Hangzhou Transportation

Hangzhou, the capital city of Zhejiang Province, is one of the top choices for people who would like to enjoy a side trip after touring Shanghai. Travelers at home and abroad are attracted by its fascinating West Lake, endless Longjing Tea Field, historic Grand Canal and bustling Qinghefang Ancient Street. In order to best serve all tourists, a very broad transportation system has been established in the city.


Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport
Xiaoshan International Airport

Xiaoshan International Airport (HGH), around 17mi (27km) from the downtown, mainly serves Hangzhou and nearby cities like Huzhou, Shaoxing, Jiaxing, and Zhuji. It operates many air routes with Terminal A (International) and Terminal B (Domestic). Besides Hong Kong, Macau and Taipei, the international destinations include Singapore, Souel, Amsterdam, Pattaya, Phuket Island, Osaka, Tokyo, and Chiengmai. Domestic air routes from/to Beijing, Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou, Guangzhou, Guilin, Xi'an, Kunming, Lhasa, and Xiamen are available.
 Airport Transportation
 Airport Services and Facilities

 There are three railway stations in the city. High speed lines from/to Shanghai, Nanjing, Ningbo, and Changsha transport the most passengers.

 Hangzhou Railway Station: Located at East Ring Road, Shangcheng District, it is also known as Chengzhan Railway Station. The station mainly operates trains that arrive at the city as a terminal station.

 East Railway Station: It lies on Tiancheng Road, Jianggan District. Opened in 2013, it is now one of the largest high speed train hubs in east China, transporting a large amount of passengers daily.

 South Railway Station: Originally named Xiaoshan Railway Station, it is around 17mi (27km) from Chengzhan Railway Station. The station hosts trains passing through the city. Now it is closed for renovation since Jul. 2013 and is expected to reopen in late 2019.

Qiandaohu Railway Station: Located about 27 km (17 mi) to Thousand Islet Lake, it operates high speed train to Hangzhou, Huangzhan, Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen and more cities.

Hangzhou Railway Station
Train from Shanghai to Hangzhou
Hangzhou Train
Bullet Train

 Major Rail Lines from Hangzhou to:

See also Shanghai - Yuhang Train

Five long-distance bus stations are in operation, serving passengers who travel in and out of Zhejiang. They are Passenger Transport Central Station (Jiubao Passenger Transport Center), West Bus Station, North Bus Station, South Bus Station and Hangzhou East Railway Highway Bus Station. Besides, local Tourist Dispatch Center plays an important role for long-distance travels and many buses are available to attractions near the city.


Transport to/from Other Domestic Cities


How to Travel between Hangzhou and Other Nearby Cities  


Transport from Overseas Cities


 Endowed with many rivers and lakes, the city supplies pleasant cruise, ferry and water bus travels. At present, the West Lake Cruise and Grand Canal Cruise enjoy the highest popularity. In addition, several routes of water bus assist in relieving the transportation pressure. The main routes are Pujia / Wulinmen – Gongchen Bridge (line 1), Wulinmen – Xixi Wuchang Pier (line 2), Datieguan – Banshan (Line 3), Chaomingsi Lane – Meihuabei (Line 7).
 By now, only line 1, line 2line 4,  line 5, line 6, Line 7 and line 16 of Hangzhou metro are operational. The fare ranges CNY2-9 for different trips. The city commences the metro era of Zhejiang with the opening of line 1 in 2012. By the end of 2022, Line 3, Line 8, Line 9 and Line 10 will be put into use. According to long-term plan, Hangzhou will have 13 available metro lines in total by 2050.
 Metro Maps

 As one of the most important means of transportation, city buses mainly include downtown lines, suburban lines, night lines, and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes. The cost is CNY1-4. If paying with the Transportation Smart Card, passengers enjoy 50% off. Tourist bus lines of Y2, Y6, Y8, Y9 and Y10 connect the main attractions.
 Bus / Metro Search

Ship over West Lake
Small Boat on West Lake
Hangzhou City Bus
City Bus

Almost 10,000 taxis are serving the city. Usually it is not that easy to hail a taxi which charges by meter near hot attractions, and passenger transport hubs; therefore, negotiating for a flat rate is necessary under the circumstance. Here is the charging standard below:

Flat-down Rate for the first 3km (2mi) CNY11
Unit Price per kilometer between 4-10km (2.5-6mi) CNY2.5
Unit Price per kilometer over 10k (6mi) CNY3.75
Waiting Fee for Every 4 minutes CNY2.5


Touring the city, especially around the West Lake, by bike is the option of many locals and tourists. Just register a regular IC card or Z card, and one can easily rent a bike. The rental sites are easily accessible along the street, near scenic spots and busy passenger transport hubs, and some are even open for 24 hours. Hence rental and return services are quite convenient. The cost is free within an hour, CNY1 for 1-2 hours, CNY2 for 2-3 hours, and CNY3 for each additional hour if renting over 3 hours.

- Last updated on May. 25, 2023 by Catherine He -
Questions & Answers on Hangzhou Transportation
Asked by Tanya B from CHINA | Sep. 19, 2019 21:29Reply
Is it worth going for 4 days?
We have a four day period to go travelling.(From Hangzhou and Shanghai) Is it worth staying there the ewhole time or are there any cool paces/towns/cities nearby with other thing to do? Thanks!
Answers (1)
Answered by Celeste from CANADA | Sep. 19, 2019 22:54

You can also tour around Nanjing, Suzhou, Wuzhen. All these places have popular scenic areas and nice local foods.
Asked by winnie from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 30, 2019 18:36Reply
About Transportation Smart Card Hangzhou.
About refunding the Z or T card. Will the balance of the money will be refunded minus 25 yuan administration fee? Thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Danny from NEW ZEALAND | Sep. 03, 2019 18:45

If you refund the card within 10 days from the last swipe, the card deposit and balance in card are refunded in full.
Asked by Alan Pang from PHILIPPINES | Aug. 17, 2019 23:32Reply
What are the must see attractions in Hangzhou if I only have a day?
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Answered by Norma from USA | Aug. 19, 2019 20:34

You can go to West Lake and Lingyin Temple. This website has detailed introductions about them. You can look through. Have a nice day!
Asked by Franky Loprang from INDONESIA | Jul. 16, 2019 20:09Reply
Hi, I will arrive in Hangzhou east railway station and want to go to West Lake. Should I ride bus?
Hi, I will arrive in east railway station and want to go to West Lake.
Should I ride bus? or taxi? or Metro? Which one is the easiest and the cheapest? How much will it cost?
Answers (1)
Answered by Baber from USA | Jul. 17, 2019 02:26

Take metro Line 1 from East Railway Station to Fengqi Rd Station (Exit B), and walk west of 800m to it. It takes around 30 minutes with CNY3.
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