Public Transport in Hangzhou

Getting Around Hangzhou By Taxi

Much of Hangzhou can be covered on foot and, indeed, taking your time to walk around West Lake is one of the most pleasurable ways to see it. For the more distant attractions, taxis are the most convenient option. Taxis are plentiful and you can usually hail a cab from anywhere. However, the streets around West Lake are often clogged with traffic and other people trying to hail taxis so it can take some time. To avoid communication problems, take the names of your destinations written in Chinese and show these to the taxi drivers. Make use of our “Show the taxi driver” notes below each place mentioned in our guide. It will make getting around Hangzhou by taxi much easier.

Flagfall in Hangzhou is ¥10, which covers the first 3km. Each additional kilometer costs ¥2. A ¥1 fuel surcharge is added to the final fare shown on the meter. Prices increase slightly at night.

Getting Around Hangzhou By Bus

Trying to decipher the bus system is probably more hassle than it’s worth. But for those determined to take public transport, fares in Hangzhou range from ¥1-¥5, depending on the quality of the bus and whether it’s a tourist bus or standard bus. The fare is displayed at the bus stop next to the bus number on the schedule. You drop the money in the slot next to the driver when you board the bus. No change is given so try to have exact change. Buses leading to various sightseeing attractions are listed in the sightseeing section of this guide.

Getting around Hangzhou By Bicycle

Getting around Hangzhou by bike is a viable option for some areas. Crowds of people and traffic means that Hangzhou isn’t the most pleasant place to cycle, but it can be done. Some hotels and youth hostels will rent bikes from ¥20 per day.

The Hangzhou Subway

The first line of the Hangzhou subway system is due to open by the end of 2011. A total of 8 lines with close to 300km of track length have been planned for the distant future.