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There are 5 ways to get from Chiang Mai to Kunming by plane, night bus, bus or car

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Fly  •  4 h 33 min

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

$183 - $354

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

$109 - $118

3 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

$149 - $174

Bus Naga travel  •  47 h 54 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

$124

Drive  •  14 h 45 min

  1. Drive from Chiang Mai to Kunming 730.5 miles

$100 - $160

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The cheapest way to get from Chiang Mai to Kunming is to bus which costs ฿3500 - ฿3900 and takes 31 h 21 min.

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The quickest way to get from Chiang Mai to Kunming is to fly which costs ฿6000 - ฿12000 and takes 4 h 33 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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The best way to get from Chiang Mai to Kunming without a car is to bus which takes 31 h 21 min and costs ฿3500 - ฿3900.

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It takes approximately 4 h 33 min 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 4 h 33 min and costs ฿6000 - ฿12000. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs ฿3500 - ฿3900 and takes 31 h 21 min.

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The quickest flight from Chiang Mai Airport to Kunming Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 35 min.

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Kunming is 1 h ahead of Chiang Mai. It is currently 6:54 AM in Chiang Mai and 7:54 AM in Kunming.

Yes, the driving distance between Chiang Mai to Kunming is 1169 km. It takes approximately 14 h 45 min to drive from Chiang Mai to Kunming.

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

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  • Distance: 496.4 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 33 min

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

Lucky Air Co. Ltd., China Eastern Airlines and Thai AirAsia fly from Chiang Mai to Kunming 5 times a day. Alternatively, 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 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $600
Lucky Air Co. Ltd.
Website
luckyair.net
Flights from Chiang Mai to Kunming
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $400
Thai AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Kunming via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $210
Bus operators
Sueksa Tour
Phone
(053-248537).
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
$81
Schedules at
zhidao.baidu.com
Orsuksa Tour
Phone
084-2626003
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

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The best way to get from Chiang Mai to Chiang Mai Airport is to bus which takes 8 min and costs ฿20.

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