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Hangzhou Transportation


bullet train The bullet train from Hangzhou to Shanghai

Hangzhou is served by Xianshan International Airport, which is located some 27 kilometers (17 miles) from downtown Hangzhou. There are daily flights to major cities and larger tourist cities in China. The airport also offers flights to and from Hong Kong and Singapore. Airport buses run from the city center to the airport for 20 yuan. Travelers can also take a taxi for around 100 yuan.

Transportation between Hangzhou and Airports in Shanghai

1. Take shuttle bus at Wulinmen Flight Ticket Hall 武林门民航售票处 (Address: 390 Tiyuchang Road 体育场路390号).

It will stop a while at Hongqiao Airport and head on to Pudong. It takes 2 hours and half to Shanghai Hongqiao Airport and 3 hours and half to Shanghai Pudong Airport. Bus fare is 85 yuan per person.

Shanghai Pudong Airport – Hangzhou (8:40, 10:10, 11:40, 13:10, 14:40, 16:10, 17:50)
Hangzhou – Shanghai Pudong Airport (6:00, 7:30, 9:00, 10:30, 12:00, 13:30, 15:00, 16:00)

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2. Every day there are 6 buses running between Hangzhou Dragon Sports Center (黄龙体育中心) and Shanghai Pudong Airport.

Dragon Sports Center - Shanghai Pudong Airport: 7:00, 8:30, 10:30, 12:30, 14:30, 16:00
Shanghai Pudong Airport - Dragon Sports Center: 10:30, 12:00, 13:30, 15:30, 17:30, 19:00

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Hangzhou is an important railroad junction in East China. The Huhang Railway (from Guangdong to Hangzhou), the Zhegan Railway (from Zhejiang to Jiangxi) and the Xuanhang Railway (from Anhui to Hangzhou) join here.

Hangzhou Railway Station, which is also called "City Station" by local people, is the most important railway station in Hangzhou. Most of the trains departing from and terminating their route in Hangzhou will stop here. It is located at the intersection of East City Ring Road and West Lake Avenue. From Hangzhou Railway Station, it only takes 10 minutes to go from West Lake Avenue to West Lake by bus.

City Transportation

Public Bus

As an important tourism city, Hangzhou has good public transportation. Public buses go virtually everywhere in the city proper. The bus number is important. Bus numbers prefixed by "K" are air-conditioned. Bus numbers prefixed by "3" and "5" run to the neighboring rural areas and special lines, respectively. Tourism buses are indicated by a Chinese"游" (pinyin: you, pronounced: yo).

Bus fares are very cheap. It is 1 yuan for all bus numbers with one or two digits (e.g. Bus No.8 or No.13) and three-digit bus numbers preceded by "1"( e.g. No.132). It is 2 yuan for all air-conditioned buses. Prices for special bus lines and buses running to the neighboring rural areas vary according to the bus condition and distance (the starting price for a general bus is 1 yuan and 2 yuan for a air-conditioned one). All tourism buses are air-conditioned and cost 2 yuan.


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 street.


Hangzhou is the hub for road transportation in Zhejiang Province. The city has four long distance bus stations: East, West, South and North bus stations. Buses to neighboring cities like Nanjing and Shanghai are plentiful.

Hangzhou Waterway TransportationHangzhou Waterway Transportation


Boat trips from Hangzhou to Suzhou or Wuxi along the Grand Canal are available. Boats often depart at night and arrive at the destination in the early morning. This service is usually only available in summer or peak seasons. Travelers should check availability when planning use this means of transport.

Transportation from Thousand Islets Lake to Huangshan City

Huangshan City is about 180kilometers (112 miles) from Thousand Islets Lake near Hangzhou City. There is no direct transportation between the two. Travelers can take ships from Thousand Islets Island to Shendu Dock (深渡码头) near Huangshan. Every day there is one ship departing at around 10 in the morning.

Transportation between Thousand Islets Lake and Hangzhou

Direct buses are available at Hangzhou West Long Distance Bus Station(杭州汽车西站). Buses are available from 6:00 till 18:40 every 40 minutes.

Direct buses from Thousand Islets Lake are available at Qiandaohu Long Distance Bus (千岛湖长途汽车站). From 5:20 till 18:00, buses depart every 40 minutes.