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. Suzhou’s transportation are good, here I provide something information about airport, railway, coach, bus and taxi.

Due to its advantaged location, Suzhou has a vast transportation network. This classic city is connected to many cities around China. The Grand Canal acrosses Suzhou from north to south, and provides convenient waterway transportation. For land transportation, the Su-Jia-Hang Highway, Hu-Ning Railway, and Hu-Ning Highway make Suzhou one of the most accessible destinations in the Yangtze River Delta Region. Suzhou is also at a mere 100 kilometers from Shanghai where two international airports provide convenient transportation.

While traveling around the beautiful city of Suzhou, you can always find the right transportation tool to take you from one attraction to the next. For example, if you’d simply like to visit urban Suzhou, you will find that the city buses are truly convenient and fast. If you’re interested in water town experiences in rural areas, such as Zhouzhuang and Tongli, but are hesitant to joining group tours, you can take a shuttle bus directly from the Suzhou Tourist Distribution Center. Or, if you are tiring of motor vehicles, why not go on a tri-cycle ride through the peaceful city?

Enjoy your trip in Suzhou.

By Train
Huning Railway linking Shanghai and Nanjing
Jinghu Railway linking Shanghai and Beijing
Suzhou now has three railways stations:Suzhou Station in urban, Suzhou North Station in Xiangcheng district and Suzhou SIP Satation in Suzhou Industrial Park.

Suzhou Bullet Train Suzhou Railway Station
Reconstructed in 2011, Suzhou Railway Station is the main gate for passengers to and from this city by rail. Through the Shanghai-Nanjing High-Speed Railway, there are bullet trains from Suzhou to Shanghai, Kunshan, Wuxi, Zhenjiang and Nanjing. On the other hand, from this station, passengers could take fast trains to Chengdu, Xian, Yinchuan, Zhengzhou, Xining, Guangzhou, Fuzhou, Yantai and etc. On the train tickets, this station is printed as Su Zhou.
Location: Pingjiang District
Transportation: city-buses of Nos. 518, 202, 178, 119, 103, 83, 38, 26, 1, You 4, You 1, Kuai Xian 2, 502, 317, 102, 69, 50, 33, You 3, 80, 8, 40, 79, 166, You 5, 6, 7, 10, 44, 81, 522, 529
Suzhou North Railway Station
This station serves for the bullet trains running on the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway. Departing from Suzhou, passengers could get to Beijing in 5 hours. On the train tickets, this station is printed as Su Zhou Bei.
Location: Xiangcheng District
Transportation: city-buses of Nos. 819, 711, 80, 77, 811

Suzhou Industrial Park Railway Station
Everyday, this station serves for 46 bullet trains of the Shanghai-Nanjing High-Speed Railway. On the train tickets, this station is printed as Su Zhou Yuan Qu.
Location: Suzhou Industrial Park
Transportation: city-buses of Nos. 115, 116, 262, 161, 119, 166, 258

Suzhou New District Railway Station
This station operates 11 scheduled bullet trains on the Shanghai-Nanjing High-Speed Railway everyday. On the train tickets, this station is printed as Su Zhou Xin Qu.
Location: Hushuguan Town, New District
Transportation: city-buses of Nos.335, 326, 34, 36, 529, 311, 85, 441, 306

By Air
Despite being an important tourist destination, Suzhou does not have its own international airport at present. It is best to use the airports of nearby Shanghai. Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) and Pudong International Airport (PVG) are used frequently by domestic and international visitors.
Hongqiao Airport (SHA) is 86 kilometers (about 53 miles) away from Suzhou. Upon arrival, passengers could walk to the connected Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, and then take a bullet train to get to Suzhou in 30 minutes. The nearby Hongqiao West Traffic Center also operates coaches to Suzhou.

Pudong International Airport (PVG) is located 120 kilometers (about 65 miles) away from Suzhou. There are scheduled airport bus running to Suzhou, and vice versa.
Buses from PVG to Suzhou:
Address: The parking lots at the 2nd floor of PVG’s terminal building.
Operating Time: 10:00 10:40 11:10 11:40 12:10 12:40 13:10 13:50 14:20 14:50 15:20 16:10 16:50 17:20 18:10 18:50 20:00
Durations: 3 hours
Ticket Fare: CNY84

Buses from Suzhou to PVG:
Address: 115, Ganjiang Xi Lu, Jinchang District
Operating Time: 06:20 07:20 07:50 08:20 08:50 09:20 09:50 10:20 10:50 11:30 12:10 12:50 13:30 14:10 14:50 15:30 16:10
Duration: 3 hours
Ticket Fare: CNY84

By Long-distance Bus/Coach
Suzhou is known as the ‘Southeast Gate’ to Shanghai and Zhejiang Province because of its well-developed highway network. Three long-distance bus stations are in use in Suzhou nowadays. The Suzhou North Bus Station has the most bus routes to Anhui, Hubei, Fujian, Shandong, Jiangxi, and Zhejiang provinces. Buses also depart for Shanghai from the North Bus Station once every twenty minutes. The ticket fare varies from 26 Yuan to 30 Yuan.

Address:
North Station: No.29, Xihui Lu. Located at the east of Suzhou Railway Station.
South Station: Located at the corner of Nanhuan Eastern Road and Yingchun Road. Take the No.10, 931, 54, or 55 buses to get there.
Buses going to Anhui, Hubei, Shandong, Jiangxi, and Zhejiang provinces plus Shanghai are available here.
West Station: Jinshan Road, New District. The No.313, 39, 302, 317, or 622 buses will take you to West Station. Buses to Anhui and Zhejiang provinces and Shanghai depart from here.

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)

 

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.

Ship Transpot

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.

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.

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.

6 Comments » for Transportation
  1. Jasmin says:

    Dear sir/madam,
    I would like to know the Opening hours of Suzhou Tourist Distributing Center. I tried its email address but my enquiry was returned.
    I would like to purchase admission tickets and round trip bus tickets to Tongli.
    Thank you.

    regards,
    Jasmin LIM

  2. Jasmin says:

    Dear BeautifulSuzhou,
    Thanks for your advice.
    I will stay near Shanghai South Railway Station.
    May I ask for your advice on the recommended route to Tongli ? Should I take a rail from Shanghai South Railway Station to Suzhou and then catch a bus at Suzhou North Bus Station to Tongli ? Or simply take a bus from Shanghai (where ?) to Suzhou North Bus Station and then catch a bus to Tongli ?
    Thank you.

  3. Jasmin says:

    Hi BeautifulSuzhou,
    The travel agent charges a lot and thus I prefer to DIY. Do you know if there are direct buses from Shanghai South Bus Station to Tongli or vice versa?
    Thank you.

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