|Getting to Hangzhou by CHR Train|
There are three railway stations in Hangzhou at present: the Hangzhou Railway Station, the South Railway Station and the East Railway Station. Hangzhou Railway Station is the larger one, which mainly operates trains that arrive at the city as a terminal station while the South Railway Station mainly hosts trains passing through the city.
Hangzhou Railway Station
It is located in the downtown district at 1, Huan Cheng Dong Lu, Shangcheng District. This station was rebuilt and opened to use on December 28th, 1999. It has south and north ticket halls, five ordinary waiting rooms, one soft seats waiting room and seven platforms. The station is mainly supported by the Hu-Kun (Shanghai-Kunming) Railway and the Xuan-Hang (Xuancheng-Hangzhou) Railway. Here, trains connect Hangzhou with over 30 major cities in China, including bullet ones to Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Fuzhou, Nanchang, Xiamen, Ningbo, Jinhua, Wenzhou, Yiwu, Cangnan and Quzhou. At present, there are about 105 scheduled trains stopping here daily.
Buying Train Tickets
The ticket offices are at the passenger exit of the station. Here you can buy tickets 18 days in advance (including the purchasing day) in 24 hours daily.
Tickets can also be purchased at ticket offices around the city. There are altogether 61 ticket offices and others around other cities and counties. You can buy tickets here rather than go to the railway station. There is a surcharge of CNY5 per ticket. The main ticket offices are:
Wulinmen Ticket Office: 425 Wu Lin Lu (4 days in advance)
Huan Sha Lu Ticket Office: 147 Huan Sha Lu (4 days in advance)
Wen San Lu Ticket Office: 90 Wen San Lu (near West Bus Station)
Qiu Tao Lu Ticket Office: 568 Qiu Tao Lu (near South Bus Station)
Mo Gan Shan Lu Ticket Office: 340 Mo Gan Shan Lu (near North Bus Station)
Jiubao Ticket Office: 902 Hang Hai Lu (Near Passenger Transport Central Station)
For westerners who are unfamiliar with the Chinese ticket selling system, it is recommended that you buy tickets through a travel agency or hotel, some of which provide this service for an additional charge.
Shanghai–Hangzhou High Speed Train (Bullet)
There are two kinds of bullet trains running between Shanghai and Hangzhou. One has the letter "G" at the beginning of its train number. The number of the other type of bullet train begins with the letter "D". The speed of the G-train is up to 350 km/hr, which enables the train to finish the whole trip in 45 to 60 minutes. The speed of the D-train is a little slower taking about 1.5 hours to finish the trip. Everyday, over 100 high-speed trains run between these two cities from early morning at 06:32 to around 21:00.
Currently, there are five ways to purchase the train ticket, which are at the bullet train station, at other railway stations in the city, at ticket offices in the city, through the ticket booking line (95105105) of Shanghai Railway Transport Bureau and at the Ticket Vending Machine in Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station and Hangzhou Railway Station.
Tickets bought at ticket offices in the railway station or in the city are in red and can not pass through the Automatic Ticket Punching Machine in Waiting Hall 5, 6, 7 and 8. The Automatic Ticket Punching Machine is for the blue tickets which are bought at the Ticket Vending Machine. The prices of the tickets are the same.
G-Train tickets from Hangzhou to the Hongqiao Railway Station cost CNY131 for a first-class seat and CNY82 for a second-class seat. The ticket price from Hangzhou to Shanghai Railway Station is CNY156 for a first-class seat and CNY98 for a second-class seat. The ticket price of D-trains has not been changed.
Bus Routes: B2, Y2, 3, 7, 11, 21, 39, 49, 88, 95, 116, 156, 188, 210, 222, 225 (Inner Ring), 226 (Outer Ring), 276, 290, 300, 508, 525, 528, 537 (through), 555, 862, 900, Airport Shuttle Bus.
Taxi waiting area: You'll see the taxi sign at the Exit Ticket Gate. Follow the sign and you'll find the taxi waiting line.
1. Taxi fare is approximately CNY80-90 to Xiaoshan Airport, taking around half an hour.
2. Taxi fare is approx. CNY60 to South Railway Station.
3. Taxi fare is approx.CNY12 to West Lake, taking 10 minutes.
East Railway Station
Hangzhou East Railway Station is located on Tiancheng Road on Jianggan District. It has taken over the passenger transportation of the South Railway Station since Jul. 2013. Being the intersection of HuKun (Shanghai - Kunming) Line and Shanghang (Shangqiu - Hangzhou) Line, the station operates high speed and bullet trains mainly as well as a few other types. Currently passengers from the station can reach to Beijing, Zhengzhou, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Chengdu, Wuhan, Shanghai, and Qingdao.
There are the east square and the west square in the station after reconstruction. Bus stops are located on both the square. The first floor is use as platform floor. The second floor is for departure, and all the waiting rooms are on this floor. Free Wi-Fi is available in the waiting rooms. Ticket office and self –service ticket machines are on B1. When getting off the train, passengers can go to B1 directly to leave the station by taxi. B2 and B3 are stops for Subway Line 1 and Line 4.
Buying Train Tickets
Several ticket offices are being in operation in the station. Two of them are located in B1, one in the southwest and another in the northeast direction. Besides, there are three places where one can buy tickets on the second floor, respectively in the northeast, northwest and southwest direction. There are 79 self service ticket machines and 28 ticket windows in the station.
1. Huo Che Dong Zhan Xi (West of the East Railway Station): 20, 28, 31, 31 (Interval), 33, 43, 105, 106, 179, 200, 215, 224, 227, 228, 297, b4.
2. Huo Che Dong Zhan Dong (East of the East Railway Station): 9m, 48m, 93, 107, 108, 123, 320, 864.
Subway: Subway Line 1 goes through the station.
1. Taxi fare costs about CNY100 to Xianshan International Airport.
2. Taxi fare costs about CNY30 to the city center.
South Railway Station (Xiaoshan Railway Station)
The South Station has now been closed for a three-year reconstruction since Jul. 2013.
This station is situated in Xiaoshan District. Before the reconstruction project, it supplies trains to 40 cities in the country, including Shanghai, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Changsha, Ningbo, and Wenzhou.
Bus Routes: 123, 300, 700, 711, 726, 743, 747
1. When arriving at the railway station, follow the stream of people to get out. The taxi waiting points are at the first level.
2. Whether you are leaving for or from the railway station by taxi, you should ask the taxi driver to charge according to the meter before taking the taxi. Otherwise, you can refuse to take his taxi and change to another one because the fare asked for is always much higher than the actual (meter) price. This situation often happens at the railway station.
3. For passengers taking trains at either of the city's railway stations, you must arrive 30 minutes in advance. If you are going to the South Railway Station, it is recommended to leave early since it is far away from downtown.