Easy to reach Suzhou
As an important economic center and tourist destination, Suzhou has made great improvements to its infrastructure. It is accessible by train, bus, boat and plane.
The Jinghu Railway (Nanjing-Shanghai) passes through the city and Suzhou Railway Station is among the busiest passenger stations in China, with 139 trains stopping there daily. Suzhou North Railway Station and Suzhou Industrial Park Railway Station are also used by visitors for other travel destinations. In an era of high-speed rail, it only takes some 30 minutes to travel between Suzhou and Shanghai.
Suzhou is also conveniently linked by several highway/expressway connections including via the Huning (Shanghai-Nanjing) Expressway, and Suzhou-Hangzhou Expressway. The new Suzhou Outer Ring Expressway was completed in 2005, connecting the peripheral county-level cities of Taicang, Kunshan, and Changshu. Sutong Yangtze River Bridge opened in June 2008, connecting Nantong and Changshu, both under the jurisdiction of Suzhou, making it a new transportation hub linking the north and south of Jiangsu.
Suzhou has many canals, rivers and lakes. The city's waterways are one of the most convenient methods of transportation for locals, travelers and cargo. Using these rivers and canals, you can easily reach its water towns, neighboring cities including Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province, and Suzhou Port.
Suzhou has its own airport, Suzhou Guangfu Airport, but this airport is principally a military base and is only partially used for commercial transportation. Three nearby airports, including Wuxi Sunan Shuofang International Airport, Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport and Pudong International Airport, provide alternative flight options for travel to the city.
Sunan Shuofang Airport
The Suzhou Terminal of Sunan Shuofang International Airport is located at 100 Daoqian Street, west of the Suzhou Conference Center. Shuttle buses make 10 roundtrips between the terminal and the airport every day.
From Suzhou Terminal to Sunan Shuofang International Airport: 5:20 am, 7:30 am, 9:10 am, 10:30 am, 12:00 am, 1:10 pm, 2:40 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm and 6:15 pm.
From Sunan Shuofang International Airport to Suzhou Terminal: 9:50 am, 11:40 am, 1:10 pm, 2:15 pm, 3:15 pm, 4:10 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:40 pm, 7:40 pm and 8:50 pm.
Price: 30 yuan
When you reach the airport by shuttle bus, airport staff will guide you to the luggage check-in.
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport
Shanghai Hongqiao Airport is part of Hongqiao transportation hub, and passengers can switch to rail to reach Suzhou. Taking a high-speed train, it only takes only 30 minutes to reach Suzhou.
Shanghai Pudong International Airport
There is no direct shuttle service from Suzhou to Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Passengers can take Shanghai subway Line 2 to Hongqiao Railway Station, or first take Line 2 and then switch to Line 3 for Shanghai Railway Station where it is possible to take a train to Suzhou.
Passengers can also take Airport No 5 Bus to Shanghai Railway Station (18 yuan) and then go to Suzhou by train. Price: 80 yuan
The future metro system
Suzhou is building a subway network to ease traffic congestion and meet urban development demands. The city started building its subway in 2008 and the first line was officially opened on April 28, 2012. Three more lines will be completed by 2020, when the subway systems in surrounding cities and towns will be connected, including to Shanghai.