Suzhou Transportation

Being an important historical and tourist city, Suzhou is easily accessible by air, rail and road. Its location along the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal means the city also enjoys good waterway transportation.

Air

Suzhou is served by a small airport, Guangzhou. However it only has a few flights from Foshan each week. Most tourists who want to come to Suzhou often fly to Shanghai and then take a bus or train onwards to Suzhou. There are regular bus services from Shanghai to Suzhou (duration approximately 1 hour). In addition there are plenty of trains running from Shanghai to Suzhou.

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Railway

Take a train to SuzhouYou can take a train to Suzhou.

Suzhou is a major stop along the Beijing-Shanghai railway line and there are more than 40 daily train services which stop at Suzhou Railway Station. There are daily services to and from Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guilin and many more main tourist areas in China to and from Suzhou. The Suzhou Railway Station is located on the north side of the city.

City Transportation

Being a developed city, Suzhou has good public transportation. Public buses routes run into all parts of the city. Fares are flat rated, usually 1 Yuan for a non-air-conditioned bus and 2 Yuan for an air-conditioned one. There is no fare collector on the bus, so please ensure that you have small denominations of change ready for the driver when boarding.

Taxi

Taxis are convenient and are generally a hassle-free alternative to public transportation. There are lots of taxis looping the city so there is usually no problem to flag one down to stop for you. The starting price is 10 yuan for 3 kilometres, over 3 km, 1.8 yuan/per km for a Santana and 1.4 yuan/per km for a Xia Li cab.

Rickshaw

These man-powered vehicles are a good and cheap way to get around. The starting price is 2 yuan, rising to between 3 to 5 yuan for a longer trip. You can usually negotiate the price when taking a pedicab.

Bicycle

The easiest way to tour around Suzhou is by bike. Pedalling from garden to garden is painless, even pleasant. This is a very popular mode of transport for the many tourists who want to explore the gardens in the city.

Ship

Take a ship to enjoy the scenery along the riverTake a ship to enjoy the scenery along the river.

Boats running along the Great Canal can take visitors up to the north, Zhejiang, Yangzhou( two well-known cities in the area) or down to Hangzhou in the south. Boat travel from Suzhou to Hangzhou has become increasingly popular due to the amazing country scenery witnessed during the journey.

Bus/Coach Transportation

There are totally 5 long-distance bus stations having services to the nearby cities and beyond. The largest one is Suzhou South Gate Long-Distance Bus Station. There are plenty of buses heading to Shanghai, Hangzhou, Wuxi, Zhouzhuang, Tongli, Yangzhou, Ningbo and Nanjing to and from Suzhou. The ticket fare and time from Suzhou to some cities are: 70 yuan and 2.5 hours for Nanjing, 72 yuan and 3 hours for Yangzhou, 69 yuan and 2 hours for Hangzhou amd 119 yuan and 4 hours for Ningbo.

The Five Long-Distance Bus Stations

Suzhou North Long-Distance Bus Station

  • Chinese name: 苏州汽车北站 Suzhou Qiche Beizhan
  • Buses mainly depart to: Shanghai and some cities in Jiangsu Province Anhui Province, Shandong Province, Henan Province, Zhejiang Province, Guangzhou Province, Shaanxi Province, Fujian Province
  • Address: Xihui Road (西汇路)

Suzhou South Gate Long-Distance Bus Station

  • Chinese name: 苏州南门汽车客运站 Suzhou Nanmen Qiche Keyun Zhan
  • Buses mainly depart to: Hangzhou, Ningbo, Wenzhou, Huzhou, Jiaxing in Zhejiang Province, Nanjing, Yangzhou, Huaian, Suqian, Lianyungang in Jiangsu Province, and Shanghai
  • Address: 601 Nanhuan East Road (南环东路601号)

Suzhou New District Long-Distance Bus Station

  • Chinese name: 苏州新区汽车客运站 Suzhou Xinqu Qiche Keyun Zhan
  • Buses mainly depart to: Wuxi, cities in north part of Jiangsu Province and some cities in Henan Province, Hunan Province, Shandong Province, Sichuan Province, Hebei Province, Liaoning Province, Anhui Province, Fujian Province,
  • Address: 78 Jinshan Road (金山路78号)

Wuzhong Long-Distance Bus Station

  • Chinese name: 吴中汽车客运站 Wuzhong Qiche Keyun Zhan
  • Buses mainly depart to: Shanghai, Hangzho, Huzhou, Guangde, Anhua, Huaining, Wenling, Deqing, Xinshi, Yibing, Zhengzhou and Huangshan
  • Address: 10 Guangjian Road, Wuzhong District (吴中区广建路10号)

Weitang Long-Distance Bus Station

  • Chinese name: 渭塘汽车站 Weitang Qiche Zhan
  • Buses mainly depart to: Changshu, Zhuji, Jiangshan, Kaihua, Heqiao, Shangrao, Fengli Baju, Jiaoxie, Lvsi, Haozhou, Lujiang, Fuyang, Qingdao and Huaifang
  • Address: the crossing of Chenghu Road and Zhenzhu Hu Road (澄湖路和珍珠湖路交叉口)

Note: Passengers can call 0512-65776577 to consult more detailed information about the bus schedule, and the hot line service is available from 6am to 8:30pm.

Questions and Answers About Suzhou Transportation

Flor 2014-04-04
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I will be in Suzhou next week and like to get from there to Shanghai City Center. I have also two large suit cases with me. Are there any buses going this way? If yes which bus station in Suzhou should I take? If not what would you recommend? One more question, how much would cost a taxi from Suzhou to Shanghai Bund ?

Hi,

 

the taxi is about RMB4500 or so for 1.5 hours by highway. But the most economic and fastest way is take bullet trains. There are many bullet trains everyday and easy to buy. It iis only take RMB60 for seats in the first class cabin, only 30 minutes to Shanghai Train staiton. Then you can take subway line 2 to The Bund or Centrel area. If big suitcases is not t very convenient, you can go to the station earily. Good Luck.

 

Christy  

Christy Luo replied on 2014-04-05
sirvain 2014-02-22
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Hello, I will be in SUZHOU in october 2014. We want to get a bus from SUZHOU to TONXI. Is it possible? Can you give me some informations? Thanks
Hi Sirvain, where is Tonxi, please? Is it Tunxi? Whitney Liao replied on 2014-02-24
mayesh 2014-01-26
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I wantto visit guangzhou from suzhou via bus are there any buses
Hi Mayesh, sorry, for such a big distance, there is no direct bus between Suzhou and Guangzhou. You can take over night train. Whitney Liao replied on 2014-01-27
rachel 2013-10-16
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Is Suzhou''s metro line 2 in operation? If not, when will it be open?
Hi Rachel, the line 2 of Suzhou metro is still under construction.It's supposed to open in 2014. Michael Hu replied on 2013-10-17
joffrey 2013-06-07
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Hello, i am in shanghai and i would like to take a bus for suzhou, next monday, but i not find the Bus station in shanghai....could you help me and tell me where un can buy my ticket please? Thanks
Dear Joffrey, You could take a bus from Shanghai south long distance bus station(上海长途汽车南站) which is at No.666 Shilong road, Xuhui District(徐汇区石龙路666号). The bus sets off every 20 minutes from 6:30am to 19:30pm. It costs about CNY40/US$7 per person. Lussie Lu replied on 2013-06-08
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