which takes 4h 40m and costs ฿1200 - ฿10000. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs ฿2900 - ฿3700 and takes 45h 24m.

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The quickest flight from Chiang Mai Airport to Kunming Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 40m.

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Kunming is 1h ahead of Chiang Mai. It is currently 2:27 PM in Chiang Mai and 3:27 PM in Kunming.

Yes, the driving distance between Chiang Mai to Kunming is 1177 km. It takes approximately 15h 7m to drive from Chiang Mai to Kunming.

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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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  • Distance: 794.3 km
  • Duration: 4h 40m

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

China Eastern Airlines and Lucky Air Co. Ltd. fly from Chiang Mai to Kunming 3 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Chiang Mai to Kunming via Luang Prabang - Naluang Station, Kunming Yunnan, and South Bus Station in around 45h 24m.

Airlines
China Eastern Airlines
Website
en.ceair.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Kunming
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
¥1100 - ¥2500
Lucky Air Co. Ltd.
Website
luckyair.net
Flights from Chiang Mai to Kunming
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
¥280 - ¥2200
Bus operators
The Transport Company
Phone
089 226 2769
Email
borkorsor@transport.co.th
Website
home.transport.co.th
Bus from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
Ave. Duration
19h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
¥100 - ¥270
Schedules at
home.transport.co.th
Naluang
Phone
856071212979
Website
naluangstation.com
Bus from Luang Prabang - Naluang Station to Kunming Yunnan
Ave. Duration
25h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
¥550
Book at
12go.asia

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There are 279+ hotels available in Kunming. Prices start at ¥750 per night.

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The best way to get from Chiang Mai to Chiang Mai Airport is to bus which takes 9 min and costs ฿15 - ฿20.

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