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Hangzhou Transportation: Getting to Hangzhou by Air, Train, and Coach

As a prosperous Chinese city, Hangzhou has some of the best transportation in China, be it by air, railway, or road.

Getting to Hangzhou by Air

Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (HGH)

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Hangzhou is served by Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, which is located some 27 kilometers (17 miles) from downtown Hangzhou.

There are daily flights to and from major cities in China, including Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Guilin, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and Macau. The airport also offers flights to and from major Asian cities, such as Singapore, Bangkok, Seoul, and Tokyo.

Airport buses run from the city center to the airport for 20 yuan. Travelers can also take a taxi for around 100 yuan. It takes 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Shanghai Airports

Hangzhou is about 170 kilometers (105 miles) away from Shanghai. It is very convenient to fly to Shanghai via Shanghai Pudong International Airport or Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, and then take a train or direct bus to Hangzhou.

It takes 1–1½ hours by bullet train. Shuttle buses from the two airports to Hangzhou are available, running from 10am to 8pm with an interval of 1–1½ hours. The driving time is about 2½ hours. The fare is about 100 yuan.

Getting to Hangzhou by Train

There are three railway stations in Hangzhou: Hangzhou Train Station, East Train Station, and South Railway Station (under renovation).

  • Hangzhou Railway Station is also called "Chengzhan Station (City Station)" by the local people. Most of the trains departing from and terminating their routes in Hangzhou will stop there. It only takes 10 minutes to get to West Lake by taxi.
  • It mainly serves regular trains to and from Beijing, Xi’an, Guangzhou, Chongqing, and Lanzhou. Some high-speed trains operating to and from Shanghai also use this station.

  • Hangzhou East Train Station is about 15 kilometers away from West Lake. It takes about 20 minutes to get there by taxi and costs 25 yuan. It serves high-speed bullet trains to Beijing, Shanghai, Jinan, Nanjing, Xiamen, and Tianjin.
  • See detailed information about Shanghai–Hangzhou high-speed trains.

    Getting to Hangzhou by Coach

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    Hangzhou has four main bus terminals offering services to the nearby cities and beyond.

    • West Bus Station: The buses from this station mostly depart to Huangshan, Nanchang, Wuhan, and many other cities in the provinces of Jiangxi, Anhui, and Zhejiang.
    • South Bus Station: This station serves frequent buses to the provinces of Zhejiang, Guangdong, and Fujian.
    • North Bus Station: This station mainly operates buses running to/from Xi’an, Suzhou, and Nanjing.
    • Jiubao Bus Station (Central Station): Shanghai, Suzhou, Wuzhen, and Ninbo are served by this station.

    Hangzhou City Transportation — Metro, Taxi, Bus, and Bicycle


    Metro is a good transportation option in Hangzhou.Metro is a good transportation option in Hangzhou.

    Hangzhou plans to build 13 subway lines. Currently, there are three subway lines in operation: Line 1, 2, and 4. A ticket costs 2 to 8 yuan, based on the travel distance.

    If you are going to West Lake, you can take Line 1 and get off at Longxiangqiao Station, and then walk for about 400 meters.


    There are numerous different types of buses in Hangzhou, including normal public buses, tourist buses, and rapid buses. Public buses go virtually everywhere in the city.

    There are many tourist buses denoted by a "Y" before the bus number. It is convenient for tourists to go to main attractions on these buses. Y1 can take you to West Lake, and Y2 can take you to Lingyin Temple.

    Bus fares are cheap, ranging from 1–5 yuan depending on the bus type and travel distance.


    Riding a bicycle is one of the best ways to explore Hangzhou。Riding a bicycle is one of the best ways to explore Hangzhou。

    Riding a 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 the street.

    Fares: In the city, the initial general taxi price is 10 RMB for the first 4 kilometers and 2 RMB per kilometer after that until 8 kilometers; and then 2.4 RMB for each kilometer past 8 kilometers.

    • Make sure they turn on the meter when you start, note the driver's ID number, and get a receipt when you leave. Make sure they don't charge more than the meter says.
    • Pay with small bills and coins to avoid fake money.

    "Water Bus"

    Apart from buses on the road, Hangzhou has water buses on the canals and rivers throughout the city connecting the Grand Canal, West Lake, the Xixi River, and the Qiantang River.

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