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Submitted on Jan 07, 2019 Useful Info

Best way to get to Suzhou from Hangzhou

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  • These days high speed train is the best way to travel between Suzhou and Hangzhou
  • There are 26 daily trains running between these two cities, and it only takes 1.5 hours each way, so it's the most convenient way to travel
  • The train ticket is very affordable at 111.5 RMB each way as of 2019 (about $17USD)
  • The high speed train departs from Hangzhou East Railway Station (杭州东站), and arrives at either Suzhou Railway Station (苏州站), or Suzhou North Railway Station (苏州北站).
  • Hangzhou East Railway Station is not the main train station. It's the dedicated high speed train station. You can get there by subway line 1 (red line) or line 4 (green line)
  • Suzhou Railway Station is the main train station and is very close to the old town by taxi or subway (subway line 2 or 4). Suzhou North Station is farther but since it's on subway line 2 it's quite easy to get into the old town area (40 minutes by subway)
  • I've never had issues getting the tickets on the day of my trip, but if you're travelling around the national holiday week (October 1st) or Chinese New Year, you should book your ticket in advance.
  • Train tickets can be purchased in advance at any train station in China
  • Tickets are be bought up to 30 days in advance
  • Payment is by cash
  • You need to bring your passport
  • You can check schedule or buy tickets online at trip.com, which is the English language website of Ctrip, the largest online travel booking site in China