Hangzhou Arrival and Departure:
Transport To and From Hangzhou
By Air – Flying to and from Hangzhou
Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (杭州萧山国际机场)
Although it was opened as recently as 2001, Hangzhou Airport looks a little dated. Nonetheless it is an efficient airport with all the basic requisite facilities – overpriced restaurants, a business center, etc. Hangzhou Airport is well connected domestically, with flights to more than 30 cities in China. As a hub of Air China, the airport is particularly well connected to Beijing, with multiple daily flights. International destinations include Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Bangkok and Singapore. There are also daily flights to Hong Kong and Macau. Xiaoshan Airport is located 27km east of Hangzhou’s city center. The airport’s website is quite informative.
Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport’s Website: www.hzairport.com/en/
Budget Airlines Flying to Hangzhou
Malaysian-based budget airline Air Asia flies to Hangzhou from Kuala Lumpur. There are five flights each week with regular discount fares of around 410 Malaysian Ringgits ($115) including tax.
Transport to and from Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport
By Bus: From Hangzhou Airport, the airport bus runs from 7:30am until the last flight has arrived. The bus stops at Hangzhou Railway Station and the Marco Polo Hotel before terminating at the CAAC office at #390 Tiyuchang Lu (体育场路390号), just east of Wulin Men. From the CAAC Office, buses depart from 5:30am until 8pm, making no stops on the way. Buses depart every 15 minutes between 9am and 5pm and every 30 minutes at other times. The fare is ¥15.
There are also buses from the CAAC Office to Shanghai’s Pudong Airport (via Hongqiao Airport). They depart roughly once an hour from 5:30am to 1:30pm. The fare is ¥85.
From Hangzhou Airport, there are also buses to Suzhou (about 1.5 hours). Buses depart roughly every hour from 10:30am to 7:30pm (see Hangzhou Airport’s website for the latest schedule). The price is ¥90.
All buses from the airport depart from outside Door 5 of the Arrivals Terminal.
By Taxi: Taxis are plentiful at the airport – usually there are far more taxis waiting than there are people. A taxi from Hangzhou’s center to the airport will usually cost ¥80-90. There is supposed to be a ¥10 toll added to the fare, however, the toll gates are often not manned.
Transport to and from Hangzhou By Train
Hangzhou’s Main Train Station (杭州火车站) is located on the eastern fringe of the city center. The station is reasonably well ordered. The major problem is the unbearable queues at the taxi rank. A taxi from here to West Lake will cost around ¥12.
Hangzhou’s East Train Station (杭州火车东站) is more distant, located north-east of the city center at the eastern end of Tiancheng Lu. Both stations service trains to the same locations, so be sure to check your ticket to see which one you will depart from or arrive to. It is advisable to buy your ticket from an agent or hotel, rather than queue at either of these stations.
The latest generation of high-speed trains (‘G’ trains) started running between Hangzhou and Shanghai Hongqiao station in late 2010. The journey takes one hour or less and costs around ¥100. Departures are every half hour or so during peak times. There are also slightly slower ‘D’ trains (about 83 minutes) on the same route for around ¥65. There is a daily, overnight, high-speed, luxury ‘Z’ train (Z10) direct to Beijing (13 hours) from the main station, but most other trains heading north will go via Shanghai. Other destinations from Hangzhou include Ningbo (about 2 hours), Xiamen (about 20 hours), Guangzhou (about 20 hours), Haikou (about 31 hours), Chengdu (31 hours) and Xian (21 hours). Many of these trains originate in Ningbo, not Hangzhou. Generally, you’ll find better trains and more choice if you head to Shanghai and travel from there. Some of the high-speed ‘G’ trains mentioned above travel on from Shanghai to Suzhou and Nanjing. The journey from Hangzhou to Nanjing takes about three hours and costs around ¥150-180.
There’s a reasonably central ticket booking office at #147 Huansha Lu (浣纱路147号).
Transport to and from Hangzhou By Bus
Hangzhou has four major bus stations: north, south, east and west. Supposedly buses depart from the station that corresponds to the direction of travel, however there is no real logic to their organization with buses to the same destinations leaving from different stations. The most comprehensive station is the East Bus Station (汽车东站) at #71 Genshan Xi Lu, which has frequent services to Suzhou, Shanghai and Ningbo. If you’re heading to Nanjing, then the North Bus Station (汽车北站) at #766 Moganshan Lu is a better bet, while the West Bus Station (汽车西站) at #357 Tianmushan Lu is best for Huangshan.