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How to get from Hangzhou Airport to the City Centre

Hangzhou is a popular sight-seeing and gastronomic destination boasting beautiful wetlands and tea plantations, ancient temples and pagodas, and one of China’s most famous lakes, the West Lake.

There are three ways to get from Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (HGH) to the city centre of Hangzhou; taxi or private transfer, bus or metro. A taxi or private transfer is the fastest transfer option as it takes a little over 30 minutes for the cost of about €40 (RMB 283.79). There are several buses that go from Hangzhou airport to city districts and nearby towns. The best option for getting from Hangzhou airport to Hangzhou city is the Wulinmen Line which takes 55 minutes to reach the centre and costs €2.94 (RMB 20) per ticket. The third option is the Hangzhou Metro Line 1 which takes 1 hour and 11 minutes at €1.18 (RMB 8) per ticket.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €40 33min 24/7
Bus €5.88 55.min 07:30–02:00
Metro €2.36 71min 06:00–22:30

How to get from Hangzhou Airport to the city centre by taxi

A Hangzhou Airport taxi or private transfer is the easiest, fastest and most comfortable way to get from the airport to the city centre of Hangzhou. Under normal traffic conditions, the journey takes about 30 minutes and costs around €40 (RMB 283.79).

Taxi fare from Hangzhou airport to city centre

Though there is no set-rate fee for the transfer from the airport to the centre, local Hangzhou drivers use officially calibrated taxi metres. The cost of the ride is dependent on several variables, including distance and duration, and can also be affected by vehicle size and excess luggage. A taxi from Hangzhou Airport to the city centre generally costs about €40 (RMB 283.79).

Cost

€40 (RMB 283.79)

Trip Duration

33 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Hangzhou airport.

Where do I get the taxi from?

Upon reaching the arrivals hall in Hangzhou Airport, you will see a sign with transportation information and an arrow pointing left for taxis. Following the signs, you will soon reach the road outside and see rows of taxis.

Convenience

There are several ways to reach Hangzhou city from the airport, but a taxi or a private transfer is definitely the fastest and easiest transfer option. If having to figure out bus stops, lug around heavy luggage and wait for the next bus or metro sounds like a hassle, we recommend a private transfer. With a private transfer or taxi, you can make your way to your hotel as soon as you’re ready and get dropped off just outside its doors.

Editor’s Note

Most Hangzhou taxi drivers don’t speak any English, so make sure you have a map or location app that you can use to point to where you are going.

Useful Tips

Taxis in China don't usually accept foreign cards, so we recommend you always have enough cash on you.
It is not customary to tip in China, and most drivers will not accept the tip even if you offer it. Instead, you can expect them to round up when dealing with small amounts, in an effort to avoid small change.
If your route has tolls, it’s likely that the fee will be added to your total as an extra charge.

How to get from Hangzhou Airport to the city centre by bus

Hangzhou airport has over 10 bus routes serving different districts in Hangzhou. The best option for getting to the city centre is the Wulinmen Line. The bus runs every 15-30 minutes from 07:30 until about 02:00 when the last flight comes in. It takes 55 minutes to get to Wulinmen Wharf Ticket Office and makes one stop before that, at Grand Metropark Hotel Hangzhou.

How much is the bus from Hangzhou airport to the city centre?

A one-way ticket for the Wulinmen Line from Hangzhou Airport to the city centre, costs €2.94 (RMB 20). You can purchase them at Hangzhou Aiport, at the bus ticket office using a valid ID. The ticket office is on your right hand as you go through to the arrival hall and it’s also sign-posted so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding it.

Cost

€2.94 (RMB (20)

Trip Duration

55 Min.

There's a wait time of up to 30 minutes for the bus.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The bus from Hangzhou airport to the city centre is available from 07:30 to 02:00 or the time of the last flight.

Where do I get the bus from?

All of the airport shuttle buses, including the Wulinmen Line from Hangzhou Airport to the city centre, depart from Gate 8 of the Terminal 1 arrival hall.

Convenience

The Wulinmen Line bus is quite a convenient transfer option as it runs until late to accommodate the last flight of the day and only stops twice on its route. Having said that, airport shuttle buses tend to leave once they have filled up, so you might have to wait around for a bit. Also, once you get to the centre, you will have to find your way to your hotel, possibly using another mode of transportation.

Timetables

Editor’s Note

As the scheduled departure times of the airport buses often change, you can find the updated departure times of the day posted on the window of the ticket desk.

Useful Tips

Though scheduled to leave every 30 minutes, shuttle buses tend to only set off once they are full.
It is customary in China to offer your seat to an elderly person or a woman with a child.
Bus schedules in China can be altered depending on weather and road conditions.

How to get from Hangzhou airport to Hangzhou city centre by metro

The Hangzhou Metro Line 1 connects the airport to several central locations such as West Lake, Hangzhou Railway Station, and Hangzhou East Railway Station so it runs quite regularly. The metro is the cheapest transfer option with a one-way ticket costing only €1.18 (RMB 8), but it’s also the slowest as it has over 21 stops so it takes one hour and 11 minutes to reach Wulin Square in the city centre.

How much is the metro from Hangzhou airport to the city centre?

A one-way ticket for the Hangzhou Metro Line 1 costs €1.18 (RMB 8), and you can purchase the tickets at the metro’s ticket machines.

Cost

€1.18 (RMB 8)

Trip Duration

71 Min.

There's a wait time of 8 to 15 minutes for the metro.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The metro from Hangzhou airport to the city centre is available from 06:00 to 22:30.

Where do I get the metro from?

To reach the metro station at Hangzhou airport, you have to reach the west side of Terminal 3, get to the B1 floor and look for the A and C exit/entry.

Convenience

The Hangzhou Metro Line 1 is the cheapest option available to get to the city centre. Taking the metro is convenient because it has over 20 stops that you can choose from but all those stops also make the metro the slowest transport option, taking over an hour and 10 minutes to reach the centre.

Editor’s Note

Keep in mind that public transport in China is notoriously busy and hectic, so make sure you are prepared with the right cash for your ticket and all the information you need to get where you're going.

Useful Tips

The ticket machines at the metro accept cash in the form of RMB 1, 5, 10, 20 notes and 1 RMB coins.
On public transport in China, it is customary to offer your seat to an elderly person or a woman with a child.

Frequently asked questions

What’s the distance between Hangzhou airport and the city centre?

Hangzhou airport is about 40km away from Hangzhou city centre. It takes about 35 minutes to reach by taxi or private transfer, 55′ by bus, and an hour and 10 minutes by metro.

How can I get from Hangzhou airport to Hangzhou?

From Hangzhou airport, you can get to the city centre by taxi, bus, or metro. A taxi or private transfer is the fastest option as it takes 30-35 minutes and costs about €40 (RMB 283.79). The Wulinmen Line bus takes 55 minutes and costs €2.94 (RMB 20), and the Hangzhou Metro Line 1 takes 1 hour and 11 minutes and costs €1.18 (RMB 8).

What’s the cost of a taxi from Hangzhou airport to the city centre?

Although there is no set fee, a taxi from Hangzhou airport to the city centre generally costs about €40 (RMB 283.79) and it will get you to the centre in 30-35 minutes. Keep in mind that tolls are usually added as an extra charge to your end total. If you would like to secure a guaranteed flat fee for your transfer with no added costs, book in advance with Welcome.

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