After a deep visit about the gardens and water towns of Suzhou, you can get to Hangzhou to explore the beauty of West Lake, Lingyin Temple, etc. There is no direct flight between Suzhou and Hangzhou, thus travelers always choose to take high speed train (1.5-2 hours) or car (2.5 hours). Continue to read the following passages to get more detailed information about Suzhou Hangzhou transportation and plan your Suzhou Hangzhou tour in 2022.
Suzhou to Hangzhou Distance: The distance between Suzhou and Hangzhou is about 240 km, takes about 2.5 hours by car and 1 hour 20 minutes - 2 hour 10 minutes by high speed train.
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.
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.
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● Frequency: around 30 high speed trains per day
● Train Time: about 1 hour 20 minutes ~ 2 hours 50 minutes
● From & To: Suzhou/Suzhou North/Suzhou Xinqu 苏州站/苏州北站/苏州新区站 → Hangzhou/Hangzhou East/Hangzhou South 杭州站/杭州东站/杭州南站
With a distance about 260km (149miles), the Suzhou Hangzhou High Speed Railway starts from Suzhou Province, passing Shanghai Province, and finally arrives at Hangzhou Province. Actually, the rail is only a middle part of other high speed rails like Zhengzhou Ningbo Railway, Beijing Hangzhou High Speed Railway, etc. Along the Suzhou Hangzhou High Speed Railway, all of the high speed trains make stopover at Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station.
Currently, there are around 30 D and G high speed trains running between Suzhou and Hangzhou from 06:40 ~ 18:50. More detailed information about the real-time train schedule between Suzhou and Hangzhou, please check:
● 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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● 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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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 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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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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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.
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