As a prosperous Chinese city, Hangzhou has some of the best transportation in China, be it by air, railway, or road.
Hangzhou is served by Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, which is located some 27 kilometers (17 miles) from downtown Hangzhou.
There are daily flights to and from major cities in China, including Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Guilin, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and Macau. The airport also offers flights to and from major Asian cities, such as Singapore, Bangkok, Seoul, and Tokyo.
Airport buses run from the city center to the airport for 20 yuan. Travelers can also take a taxi for around 100 yuan. It takes 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Hangzhou is about 170 kilometers (105 miles) away from Shanghai. It is very convenient to fly to Shanghai via Shanghai Pudong International Airport or Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, and then take a train or direct bus to Hangzhou.
It takes 1–1½ hours by bullet train. Shuttle buses from the two airports to Hangzhou are available, running from 10am to 8pm with an interval of 1–1½ hours. The driving time is about 2½ hours. The fare is about 100 yuan.
There are three railway stations in Hangzhou: Hangzhou Train Station, East Train Station, and South Railway Station (under renovation).
It mainly serves regular trains to and from Beijing, Xi’an, Guangzhou, Chongqing, and Lanzhou. Some high-speed trains operating to and from Shanghai also use this station.
See detailed information about Shanghai–Hangzhou high-speed trains.
Hangzhou has four main bus terminals offering services to the nearby cities and beyond.
Hangzhou plans to build 13 subway lines. Currently, there are three subway lines in operation: Line 1, 2, and 4. A ticket costs 2 to 8 yuan, based on the travel distance.
If you are going to West Lake, you can take Line 1 and get off at Longxiangqiao Station, and then walk for about 400 meters.
There are numerous different types of buses in Hangzhou, including normal public buses, tourist buses, and rapid buses. Public buses go virtually everywhere in the city.
There are many tourist buses denoted by a "Y" before the bus number. It is convenient for tourists to go to main attractions on these buses. Y1 can take you to West Lake, and Y2 can take you to Lingyin Temple.
Bus fares are cheap, ranging from 1–5 yuan depending on the bus type and travel distance.
Riding a bicycle is one of the best ways to explore Hangzhou, particularly West Lake. Restaurants and stalls by West Lake have bikes for rental.
Visitors can also take a taxi to tour the city. Taxis are plentiful and it's usually very easy to stop one in the street.
Fares: In the city, the initial general taxi price is 10 RMB for the first 4 kilometers and 2 RMB per kilometer after that until 8 kilometers; and then 2.4 RMB for each kilometer past 8 kilometers.
Apart from buses on the road, Hangzhou has water buses on the canals and rivers throughout the city connecting the Grand Canal, West Lake, the Xixi River, and the Qiantang River.
Hangzhou has a comprehensive and complex transport system. It is not easy for a foreigner to enjoy touring Hangzhou in a way that saves time and energy. We are here to help.
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