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Overview:
To speak of Suzhou, people are likely to mention the old saying:"Up above there is Paradise, down here there are Suzhou and Hangzhou." It’s around 100 kilometers from Shanghai, Suzhou is one of the most popular cities in China for day trips from Shanghai, and has a wealth of historical and cultural attractions that make it a great place to spend a day out. There are 4 ways to get from Shanghai to Suzhou by train, bus, taxi or car.

How to travel from Shanghai to Suzhou by Train
1)High Speed Train from Shanghai to Suzhou
Best way to get to Suzhou from Shanghai is to take the high speed train. It takes around 30 minutes and the price is from 39.5RMB -121.5RMB. There are over 73 daily trains departs from Shanghai Station to Suzhou train station so it's really easy to catch one. The trains run from two different stations in both Shanghai and Suzhou, to make it more convenient for travelers to easily get a train to and from Suzhou close to their hotels or homes. In Shanghai, the trains run from the Shanghai Railway Station in Jing’an District and the Hongqiao Railway Station, and from Suzhou, they run from both Suzhou North Railway Station and Suzhou New District Railway Station.
A.Departure from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station to Suzhou Station/Suzhou North Station
Earliest train: G1970; Duration: 23min; 2nd class seat: CNY 34.5(Recommended); 1nd class seat: CNY 64.5; Business class seat: CNY 119.5
Latest train: G7350; Duration: 25min; 2nd class seat: CNY 39.5(Recommended); 1nd class seat: CNY 59.5; Business class seat: 121.5

B.Departure from Shanghai Railway Station to Suzhou / Suzhou North Station:
Earliest train: G7072; Duration: 27min; 2nd class seat: CNY 39.5(Recommended); 1nd class seat: CNY 59.5; Business class seat: CNY 121.5
Latest train: G7212; Duration: 27min; 2nd class seat: CNY 39.5(Recommended); 1nd class seat: CNY 59.5; Business class seat: CNY 121.5

C.Some useful tips for you to purchase train tickets if you take Shanghai to Suzhou day trip by train
Shanghai to Suzhou:
Option 1: G7104 Shanghai Hongqiao Station to Suzhou Station: Depart at 08:54AM and arrive at 09:30AM
Option 2: G7006 Shanghai Station to Suzhou Station: Depart at 09:00AM and arrive at 09:25AM
Please choose one of the above options according to your hotel location
Suzhou to Shanghai
G7119 Depart at 17:56 from Suzhou Station and arrive at Shanghai Hongqiao Station at 18:32
G7243 Depart at 18:02 from Suzhou Station and arrive at Shanghai Station at 18:27

2)Normal Train from Shanghai to Suzhou
If for whatever reason you can't get the high speed train ticket, don't worry there are a lot of normal- speed trains that run this route too and they only take about 1 hour and 15 minutes so it's not bad. Prices of the normal trains is only ¥15 ($2)

3) How to buy train ticket in China
There are several ways to book train tickets in China, such as buy at ticket office once you at train station, book at China Railway’s official website, ask a travel agency or your hotel to help you to book, we highly recommend book the train tickets online on your own (www.trip.com), it’s very easy to operate and the credit card payment is accept. We suggest book the train ticket in advance in case they are sold out. We can help you to book train tickets as well, feel free to send you request via email. We will book the train ticket once we received the payment and delivery to your designated place.

Warm Tips
Tips for taking train
It’s very important to bring your passport along with you when you take train in China, it is required for collecting tickets and boarding the train. You should arrive at train station at 1 hour in advance before your departure time. Lots of stations in China start to accept passengers with e-tickets only now. For those passengers, they can enter these railway stations and get onboard via the manual channels with their ID certificate used to buy the e-ticket, like passport. In this case, you can print out your e-ticket beforehand.

Location
Shanghai Hongqiao Airport (SHA) is close to Hongqiao Railway Station, so passengers arriving at this airport are recommended to go from Shanghai to Suzhou by train. The airport’s Terminal 2 is within 10 minutes’ walking distance from the railway station. Metro line 10 runs from Terminal 1 to Hongqiao Railway Station in 5-8 minutes.


How to travel from Shanghai to Suzhou by Bus
Traveling from Shanghai to Suzhou by bus is another option. It takes around 1.5 to 2 hours to travel from Shanghai to Suzhou by bus, and costs around 50RMB. Taking a bus pales in comparison to the high-speed Shanghai to Suzhou by train option as it is both lengthy and more expensive. There are a number of bus stations where you can catch a ride from Shanghai to Suzhou. I recommend the following two stations as they have the most buses making daily trips to Suzhou:

1)Recommended Buses from Shanghai to Suzhou as below:
a)South Long-distance Bus Station (长途南站): There are buses going to Suzhou almost every 30 minutes from 6:45 am to 5:25 pm. The bus will arrive at Suzhou Bus Station, driving distance between each other is around 100KM and cost 38RMB.
b)Shanghai Jiading (上海嘉定客运中心):, buses to Suzhou South Station run from 6:50am to 16:30pm. The distance is 80KM and cost 25RMB
c)Suzhou back to Shanghai, we suggest taking a bus from the South Station (苏州汽车南站). South Station in Suzhou is closest to all the touristy areas and has buses running almost every 2-3 hours from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.

2)  How to buy bus ticket in China
Since buying tickets online for a bus in China has not yet become an option, you’re left with only two options. You can buy a ticket at the bus station or (maybe) have a proxy do it for you. China now runs on a “real-name ticket system.” This means that you have to have an official form of ID (your passport) in order to purchase bus tickets.


How to travel Shanghai to Suzhou by Taxi
Taking taxi also is a good option from Shanghai to Suzhou. The cost will be around 500RMB from Shanghai to Suzhou for one way. The exact price will depend on your ability to negotiate a fair price with the driver. By the way, you can negotiate the price with the taxi driver in advance! And the price also will influence on the actual traffic. Normally, it takes around 1.5 -2 hours from Shanghai to Suzhou downtown. 


How to travel Shanghai to Suzhou by Private Vehicle
From Shanghai to Suzhou by car is the most convenient way. Booking a private transfer and enjoy a hassle-free visit to Suzhou with a convenient Shanghai downtown hotel pick up service and transfer to Suzhou downtown, you will be picked up from the designated place. With varies of vehicles available this transfer is ideal for small and large traveling groups alike. Simply sit back, relax and enjoy the luxury of this efficient door-to-door service.


How to travel from Shanghai airports to Suzhou

2 Ways travel from Shanghai Hongqiao Airport to Suzhou
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport is one of the two international airports serving the city of Shanghai in China along with Shanghai Pudong International Airport. By high speed train is the best way from Shanghai Hongqiao Airport to Suzhou. A private transfer also is a good option if you want to enjoy the door to door service.

1). Train from Shanghai Hongqiao Airport to Suzhou
From Hongqiao Airport: Take metro line 10 from Terminal 1 to Hongqiao Railway Station within 8 minutes, or walk 15 minutes from Terminal 2 to the railway station, and here take the high speed train.

2). Private Vehicle from Shanghai Hongqiao Airport to Suzhou
Enjoy a hassle-free visit to Suzhou with a convenient Shanghai airport pick up and transfer to Suzhou downtown. Once you reach the exit of arrivals hall, your experienced and professional driver will be waiting to whisk you off in the utmost comfort and safety to your chosen city destination. With varies of vehicles available this transfer is ideal for small and large traveling groups alike. Simply sit back, relax and enjoy the luxury of this efficient door-to-door service.

3 Ways travel from Shanghai Pudong International Airport(PVG) to Suzhou
While Suzhou is geographically close to Shanghai, getting from Shanghai Pudong Airport to Suzhou can be a tricky, time-consuming affair for first-time travelers. Unfortunately for overseas travelers, there is no major international airport in Suzhou, so the most common route to Suzhou is via a flight into Shanghai Pudong Airport. Some useful travel tips as below for your reference:

1). Bus from Shanghai Pudong International Airport to Suzhou
Shuttle Buses from Shanghai Pudong International Airport to Suzhou are available from 9:20am to 21:00pm. It takes around 2 hours and cost 90RMB (13USD) for one way. You can book the bus ticket online in advance or buy once you arrive at the ticket office.

2). Train from Shanghai Pudong International Airport to Suzhou
There are many trains between Shanghai and Suzhou city. You can metro line 2 and get off People’s Square then transfer to line 1 to Shanghai Railway Station, you can take train from Shanghai city center to Suzhou. Or take line 2 directly and get off at Shanghai Hongqiao Railway station and catch train there.

3). Private Vehicle from Shanghai Pudong International Airport to Suzhou
Enjoy a hassle-free visit to Suzhou with a convenient Shanghai airport pick up and transfer to Suzhou downtown. Once you reach the exit of arrivals hall, your experienced and professional driver will be waiting to whisk you off in the utmost comfort and safety to your chosen city destination. With varies of vehicles available this transfer is ideal for small and large traveling groups alike. Simply sit back, relax and enjoy the luxury of this efficient door-to-door service.

How to travel from Shanghai to the most popular ancient towns in Suzhou

How to travel from Shanghai to Tongli Water Town
Route 1: 
You can take a bus or a train from Shanghai to Suzhou, then you can take the Suzhou-Tongli metro line 4 or Buses to get to Tongli Water Town.

Route 2: 
1) From Passenger Station at Hutai Road, Shanghai
There is a bus departing from Passenger Station at Hutai Road, Shanghai to reach Tongli Water Town with no stop. It departs at 1:30 p.m. every day and the journey takes about 2.5 hours.

2) From Tourist Center near Shanghai Stadium
In Tourist Center near the No.12 Gate of Shanghai Stadium, there is a bus leaving for Tongli Water Town at 8:30 a.m. every day. And the returning bus departs at 4:30 p.m in Tongli.

How to travel from Shanghai to Zhouzhuang Water Town
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 take a while); Bus Route as below for your reference:

1)Shanghai Tourist Aggregation Center departures to Zhouzhuang: (You can take subway line 11 (brown line) to Shanghai Swimming Center Station, then get out from exit 1 or 2 and the bus station is right there); Current departure times: 7:00am, 8:30am, 9:05am, 12:10pm, 2:00pm

2)Shanghai South Long Distance Bus South Station (上海长途南站) departures to Zhouzhuang: (You can take subway line 1 (red line) or line 3 (yellow line) to Shanghai South Rail Station. 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); Current departure times: 8:00am, 8:10am, 1:11pm, 1:21pm

Recommended Guide Tour from Shanghai to Suzhou
1. One Day Classic Suzhou Tour From Shanghai By Train
2. Day Trip from Shanghai: Suzhou Half Day City Sights with Tongli Water Town
3. Shanghai to Suzhou Day Trip: Rickshaw Ride and Grand Canal Ride Tour

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