Suzhou is the city of silk and classical gardens and Nanjing is the ancient capital of 6 dynasties in China’s history. Both situated in Jiangsu Province in southern China, a trip to Suzhou and Nanjing is a perfect combination to get a deeper understanding of the history and culture of Jiangnan area. What’s more, there are several ancient water towns such as Zhouzhuang and Tongli where you can spend a relaxing time.
Suzhou is about 230 km away from Nanjing. There is no flight available because they are not far away. The frequent high speed trains can take you travel from Suzhou to Nanjing in 1-2 hours and is the most recommended transportation. Long-distance bus is also an option and it needs about 3 hours. Check the detailed information about how to travel from Suzhou to Nanjing and choose the one that suits your itinerary most.
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Suzhou to Nanjing Transportation Map
There are over 200 trains running from Suzhou to Nanjing and among them about 150 are high speed trains (1-2 hours). All the four railway stations (Suzhou Railway Station, Suzhou North Railway Station, Suzhou Xinqu Railway Station, Suzhou Yuanqu Railway Station) in Suzhou operate high speed trains and Suzhou Railway Station is the most chosen one because of the frequent schedules and convenient location in downtown.
The real-time train schedule is as follows:
Note: Train information is subject to final confirmation due to the delay of data occasionally.
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.
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.
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 >>
For such a short distance, you can also travel from Nanjing to Suzhou by long-distance bus, which takes about 3 hours. There are many buses you can choose running from Suzhou Beiguangchang Bus Station (苏州北广场站), Suzhou South Bus Station (苏州南门汽车客运站), Wujiang Bus Station (吴江汽车客运站) to Nanjing Bus Passenger Terminal (南京汽车客运站) and Nanjing South Bus Station (南京汽车客运南站). But the bus schedules are usually uncertain and you need to buy the ticket on site. Therefore, to save your time and for a better travel experience, Suzhou to Nanjing high speed train is more recommended.
Usually, a classic Suzhou Nanjing tour 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 Suzhou Nanjing tour.
Generally, it needs 1~2 days to visit 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.
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.
If you have more days, you can expand your Suzhou Nanjing 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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