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Because of the holding of the 2016 G20 Summit, the “Paradise City” Hangzhou catches the eyes of international friends. Apart from the enduringly popular West Lake, Hangzhou also does not lack historic treasures, traditions and legends. The refreshing Dragon Well Tea plantations, peaceful Lingyin Buddhist Temple and high-tech Cloud Town, etc. all make tourists linger on and forget to return.
As the capital of Zhejiang and one of the most important cities in the Yangtze River Delta, Hangzhou is an intersecting point of busy rail corridors in Eastern China. It is closely connected with metropolis Shanghai (144 km) and Suzhou ( 240 km) to the north and Huangshan (265 km) to the west, etc. Moreover, after enjoying a leisure water town tour in Suzhou and Hangzhou, travelers can take high speed trains to Beijing, Xian, Nanjing, Wuhan, Changsha, Guiyang, Kunming, Xiamen and Guangzhou, etc. Check the top popular high speed train routes of Hangzhou to plan your Zhejiang China discovery tour in 2021!
Hangzhou High Speed Rail Map
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Every day, there are more than 170 bullet trains running between Hangzhou and major cities of China like Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou, Xian, Nanjing, Wuhan, Chengdu, Changsha, and Nanchang, etc. It takes around 1 hour to get to Shanghai from Hangzhou, 1.5 hours to Suzhou, 2 hours to Huangshan, 4 hours to Beijing, and 7-8 hours to Xi’an and 4.5-5 hours to Wuhan, etc. There are many train stations in Hangzhou and Hangzhou East Railway Station is the most frequently used high speed train station. Besides, there are also high-speed train stops at Hangzhou Railway Station and Hangzhou South Railway Station.
Railway Stations: Shanghai / Shanghai Hongqiao (上海/上海虹桥) <-> Hangzhou / Hangzhou East (杭州/杭州东)
Distance: 144km (90 miles)
Duration: 45 minutes ~ 1 hour 40 minutes
The best way to travel between Hangzhou and Shanghai is by high speed train. It is recommended that you could take a 5 to 6 days Shanghai-Hangzhou-Suzhou trip by high speed train. The Shanghai-Hangzhou High-Speed Railway line is 144 km in length and designed at a speed of 350 km/h. It shortened travel time between the two cities to about 70 minutes compared with normal trains. Every day, there are about 115 G-trains and nearly 20 D-trains running between Hangzhou (either Hangzhou East or Hangzhou Railway Station) and Shanghai (Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station and Shanghai Railway Station), available from 06:00 to 21:30. For 45 minutes, some G-trains can take you from Hangzhou to Shanghai. By a D-train, you can also arrive within 2 hours.
Railway Stations: Hangzhou East (杭州东) <-> Suzhou / Suzhou North (苏州/苏州北)
Distance: 240km (149 miles)
Duration: 1 hour 22 minutes ~ 2 hours 10 minutes
An old Chinese saying goes like that “above there is heaven, below there are Suzhou and Hangzhou”. Hangzhou and Suzhou are the paradise on earth always regarded as the best destinations for Shanghai side trips. Visiting the classical gardens in Suzhou, you can admire the high-skilled gardening techniques and the natural landscape in the mini architecture. As two popular tourists’ destinations in China, Hangzhou and Suzhou are well connected by high speed trains. From 07:30 to 20:30, there are more than 40 G trains and 4 D trains serving between Hangzhou (Hangzhou East Railway Station/Hangzhou Railway Station) and Suzhou (Suzhou Railway Station/Suzhou North Railway Station). All the high speed trains will pass Shanghai.
Railway Stations: Hangzhou East (杭州东) <-> Huangshan North (黄山北)
Distance: 265km (165 miles)
Duration: about 1.5 ~ 2.5 hours
Hangzhou Huangshan High Speed Train route is listed in the Top 10 Most Popular China High Speed Train Routes for its time-saving and scenic trip, and the close connection with two beautiful destinations in China. On the road, you can also feast your eyes on the rural views of eastern China. Every day, there are nearly 25 pairs of high speed bullet trains (including both G & D trains) running between Hangzhou and Huangshan. Most of the trains take 1.5 ~ 2 hours and run from 07:30 am to 22:00 pm. Thus, you can appreciate the beauty of World Heritage Sites, including the West Lake, Huangshan Mountain, Hongcun & Xidi Ancient Village, etc through a single high speed train travel.
Railway Stations: Hangzhou / Hangzhou East/ Hangzhou South (杭州/杭州东/杭州南) <-> Nanjing / Nanjing South (南京/南京南)
Distance: 235km (146 miles)
Duration: 1 hours 10 minutes ~ 3 hours 30 minutes
To enjoy the historical heritage, authentic Chinese culture and splendid natural scenery, you may take a high-speed train and visit Hangzhou and the “old capital of 6 dynasties” - Nanjing together. Every day, there are over 100 G-trains running between Hangzhou and Nanjing from 07:00 to 21:30. The whole high-speed train journey takes no more than 3.5 hours and the quickest one only takes around 1 hour.
Railway Stations: Hangzhou / Hangzhou East (杭州/杭州东) <-> Beijing / Beijing South (北京/北京南)
Distance: 1,279km (745 miles)
Duration: 4 hours 20 minutes ~ 6 hours 40 minutes
If you want to admire the paradise city Hangzhou before/after your capital Beijing tour, you can take a high speed train. The Beijing Hangzhou High Speed Train Route is also welcomed by travelers. Every day, there are over 10 G-trains running between Beijing South Railway Station and Hangzhou East Railway Station from 07:00 to 19:00. Almost each hour, there is one or more trains available. The whole journey takes no more than 6.5 hours and the quickest one takes even less than 4.5 hours.
Railway Stations: Hangzhou East (杭州东) <-> Xian North (西安北)
Distance: 1,470km (913 miles)
Duration: 6 hours 37 minutes ~ 8 hours 25 minutes
With comfortable conditions and high speed, a growing number of tourists tend to travel by high speed trains. High Speed Train is also available in Hangzhou from Xian - the ancient capital city, which saves you more than 10 hours. In total, there are nearly 10 G trains running from Xian North Railway Station to Hangzhou East Railway Station/Hangzhou South Railway Station from 7:00 to 15:20 every day. The high speed train trip between Xian and Hangzhou usually takes about 7 ~ 8 hours. The railway will pass through, Huashan, Longyang, Zhengzhou, Nanjing and Hefei, etc. So you can travel to Hangzhou from these cities as well.
High Speed Trains from Hangzhou
Want to travel by high speed to other charming cities of China? There are bullet trains running from Hangzhou to Hong Kong (7.5 hours), Wuhan (5 hours), Zhengzhou (6.5 hours), Xiamen (6 hours and 40 minutes), Nanchang (5 hours), Changsha (8 hours), Shenzhen (10 hours & 40 minutes), to Chengdu (14.5 hours), Guangzhou and more.
If you are interested in a China high speed train tour package from or to Hangzhou, please select from our recommended High Speed Tours, or just contact our travel consultants, they will help your tailor make the itinerary and arrange the train ticket and accommodation quickly and professionally.
Hangzhou has 4 mainly used train stations recently, which are Hangzhou East Railway Station, Hangzhou South Railway Station, Hangzhou Railway Station and Yuhang Railway Station. Among them, Hangzhou East Railway Station (杭州东站), located in No.1 Tiancheng Road, Jianggan District, Hangzhou (杭州市江干区天城路1号) and Hangzhou Railway Station (杭州站), located in No.1 Huancheng East Road, Shangcheng District, Hangzhou (浙江省杭州市上城区环城东路1号), are the hottest chosen ones in downtown area. More information about Hangzhou train stations, please visit 5 Hangzhou High Speed Train Stations >>
Things to Do in Hangzhou: West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Longjing tea Plantation, Hefang Street, Xixi National Wetland Park, China National Tea Museum, China National Silk Museum…
How to Get to Hangzhou: International flights from Singapore (5 hrs.), Seoul (6.5 hrs.), etc., domestic flights from Guangzhou (2 hrs.), Beijing (2 hrs.), etc., or high speed trains from Shanghai (1~2 hrs.), Suzhou (1.5~3 hrs.), Huangshan (1.5~2 hrs.), etc.
Best Time to Visit Hangzhou: all year around
Usually, visitors spend 2 days around to enjoy a classic Hangzhou tour to visit the West Lake Scenic Area, including the amazing West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Longjing Tea Plantations, etc. If you want an in-depth Hangzhou tour, you can also pay another half day or so to visit Xixi National Wetland Park, one day around to Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, or one day or so to Thousand Islands Lake, etc. Check all Hangzhou Tours >>
Also, you can spend 1 day to take a side trip to the nearby water towns like Wuzhen and Xitang in Jiaxing, 2~3 days to Putuoshan - one of the four sacred Buddhist Mountains in China, or 1 day to the popular Nanxun Old Town in Huzhou. Check more about Zhejiang Tours >>
Besides, compared with just travelling Hangzhou, most of the visitors prefer to travel the metropolis Shanghai, Suzhou Gardens and Hangzhou Lakes in One Go! Such an amazing tour will take 5~6 days.
Some visitors also ride a high speed train to Huangshan to visit the world-famous Yellow Mountain. A Hangzhou Huangshan tour needs about 5 days around.
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Since 2012, we China Discovery have helped numerous customers to visit Hangzhou and surroundings. With our fully-inclusive private tour packages, all of our customers enjoyed their trips to the West Lake, Lingyin Temple, etc. Some of them kindly shared their precious photos and stories about their Hangzhou journey, just get inspired now.
"Impression Show is a must see when visiting Hangzhou…" - shared by Nguyen (Read her entire travel story: The Pursuit of Natural Beauty with the Beloved one - 14 Days Beautiful China Exploring Tour)
"This last night in Hangzhou led us to explore a different side of West Lake, vastly changing our erstwhile bland impression of the famed tourist site…" - shared by CS from Singapore (Read her entire travel story: Delightful Journey to Poetic Jiangnan Area)
Besides the wonderful travel stories, many customers who visited Hangzhou with China Discovery also send us their first-hand feedbacks about their trip, feel free to read the Hangzhou Reviews and learn what they say about their experience. If you want to start your Hangzhou tour now, don't hesitate to contact us.
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