Shanghai Suzhou Transfer | 4 Transportation Ways between Shanghai and Suzhou

Distance bewteen Shanghai and Suzhou

Shanghai Location: Located on the eastern coastline of China, Shanghai borders Jiangsu Province to the north and Zhejiang to the west, and faces the East China Sea to the east. It is the most populous and largest municipality in China.

Suzhou Location: Suzhou lies in the southern Jiangsu Province and the south of the Yangtze River. It is located just 50 km (31 mile) from Wuxi, about 230 km (143 miles) east of Nanjing and 160 km (99 miles) from Hangzhou.

Shanghai to Suzhou Distance: Suzhou is situated about 100 km (62 miles) northwest of Shanghai, about 30 minutes’ high speed bullet train travel or 1.5 hours’ drive.

Shanghai Suzhou Travel Map

Shanghai Suzhou Travel Map

1.Shanghai to Suzhou & Suzhou to Shanghai by High Speed Bullet Train (Most Efficient & Convenient Way)

Train Time: about 0.5 hour

Frequency: over 200 G Trains & 30 D Trains per day

From & To: Shanghai Hongqiao & Shanghai Railway Station 上海虹桥&上海站 ↔ Suzhou & Suzhou North Railway Station 苏州&苏州北站

Running Speed: 300 km/h -350 km/h (G Train); 200 km/h (D Train)

Advantages: fast, convenient, comfortable, punctual, many choices of trains...

Taking a fast high speed bullet train is the most popular and time-saving way to travel between Shanghai and Suzhou. The high speed bullet trains between the two cities are running on the famous Beijing-Shanghai High Speed Railway. Currently, there are two kinds of high speed trains offered: G Train (高铁) and D Train (动车). Both the G Trains and D Trains can take you to Suzhou from Shanghai and from Suzhou to shanghai within half an hour. The G Trains run faster and tickets are more expensive than the D Trains. And some high speed bullet trains will make stops at Kunshan South Railway Station en route.

Generally speaking, travelers don’t have to worry about missing a high speed trains to transfer between Shanghai and Suzhou since there are so frequent schedules. But we strongly advise you to book tickets as early as possible during the weekends, holidays, and tourism peak seasons. China Discovery is good at acquiring the latest news and booking train tickets of high speed trains between Shanghai and Suzhou. Contact us to arrange the train and tour service for you!

Useful Links:>> Shanghai to Suzhou High Speed Bullet Trains / >> Suzhou to Shanghai High Speed Bullet Trains

Popular Shanghai Suzhou Tours by High Speed Train:

☞ 5 Days Shanghai Hangzhou Suzhou Highlights Tour
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☞ 4 Days Shanghai Suzhou Excellent Tour

Major Used High Speed Train Stations in Shanghai:

Shanghai has 4 train stations which all operate high speed trains between Shanghai and Suzhou. Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station and Shanghai Railway Station are the two main train stations for taking high speed trains to Suzhou.

1.Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station 上海虹桥站

Location: No.1500, Shengui Road, Minhang District, Shanghai 上海市闵行区申贵路1500号; about 20 km, 50 minutes~1 hour’s drive to the Bund; 20 km, 1 hour’s drive to Shanghai Museum; 23 km, 1 hour’s drive to Shanghai World Financial Center; 35 km, 40 minutes’ drive to Zhujiajiao Water Town; 43 km, 1 hour’s drive to Shanghai Disney Resort.

2.Shanghai Railway Station 上海站

Location: No.303, Moling Road, Jingan District, Shanghai 上海市静安区秣陵路303号;  about 50 km, 1 hour’s drive from Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG); about 6 km, 20 minutes’ drive from the Bund; almost 7 km, 20 minutes’ drive from Yu Garden; about 35 km, 40 minutes’ drive from Shanghai Disney Resort. More about Shanghai Train Stations >>

High Speed Train Stations in Suzhou:

1.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’ drive from Suzhou downtown (Humble Administrator’s Garden, Suzhou Museum, Pingjiang Road); about 5 km, 15 minutes’ drive from Lingering Garden; about about 28 km, 45 minutes’ drive from Tongli Water Town; about 45 km, 1hour’s drive from Zhouzhuang Water Town.

2.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 kmm, 30 minutes’ drive from Suzhou downtown (Humble Administrator’s Garden, Suzhou Museum, Pingjiang Road); about 18 km, 30 minutes’ drive from Lingering Garden; nearly 15 km, 30 minutes’ drive from Tiger Hill and 55 km, 1 hour’s drive from Zhouhuang Water Town. More about Suzhou Train Stations >>

Shanghai to Suzhou Train Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station
Shanghai to Suzhou Train Shanghai Railway Station
Shanghai to Suzhou Train Suzhou Train Stations Location Map (click to enlarge)

2.Shanghai to Suzhou & Suzhou to Shanghai by Normal Train

Train Time: about 1 hour

Frequency: over 50 trains (K & T & Z Trains) per day

From & To: Shanghai & Shanghai South Railway Station 上海&上海南站 ↔ Suzhou Railway Station 苏州站

Running Speed: 120 km/h

Meanwhile, there are dozens of normal speed trains running between Shanghai and Suzhou. The normal trains are arranged leaving Shanghai from 02:00 am to 00:00 am each day and the opposite trains start from Suzhou at the same periods. Due to the lower running speed, the normal train takes around 1 hour for one-way trip. Because there are hundreds of faster well-equipped high speed trains provided, less tourists choose the normal trains.

China Train Travel Tips

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 >>

Baggage Allowance

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 >>

3.Shanghai to Suzhou & Suzhou to Shanghai by Car

If you want to getting rid of extra transfer after train travel and want to visit some attractions along the way, for example, Zhouzhuang Water Town in Kunshan, you may consider a private car as transport vehicle between Shanghai and Suzhou. Normally, it takes about 1.5 hours by private driving.

The biggest advantage is that you can enjoy very flexible pick-up at airports, train stations and your hotel in Shanghai and drop-off service in your hotel and places you want to visit in Suzhou. Below is the driving route, distance and duration from Shanghai to Suzhou.

Shanghai to Suzhou Driving Map Shanghai to Suzhou Driving Map (click to enlarge)

4.Shanghai to Suzhou & Suzhou to Shanghai by Bus

There are also scores of buses running between Shanghai and Suzhou. The buses begins from different bus stations and terminate in different places as well. According to different departure and arrival stations, the bus needs about 2 to 3.5 hours.

Shanghai to Suzhou Bus: If you intend to get to Suzhou by bus, you can take bus at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA), Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) and other bus stations in Shanghai. Finally, you may reach bus station or city center landmarks in Suzhou.

Suzhou to Shanghai Bus: If you want to go to Shanghai by bus, there are more than 15 departure sites you can choose from, such as Suzhou Wujiang Bus Station, Suzhou South Bus Station, Suzhou Shengze Bus Station, etc.

By High Speed Train, Bus or Private Drive?

Both driving and bullet trains are very convenient for travelling between Shanghai and Hangzhou while a bus takes a longer time. Generally, High speed trains are faster, and cost you less time and money, while the driving is more flexible, and get you rid of the trouble of changing between public transportation and get to your hotel and attractions in Suzhou directly.

How to Plan a Shanghai Suzhou Tour

Depending on your time and interests, you can make a day trip to Suzhou from Shanghai or stay 2 and more days to discover more wonderful gardens and attractions in Suzhou.

Usually, tourists spend 2 days visiting the best highlights of Shanghai and uncover its traditional and modern culture. You can experience the flying speed of Maglev Train, marvel at towering modern skyscrapers, such as Shanghai World Financial Center in Lujiazui, learn amazing city development history in Shanghai Museum, enjoy western style historical architectures along the Bund, visit local cultural icons like Yu Garden, Tianzifang, City God Temple, Zhujiajiao Water Town, have fun in Shanghai Disney Resort, sample various Shanghai food and snacks, etc.

Top Recommended Shanghai Tours:

2 Days Classic Shanghai City Tour

3 Days Shanghai Past and Present Contrast Tour

If you plan to stay just 1 day in Suzhou, you can use half a day to visit one of the best representative classical gardens of Suzhou, such as Linger Garden or Humble Administrator's Garden with Tiger Hill, a famous time-honored ancient site, and leave the rest day to enjoy poetic and peaceful time in Zhouzhuang Water Town. If you plan to stay 2 days to discover Suzhou, you can visit more gardens, like Master of the Nets Garden, Suzhou Museum and more historical attractions in Suzhou, e.g. Shantang Ancient Street, Suzhou Ancient Grand Canal. Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory is a good place for Chinese silk culture lovers.

Most Popular Suzhou Tours:

1 Day Suzhou City Highlights Tour

2 Days Best Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Village Tour

After your Suzhou tour, if time allows, you can extend trip to Nanjing, Wuxi, Yangzhou in Jiangsu Province or transfer to Hangzhou for a West Lake tour and visit Huangshan Mountain in Anhui, even travel farther to Beijing, Xian, Xiamen, Chengdu, Guilin, Zhangjiajie, Yunnan, Tibet and other top destinations in China.

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Recommended Shanghai Suzhou Tours

Top 3 Shanghai Suzhou tours chosen by most customers to explore Shanghai Suzhou in the best way. Check the detailed itinerary, or tailor your own trip now with us.

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Lingering Garden Spring

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Tongli Water Town with Poetic Charm and Tranquil Charm

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