Hanoi to Kunming by train

Travel from Hanoi (Vietnam) to Kunming (China) by train (551km): schedule and information to the train connection. Compare fares and buy your ticket.

Hanoi - Kunming @ 2020-08-10

To travel by train from Hanoi in Vietnam to Kunming in China, please read the following information and blog posts.

There are two main routes. Compare them and decide which one feeds your needs best.

551 km

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How to use the following information: we show you the best routes and where to buy tickets. On longer routes you may need more than one ticket. Book your tickets step by step as explained. If you have questions about the route from Hanoi to Kunming, please ask in our forum. Of course, sometimes there are as well other travel routes possible.

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1 Hanoi (Vietnam) - Nanning (China) - Kunming (China)

The route consist of more than one step. You have to buy more than one train ticket.

1a Travelling from Hanoi (Vietnam) to Nanning (China)

If you want to travel from Vietnam to China by train, you have daily connections. There are two main travel routes available.

The first travel route is from Hanoi (Vietnam) to Nanning, Guilin, Beijing (China).
There are two direct trains per week from Hanoi (Vietnam) to Beijing (China).
There are every day connections from Hanoi (Vietnam) to Nanning (China). If you travel on a date were no direct train runs from Hanoi to Beijing, first travel by the daily overnight train from Hanoi to Nanning, then by the daily overnight train from Nanning to Beijing.

The second travel route is from Hanoi (Vietnam) to Kunming (China) with change and border crossing at Lào Cai (Vietnam) and Hekou (China).
Travel first from Hanoi to Lào Cai (Vietnam) by direct train. There you change to a bus or taxi to the border (10 minutes). Cross the border on foot. Take again a bus or taxi (10 minutes) to Hekou North (China) train station. From there continue by train to Kunming (journey time 5 hours).

[b]How to buy tickets[/b]:

- buy train tickets from Vietnam to China at Baolau.
Direct train: Hanoi - Beijing.
Connection with change: Hanoi - Nanning and Nanning - Beijing.
It is also possible to buy these routes via Chinahighlights, but then you have to pick them up somewhere before in China.

- buy train tickets inside of Vietnam are available via Baolau. For example: Hanoi - Lào Cai.

Note: if you use Chinahighlights, fill in for Hanoi: [b]Gia Lam, Hanoi[/b].

Where to buy a ticket from Hanoi to Nanning?

The following links could be interesting for you.

1b Travelling from Nanning (China) to Kunming (China)

To travel in China by train, we recommend to buy your train ticket online via one of the given booking links. There you get schedules and ticket prices. It is the easiest way if you do not speak the Chinese language. In China you have frequent high-speed train connections. If you want to travel cheaper, but slower, buy a ticket for one of the standard trains. Also available are several night train connections. Trains can be very full at peak travel times.

The following links could be interesting for you.

train types: Train types you are likely to travel with.
China Railway High-speed (CRH)

night train: Night trains that might be suitable for this trip.
020 Moscow - Beijing / 019 Beijing - Moscow

train company:
CNR 中国铁路总公司

2 Hanoi (Vietnam) - Lào Cai (Vietnam) - Hekou (China) - Kunming (China)

The route consist of more than one step. You have to buy more than one train ticket.

2a Travelling from Hanoi (Vietnam) to Lào Cai (Vietnam)

Train travel in Vietnam is easy and comfortable. The main route is from North to the South of Vietnam, Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. From Hanoi you have a nice route to the mountains, in direction of SaPa. Beside you have a connection from Hanoi to China. Please buy your train ticket online via the following booking links or at a station which is usually no problem.

Where to buy a ticket from Hanoi to Lào Cai?

Buy the train ticket at a railway station. Note: in some countries you have to pay a service fee at the ticket counter. The ticket can be purchased at a station in the country of departure, also sometimes in other countries.

The following links could be interesting for you.

train types: Train types you are likely to travel with.
Train (VIET)

train company:
VIET Đường Sắt Việt Nam

2b Travelling from Lào Cai (Vietnam) to Hekou (China)

If you want to travel from Vietnam to China by train, you have daily connections. There are two main travel routes available.

The first travel route is from Hanoi (Vietnam) to Nanning, Guilin, Beijing (China).
There are two direct trains per week from Hanoi (Vietnam) to Beijing (China).
There are every day connections from Hanoi (Vietnam) to Nanning (China). If you travel on a date were no direct train runs from Hanoi to Beijing, first travel by the daily overnight train from Hanoi to Nanning, then by the daily overnight train from Nanning to Beijing.

The second travel route is from Hanoi (Vietnam) to Kunming (China) with change and border crossing at Lào Cai (Vietnam) and Hekou (China).
Travel first from Hanoi to Lào Cai (Vietnam) by direct train. There you change to a bus or taxi to the border (10 minutes). Cross the border on foot. Take again a bus or taxi (10 minutes) to Hekou North (China) train station. From there continue by train to Kunming (journey time 5 hours).

[b]How to buy tickets[/b]:

- buy train tickets from Vietnam to China at Baolau.
Direct train: Hanoi - Beijing.
Connection with change: Hanoi - Nanning and Nanning - Beijing.
It is also possible to buy these routes via Chinahighlights, but then you have to pick them up somewhere before in China.

- buy train tickets inside of Vietnam are available via Baolau. For example: Hanoi - Lào Cai.

Note: if you use Chinahighlights, fill in for Hanoi: [b]Gia Lam, Hanoi[/b].

Where to buy a ticket from Lào Cai to Hekou?

The following links could be interesting for you.

2c Travelling from Hekou (China) to Kunming (China)

To travel in China by train, we recommend to buy your train ticket online via one of the given booking links. There you get schedules and ticket prices. It is the easiest way if you do not speak the Chinese language. In China you have frequent high-speed train connections. If you want to travel cheaper, but slower, buy a ticket for one of the standard trains. Also available are several night train connections. Trains can be very full at peak travel times.

The following links could be interesting for you.

train types: Train types you are likely to travel with.
China Railway High-speed (CRH)

night train: Night trains that might be suitable for this trip.
020 Moscow - Beijing / 019 Beijing - Moscow

train company:
CNR 中国铁路总公司

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