How to Get to Tongli Water Town from Suzhou 2024

Other than gardens and silk, water town is Suzhou's another lodestone attracting numerous travelers. Listed in the top six ancient towns in Jiannan Area (the regions of the south of the Yangtze River in China), Tongli Water Town is a very popular one near Suzhou City. Tongli Water Town enjoys almost all the features of Jiannan Water Town, like old rivers, riverside whitewashed houses, exquisitely-designed bridges, etc. Far more than that, Tongli Water Town also has an elegant garden - Retreat & Reflection Garden which is in World Cultural Heritage list. If you miss other gardens in Suzhou City, Retreat & Reflection is also a very nice choice.

Most travelers choose to visit Tongli from Suzhou after their sightseeing trip in the city area. Tongli Water Town is about 25 km (15.5 miles) away from Suzhou City, and you can travel from Suzhou by using private transfer service, taking metro and taking public bus.

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Option 1: Using Private Transfer with China Discovery – Top Recommended

If you want to get rid of hustle of public transportation and avoid the language barrier with the taxi drivers, we strongly suggest you use the private transfer service with China Discovery. We provide each customer with comfortable and efficient transfer service, including air-conditioned and non-smoking car and skilled drivers. You are able to get to Tongli Water Town from Suzhou City within 40 minutes usually. No matter when your flight or train arrives, we will wait for you, pick you up and escort you to your hotel or the attractions listed in your itinerary.

Far more than transfer service, we are experienced in offering tour packages which cover flexible itinerary, meal, accommodation, ticket, etc. Before your tour, our travel consultant will communicate with you to make a tour according to your travel length, preference and budget. During your tour, our professional tour guide will take care of every detail and you just need to enjoy your trip. Feel free to contact us to start your Suzhou Tongli tour now!

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Option 2: Taking Suzhou to Tongli Metro

It is available to get to Tongli Water Town by metro as well. Metro Line 4 is the only metro line running from Suzhou City to Tongli Metro Station. It starts from Longdaobang (龙道浜) in northern Suzhou and passes through 29 stopover stations, like Suzhou Silk Museum and Suzhou Railway Stations, taking about 1 hour and 10 minutes totally. If you travel from Suzhou Railway Station to Tongli directly, it needs about 1 hour. If you travel from Suzhou North Railway Station or other attractions (like Lingering Garden, Tiger Hill, Pingjiang Road…), you need to take a bus or other metro lines first and then transfer to metro Line 4. Tongli Metro Station is about 5 kilometers away from Tongli Water Town Scenic Area, so you need to take a 40 minutes' bus or a 10 minutes' taxi to reach the scenic area. Click here to learn more about Suzhou Metro Lines>

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Option 3: Taking Suzhou to Tongli Bus

Apart from private transfer and metro, you can also take a bus to Tongli. There are accessible buses from Suzhou Beiguangchang Bus Station, Suzhou South Bus Station and Suzhou North Bus Station to Tongli Bus Station. Suzhou South Bus Station is the closest bus station to Tongli. Usually, the whole trip covers about 27 kilometers and takes about 50 minutes.

Suzhou Beiguangchang Bus Station (苏州北广场站)

Address: No.1455, Suzhan Road, Gusu District, Suzhou City (苏州市姑苏区苏站路1455号)

Located in the north square of Suzhou Railway Station, Suzhou Beiguangchang Bus Station is easy to get to after you arrive at Suzhou Railway Station by train. It is also available to get there by metro Line 4 and many public buses from Suzhou's main attractions, like Humble Administrator's Garden, Lingering Garden, Tiger Hill, Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory, etc.

Suzhou North Bus Station (苏州汽车客运北站)

Address: No.29 Xihui Road, Gusu District, Suzhou City (苏州市姑苏区西汇路29号)

Suzhou North Bus Station is located near Suzhou Railway Station as well. It is about 2 km away from Humble Administrator's Garden, about 4 km away from Lingering Garden, about 5 km away from Tiger Hill, about 8 km from Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory. It is not convenient to take a metro line to this station, but you can take a public bus or tourist bus there easily.

Suzhou South Bus Station (苏州南门汽车客运站)

Address: No.601, Nanhuan East Road, Gusu District, Suzhou City (苏州市姑苏区南环东路601号)

Suzhou South Bus Station is located in the southern part of Suzhou City, about 2 km away from Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory, about 8 km away from Humble Administrator's Garden, about 8 km away from Lingering Garden, about 15 km away from Tiger Hill. There are available public buses and tourist buses running to South Bus Station from different corners of Suzhou, but sometimes, you need to make transfer.

Please Note: After you arrive at Tongli Bus Station, you have to transfer to Tongli Water Town Scenic Area which is about 1.5 km (about 20 minutes' walk) away.

Suzhou Bus Station Suzhou Beiguangchang Bus Station Suzhou Bus Station Suzhou North Bus Station Suzhou Bus Station Suzhou South Bus Station

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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In fact, most people travel Suzhou with Shanghai - the best gateway city to Suzhou, and Hangzhou which has long been on a par with Suzhou since ancient times. Generally, it needs 2~3 days enjoying Shanghai's highlights and another 2~3 days appreciating the poetic beauty. Check more about Shanghai Suzhou Hangzhou Tours>

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