Hangzhou, is an essential and popular trip to appreciate the classic elegant beauty of east China. You can enjoy the idyllic paradise beauty and rich elegant culture in Hangzhou at the famous West Lake, real lush tea plantation, ancient street and wonderful themed museums. While Nanjing, only about 1-1.5 hours’ (the fastest) high speed train from Hangzhou, is all about ancient history, diverse culture and all-season-friendly landscapes.
Check more detailed information of how to get to Hangzhou from Nanjing, by train or by car? And the high speed rail map, distance, time schedule, stations and highlights in Nanjing and Hangzhou, etc. to plan your Nanjing Hangzhou tour in China 2022!
Nanjing to Hangzhou Distance: The distance between Nanjing and Hangzhou is about 280 km, takes about 3.5 hours by car and 1-4.5 hours by high speed trains.
Nanjing Location: Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu province. It is located in the middle of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River in eastern China. It is an important gateway city to get to the central and western regions of Yangtze River Delta. It is about 1000 km from Beijing, 300 km from Shanghai and 230 km from Suzhou.
Hangzhou Location: Hangzhou, the capital city of Zhejiang Province is located in the north part of this province in East China. Hangzhou is about 144km away from Shanghai, 125 km away from Suzhou and 1125 km from Beijing.
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Hottest Nanjing & Hangzhou Tour:
● Frequency: more than 100 trains per day
● Train Time: about 1 hours ~ 4.5 hours
● From & To: Nanjing South 南京南站, Nanjing 南京站 → Hangzhou East杭州东站, Hangzhou 杭州站, Hangzhou South杭州南站
High-speed train travel is the most popular way for independent travelers to get from Nanjing to Hangzhou or around. The fastest non-stop high speed train only takes 1 hour. For those that take more than 2.5 hours, it will pass through Suzhou, Shanghai and Jiaxing. Tourists may tour along with these destinations.
Every day, there are more than 100 D and G high speed trains running between Nanjing and Hangzhou. And more than 90% of bullet trains depart from Nanjing South Railway Station and arrive at Hangzhou East Railway Station between 06:30 ~ 22:00. More detailed information about the real-time train schedule between Hangzhou and Nanjing, please check:
Nanjing South Railway Station (南京南站)
Location: No. 98 Yulan Road, Yuhuatai District, Nanjing (南京市雨花台区玉兰路98号)
Located in Yuhuatai District, Nanjing South Railway Station is about 11 km (about 40 minutes’ driving) to Nanjing downtown and 14 km to Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum and 9 km to Confucius Temple. It can be reached by metro Line 1 and Line 3, and many local public buses. Nanjing South Railway Station is the largest transportation hub in East China and the largest high-speed railway station in Asia. All trains passing here are high speed trains. You can transfer between Nanjing and major cities in China such as Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou and Ningbo, etc.
Hangzhou East Railway Station (杭州东站)
Location: No.1 Tiancheng Road, Jianggan District, Hangzhou (杭州市江干区天城路1号), about 9 kilometers & 0.5 hour to Hangzhou downtown
Hangzhou East Railway Station is a major high speed hub for most trains to/off Hangzhou. Because it serves the Nanjing-Hangzhou High Speed Railway, Hangzhou-Ningbo High Speed Railway and Shanghai-Hangzhou High Speed Railway, tourists can take trains to Hangzhou from points of connected lines or cities along the route. Every day, there are around 400 trains departing from Hangzhou to Shanghai, Xian, Nanjing Guangzhou, Huangshan (Yellow Mountain), Kunming, Chongqing, Wuhan and else destinations. Except from the taxi, travelers have fast and efficient subways (Metro Line 1 and Line 4) to transfer between the station and West Lake, and else downtown scenic spots. Moreover, you could take a long distance coach from the Coach Station at Hangzhou East Station to Wuzhen for about 2 hours. Coaches to Xitang are available there as well.
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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 >>
Nanjing and Hangzhou are both provincial capital city. Therefore, 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 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.
• Hottest Hangzhou Tour: ✔ 2 Days Essence of Hangzhou Tour
Nanjing, as an old capital of 6 dynasties, holds a significant status in the long history of China. A tour in Nanjing city, you may not only visit numerous well-preserved historical heritages, experience various authentic Chinese cultures, but also enjoy the abundance of greenery and blossoms and admire cultural relics at one of China’s best museums.
You can spend time exploring the Confucius Temple & Qinhuai River, walk on the Ancient City Wall and pay a visit to the magnificent Nanjing Museum, learn more about local history by visiting the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum and Xiao Ling. Moreover, if you still have time, don’t miss the Buddhist holy land - Niushoushan, the hidden treasure of Nanjing where you can marvel at Buddhist architecture and gorgeous landscape.
• Unmissable Attractions in Nanjing: Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, Nanjing Ming City Wall, Purple Mountain, Confucius Temple, Presidential Palace, Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall, Niushou Mountain, Qinhuai River, etc.
• Hottest Nanjing Tour: ✔ 2 Days Time-efficient Nanjing Essence Tour
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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