Getting to Suzhou
Getting to Suzhou is a breeze — simply choose your airline, airport and train or shuttle, and you’ll be there in no time.
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) is one of two airports located in the booming city of Shanghai. After landing at SHA, visitors can make the short trip to Suzhou by train, shuttle bus or taxi. Because of its close proximity to Suzhou and convenient (and quick) train transportation, American and Canadian travelers usually opt to fly into SHA.
Distance from Suzhou: 50 miles (80 km)
Driving: 1 hour 15 minutes
Bullet/High-Speed Train: 30 minutes
Regular Train: 1 hour
Pudong International Airport (PVG) is Shanghai’s second (and largest) airport. Located in the Pudong New Area of Shanghai, the airport is a fast growing hub for all things international. Trains, shuttle buses and taxis are the best mode of transport for visitors landing at PVG.
Distance from Suzhou: 65 miles (104 km)
Driving: 1 hour 45 minutes
Bullet/High-Speed Train: 30 minutes (Requires transferring lines)
Regular Train: 1 hour (Requires transferring lines)
Sunan Shuofang International Airport (WUX) is the closest airport to Suzhou. While many travelers are enticed by its proximity to the oriental water city, the airport is relatively small and there are no nonstop flights from the U.S. or Canada into WUX, so travelers will inevitably transfer in another city before making their final arrival.
Distance from Suzhou: 14 miles (22 km)
Driving: 30 minutes
Bus: 40 minutes
Two additional airports — Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (HGH) and Nanjing Lukou International Airport (NKG) — are also available and often used by travelers visiting Suzhou. The distance from each airport to Suzhou is roughly 100 to 125 miles (164 to 203 km) and about a two- to two-and-a-half-hour drive, respectively.
Fly from the U.S. or Canada to Shanghai (SHA or PVG) nonstop aboard a variety of airlines including those listed below.
(beginning July 2015)
Additional airlines offer service between North America and Shanghai, check your preferred carrier’s website for the latest information.
After arriving at a nearby airport, the quickest way to get to Suzhou is by train. Suzhou has four main train stations that welcome travelers daily. Simply select your train of choice (high-speed or regular), sit back and enjoy the ride. Fares vary for each destination, and visitors must purchase their tickets from the railway station counter or through the ticket office at the airport.
Suzhou Railway Station
Line: Shanghai–Nanjing Main Line
Location: 27 Chezhan Road, Gusu, Suzhou (Gusu District)
Suzhou North Railway Station
Line: Beijing-Shanghai (Jinghu) High-Speed Railway
Location: Fulin Road, Xiangcheng District (northwest Suzhou)
Suzhou Yuanqu (Industrial Park) Railway Station
Line: Shanghai–Nanjing Main Line
Location: Zhihe West Road, Suzhou Industrial Park
Suzhou Xinqu (New District) Railway Station
Line: On the Shanghai–Nanjing Main Line, but used for high-speed trains to/from Beijing only
Location: Hushuguan Town, Suzhou New Zone 215004
Make your way to Suzhou by bus, coach or shuttle. Suzhou’s three main bus terminals are conveniently located throughout the city and provide daily transport to and from surrounding airports to Suzhou and other major cities.
South Bus Station
It’s the largest of the three stations and is located just south of downtown Suzhou.
Location: Yingchun Road and Nanhuan Road East, Suzhou
Destinations: Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou
North Bus Station
It’s the newest of the three stations and is located next to the Suzhou North Railway Station, about a 20- to 30-minute walk from downtown Suzhou. The express buses from Wuxi and Shanghai are ideal for quick trips from WUX and SHA to Suzhou.
Location: 29 Xihui Road, Suzhou
Destinations: Shanghai, Wuxi, Zhangjiagang, Changzhou, Kunshan, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Zhenjiang, Nantong, Jiaxing, Taicang
West Bus Station
Due to its location north of the Suzhou Amusement Park along the edge of Suzhou’s New District, this station is the furthest from downtown Suzhou. Express service is available to and from some locations — including Shanghai.
Location: Jinshan Road and Changjiang Road, New District Suzhou
Destinations: Changshu, Zhangjiagang, Kunshan, Zhenhu, Nantong, Wuxi, Liyang, Hangzhou and Nanxun
Atop Tiger Hill, the Yunyan Pagoda, nicknamed the Leaning Tower of China, stands as a symbol of Suzhou. Completed during the Song Dynasty in the year 961, the 1,000-year-old pagoda is taller than the Leaning Tower of Pisa and has become a symbol of Suzhou. The 3-degree tilt means that since 2010, visitors are no longer permitted entry. next tip>