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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Suzhou North Long-Distance Bus Station
Suzhou South Gate Long-Distance Bus Station
Suzhou New District Long-Distance Bus Station
Wuzhong Long-Distance Bus Station
Weitang Long-Distance Bus Station
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.