Nanjing is the provincial capital of Jiangsu as well as a famous historic and cultural city with a civilization history of over 7000 years. In ancient China, 6 dynasties set their capitals in Nanjing, which leave Nanjing many historical sites. Suzhou, another charming city in Jiangsu, has always been a prosperous city from the ancient times and it is the hometown of precious silk. You can also appreciate classical gardens and tranquil water towns here. A trip to Nanjing and Suzhou is a good chance to see the life on a rich land and the essence left in thousands of years' history.
Suzhou is about 230 km to the southeast of Nanjing. For such a short distance, there is no flight scheduled between them. The most recommended way to travel from Nanjing to Suzhou is by high speed train, which only needs 1-2 hours. You can also take a long-distance bus but it needs about 3 hours. Check the detailed information about how to travel from Nanjing to Suzhou and choose the one that suits your itinerary most.
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Nanjing to Suzhou Transportation Map
There are over 200 trains running from Nanjing South Railway Station, Nanjing Railway Station to Suzhou Railway Station, Suzhou North Railway Station, Suzhou Xinqu Railway Station, and Suzhou Yuanqu Railway Station. Among them about 150 are high speed trains (1-2 hours). You can get to the train stations conveniently because they are connencted with downtown by subway. When buying the train ticket to Suzhou, Suzhou Railway Station is the most recommended because there are frequent schedules and it is near to main attractions such as Humble Administrator’s Garden, Lion Grove Garden and Suzhou Museum.
The real-time train schedule is as follows:
Note: Train information is subject to final confirmation due to the delay of data occasionally.
Nanjing South Railway Station (南京南站)
Location: No. 98 Yulan Road, Yuhuatai District, Nanjing City （南京市雨花台区玉兰路98号）, about 11 km (40min by car or metro) to Nanjing downtown (Xinjiekou), 14 km (45 minutes by car, 1.5 hours by metro and bus) to Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum.
Nanjing Railway Station (南京站)
Location: No. 111 Longpan Road, Xuanwu District, Nanjing City (南京市玄武区龙蟠路111号), about 8 km (30 minutes by car, 20 minutes by metro) to Nanjing downtown (Xinjiekou), 12 km (30 minutes by car, 70 minutes by metro and bus) to Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum.
Suzhou Railway Station (苏州站)
Location: No. 27 Suzhan Road, Gusu District, Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province (江苏省苏州市姑苏区苏站路27号), about 3.5 km (15 minutes by car, 30 minutes by bus) to Suzhou downtown (Humble Administrator’s Garden, Suzhou Museum, Pingjiang Road); about 28 km (45 minutes by car, 1h40min by metro and bus) to Tongli Water Town.
Suzhou North Railway Station (苏州北站)
Location: Nantiancheng Road, Xiangcheng District, Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province (江苏省苏州市相城区南天城路), about 16 km (30 minutes by car, 1 hour by metro) to Suzhou downtown (Humble Administrator’s Garden, Suzhou Museum, Pingjiang Road); about 38 km (50 minutes by car, 2 hours by metro and bus) to Tongli Water Town.
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 >>
People used to take long-distance buses (about 3 hours) from Nanjing to Suzhou, but it is less chosen now as high speed trains are fast and convenient. There are dozens of buses a day and you can take one from Nanjing South Bus Station (南京汽车客运南站), Nanjing Gaochun Bus Station (南京高淳汽车站) or Nanjing Lishui Bus Station (南京溧水汽车客运站). The buses usually arrive at Suzhou South Bus Station (苏州南门汽车客运站). The bus schedules are not fixed and in most cases, you need to buy the ticket on site, thus this kind of transportation means is not very recommended.
Usually, a classic Nanjing Suzhou trip needs about 4 days. If you have more time and are quite interested in local culture, you can add 1 to 2 more days to visit more attractions, join in more local featured activities to make an in-depth Nanjing Suzhou tour.
To explore the cultural and natural highlights of Nanjing, 2 ~ 3 days are needed. You can pay a visit to Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum (the tomb of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the Father of Modern China), take a walk in Confucius Temple Area along the Qinhuai River, climb up the ancient City Wall, and know a part of heavy history and cherish peace in the Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre.
During your trip in Suzhou. You can't miss elegant Suzhou gardens like Humble Administrator's Garden, Lingering Garden, and Master of the Nets Garden. You can choose one or two of them for a great garden delight. Other must-be-visited sights 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 have more days, you can expand your Nanjing Suzhou trip to the nearby Shanghai - modernest metropolis in China, Hangzhou - picturesque West Lake, Huangshan - magnificent Yellow Mountain and Hui-style ancient villages, etc. Or you can contact us to customize a trip according to your own itinerary and interests. Just tell us your needs and we will take care of everything, you just need to focus on sightseeing!
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