- Suzhou is conveniently located on the Jinghu Railway linking Shanghai and Nanjing, the provincial capital, to both of which there is hourly railway service. Suzhou Railway Station is among the busiest passenger stations in China, having 139 trains stopping daily. T-Trains only take 45 minutes to Shanghai and an hour and half to Nanjing. Driving options include the Jiangsu-Shanghai Expressway, the Yangtze Riverine Expressway, the Suzhou-Jiaxing-Hangzhou Expressway. In 2005, the new Suzhou Outer Ring was completed, linking the peripheral county-level cities of Taicang, Kunshan, and Changshu. By water, Suzhou is connected with Zhangjiagang, Luzhi, Liujia and Changshou.
Although Wuxi Shuofang Airport and Guangfu United Airlines Airport serve as two municipal airports, and the State Council approved of the construction of an airport exclusively serving Suzhou in 2003, air transportation from Suzhou continues to be at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport in Shanghai.
The Suzhou Metro is currently being constructed.
Like other tourist cities in China, Suzhou has a convenient public transport system. Most of the buses running in the city only take exact change so make sure you have some small coins before getting on. The price of regular buses is 1Yuan per person. Air-conditioned buses cost 2 Yuan per person. Buses running from the city to the suburbs vary in price. Check the sign on the front of the bus to see the fare.
Additionally, Suzhou has five special tourist buses as follows:
No.1: Tiger Hill-the Suzhou Railway Station (5:15 am-9:00 pm)
Stops: Tiger Hill, Lingering Garden, Suzhou Museum, Humble Administrator's Garden, Lion Grove Garden, Suzhou Silk Museum, and the Beisi Pagoda
No.2: Tiger Hill-The Dock (5:45-6:45)
Stops: Tiger Hill, The Suzhou Railway Station, Suzhou Silk Museum, Beisi Pagoda, Suzhou Museum, Humble Administrator's Garden, Lion Grove Garden, and the Garden of the Master of the Nets
No.3: The Suzhou Railway Station - Jin Shan Lu (5:30 am-8:45 pm)
Stops: Suzhou Amusement Park, Yushan Park, and the Science and Technology University
No.4: The Suzhou Railway Station - Taiping Mountain (5:00 am-9:00 pm)
Stops: Suzhou Silk Museum, Beisi Pagoda, Ancient Town of Mudu, Lingyan Mountain, and Taiping Mountain
No.5: Oushang Supermarket- Oushang Supermarket (6:00 am-10:30 pm)
Stops: The Double Pagoda, Suzhou Museum, Humble Administrator's Garden, and the Lion Grove Garden
You can easily hail metered taxis in Suzhou. During the day, the first three kilometers (about 1.9 miles) is CNY 10 and then CNY 1.8 for every succeeding kilometer (about 0.6 mile) after three kilometers. After five kilometers (about 2.7 miles), 50% of the price is added to the passenger fee. Each five-minute or more waiting time is added as one extra kilometer to the passenger fee. Late at night (after 23:00), the price is CNY13 for the first three kilometers and CNY12 for each additional kilometer.
Suzhou is the classic Chinese water town and many points of interest are located on narrow streets and alleyways where it is difficult for a bus or a taxi to pass through. Don't worry. The rickshaws in Suzhou will make your journey more convenient. The starting price of a rickshaw is CNY2 per person and then CNY4 for every additional kilometer. If you want to hire a rickshaw, the price is CNY5 per person for an hour.
The bicycle is the most popular vehicle in China. If you want to enjoy more of the water town by yourself, why not rent a bicycle. Most of the stores that rent bicycles for visitors are located east of Suzhou Railway Station. Generally, the price is CNY2 for four hours, CNY3 for five to six hours, and CNY5 for the whole day.
Tip: If you want to rent a bicycle, you'll need to leave a deposit and show your identity card.
Almost all the trains running on the Hu-Ning (Shanghai-Nanjing) Railway stop at the Suzhou Railway Station. Suzhou is the terminus and starting station for five trains to and from Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing and Ganzhou (Jiangxi Province) everyday. The rest of the trains are bound for Shanghai from Beijing, Chengdu, Xian, Qingdao, Xining and Nanjing, etc., but stop in Suzhou. Usually, at least two trains to Shanghai stop in Suzhou each hour. The trains which go direct to Suzhou from Shanghai depart Shanghai at 6:30 and 16:41 everyday. The return trains depart at 7:13 and 17:09.
Address of Suzhou Railway Station: Chezhan Lu, Suzhou
Bus: 16 buses terminate at the Suzhou Railway Station, including No.1, 102, 103, 178, 19, 26, 518, 69 and 83.For information call: 67272831
Tip: You can buy tickets 6 days before you leave at the Ticket Hall at the east of the Suzhou Railway Station.
China's Grand Canal, which reaches north to Tong County in Beijing as well as south to Jiaxing City and Hangzhou City of Zhejiang Province, passes by Suzhou and has been an important means of water transportation for a long time. At present, the water route from Suzhou to Hangzhou is open. Everyday, four luxury passenger ships travel between Suzhou and Hangzhou, two in each direction. Departure time is 17:30. The journey takes about fourteen hours. You must board the ship half an hour before it leaves.
From Suzhou to Hangzhou: No.8, Renmin Lu, Nanmen Dock.
From Hangzhou to Suzhou: No.138, Huancheng Beilu, Wulinmen Dock.
Bus Routes in Suzhou: You can take the No.1, 7, 101, 102, 13, 14, 16 or 28 buses to get to Renmin Bridge.
Fare: The ticket fare depends on the type of ship you are taking. The price for double rooms ranges from 95Yuan to 150Yuan per person. Triple rooms range from 78Yuan to 98Yuan. Usually, you can buy a ticket two hours before leaving. In the peak season of tourism, it's better to have a reservation.
Telephone Inquiries: 0512-65209076
By Long-distance Bus
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.
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.