Being an important historical and tourist city in the center of the Yangtze Delta, Suzhou is easily accessible by air, rail, and road.
Although there is no international airport in Suzhou, it is easy for foreign travelers to get to Suzhou thanks to its location, which is approximately 100 kilometers (60 miles) away from Shanghai.
Tourists often fly to Shanghai via Pudong International Airport and Hongqiao International Airport, and then take a train or bus onwards to Suzhou.
No matter which airport you arrive at, it is convenient to travel to Suzhou. It takes about 30 minutes by bullet train. Shuttle buses from the two airports to Suzhou are available, running from 10am to 8pm with an interval of 30–50 minutes. The driving time is about 2½ hours.
Apart from the airports in Shanghai, you can also get to Suzhou via another two airports: Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (about 165 kilometers away from Suzhou) and Nanjing Lukou International Airport (about 200 kilometers away from Suzhou). Driving takes 2–2½ hours.
After arriving at a nearby airport, the most convenient way to get to Suzhou is by train.
There are four main railway stations in Suzhou: Suzhou Railway Station, Suzhou North Railway Station, Suzhou Yuanqu (Industrial Park) Railway Station, and Suzhou Xinqu (New District) Railway Station.
Suzhou Railway Station is the busiest passenger station. The Shanghai–Nanjing High-Speed Railway passes through this station. There are frequent high-speed trains from Suzhou to Shanghai, Kunshan, Wuxi, Zhenjiang, and Nanjing. It only takes 30 minutes to get to Shanghai and less than 1½ hours to Nanjing.
Suzhou North Railway Station mainly serves the Beijing–Shanghai High-Speed Railway. It only takes 5 hours to get from Suzhou to Beijing.
There are also many high-speed trains to/from other cities, such as Hangzhou, Chengdu, Xi'an, and Guangzhou, among others.
Suzhou has an advanced highway network. It has three main bus terminals offering services to the nearby cities and beyond.
Currently, there are two subway lines in Suzhou: Line 1 and 2. Depending on the distance, ticket prices range from 2–6 yuan. More lines are in construction.
Taxis are the most convenient means of transportation in Suzhou. There is a fleet of more than 4,000 cabs. Taxis in Suzhou are mainly Santana, Toyota, and Passat cars.
Suzhou taxi fares: 10 yuan for the first 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) and 1.8 yuan for each additional kilometer (0.6 mile).
Public bus routes run into all parts of the city. The fares are set at a flat rate; 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.
There are five special tourist buses clearly labeled with a “Y”. It is convenient for tourists to go to main attractions on these buses.
Bus Route Y1
Bus Route Y2
Bus Route Y3
Bus Route Y4
Bus Route Y5
These man-powered vehicles are a good and cheap way to get around. It is a perfect option if you want to travel along Suzhou's historic, narrow streets. The starting price is 5 yuan.
The easiest way to tour around Suzhou is by bike. Pedaling from one garden to another is pleasant. This is a very popular mode of transport for many tourists who want to explore the gardens in the city.
If you do not want to spend time and energy trying to figure out the complicated transport system, the best option is to take a private car along with a private driver. Please contact us if you need any arrangements to be made for your Suzhou tour.
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