Kunming – Hekou: by Train or Bus

Kunminng – Hekou Bei

In December, 2014, the New Kunming – Hekou Railway Line was open offering regular passenger service between Kunming and Hekou North, replacing the old Kunming – Hekou Rail Line whose service was suspended in 2004 as the main railway for train travel between Kunming & Hekou, & Vietnam in the future. Now, there are 4 daily K trains (120 km/h) operating between the two cities, allowing passengers to arrive in 6-7 hours.

Aside from train travel, bus ride is also a good method to travel between. See the details below.

Kunming – Hekou North Train Schedule

Kunming to Hekou North train (Southbound)

Train No. Departure Station Departure Time Arrival Station Arrival Time Train Type
C552 Kunming 08:22 Hekou North 13:07 C train
C562 Kunming 13:20 Hekou North 17:56 C train
K9602 Kunming 14:40 Hekou North 21:42 K train
C559 Kunming South 18:30 Hekou North 22:38 C train
For a live schedule & ticket availability & delivery, just refer to www.chinahighlights.com/china-trains/

Hekou North to Kunming train (Northbound)

Train No. Departure Station Departure Time Arrival Station Arrival Time Train Type
C564 Hekou North 08:45 Kunming 13:42 C train
K9604 Hekou North 09:40 Kunming 16:05 K train
C560 Hekou North 13:35 Kunming South 18:00 C train
C554 Hekou North 18:20 Kunming 22:49 C train
For a live schedule & ticket availability & delivery, just refer to www.chinahighlights.com/china-trains/
Kunming - Hekou Train Type
Kunming – Hekou Train Type: K category with a speed of 120 km/h

Stations used in Kunming & Hekou for the route

Which station in Kunming: Currently, Kunming has two train station in use for passenger service: Kunming Railway Station & Kunming West Railway Station (Kunming South Railway Station for high speed trains is still under construction). The Kunming – Hekou North service is using Kunming Railway Station at Beijing Rd in Guangdu District (官渡区北京路) (by bus: 2, 23, 24, 44, 83, 236, 47, 58 ,k12 OR by metro line 1 and line 2 at Kunming Railway Station – 昆明火车站).

Which station in Hekou: Hekou has two stations as well: Hekou North Railway Station (new station) & Hekou Railway Station (old station, not in used). The Kunming – Hekour train is using Hekou North.

Kunming – Hekou Bus Schedule

Kunming to Hekou by Bus

The bus schedules are for reference only, and you can refer to http://www.chinabusguide.com for more information.

Bus schedule from Kunming East Bus Station (昆明东部汽车客运站) to Hekou Bus Station (河口客运站)
Depart times: 10:00; 11:40; 19:30 daily Ticket Price: CNY 147 – 149

Hekou to Kunming by Bus

Hekou Bus Station (河口客运站) to Kunming
Depart times: 08:45; 10:50; 12:30; 13:00; 19:00; 19:20; 19:40; 19:50; 20:00. daily Ticket Price: CNY 109 – 119
Distance: 480 km

How to reach the bus stations

Kunming East Bus Station (昆明东部汽车客运站) can be reached by public bus: D5, K9, K17, K18, 22, 29, 50, 60, 193, 194, 237, 902, 906. Or by metro line 6 (东部汽车站) (Line 6 service suspended currently)Kunming Eastern Bus Station on Google Map.

Kunming Eastern Bus Station
Kunming Eastern Bus Station

Hekou Passenger Transport Station Photo

Hekou Passenger Transport Station (河口汽车客运站), namely Hekou Bus station. Read more comments about this bus station and view the location on map at FourSquare: https://foursquare.com/v/hekou-passenger-transport-station/52f3199811d2ed4b6bc679ac


The bus depot of Hekou has moved out of town by 5km, you can take a little green bus to get there which will take you 15 minutes and cost CNY 1 per person. See the advice in this article: http://robin-kevin-atw.travellerspoint.com/80/.

Kunming - Hekou Bus
Kunming (昆明) – Hekou (河口) Bus

Or visit this link to view on map: http://www.openstreetmap.org/node/2837863040#map=14/22.5350/103.9341&layers=T

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  2. After crossing the border from Hekou to the town of Lao Cai, travelers can take a bus trip to the scenic frontier town of Sapa or continue on to Hanoi by train or bus.

  3. How far is the journey from Lao Cai to Sapa city (how many hours).


  4. Can you tell me what time the boder gate close everyday in Hekou, China?