Zhaotong Transportation

Located in the northeast of Yunnan Province, historically one of an important cities in the south-western Silk Road, Zhaotong City is the communication centre and the north gate of Yunnan Province leading to Sichuan and areas in middle- and lower reaches of the Yangtze River. It is also an inland port to Southeast Asia and South Asia. Zhaotong has a convenient transportation system. State Highway 213 runs through the prefecture-level city and extends to Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province, Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province and Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu Province.

How to get to Zhaotong from Kunming

1. By Bus
The Bus departs from Kunming North Bus Station everyhalf hour with the fee for 118RMB from 8:00 to 21:50.

2. By train
There are three trains going through Zahaotong. They are K1140 departing from kunming at 9:52, K854 departing from kunming at 10: 16 and K692 departing from kunming at 11:41. The ticket of Hard seat is charged for about 80 RMB, the ticket of hard sleeper is charged for about 155RMB, and the ticket of soft sleeper is charged for about 232RMB. Besides, the high-speed train from Zhaotong to Chengdu and Chongqi is under constructed.

3. By plane
There are some flight schedules from Kunming to Zhaotong. it takes about 50 munites, and the fee is up to the flight company and the time. You need to take a 40-munite bus from Kunming City to Kunming Changshui Airport first.

Kunming North Bus Station: 0871-68373009
Kunming railway station: 0871-95105105
Kunming Changshui Airport: 0871-96566
Zhaotong Bus Station: 0870-2397777

How to Get Around

1.Taxi and Buses

In the counties, buses run on the main street, it will not take you much time on the bus, because the urban area is not too big. Taxi is convenient for someone who get into emergency, the starting price is cheap. However, people would like to take buses or motorbike in the county seat rather than taxi.


Minibus is the principle way for local people to travel a short distance. Passengers may wait for a minibus on the highway or just call the driver. Usually, the minibus will take you anywhere you want to go in a short distance, and the price is cheap.