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Submitted on Jan 09, 2019 Useful Info

Best way to go to Zhouzhuang water town from Shanghai

  • Zhouzhuang is very close to Shanghai, only 85km away
  • Long distance bus is the best way to go to Zhouzhuang from Shanghai since there are no direct trains (you can train to Kunshan and take a connecting bus from there, but that's a lot of hassle and takes a while)
  • There are 5 bus daily bus routes you can take. I've listed the details below and I recommend the first 2 options (the ones labeled Shanghai Tourist Aggregation Center) as they're the cheapest overall, with the catch that you need to buy a bundled fare that includes return ticket and ticket to Zhouzhuang. If you plan to stay in Zhouzhuang or move on to Suzhou/Hanghzhou from Zhouzhuang you should look at options 3-5
  • Generally speaking you should be fine getting the bus ticket on the day of your trip as the seats are plentiful. The only time you should consider buying in advance is if you're traveling in late September and early October as that's the National Holidays when domestic tourist is at its peak


Here's a map overview of the 5 routes' departure stations in Shanghai, click on the pins for more details:



More details on these routes:

1. Shanghai Tourist Aggregation Center @ Shanghai Stadium (上海旅游集散中心@八万人体育场) departures to Zhouzhuang:

  • Located here, at Staircase 5 (southernmost end) of the Shanghai Stadium, immediately east of the Shanghai Swimming Center subway station
  • 5 daily departures (they add more on busy holidays), takes about 1.5 hours
  • Current departure times: 7:00am, 8:30am, 9:05am, 12:10pm, 2:00pm
  • Fare is 110RMB ($16USD) but this includes return as well as ticket to Zhouzhuang itself. There's no way to buy single-direction fares or fares that do not include ticket to Zhouzhuang. This is very economical since the admission to Zhouzhuang itself is 100RMB if bought separately
  • Getting to this station: take subway line 11 (brown line) to Shanghai Swimming Center Station (上海游泳馆), then get out from exit 1 or 2 and the bus station is right there
  • After you get off the bus in Zhouzhuang: the Zhouzhuang Bus Station is 3km away from the start of the scenic area (45 minute walk away). You can take local bus 261 or a taxi to get there. If you Google Zhouzhuang Bus Station it will show you the location of the old bus station that was vacated in June 2018. Baidu Maps has the new bus location but Google Maps does not as of January 2019 (the link I included is the new bus station location)


2. Shanghai Tourist Aggregation Center @ Hongkou Football Stadium (上海旅游集散中心@虹口足球场) departures to Zhouzhuang:

  • Located here, at Door 2 (northwest side) of the football stadium
  • 3 daily departures (they add more on busy holidays), takes about 1.5 hours
  • Current departure times: 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am
  • Fare is 100RMB ($15USD) but this includes return as well as ticket to Zhouzhuang itself. There's no way to buy single-direction fares or fares that do not include ticket to Zhouzhuang. This is the most economical since the admission to Zhouzhuang itself is 100RMB if bought separately
  • Getting to this station: take subway line 3 (yellow line) or 8 (blue line) to Hongkou Football Stadium Station (虹口足球场). Leave from exit 1. If you got here on line 3, then exit 1 is where the bus station is. If you got here from line 8, then you need to walk north for 2-4 minutes from exit 1 to get to the bus station.
  • After you get off the bus in Zhouzhuang: the Zhouzhuang Bus Station is 3km away from the start of the scenic area (45 minute walk away). You can take local bus 261 or a taxi to get there. If you Google Zhouzhuang Bus Station it will show you the location of the old bus station that was vacated in June 2018. Baidu Maps has the new bus location but Google Maps does not as of January 2019 (the link I included is the new bus station location)


3. Shanghai South Long Distance Bus South Station (上海长途南站) departures to Zhouzhuang:

  • Located here, right next to the South Railway Station
  • 4 daily departures, takes about 1.5 hours
  • Current departure times: 8:00am, 8:01am, 1:11pm, 1:21pm
  • Fare is 34RMB, equivalent to $5.2 USD
  • Getting to this station: take subway line 1 (red line) or line 3 (yellow line) to Shanghai South Rail Station (上海南站). Get out of the station from exit 1 or 2 and then walk straight for 5-10 minutes. From Pudong airport use the direct shuttle bus to South Railway Station instead of using the subway system
  • After you get off the bus in Zhouzhuang: the Zhouzhuang Bus Station is 3km away from the start of the scenic area (45 minute walk away). You can take local bus 261 or a taxi to get there. If you Google Zhouzhuang Bus Station it will show you the location of the old bus station that was vacated in June 2018. Baidu Maps has the new bus location but Google Maps does not as of January 2019 (the link I included is the new bus station location)


4. Shanghai Main Long Distance Bus Station (上海长途汽车客运总站) departures to Zhouzhuang:

  • Located here, very close to the Shanghai Railway Station (i.e. the main train station serving Shanghai)
  • 4 daily departures, takes around 1.5 hours
  • Current departure times: 8:30am, 10:30am, 2:20pm, 4:20pm
  • Fare is 29-34RMB, equivalent to $4.25-$5.2 USD
  • Getting to this station: take subway line 1 (red), 3 (yellow), or 4 (dark purple) to Shanghai Railway Station (上海火车站). Get out from exit 6 and leave the train station building to the main square in front of the train station. The bus station is immediately west of the square, and it looks like this:User submitted photo of Zhouzhuang
  • After you get off the bus in Zhouzhuang: the Zhouzhuang Bus Station is 3km away from the start of the scenic area (45 minute walk away). You can take local bus 261 or a taxi to get there. If you Google Zhouzhuang Bus Station it will show you the location of the old bus station that was vacated in June 2018. Baidu Maps has the new bus location but Google Maps does not as of January 2019 (the link I included is the new bus station location)


5. Hongqiao Long Distance Bus West Station (虹桥长途西站) departures to Zhouzhuang:

  • Located here, right next to the Hongqiao International Airport
  • 2 daily departures, takes about 1.5 hours
  • Current departure times: 8:45am, 2:06pm
  • Fare is 34RMB, equivalent to $5.2 USD
  • Getting to this station: take subway line 2 (green line) or line 10 (light purple line) to Hongqiao Railway Station (虹桥火车站). Get out of the station and walk west to the western end of the railway station. If you're coming from Pudong airport take the direct shuttle bus to Hongqiao airport and walk west through Hongqiao Railway Station. (Hongqiao airport, train station, and bus station are all connected to each other with the bus station at the western end and the airport at the eastern end)
  • After you get off the bus in Zhouzhuang: the Zhouzhuang Bus Station is 3km away from the start of the scenic area (45 minute walk away). You can take local bus 261 or a taxi to get there. If you Google Zhouzhuang Bus Station it will show you the location of the old bus station that was vacated in June 2018. Baidu Maps has the new bus location but Google Maps does not as of January 2019 (the link I included is the new bus station location)