Transportation foundation|Updated: August 5, 2021

Kunming is a major communication and transport hub in China thanks to its advanced airway, railway and highway networks.


Kunming International Airport is one of the six major airports in China, with more than 170 domestic and international air routes reaching many metropolises in China and beyond, including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Mandalay, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Osaka and Hong Kong. The new Kunming airport under construction will be the fourth gateway of China after Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.


The railway transportation network of Kunming comprises the Neijiang-Kunming, Nanning-Kunming, Guiyang-Kunming, Yunnan-Vietnam, Guangtong-Dali railways running to coastal areas, Southeast Asia, Dali prefecture and Sichuan province.


National highways No 324, 108, 326, 213, 320, 40 and 65 run across the city. They run parallel or intersect with provincial highways No 101, 102, 103, 202, 207, 214 and 215. Expressways across the city include Shilin-Anning, Kunming-Yuxi, Kunming-Qujing and Kunming-Hekou. Two international highways are under construction, Kunming-Bangkok and Kunming-Yongon, and the Pan-Pacific railway is undergoing planning. They will connect Kunming to neighboring countries and regions.


The communication network in downtown Kunming has been improved. From 2011-2015, the city's road framework has been characterized by three longitudinal routes and a horizontal one. Now the number of existing bus routes amounts to 169, and the contribution rate of bus rapid transit has reached 26 percent.