TRANSPORTATION IN SUZHOU: HOW TO GET THERE BY TRAIN OR BUS FROM SHANGHAI, NANJING, HANGZHOU AND OTHER CITIES

ESPAÑOL

Most tourists visit Suzhou as a day trip from Shanghai.

AIRPORT

There is no airport; the closest is the small Sunan Shuofang International Airport, in Wuxi, or those of Shanghai, Hangzhou and Nanjing. Both Shanghai Pudong and Hongqiao have long-distance buses that go directly from the airport to the city and vice versa:

  • Pudong: one every hour, 80 ¥. From 6:20 to 22:00 to the airport and from 10:40 to 19:40 to Suzhou.
  • Hongqiao: one every hour, 50 ¥. From 10:00 to 19:00.
  • Hangzhou Airport: 30 ¥. We do not know the schedules.

TRAIN

The most recommended transport is, as almost always in China, the train. There are 4 stations, among which 2 stand out:

  • Suzhou Railway Station. It is very large and by far the most important. It’s on the high-speed line between Shanghai and Nanjing, so there are more than 100 trains a day to get to and from both cities. Recall that Shanghai has 3 main train stations, to take into account when buying tickets. Its location is excellent for visiting the city on a day trip, as it is located next to the northern part of the moat that surrounds the historic center; Without a doubt it is option number 1 for the majority of travelers. We arrived from Shanghai Central and came back from here in second class, it only took 35 minutes to go and 24 minutes back. As in all large stations, departures are upstairs and arrivals downstairs.
SHANGHAI 3. ticket tren train Suzhou, China
Our second class ticket to Suzhou

DESTINATION

KIND OF TRAIN FREQUENCY AND SCHEDULE DURATION PRICE FROM (¥)
1st/2nd class

Soft/Hard Sleeper/Hard seat

Shanghai (all stations) Both Every 10 min, 24 hours (less frequent from 00:00 to 5:00) 25m-1h30h (slower are night trains) 60/40 95/65/15
Nanjing Both Every 10 min, 24 hours (less frequent from 00:00 to 5:00) 1h30m-3h 165/ 105 125/87
Hangzhou Both Every 30m-1h from 08:03 to 04:43 am 1h30m-4h30m 180/110 140/95/40
Huangshan Normal 18:02 and 21:14 9h40m 230/155/80
Beijing Normal 4 daily, from 13:24 to 21:54 11h-21h 450/290/150

 

Guilin North Normal 11:30 23h30m 540/375/190
Shenzen (no direct to Hong Kong) High-speed 8:03 and 9:29 12h30m 940/600
Normal 18:02 28h30m 720/480/260
Chongqing North High-speed 5 daily, from 6:46 to 10:03 (am) 10-12h 580/485
Normal 14:44 25h 660/430/230
Chengdu Both 9 daily, from 6:46 to 22:22 15-45h 700/580 750/500/275
Xi’an Normal 22 daily, de 4:10 to 23:41 14-27h 510/340/140
Lhasa Normal 20:58 46h 1230/830/400
  • North Station. Especially useful for those who come or go to Beijing. It is almost 9 km north of the previous one, so if we used this station, we should take the metro (line 2 red, the only one that gets there), that will take us to the center. Virtually all trains of this station are high speed.

DESTINATION

KIND OF TRAIN FREQUENCY AND SCHEDULE DURATION PRICE FROM (¥)
1st/2nd class

Soft/Hard Sleeper/Hard seat

Shanghai (95% to Hongqiao) 95% are high-speed Every 15-30m from 8:25 to 00:51, plus one at 4:00 am 25m 65/35
Nanjing South High-speed Every 10-30m from 5:52 to 20:47, plus 2 more at 1:25 am 1h15m-3h 165/ 100
Hangzhou East High-speed 12 daily, from 8:25 to 19:21 1h35m 180/110
Beijing South High-speed 17 daily, from 6:55 to 18:11 5h30m 885/525
Shenzen (no direct to Hong Kong) High-speed 9:37 12h30m 940/ 590
Chongqing North High-speed 7:50 12h20m 1670/1045
Chengdu High-speed 7:50 10h30m 1500/900
Xi’an High-speed 5 daily, from 6:34 to 16:36 6-8h 1050/640
  • New District and Industrial Park stations are about 5km west and east of the historic center. Fewer trains arrive there, and therefore only are recommended to travelers who stay in these areas .

BUS

There are three bus stations, the main ones being the following two:

  • South Station. The most practical, since it is immediately south of the historic center:
    • Shanghai: 38 ¥, 90 minutes, every 30 minutes.
    • Nanjing: 75 ¥, 2h15m, every 20 minutes.
    • Hangzhou: 65 ¥, 3h, every 20 minutes.
  • North Station, adjacent to the North Train Station. Although it is renovated, it offers fewer destinations:
    • There are no buses to Shanghai.
    • Nanjing: 75 ¥, 2h15m, frequent.
    • Hangzhou: 65 ¥, 3h, frequent.

There are buses to much more remote places, but all those going north (Beijing, Xi’an…) will pass through Nanjing, and those going south (Guilin, Hong Kong…) do so via Hangzhou.

MORE ESSENTIAL INFORMATION IN SUZHOU:
<WHEN TO GO, WHERE TO EAT AND SLEEP, DANGERS AND PROBLEMS               GETTING AROUND AND TO NEARBY VILLAGES>

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