Grand Canal Cruise Schedule

Each city that the Grand Canal passes through has developed its unique cruise on the river. In different cities excellent ships and boats are available to take visitors to admire the Grand Canal scenery to their heart's content. Following are some ship schedules in Jiangsu and Zhejiang Provinces.

Cruise on Grand Canal in Hangzhou:

Wharf: Wulinmen Dock (No. 138 of Huancheng North Road), Gongchenqiao Wharf, Xinyifang Wharf and Genshanmen Wharf in Hangzhou; South Gate Wharf (No. 8 of Renmin Road) in Suzhou.
Hydro-autobuses: 'Qianjiang' and 'Yunhe' hydro-autobuses with the length of 23 meters (76 feet) have two layers and 48 seats. The two are both well equipped. Visitors can have a wonderful view from the top of the boat.
Schedule: From 6:30 to 18:00, there will be hydro-autobus departing from Gongchenqiao Wharf and Wulinmen Wharf each 30 minutes. The hydro-autobuses usually stop at Xinyifang Wharf during the trip.
Time and Price: 3 Yuan/ person for a single trip of about 30 minutes.
Night Schedule: The boat departs at 19:30 from Wulinmen Wharf to Genshanmen Wharf. After a round trip from the two wharfs, the boat will go ahead to Gongchenqiao and finally go back to Wulinmen Wharf. The whole journey will last one hour and 40 minutes.

Wharf: Shuishang Lvyou Wharf (Xinshiqiaotu)
Buses getting to the wharf: No. 7, 70, 22, 602, 305, 47 and tourist bus 5 and 39.
Schedule: from 19:00 to 20: 30 (every 30 minutes will be one departing from the wharf)
Price: 35 Yuan/Person

Cruise on Grand Canal between Hangzhou and Suzhou:

Wharf: Wulinmen Wharf in Hangzhou; Wharf at No. 306, Renmin Road in Suzhou (Buses to arrive: 50, 59, 65, tourist bus 2)


Route Departure Time Arriving Time
Hangzhou-Suzhou 17: 30 7:00 the next morning
Suzhou-Hangzhou 17: 30 6: 30 the next morning

Price from Hangzhou to Suzhou:

Ship Price of Twin Room Price of Quad Room
Tiantang 130 Yuan/Person 88 Yuan/Person
Wushan 95 Yuan/Person 65 Yuan/Person
Lingshan 78 Yuan/Person 65 Yuan (upper layer)/Person;
55 Yuan (the first layer)/Person

Price from Suzhou to Hangzhou:

Ship Price of Twin Room Price of Quad Room
Wuyue 208 Yuan/Person 128 Yuan/Person
Canglang 150 Yuan/Person 78 Yuan/Person
Tiantang 150 Yuan/Person 98 Yuan/Person
Hanshan 110 Yuan/Person 78 Yuan/Person

* For each passenger the above price covers one bed no matter in the twin room or quad room.
* 'Wuyue' ship also has four-star room (788 Yuan/Person) and three-star room (688 Yuan/Person).

Cruise ships: 'Tiantang' is the luxurious ship cruising between Hangzhou and Suzhou. All kinds of equipment including air-conditioning, bathroom, Karaoke, bar, dance room, have been installed in the ship. The idea is to attend to every possible need of the passengers.
Cruising Time: About 14 hours.

Cruise on Grand Canal between Hangzhou and Wuxi:

Wharf: Wulinmen Wharf in Hangzhou
Schedule: The ship departs from Hangzhou at 18:00 and arrives at Wuxi at 8:00 next morning. At 17:30, it returns Hangzhou.
Cruise ships: 'Longjing'  ship is well equipped, like 'Tiantang' ship. In addition, there is a sightseeing platform at the back of the ship. 'Hupao' is also an excellent ship cruising between the two cities.
Price from Hangzhou to Wuxi: 114 Yuan/ Person for double room and 82 Yuan/ Person for quad room.

1. The schedule and price may be changed in different tourist seasons and during the festivals. Please check the detailed information at the local wharf.
2. Ticket booking for ships cruising between Hangzhou-Suzhou and Hangzhou-Wuxi: Tickets can be booked up to 2 hours before departing time. In the high season, tickets should be booked well in advance.
3. Besides the above route, there are more routes on the Grand Canal. Ships from Yangzhou to Suzhou and from Yangzhou to Zhenjiang etc. are also available.

Note: We are sorry that the booking service for this cruise is not available at present.

- Last modified on Apr. 13, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Grand Canal Cruise Schedule
Asked by Laurent from FRANCE | May. 20, 2019 23:46Reply
Is it possible to book a cruise night between Suzhou and Hangzhou from 6 to 7 of June, for 2 people?
Answers (2)
Answered by Grayson from UKRAINE | May. 21, 2019 23:20

Actually, you don't need to book the cruise in advance. Generally speaking, there will have enough tickets for tourists. Thus just purchase the tickets when you arriving there.
Answered by Laurent from FRANCE | May. 23, 2019 15:03

Many thanks Grayson,
Asked by Ang from MALAYSIA | Apr. 30, 2019 01:07Reply
Is there a website that I can book a cruise from Hangzhou to Suzhou along the Grand Canal?
Answers (2)
Answered by Anthony from UKRAINE | May. 07, 2019 00:26

Well, I didn't find any official website online. Thus you are suggested to buy the tickets when you arriving there.
Answered by Ang from MALAYSIA | May. 07, 2019 04:32

Thank you, Anthony.
Asked by Teh bee chuen from MALAYSIA | Sep. 10, 2018 04:51Reply
How can i book the cruise from suzhou to hangzhou?
Answers (1)
Answered by Osborn from USA | Sep. 10, 2018 18:20

Sorry, there is no direct ship from Suzhou to Hangzhou.
Asked by Nayyar from INDIA | Aug. 13, 2018 20:09Reply
Does cruise from Hangzhou to Suzhou/Wuxi available now ???
Answers (1)
Answered by Vida from USA | Aug. 14, 2018 18:56

Yes, it is still available now and here is the booking hotline: 0571—5153185.
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