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How to get from Shanghai Pudong Airport to Suzhou

Suzhou is a picturesque city, located just to the west of Shanghai. Known for its many waterways, traditional gardens and bridges, Suzhou is a very calming and cultural place to visit. Be sure to check out Tiger Hill with its famous 7-story leaning Pagoda and the Lingering Garden with its impressive Crown of Clouds Peak limestone rockery. 

When it comes to getting to Suzhou from Shanghai airport, you have three different options; taxi bus or train. Taking a Pudong airport taxi is the quickest and easiest way to travel as it takes just 1 hour and 40 minutes and costs around €65 (CNY 450) during the day and €70 (CNY 500) at night (23:00 to 05:00). Taking the train is the cheapest transfer option as it costs just €6.50 (CNY 42), but there are many changes, so it takes approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes to reach Suzhou. Your final transport option from Shanghai Pudong airport to Suzhou is the long-distance bus, which is the slowest transfer. The total journey time is 3 hours and 30 minutes and the cost is €12 (CNY 84). 

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €65 100min 24/7
Bus €24 210min 21:05–21:00
Train €13 110min 06:09–21:42

How to get from Shanghai Pudong Airport to Suzhou by Taxi

The only direct way to travel from Shanghai airport to Suzhou is by taking a fast and reliable Pudong airport taxi. The journey time is just 1 hour and 40 minutes and they are available 24/7 from outside the airport passenger terminal.

Taxi fare from Shanghai Airport to Suzhou

The cost of a local taxi from Shanghai Pudong airport to Suzhou will be calculated using a taximeter based on the distance you travel and the time the trip takes. The average cost for this journey is €65 (CNY 450) during the day and €70 (CNY 500) at night (23:00 to 05:00), but these costs may vary.

If you’d prefer to book your Pudong airport transfer in advance and enjoy a set-rate fare you can rely on, we suggest pre-booking with Welcome Pickups.

Cost

€65 (CNY 450)

Trip Duration

1 Hr 40 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in a advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 outside of Pudong Airport.

Where do I find a taxi at Pudong Airport?

Taxis are readily available 24/7 from just outside of both Terminals at Shanghai Pudong airport. Simply walk outside after collecting your luggage and you will see the line of cars waiting to pick up passengers.

Convenience

Taking a Pudong airport taxi is the least stressful way to travel when it comes to getting to Suzhou from Shanghai airport. You won’t have to make any stops, your family and personal belongings will be safe and secure, and you can make your way directly to your hotel in Suzhou in half the time of the public transfer options.

Editor’s Note

If you're travelling in a group and are trying to be budget-minded, splitting the cost of a taxi can make the journey much more affordable.

Useful Tips

Before you begin your journey, ensure your driver has started the taximeter to avoid being overcharged.
A Pudong airport taxi can fit up to 4 passengers as standard.
To avoid any miscommunication with your driver, be sure to write down your hotel address or show your driver the location on a GPS app.

How to get from Shanghai Pudong Airport to Suzhou by Bus

There’s a long-distance bus that leaves every day from Shanghai airport to Suzhou. Taking the bus is fairly cheap, but this is by far the slowest transfer option, with a journey time of 3 hours and 30 minutes.

How much is the Bus from Shanghai Airport to Suzhou?

A one-way ticket for the long-distance bus from Shanghai Pudong airport to Suzhou is €12 (CNY 84). You can purchase your ticket from the Long-Distance Bus Station, at Gates 6, 7, 8, and 9 in the Arrivals Hall Terminal 1.

Cost

€12 (CNY 84)

Trip Duration

3 Hrs 30 Min.

*There's a waiting time of up to 1 hour for the long-distance bus.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The long-distance bus is available from 09:05 to 21:0.

Where do I find the bus at Pudong Airport?

The Long-Distance Bus Station is located at the south end of the second floor of Terminal 1’s Bus Parking Lot. The signs aren’t very clear, so be sure to ask an attendant if you’re struggling to find it.

Convenience

Due to the many stops and traffic conditions, taking the long-distance bus is the slowest way to travel from Shanghai airport to Suzhou. Once you reach the bus station in Suzhou, you will also need to find alternate transport to reach your hotel, adding more time and stress to your journey.

Editor’s Note

If you're a solo traveller with little luggage, taking the bus could be a viable cheap transfer option. However, if you're travelling in a group or with large luggage items, I suggest taking a taxi and splitting the cost of the fare instead.

Useful Tips

Be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before the bus departs to secure your seat.
Large luggage items aren't allowed on the bus, be sure to travel light.
The bus to Suzhou stops running at 21:00, so if you land at night, you won't be able to take the bus.

How to get from Shanghai Pudong Airport to Suzhou by Train

There’s no direct train from Shanghai Airport to Suzhou. You will first need to take the Metro Line 2 to Shanghai Railway Station, then take the high-speed train from there into Suzhou. The high-speed train only takes 30 minutes to reach Suzhou, however, the Metro Line 2 is significantly slower, giving you a total journey time of around 1 hour and 50 minutes.

How much is the train from Shanghai Airport to Suzhou?

The cost of a one-way ticket on the Metro Line 2 is €1.50 (CNY 7) and the high-speed train costs around €5 (CNY 35), which means getting to Suzhou from Shanghai airport on the train costs a total of €6.50 (CNY 42).

Cost

€6.50 (CNY 42

Trip Duration

1 Hr 50 Min.

*There's a waiting time of 10 minutes for the Metro Line 2 and 15 minutes for the high-speed train.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Metro Line 2 runs from 06:00 to 22:30 and the high-speed train from 06:09 to 21:42.

Where do I find the train at Pudong Airport?

There’s no train that runs directly from Shanghai Pudong airport to Suzhou. You will first need to take the Metro Line 2 into Guanglan Road station, switch to another metro line to reach Shanghai Railway Station and then take the high-speed train from there into Suzhou.

Convenience

Taking the train from Shanghai airport to Suzhou is the least convenient transfer option. You will need to make multiple changes and carry your luggage through three different metro and train stations. Navigating the Metro lines can also be extremely difficult and time-consuming if you don’t speak Mandarin, so this isn’t a recommended transfer option for first-time tourists.

Editor’s Note

If you're looking for a more straightforward public transport option from Shanghai Pudong airport to Suzhou, I suggest taking the bus. It's a slower transfer option but has no changes along the way.

Useful Tips

Metro Line 2 doesn't run directly to Shanghai Railway Station, you will need to make a change at Guanglan Road.
There are many changes on this route, be sure to travel light.
You can purchase your tickets from the automatic ticket machines to avoid the queues at the kiosks.

Frequently asked questions

Is there a train from Shanghai airport to Suzhou in China?

There’s no train that runs directly rom Shanghai Pudong airport to Suzhou, however, you can take the Metro Line 2 from the airport to Shanghai Railway Station, then take the high-speed train from there to Suzhou. The total journey time is around 1 hour and 50 minutes and the cost is approximately €6.50 (CNY 42).

What’s the cost of a taxi from Shanghai Pudong airport to Suzhou?

The local drivers will charge you around €65 (CNY 450) during the day and €70 (CNY 500) at night (23:00 to 05:00) for the journey from Shanghai airport to Suzhou. However, this price may change dramatically as it’s calculated by a taximeter based on the exact time and distance travelled. If you’d prefer to plan and budget your trip, we suggest booking your Pudong airport taxi in advance with Welcome Pickups for a competitive set-rate fare. 

How far is Suzhou from Shanghai airport and how can I get there?

The road distance from Shanghai Pudong airport to Suzhou is around 144 km. Taking a Shanghai airport taxi will take around 1 hour and 40 minutes, the long-distance bus will take 3 hours and 30 minutes and taking the combined Metro Line 2 and high-speed train option will take approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes, excluding wait times.

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