How to Get to & around Suzhou

Get to & away Suzhou

By Air

Suzhou has no airplane at present, but it’s quite convenient to take a flight in Shanghai and Wuxi.

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport: 86 km away from Suzhou and mainly serving domestic flights, Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport is closely connected with Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station (about 15 minutes’ walk). Then tourists can take a bullet train to Suzhou within 30 minutes.

Shanghai Pudong International Airport: There are plenty of flights to/from international cities as well as domestic cities. Pudong Airport has two main passenger terminals and shuttle bus is available to transfer between them. Tourists can take a coach to Suzhou directly from Shanghai Pudong International Airport or take a shuttle bus to Shanghai Railway station to catch a bullet train.

Sunan Shuofang International Airport: Located in Wuxi City, Sunan Shuofang International Airport is 20 km away from Suzhou City. It serves domestic flights only and has flights to/from most capital cities. Taking a shuttle bus (6 buses one day) from this airport, you will get to Suzhou within 1 hour at a cost of 30 RMB

By Train

There are four high speed railway stations in Suzhou, including Suzhou Railway Station, Suzhou North Railway Station, Suzhou Yuanqu Railway Station and Suzhou Xinqu Railway Station. Among the four stations, Suzhou Railway Station and Suzhou North Railway Station are the most frequently-used. From the two stations, high speed trains are plenty to Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Beijing etc.

Suzhou Railway Station: There are about 270 trains every day. On one hand, through the Shanghai-Nanjing High-speed Railway, bullet trains run from Suzhou to Shanghai, Wuxi, Zhenjiang and Nanjing. On the other hand, from this station, visitors could take fast trains to Chengdu, Xian, Zhengzhou, Xining, Guangzhou, Fuzhou and Yantai etc.

Suzhou North Railway Station: Suzhou North Railway Station is just 10.5 kilometers away from Suzhou Railway Station. It is a high-speed railway station in Suzhou, running regular high-speed train to/from Beijing.


Suzhou Yuanqu Station: Suzhou Yuanqu Station serves high speed trains only and there are 45 bullet trains running on the Shanghai-Nanjing High Speed Railway.

Suzhou Xinqu Railway Station: This Railway Station also operates several scheduled bullet trains on the Shanghai-Nanjing High Speed Railway every day.


Check Details about Suzhou High Speed Trains

By Road

Suzhou enjoys a sophisticated highway system. Visitors could easily get to Shanghai and Hangzhou within 2 hours and 2.5 hours by expressway. The road to Wuxi (45 km, 70 minutes’ drive), Zhouzhuang Water Town (46 km, 1 hour’s drive) and Tongli Water Town (27 km, 45 minutes’ drive) are also in good condition.

Hongqiao International Airport

Hongqiao International Airport

Pudong International Airport

Pudong International Airport

Suzhou Railway Station

Suzhou Railway Station

Suzhou Hangzhou Highway

Suzhou Expressway

Get around Suzhou

By Boat

By boat is the most relaxing way to admire the charm of Suzhou and cruising on the Grand Canal is most popular among tourists. The cruise from Xinshiqiao Dock to Shantang Street is the essence of the whole canal, because you can not only admire the super old city gate towers of ancient Suzhou, prosperous ancient Shantang Street and the weathered old buildings along the bank.

By Taxi

Taking a taxi is probably the easiest means of getting around Suzhou. It is convenient to call a taxi almost everywhere. Flag down fare in Suzhou is 12 RMB within 3 km, 2 RMB per km for extra distance. And the drivers here are happy to give useful suggestion to visitors.

By Subway

Suzhou Metro line 1 and Line 2 has been operating so far. Line 1 running between Mudu in west and Zhongnan Street can take you to Mudu, Lindun Road and Xiangmen, from which stations you can easily transfer to Mudu Ancient Town, the Master of the Nets Garden and Pingjing Road separately. Line 2 starts from Qihe in north and ends in Sangtian Dao in south, passing through Suzhou North Railway Station, Suzhou Railway Station and Shantang Street.

Check Details about Suzhou Metro

By Public Bus

You are able to get to most of the tourist sites by Suzhou public bus. Seeing bus stops designed with garden-style will be a great joy. Ticket is charged for 1 RMB in March, April, September and October, and 2 RMB in other month. All the bus-stop-announcing is said in Chinse Mandarin and you can also listen to the Suzhou soft dialect additionally in some tour buses. If you don’t understand Chinese Mandarin, preparing a map will be helpful.

Cruise in Suzhou

Cruise in Suzhou

Suzhou Subway

Suzhou Subway

Bus Stop in Suzhou

Featured Bus Stop

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bus terminal for long distance bus from Putong Airport
Can you please tell me where are (is) the long distance bus terminal(s) in Suzhou
from Putong International Airport.

Thank you for your information.
2017-03-04 03:14
Hello David,

Thanks for your question. It's Suzhou Northern Sqaure Bus Station ( 苏州北广场汽车客运站), close to Suzhou Railway Station. The address is No. 1455, Suzhan Road, Suzhou.
Suzhou Tourist Bus
My brother has walking difficulties. He can walk very slowly and climb up the stairs with the help of hand rails. But he needs to use a wheelchair to travel. Just wonder whether the tourist bus have space to store the foldable wheelchair. If not, do you think the taxi can accommodate his wheelchair since the taxi use gas in China and the gas tank is situated in the trunk. Thanks!

2016-10-23 06:39
Hi Anne,

Sorry for the late reply. We are glad to know you and your brother are going to visit Suzhou. As for the public bus in Suzhou, though the carriage is mostly arranged with seats and a passage, it can store the foldable wheelchair in normal situation (except for national holidays with crowds). And the taxi trunk usually has enough space to store luggage including your foldable wheelchair (if your wheelchair is bigger than we thought, please let us know.)

BTW, if you want to use private car, please feel free to contact us. We are here ready to help.

Have a nice day!

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