Suzhou doesn’t have its own international airport at present. Tourists to Suzhou may firstly fly to Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, Shanghai Pudong Airport, Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport, Nanjing Lukou Airport or Wuxi Shuofang Airport, and then go to Suzhou by train or bus.
The Beijing-Shanghai Express Railway and Shanghai-Nanjing Railway pass Suzhou, offering the city hourly railway service to Shanghai and Nanjing. You can take the bullet trains to/from Shanghai (30 minutes) and Nanjing (1-1.5 hours).
High-Speed Trains are the newest and fastest way to travel to Suzhou from Shanghai, Hangzhou and many other cities of the Yangtze River Delta. Now Suzhou boasts 4 high-speed-train-available stations, namely Suzhou Railway Station, Suzhou North Railway Station, Suzhou Industrial Park Station and Suzhou New District Station.
Suzhou is known as the ‘Southeast Gate’ to Shanghai and Zhejiang Province because of its well-developed highway network. Three long-distance bus stations are in use in Suzhou nowadays. There are plenty of buses heading to Shanghai, Hangzhou, Wuxi, Zhouzhuang, Tongli, to and from Suzhou.
The steamship wharf is on the eastern side of the Nanmen People’s Bridge, about 200 meters to the bridge and on the northern shore of the Round-the-city River.
Add: Nanmen Wharf, 8 Renmin Rd., Suzhou
Note: From October to April every year, shipping service is seasonally suspended.
The starting price for taxis in Suzhou is 10 yuan for the first 3 km; Sangtana taxis charge 1.8 yuan per km thereafter, and Passat taxis charge 2 yuan per km.
The Line 1 of Suzhou Metro opened to the public on April 28, 2012. The 24-station metro shuttles through 6 districts of the city. During rush hours, it’s a good choice to get around in Suzhou by metro.
Suzhou adopts the flat fare for public buses: 1 yuan per person for ordinary buses; and 2 yuan per person for air-conditioned buses.
Some tourist attractions in Suzhou are located in small lanes, which cannot be accessed by buses. Therefore, sometimes manpower tricycles are the most preferred choice. Meanwhile, it is also an interesting experience.
Tips: Suzhou does not have trade rules for tricycles, you can negotiate the price with the driver.
The easiest way to tour around Suzhou is by bike. Pedaling from garden to garden is pleasant. This is a very popular way for you to explore the gardens. Most of the stores that rent bicycles are located east of Suzhou Railway Station. But be minded that you’ll need to leave a deposit and show your identity card when you rent a bike.
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