How to Get to Wuxi & Get around Wuxi 2023
Wuxi is a famous city built on industry. As a tourist destination, it is not as popular as some other cities (like Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Nanjing…) in the Yangtze River Delta. However, the relaxing and friendly local atmosphere always makes you feel home. The timeless lakes, interesting caves and featured mountains also what travelers yearn for. In order to help you make a easier trip to and in Wuxi, here we have provided you with more specific information about Wuxi transportation including how to get to Wuxi from other cities like Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou, Nanjing and Suzhou, as well as how to get around Wuxi.
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Where is Wuxi
Located in southern Jiangsu Province of East China, Wuxi borders Taizhou in the north, Huzhou in the south, Suzhou in the east and Changzhou in the west. It is about 200 km to the provincial capital city Nanjing, and about 130 km to Shanghai. It can be reached easily by high speed train or flight.
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Get to Wuxi by Flight
Address: No.1, Jichang Road Xinwu District, Wuxi (无锡市新吴区机场路1号)
Sunan Shuofang International Airport (苏南硕放国际机场, WUX) is the only airport serving in Wuxi. It is connected with some international cities and many cities of China. Usually, you can take an international flight to Wuxi from Seoul (Korea), Tokyo (Japan), Singapore (Singapore) and Manila (the Philippines). If you are already in China, it is easy to take a domestic flight from Beijing (2.5 hrs), Xian (2 hrs), Chengdu (2.5 hrs), Chongqing (2 hrs), Guangzhou (2.5 hrs), Shenzhen (2.5 hrs), Kunming (3 hrs), Qingdao (1.5 hrs), Dalian (2 hrs), Xiamen (2 hrs), etc.
About 18 km (30 minutes’ drive) away from downtown area (Sanyang Square), Wuxi Sunan Shuofang International Airport can be reached by airport shuttle bus, metro Line 3, taxi and many public buses.
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High Speed Trains to Wuxi
Apart from taking a flight, it is also available to get to Wuxi by high speed train, which not only offers high speed but also comfortable environment. There are 3 main train stations in Wuxi, namely Wuxi Railway Station (无锡站), Wuxi Xinqu Railway Station (无锡新区站) and Wuxi East Railway Station (无锡东站). Among these stations, Wuxi Railway Station is the most frequently-used station for passengers and it operates both high speed trains and normal trains. Wuxi East Railway Station is a high speed train station which only runs high speed trains. If there are available high speed trains to both Wuxi Railway Station and Wuxi East Railway Station, we suggest you choose the train to Wuxi Railway Station, because it is located in the downtown area and you can transfer around easily.
There are over 300 high speed trains running to/off Wuxi every day. You can easily get to Wuxi by taking a high speed train from surrounding cities, like Nanjing (1 hour), Suzhou (0.5~1.5 hours), Hangzhou (1.5~2.5 hours), Yangzhou (1~1.5 hours), Changzhou (12~30 minutes), etc. as well as many other popular tourist cities like Beijing (5.5 hours), Shanghai (0.5~1.5 hours), Xian (6~9 hours), Chengdu (10 hours), etc.
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Get from Shanghai to Wuxi
Distance: about 130 km (about 2 hours' drive or about 30 minutes' high speed train)
Shanghai is the most popular preface of a China tour because of its amazing cityscape and enough international airlines. Many travelers choose to start a Wuxi tour from Shanghai. The distance between Shanghai and Wuxi is about 130 km (80 miles), and you can choose to travel by train, driving or public bus.
Shanghai to Wuxi Train: There are about 250 daily trains available to take you to Wuxi from Shanghai, including about 200 high speed trains which enjoy better environment. Most of the high speed trains depart from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station and Shanghai Railway Station, and arrive at Wuxi Railway Station and Wuxi East Railway Station. Within 1.5 hours, you can get to Wuxi from Shanghai by high speed train. And the fastest trains cost only about 30 minutes. Budget normal trains are also accessible and they take about 1.5 ~ 2.5 hours usually.
Shanghai to Wuxi Drive: Well-paved highway connect Shanghai and Wuxi and you can choose to drive or rent a private car to get to Wuxi from Shanghai, and the whole driving journey takes about 2 hours.
Shanghai to Wuxi Long-distance Bus: There are air-conditioned long-distance buses running from Shanghai Qingpu Coach Station to Wuxi Bus Station. Compared with the private car, a bus accommodates much more passengers and takes a little longer time. It needs about 2.5 hours usually and it’s not as comfortable as taking a high speed train.
Helpful Links: Top Shanghai Tour Packages | Essential Shanghai Travel Guide
Get from Beijing to Wuxi
Distance: about 1,200 km (about 2.5 hours' flight or about 5.5 hours' high speed train)
Beijing, as the capital of China, is easy to reach by international flights and offers many things to do as well. Some travelers may choose Beijing as a gateway city to Wuxi. The distance between them is about 1,200 km (about 745 miles), and the best transfer ways are by flight and by train.
Beijing to Wuxi Flight: Taking a flight is the fastest way to get to Wuxi from Beijing. Both Beijing Capital International Airport and Beijing Daxing International Airport operate flights to Wuxi Sunan Shuofang International Airport with a duration of about 2.5 hours.
Beijing to Wuxi Train: If you want a comfortable transfer way with convenience to walk around and watch great scenery during your trip, taking a high speed train is a great way. There are about 5 high speed trains running from Beijing South Railway Station to Wuxi East Railway Station, taking less than 5.5 hours. For a budget tour, taking a normal train are also available but it needs 12 ~ 15 hours.
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Get from Hangzhou to Wuxi
Distance: about 200 km (about 3 hours' drive or about 1.5 ~ 2.5 hours' high speed train)
Hangzhou has long been a popular tourist city with great poetic and pictorial splendor. It can be reached by taking some international flights as and high speed trains or flights from many domestic cities. With a distance of 200 kilometers to Wuxi, it is also a nice gateway to Wuxi. High speed trains, private cars and long-distance buses are available to take you to Wuxi from Hangzhou.
Hangzhou to Wuxi Train: Hangzhou operates about 30 trains to Wuxi, including about 20 high speed trains. Most high speed trains depart from Hangzhou East Railway Station to Wuxi East Railway Station and Wuxi Railway Station and most of them depart in the afternoon. The whole high speed train trip takes about 1.5 ~ 2.5 hours. You can also take a normal train which needs about 3 ~ 5.5 hours but at lower price.
Hangzhou to Wuxi Drive: Since the distance between the two cities is not long, you can use the private driving service to have a Hangzhou Wuxi travel. The whole drive takes about 3 hours. In order to save your time and enjoy a more comfortable environment, high speed train is more recommended.
Hangzhou to Wuxi Long-distance Bus: There are scheduled long-distance buses running from Hangzhou Bus Terminal, Hanghzou Xiaoshan Bus Station and Hangzhou North Bus Station to Wuxi Bus Station and Wuxi East Bus Station. Most of the buses depart in the morning and take about 3.5 hours.
Helpful Links: Top Hangzhou Tour Packages | Essential Hangzhou Travel Guide
Get from Nanjing to Wuxi
Distance: about 200 km (about 2.5 hours' drive and 1 hour's high speed train)
Nanjing is the provincial capital and a highlighting destination of Jiangsu Province. You can explore the brilliant history and culture of China in Nanjing before traveling to Wuxi. Wuxi is about 200 km (124 miles) away from Nanjing and you can transfer between them by train, driving or public bus.
Nanjing to Wuxi Train: There are frequent trains from Nanjing to Wuxi, including over 100 high speed trains. Most high speed trains run from Nanjing Railway Station or Nanjing South Railway Station to Wuxi Railway Station or Wuxi East Railway Station. With only an hour, you can travel between these two cities conveniently and comfortably.
Nanjing to Wuxi Drive: If you want a trip with flexible departing time, charting a car to Wuxi is a good choice. It needs about 2.5 hours to drive from Nanjing to Wuxi.
Nanjing to Wuxi Long-distance Bus: There are daily public buses departing from Nanjing Gaochun Bus Station to Wuxi Bus Station, which take about 3 hours usually. For an efficient and comfortable trip, a high speed train is strongly recommended.
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Get from Suzhou to Wuxi
Distance: about 50 km (about 1 hour's drive or 10 minutes high speed train)
Just adjacent to Wuxi, Suzhou is a heavenly city with beautiful gardens and water towns. Many travelers prefer a tour combining Suzhou and Wuxi. Because of the short distance of only 50 km between Suzhou and Wuxi, it is quite convenient to travel between them. High speed trains, private cars and public buses are all available.
Suzhou to Wuxi Train: There are about 200 trains running from Suzhou to Wuxi, including about 150 high speed trains. Most Suzhou-Wuxi high speed trains depart from Suzhou Railway Station and arrive in Wuxi Railway Station, and some others transfer between Suzhou North Railway Station (or Suzhou Xinqu Railway Station, Suzhou Yuanqu Railway Station) and Wuxi East Railway Station (or Wuxi Xinqu Railway Station). The fastest train takes only 10 minutes.
Suzhou to Wuxi Drive: If you want to travel Suzhou to Wuxi more comfortably and flexibly, you can choose to travel with a professional travel agency which provides you with worry-free tour package including transfer service. The private drive from Suzhou to Wuxi takes about 1 hour.
Suzhou to Wuxi Public Bus: Many bus stations run buses to Wuxi from Suzhou North Square Bus Station, Wujiang Bus Station, Suzhou South Bus Station, etc. It takes about 1.5 hours to get to Wuxi by bus.
Helpful Links: Top Suzhou Tour Packages | Essential Suzhou Travel Guide
Get Around Wuxi
In Wuxi City, you can easily find some places to go, like Nanchan Temple, Huishan Old Town, Chongan Temple, etc. But if you want to see more highlights or natural views, you need to travel farther around the city area. The most popular attractions of Wuxi are Lingshan Grand Buddha and Yuantouzhu (Turtle Head Island).
Wuxi to Lingshan Grand Buddha
Lingshan Grand Buddha is a tall bronze Shakyamuni Buddha in the south side of Mashan Qinlu Peak, on the Majishan Peninsula stretching from the northern bank of Taihu Lake. It is about 40 km (25 miles) away from the city center (Sanyang Square). There is no direct metro line running from the downtown to Lingshan Grand Buddha, so driving is the best way to get there. It needs about 1 hour to drive from Wuxi City Center to Lingshan Grand Buddha. Using private transfer service is the fastest way. If you want to use public transportation means, you have to take a bus (or metro line) and transfer to another bus to Lingshan Grand Buddha. The whole trip takes more than 2 hours.
Besides, Lingshan Grand Buddha is about 35 km (22 miles,1 hour’s drive) away from Wuxi Railway Station, about 55 km (34 miles,1 hour 10 minutes’ drive) away from Wuxi East Railway Station and about 50 km (31 miles, 1 hour 10 minutes’ drive) from Sunan Shuofang International Airport.
Wuxi to Yuantouzhu Scenic Spot
Yuantouzhu, famous for the superb view, is located in the northwest of Taihu Lake. It is about 12 km (7 miles, about 30 minutes’ drive) away from the city center (Sanyang Square), Driving or taking a taxi is the fastest way to reach Yuantouzhu, which needs about 30 minutes if you depart from the city center. You can also take tourist bus No.1 or some other public buses to get to Yuantouzhu from the city area.
Besides, Yuantouzhu is about 14 km (8 miles, 35 minutes’ drive) away from Wuxi Railway Station, 28 km (17 miles, about 40 minutes’ drive) from Wuxi East Railway Station, 28 km (17 miles, about 40 minutes’ drive) from Sunan Shuofang International Airport. If you plan to travel Yuantouzhu after your Lingshan Grand Buddha sightseeing, it needs about 45 minutes’ drive.
Main Transportation Tools in Wuxi City
Till 2021, there are 4 metro lines operated in Wuxi City, namely Line 1, Line 2, Line 3 and Line 4.
Line 1 (Yanqiao - Nanfangquan): You can travel to Wuxi Railway Station, Nanchan Temple, Taihu Square and Jiangnan University by metro Line 1.
Line 2 (Meiyuan Kaiyuan Temple - Anzhen): You can travel to Plum Garden, Sanyang Square, Wuxi East Railway Station by metro Line 2.
Line 3 (Sumiao – Shuofang Airport): You can travel to Taihu Garden and Sunan Shuofang International Airport by metro Line 3.
Line 4 (Liutan – Expo Center): You can travel to Huishan Old Town, Sports Center and Grand Theater by metro Line 4.
Wuxi Public Bus
Public bus is the most widely-spread public transportation in Wuxi and almost every attraction in Wuxi can be reached by bus. However, there is no English reminder on each station. One bus ticket for a person takes CNY 2.
If you want a quick transfer, you can call a taxi to travel around Wuxi. It usually cost CNY 10 for the first 3 km and then CNY 2 for every extra kilometer. If you take a taxi at night or the travel distance exceeds 15 km, the fare will be higher.
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How to Plan Your Travel in Wuxi
How to Get to Wuxi: You can easily get to Wuxi by high speed train from Suzhou (0.5~1.5 hours), Nanjing (1 hour), Hangzhou (1.5~2.5 hours), Beijing (5.5 hours), Shanghai (0.5~1.5 hours), etc. as well as flight from Beijing (2.5 hrs), Xian (2 hrs), Chengdu (2.5 hrs), Guangzhou (2.5 hrs)...
Best Time to Visit Wuxi: Spring (March~ May) and autumn (September ~ November), especially spring when various flowers can be aprreciated
In order to explore the cultural and natural highlights of Wuxi, 2 days are needed generally. What you won’t miss are Lingshan Grand Buddha - an 88-meter-bronze Buddha statue and Yuantouzhu with Wuxi’s best scenic beauty. It is also recommended to visit Huishan Old Town to probe in to the historical ancestral halls and buildings, Jichang Garden to admire ingenuity of the classical gardens of south regions of the Yangtze River, Wuxi Old Street (Nanchang Street) along the old canal to feel traditional and modern atmosphere together. Besides, there are lots of gardens and wetlands located near Taihu Lake delivering an amazing natural vista to you.
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