How to Get to & around Suzhou

Suzhou is a beautiful and poetic city recorded in many Chinese literary people' works. Its elaborately-designed gardens is a big highlight for travelers. Plus its attractive silk factory and museum, charming water towns, great Kunqu Opera, many tourists especially those who are interested in Suzhou culture, are attracted to Suzhou City.

Suzhou is seldom to be planned as the first destination of a China tour. Therefore, many travelers choose to get to Suzhou from some other cities in China. It is convenient to get to Suzhou from many major domestic cities by high speed train or flight. Here we provide you with specific transfer information about Suzhou, including how to get to Suzhou from major gateway cities, such as Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, etc., as well has how to get around Suzhou.

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Where is Suzhou

Suzhou is a small city located in southern Jiangsu Province of East China, about 230 km away from Nanjing – the provincial capital city of Jiangsu Province and about 100 km away from Shanghai – one of the best starting places of a China tour. As a city near Shanghai, Suzhou is quite easy to get to.

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Get to Suzhou by Flight

There is no available airport in Suzhou City at present, but you can take a flight to Shanghai and Wuxi first, and then transfer to Suzhou.

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (上海虹桥国际机场, SHA)

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport is about 90 km (about 1.5 hours' drive) away from Suzhou City. It serves frequent domestic flights to China's major cities (like Beijing, Xian, Guangzhou, Guilin, Chengdu, Tianjin, Kunming, Qingdao, etc.) and some international (regional) flights to some cites (including Seoul, Tokyo, Macau, Hong Kong, Taipei, etc.).

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station are just adjacent. As your airplane lands at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, you can conveniently take a high speed train to Suzhou. The fastest high speed train takes only 25 minutes. Read more about Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport and Flights Schedule>

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Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport

Shanghai Pudong International Airport (上海浦东国际机场, PVG)

Shanghai Pudong International Airport is about 140 km (about 2 hours' drive) away from Suzhou City. As a main international airport of China, it operates a lot of international flights to more than 90 international cities in different continents (including Asia, Oceania, Europe, America, Africa, etc.) and many domestic flights to more than 60 domestic cities (including Beijing, Xian, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Guilin, Chengdu, Kunming, Changsha, Qingdao, Lijiang, etc.).

From Shanghai Pudong Airport, you can take a coach to Suzhou which takes about 3 hours. It is also available to get to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station or Shanghai Railway Station by metro or public bus and then take a high speed train to Suzhou. Read more about Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Flights Schedule>

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Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Wuxi Sunan Shuofang International Airport (苏南硕放机场, WUX)

Wuxi Sunan Shuofang International Airport is located in Wuxi City, about 40 km away from Suzhou City. It connects some international cities (like Osaka, Nagoya, Singapore…) by international flights and major cities of China (like Beijing, Xian, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Lijiang, Dalian, Qingdao, Shenyang, Harbin, etc.) by domestic flights.

It is available to take an airport shuttle bus from Sunan Shuofang Airport to Suzhou North Railway Station and the whole bus journey is around 45 minutes long. You can also take a metro or airport shuttle bus to Wuxi Railway Station and then take a high speed train to Suzhou.

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Wuxi Sunan Shuofang International Airport

Get to Suzhou by Train

The most convenient way to get to Suzhou is by high speed train. There are 4 main railway stations for passengers in Suzhou, namely Suzhou Railway Station, Suzhou North Railway Station, Suzhou Xinqu Railway Station, and Suzhou Yuanqu Railway Station. Suzhou Railway Station and Suzhou North Railway Station are two main stations. There are frequently-operated high speed trains to Suzhou from Shanghai (about 0.5h), Hangzhou (1.5~2.5h), Nanjing (1~1.5h), Wuxi (20min), Changzhou (25~50min), Wuhan (4~4.5h), etc. as well as some high speed trains from Huangshan (about 3.5h), Yangzhou (about 1.5h), Chengdu (12~14.5h), etc. If there are high speed trains available from your departing city to more than one railway station, we suggest you choose Suzhou Railway Station because it is located in the downtown area and quite close to the main scenic areas.

Helpful Links: Suzhou Railway Stations | Suzhou High Speed Trains

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Suzhou Railway Map

Get to Suzhou from Shanghai

Distance: about 100 km (about 2 hours' drive or about 0.5~1 hour's high speed train)

Generally speaking, Shanghai is the best gateway to Suzhou, because it is close to Suzhou and easy to reach. As the best preface of a China tour, Shanghai can be reached by both international flights and domestic flights easily, and it offers a lot of things to see and to do. After your Shanghai trip, you can conveniently take a high speed train to Suzhou. Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station runs high speed trains to Suzhou Railway Station, Suzhou North Railway Station and Suzhou Xinqu Railway Station, while Shanghai Railway Station runs high speed trains to Suzhou Railway Station, Suzhou North Railway Station and Suzhou Yuanqu Railway Station. The high speed train journey takes 0.5~1 hour only. There are also some normal trains running from Shanghai South Railway Station and Shanghai Railway Station to Suzhou Railway Station, taking 45 minutes to 1.5 hours usually. Besides trains, you can also get to Suzhou from Shanghai by coach.

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Shanghai Suzhou High Speed Train Route Map

Get to Suzhou from Hangzhou

Distance: about 160 km (about 2.5 hours' drive or about 1~2 hour's high speed train)

A famous saying in China goes like that "Above there is heaven and below are Suzhou and Hangzhou". Suzhou has long been traveled with Hangzhou since ancient China till now. If you want to see the best scenery of Jiangnan (regions south of the Yangtze River), you can't miss Suzhou and Hangzhou. It is advised to take a high speed train to Suzhou after your Hangzhou tour. There are about 25 high speed trains from Hangzhou East Railway Station to Suzhou Railway Station and Suzhou North Railway Station, taking 1.5~2 hours usually. Some normal trains are also available to take you from Hangzhou to Suzhou with a duration of 2.5~5 hours. Besides, buses are also accessible from Hangzhou to Suzhou, taking about 2.5 hours usually.

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Hangzhou to Suzhou Transfer Map

Nanjing to Suzhou Transfer

Distance: about 230 km (about 3 hours' drive or about 1~2 hour's high speed train)

As the old capital of 6 dynasties and present provincial city of Jiangsu City, Nanjing is also a great tourist destination for travelers who are interested in Chinese history. After exploring the history of China in Nanjing, Suzhou is a great extension for more cultural exploration. Taking high speed train is the most recommended way to travel from Nanjing to Suzhou. There are more than 180 daily high speed trains running from Nanjing South Railway Station and Nanjing Railway Station to Suzhou Railway Station and Suzhou North Railway Station. Taking a high speed G-trains, you can even get to Suzhou from Nanjing within 1 hour. Besides high speed train, you can also have a more budget trip, but it needs longer time to get to Suzhou.

Helpful Links: Nanjing to Suzhou Transfer | Nanjing Tours

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Nanjing Suzhou Transfer Map

Beijing to Suzhou Transfer

Distance: about 1,200 km (about 2.5 hours' flight and 4~6 hours' high speed train )

Beijing is another top tourist destination and one of China's tourist distribution centers apart from Shanghai. If you want to visit Suzhou after your trip in Beijing, both flights and trains are available. You can firstly take a flight from Beijing Capital International Airport or Beijing Daxing International Airport to Wuxi Sunan Shuofang Airport, Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, or Shanghai Pudong International Airport, and then transfer to Suzhou. The whole flight trip takes at least 4 hours. If you choose a high speed train, you can travel from Beijing to Suzhou more comfortably, and the train trip takes 4~5.5 hours usually. All Beijing-Suzhou high speed trains departs from Beijing South Railway Station and arrives at Suzhou North Railway Station.

Helpful Links: Beijing to Suzhou Train Schedule | Beijing to Shanghai Flight Schedule

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Beijing Suzhou Transfer Map

Get Around Suzhou

Suzhou's main sights are located in the old city area, such as the Classic Gardens of Suzhou (Humble Administrator's Garden, Lingering Garden, Master of the Nets Garden, Lion Grove and so on), Tiger Hill, Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory, Suzhou Museum, etc. However, we recommend not just staying in the city area if you want to enjoy more flavor of Suzhou. Water town around Suzhou City is also the essence of Suzhou, top recommended places include Tongli Water Town, Suzhou Water Town and Luzhi Water Town.

Suzhou to Tongli Water Town Transfer

Tongli Water Town is located southwest of Suzhou and about 25 km away from the city area. It not only features with water town views of beautiful bridges, flowing rivers and old residential houses, but also enjoys the elegance of the Classical Gardens of Suzhou. Retreat & Reflection Garden, listed as UNESECO World Heritage site is just hidden in this water town. If you want to travel from Tongli Water Town after your Suzhou City exploration, you can choose to take metro Line 4, take a bus or call a taxi. If you want a comfortable and efficient transfer, you can use the private service of China Discovery. It needs only 40 minutes in a private car.

Helpful Links: Detailed Suzhou to Tongli Transfer | Tongli Water Town

Suzhou to Zhouzhuang Water Town Transfer

Zhouzhuang Water Town, once honored as the No.1 Water Town of China, is worth visiting as well. Here can you see many bridges in different shapes and various lanes lined with old houses as well as some historical sites. Located about 45 km away from Suzhou City, Zhouzhuang can be reached by private car in a duration of 1 hour usually. You can also take a public bus to Zhouzhuang directly, and the whole bus trip takes about 1.5 hours. You can also get to Kunshan by high speed train which cost about 10~30 minutes, and then take a bus or taxi which needs another 50 minutes.

Helpful Links: Detailed Suzhou to Zhouzhuang Transfer | Zhouzhuang Water Town

Suzhou to Luzhi Water Town Transfer

Compared with famous Tongli and Zhouzhuang, Luzhi Water Town is a more lowkey and peaceful town. If you want to enjoy the authentic flavor water town near Suzhou, it is a better choice. The old streets, old canals and old buildings may make you wonder if you really walk in the world 2,500 years ago. It is just located about 35 km away from Suzhou City, needing about 1 hour's drive. During the period from 07:00 to17:00, there are regular buses running from Suzhou North Bus Station, Suzhou South Bus Station and Suzhou Beiguangchang Bus Station to Luzhi Water Town. The bus trip takes about 1~1.5 hours.

Helpful Link: Luzhi Water Town

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Suzhou to Tongli Transfer Map

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Suzhou to Zhouzhuang Transfer Map

Main Transportation Tools in Suzhou City

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.

Taxi: Taking a taxi is probably the easiest means of getting around Suzhou. It is convenient to call a taxi almost everywhere. And the drivers here are happy to give useful suggestion to visitors if you understand Chinese.

Subway: There are 4 metro lines available in Suzhou 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. Line 3 runs from Suzhou Xinqu Railway Station to Weting and Line 4 runs between Longdaobang to Tongli. Learn more details about Suzhou Metro Lines and Map>

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. 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

Travel with China Discovery

In order to get a Suzhou tour, It is strongly recommended to travel with China Discovery. Our local travel guide and driver will pick you up at the airport or train station as you arrive with an air-conditioned and non-smoking vehicle, and then escort you to your hotel or every attraction listed in your itinerary. Great freedom will be given to you whenever you need to stop for sightseeing and photograph. You are sure to enjoy a comfortable, safe and efficient experience.

Far more than that, China Discovery is professional to provide high-quality customizable tour. Before your tour, our travel expert will communicate with you one to one and make an itinerary according your own interest, need and budget. Every detail – transfer, hotels, attractions, etc. will be arranged well for you and you just need to focus on sightseeing. Feel free to contact us to start your worry-free private tour now!

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How to Plan Your Travel in Suzhou

How to Get to Suzhou: You can easily get to Suzhou by high speed train from Shanghai (about 0.5 hour), Hangzhou (about 1.5 hours), Nanjing (about 1 hour), Beijing (about 4.5 hours), etc.

Best Time to Visit Suzhou: April to October, especially April and May in spring and September and October in autumn

Generally, a classic Suzhou tour takes about 1~2 days. Visiting Suzhou, you can't miss elegant Suzhou gardens, like Humble Administrator's Garden, Lingering Garden, Master of the Nets Garden, etc. You can choose one or two of them for a great garden delight. Other must-be-visited sights in Suzhou City 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.

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Since 2012, we have helped numerous customers visit Suzhou and surroundings. With our fully-inclusive private tour packages, all of our customers enjoyed their trips to the exquisite gardens, peaceful watertowns, informative silk factory or museum, old Suzhou streets, etc. Some of them kindly shared their precious photos and stories about their Suzhou journey, just get inspired now.

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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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