Hangzhou and Suzhou both are close neighbors of Shanghai Province. Hangzhou is located in the southwest of Shanghai, while Suzhou is located in the northwest. Due to their prosperity and enduring popularity since the ancient time, Suzhou and Hangzhou has been fondly called “Suhang” by Chinese. High speed trains (about 1.5-2.5 hours) make it easy and fast to transfer between the two ancient and popular tourist cities. Continue to read the following passages to get more detailed information about Hangzhou Suzhou transportation and plan your Hangzhou Suzhou tour in 2021.
Hangzhou to Suzhou Distance: The distance between Hangzhou and Suzhou is about 240 km, takes about 2.5 hours by car and 1 hour 20 minutes - 2 hour 40 minutes by high speed train.
Hangzhou Location: Hangzhou the capital city of Zhejiang Province is located in the north part of this province in East China. Hangzhou is about 144 km away from Shanghai and 1125 km from Beijing.
Suzhou Location: Suzhou is located in the east of China, the southeast of Jiangsu Province, the middle of the Yangtze River Delta, with Shanghai in the east, Jiaxing in the south, Taihu Lake in the west, and the Yangtze River in the north. It’s about 100 km away from Shanghai and 230 km from Nanjing.
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● Frequency: around 30 high speed trains per day
● Train Time: about 1 hour 20 minutes ~ 2 hours 40 minutes
● From & To: Hangzhou/Hangzhou East/Hangzhou South 杭州站/杭州东站/杭州南站 → Suzhou/Suzhou North/Suzhou Xinqu 苏州站/苏州北站/苏州新区站
The whole Hangzhou Suzhou High Speed Rail is measured for about 260km (149miles). There are 4~8 stops settled along the rail, including Hangzhou (杭州), Songjiang (松江), Tongxiang (桐乡), Jiaxing (嘉兴), Jiashan (嘉善), Shanghai (上海), Kunshan (昆山), Suzhou (苏州), etc. Not all the High Speed Trains along the rail depart from Hangzhou as the first stop. Actually, most of the High Speed Trains travel from Wenzhou (温州), Cangnan (苍南), etc. Besides, Suzhou is not the last station for the High Speed Trains running along the rail. After a brief stop at Suzhou, the trains can finally reach to Shengyang (沈阳), Nanjing (南京), Beijing (北京), Hefei (合肥), etc.
Currently, there are around 30 D and G high speed trains running between Hangzhou and Suzhou from 07:30 ~ 20:40. More detailed information about the real-time train schedule between Hangzhou and Suzhou, please check:
● Hangzhou Railway Station (杭州站)
Location: No.1, Huanchengdong Road, Shangcheng District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang (浙江省杭州市上城区环城东路1号 – 杭州站)
Hangzhou Railway Station enjoys a long history. It is also be called as Chengzhan Railway Station (城战火车站) by the locals. Among the 4 main railway stations of Hangzhou, it is the nearest railway station to the West Lake Scenic Area (about 25 min’s driving). Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (萧山国际机场) is about 35 min’s driving from there. Convenient Metro Line 1, Airport Express Bus Lines, Public Bus Lines and taxi are available there. Currently, only one pair of high speed train links Suzhou and Hangzhou by Hangzhou Railway Station.
● Hangzhou East Railway Station (杭州东站)
Location: No.1, Tiancheng Road, Jianggan District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang (浙江省杭州市江干区天城路1号 – 杭州东站)
Hangzhou East Railway Station is about 13km away from the West Lake Scenic Area (西湖风景区) and 33km away to the Xiaoshan International Airport (萧山国际机场). Metro line 1, line 4, airport shuttle bus, public buses and taxi have already covered there. Among the 28 high speed trains traveling between Suzhou and Hangzhou, 27 of them make stopover at Hangzhou East Railway Station.
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● Suzhou Railway Station (苏州站)
Location: No.27, Suzhan Road, Gusu District, Suzhou, Jiangsu (江苏省苏州市姑苏区苏站路27号 – 苏州站)
Suzhou Railway station is the oldest railway station of Suzhou. Its history can even trace back to 1906. Suzhou Railway Station is located in the Gusu District, which is near to most of the tourist sites like the most popular Humble Administrator's Garden (Zhuozheng Yuan; 拙政园), the World Heritage Site Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan; 留园), the Tiger Hill (虎丘), Pingjiang Road (平江路), etc. Convenient Metro line 2, metro line 4, public bus lines, distance bus lines and taxi have already covered there.
● Suzhou North Railway Station (苏州北站)
Location: Chengtong Road, Xiangcheng District, Suzhou, Jiangsu (江苏省苏州市相城区城通路 – 苏州北站)
Suzhou North Railway Station is one of the stops of the Metro line 2, which has already covered Suzhou Railway Station too. It is located in the Northwest part of Suzhou city. Apart from the metro line 2, public bus lines and taxi also available there.
● Suzhou Industrial Park Railway Station (苏州新区站)
Location: Zhihexi Road, Gongyeyuan District, Suzhou, Jiangsu (江苏省苏州市苏州工业园区至和西路 – 苏州工业园区站)
Suzhou Industrial Park Railway Station is located about 12.5 km away from Suzhou Railway Station. It enjoys the third largest designed passenger traffic along the Shanghai-Nanjing High Speed Railway. Taxi and public bus lines have already covered there, while metro line 3 and line 8 is under construction.
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Note: Train information is subject to final confirmation due to the delay of data occasionally.
Class of Ticket
You can usually choose from the First Class Seat, the Second Class Seat or Business Class Seat on the high speed trains. While, there are three types offered on the normal train, including Soft Sleeper, Hard Sleeper and Hard Seat. learn more >>
Book, Collect, Alter and Cancel
Foreign tourists can book train ticket online or via a ticket agency, or buy the tickets physically at the train station with your valid passport. Train ticket alteration and cancellation are only available at ticket counters. learn more >>
Board & Get off
1) Prepare your passport and China Visa; 2) Get to the right train station at least 30 mins in advance; 3) Collect your train ticket; 4) Read your train ticket; 5) Pass the security control; 6) Pass through Security & Luggage Checks; 7) Find the right waiting room; 8) Cross the ticket checking gate; 9) Get to the right platform; 10) Get on your train. learn more >>
Passengers don’t need to check luggage separately. Each passenger is allowed to carry luggage in certain weight and volume, but without limitation of amount and types. learn more >>
Facilities and Service
All high speed trains in China are equipped with advanced facilities and good service, including luggage racks, air-conditioner, power socket, dining car, hot water, etc. learn more >>
As the saying goes: There is paradise in heaven and we have Suzhou and Hangzhou on earth. The exquisite beauty of two cities makes them classic tourist destinations. Both cities have well-established public transportation systems. You can take taxis, metro and public buses to travel around the city. However, in order to save you from troublesome traffic transfers and plans, you can also choose to book personalized tour packages with licensed private car and professional English-speaking guide services with us. Let us take care of every detail and you can focus more on the highlights in each destination.
The scenery of Suzhou is a classic at every glance. Humble Administrator's Garden is a representation of Jiangnan classical garden, and is now the largest classical garden in Suzhou. Put on a Hanfu (traditional Chinese cloth) and wander around the garden, transferring you back to 1000 years ago. Climbing to the highest point of the garden, Snow Fragrant & Azure Cloud Pavilion, biting a crab shell cake and sipping a wisp of Biluochun’s fragrance, is the best way to feel the city. Besides the extraordinary garden in Suzhou, there is also Hanshan Temple outside Gusu City. Don't forget to drop by Tongli Ancient Town to feel the artistic conception of small bridges and flowing water in the south of the Yangtze River. If you want to learn more about local history and explore the romance of Suzhou City, the Suzhou Museum is the best place. The relics of the Northern Song Dynasty, traditional handicraft with unique skills and Suzhou embroidery clothes will make you become a Suzhou expert immediately.
• Unmissable Attractions in Suzhou: Humble Administrator's Garden, Lingering Garden, Suzhou No. 1 Silk Factory, Suzhou Silk Museum, Zhouzhuang Water Town, Tongli Water Town, Pingjiang Road, Suzhou Grand Canal, Tiger Hill, Hanshan Temple, etc.
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The history of Hangzhou can be traced back to more than 2,000 years in the Qin Dynasty, and the five dynasties of Wu and Yue and the Southern Song Dynasties all once set their capitals here. Known as “Heaven on Earth” since ancient times, Hangzhou boasts mountains, springs, lakes, bridges, pagodas and temples. The colors in the landscape also gradually diversified over time.
Along the West Lake, there is no absolute boundary between the city and the park. Lush trees and plant blends in with small shops. Everywhere is surrounded by the nature of green, but there is no sense of emptiness away from the city. That’s exactly what makes the city attractive and special. Moreover, Hangzhou offers much more for you to taste: retreat your soul at Lingyin Temple, have a fantastic view of Qiantang River on the top of Six Harmonies Pagoda, stroll into Dragon Well Tea Plantation to see how tea is planted, picked and processed to become fragrant liquid in your teacup…
• Unmissable Attractions in Hangzhou: West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Dragon Well Tea Plantation, Hefang Street, Former Residence of Xueyan Hu, Xixi National Wetland Park, etc.
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How to Get to Suzhou: You can easily get to Suzhou by high speed train from Shanghai (about 0.5 hour), Hangzhou (about 1.5 hours), Nanjing (about 1 hour), Beijing (about 4.5 hours), etc.
Best Time to Visit Suzhou: April to October, especially April and May in spring and September and October in autumn
Generally, a classic Suzhou tour takes about 1~2 days. Visiting Suzhou, you can't miss elegant Suzhou gardens, like Humble Administrator's Garden, Lingering Garden, Master of the Nets Garden, etc. You can choose one or two of them for a great garden delight. Other must-be-visited sights in Suzhou City include Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory from which you can watch the process of silk making from silkworms to elegant products, Tiger Hill which is known as the first sight in Suzhou, Suzhou Museum which is designed by I. M. Pei and Suzhou's old canalside roads (like Pingjaing Road and Shantang Street), etc. If you like Jiangnan watertowns, you can visit Tongli, Zhouzhuang or Luzhi to have a wonderful time.
If you want to explore more about Jiangsu Province, you can travel to Nanjing - the old capital city of 6 ancient dynasties, Wuxi - a beautiful lakeshore city, Yangzhou - old culture center of southern China, etc. Check more about Jiangsu Tours>
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In fact, most people travel Suzhou with Shanghai - the best gateway city to Suzhou, and Hangzhou which has long been on a par with Suzhou since ancient times. Generally, it needs 2~3 days enjoying Shanghai's highlights and another 2~3 days appreciating the poetic beauty. Check more about Shanghai Suzhou Hangzhou Tours>
Since 2012, we have helped numerous customers visit Suzhou and surroundings. With our fully-inclusive private tour packages, all of our customers enjoyed their trips to the exquisite gardens, peaceful watertowns, informative silk factory or museum, old Suzhou streets, etc. Some of them kindly shared their precious photos and stories about their Suzhou journey, just get inspired now.
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