With a highly developed network of transportation, Suzhou transportation is convenient for its visitors, where buses and taxies are available as well as airplanes and trains connecting this city with other ones.
Although the State Council approved of the construction of an airport exclusively serving Suzhou in 2003, Suzhou does not have its own civil airport currently. However, the city of Shanghai nearby Suzhou provides international airports, namely Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport. The transportation between Suzhou and Shanghai is fairly convenient.
Suzhou is a vital transport hub on the Hu-Ning Railway, southern part of Jing-Ning (Beijing-Shanghai) Railway that links Shanghai and Nanjing, the provincial capital of Jiangsu, to both of which there is hourly railway service from Suzhou.
Suzhou Railway Station is located in the northern part of the city and is a first-class station, providing about 270 trains passing through the city each day. Trains for major cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Chengdu, Xi’an, Qingdao, Xining and so on are available in the station.
Suzhou provides long-distance buses for Shanghai and Zhejiang Province. Three long-distance bus stations are accessible in Suzhou, including the North Bus Station, located at the east of Suzhou Railway Station, the South Station, laocated at the corner of Nanhuan Eastern Road and Yingchun Road and the West Station, on Jinshan Road.
What’s more, numerous city buses are convenient tools to take you to every spots in this city.
Thanks to its various rivers and the famed Grand Canal, Suzhou has formed its own network of water transportation, connecting with Zhangjiagang (a city in Jiangsu), Liujia (a famous historic old town located in the Wuzhong District), Changshou and Shimonoseki, Japan.
Taxis are convenient in Suzhou. Base rate is 10 RMB for the first three kilometers and 1.8 RMB per additional kilometer.
Traveling around Suzhou by bike is another good choice. You can rent a bike beside the Railway Station or on Shiquan Street. The price is reasonable, and it is a popular way to travel around town. You may be asked for ID and generally you'll have to leave a deposit of up to 200 RMB.