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.
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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.
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
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.
ChristyChristy Luo replied on 2014-04-05
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