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How to Get to Stone Forest from Kunming

A is for Kunming downtown and B for Stone Forest Scenic Area

Where is Stone Forest?

Stone Forest is just 80 km southeast of Kunming in Shilin County, in Yunnan Province. It is only a 2hour drive from Kunming downtown and is commonly said that a visit there without visiting the stone forest is "a waste of time". Walking through the Stone Forest, visitors marvel at the natural stone masterpieces and are bewitched by the intricate formations.

Address: Shilin Town, Shilin County 652211, China

How to get to Stone Forest from Kunming

Visitors can get to Stone Forest from Kunming by private car, bus or train.

By Renting Private Car

How to get to Stone Forest from Kunming by private car? TopChinaTravel can offer car renting with an experienced driver and a tour guide to take you to Stone Forest from Kunming. It is a private transfer service and is flexible for visitors. Renting a private car is a recommended way if you have lots of baggage or worry about the trouble caused by the language. 

By Bus

In addition, if you want to go by public vehicle, it is fine. Here will listed some ways for your reference about the transport from Kunming to Stone Forest Scenic Area. How to get to Stone Forest from Kunming by bus?


There are a lot of regular buses departing from Kunming East Coach Station (located at the East 3rd Ring Road area) to the Stone Forest. Buses depart every 20-30 minutes in peak season and about 40 minutes in low season from the station. The journey takes about 2 hours. You should get off at the terminal, then change to a minibus to get to Stone Forest Scenic Area. Be noticed that there are buses heading for Shilin County and Stone Forest Scenic Area, make sure you get on a right bus.

Also, there are Tourist Special Express buses departing from Kunming Railway Station from 10:10 am to 7:10 pm every day. It departs almost every 30 minutes and it costs about RMB 25. The bus can take you to Stone Forest directly.

By Train

How to get to Stone Forest from Kunming by train? There are 14 trains every day depart from Kunming Railway Station or Kunming South Railway Station to Shilin Railway Station or Shilin West Railway Station. You can reach Shilin in 19 minutes at the fastest. Shilin Station is about 5 kilometers away from Stone Forest Scenic Area, and Shilin West is 25 kilometers away from Stone Forest Scenic Area. After arrive in Shilin, you need to transfer taxi or bus to scenic spot.

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