A lot of people are asking me about how to go to Suzhou from Shanghai Pudong International Airport. My previous answer was “Go to Shanghai Railway Station and go by train”.
It is not a perfect solution, since the railway station is always the worst and confusing place in China. By worst, I mean it is crowded with all kinds of people – dirty passengers from various areas mixed with thiefs and bad guys. It is confusing because it is always hard to find the ticket counter and even harder to locate the gate to get aboard of train. This is almost mission impossible for a foreigner.
Today, I realized there is an alternative way. Obviously, this is a pleasant way.
Hong Qiao Airport as transition station
You can take Airport bus No. 1 to Hong Qiao Airport. See more in this blog entry.
Go to Suzhou by bus
Almost on the same stop is the stop for Suzhou. There are one bus leaving for Suzhou every hour from 10:00 to 20:00 (10:00, 11:00, 12:00, …, 20:00)
It SHOULD be a nice trip
Since the buses will take the route via the Shanghai-Nanjing Highway, it should be very fast (about 1 hour) to get to Suzhou.
p.s. I returned from Luoyang to Shanghai today via MU5382
Update: There is direct bus to Suzhou and Pudong Airport June 12, 2004
See this post for more information: PVG: Buses to Hangzhou, Suzhou.
Updated Latest Bus Information September 22, 2004
Here is the updated information of the bus to nearby cities.
Hangzhou 100 RMB 1030 1200 1330 1530 1730 1930
Qing Tian 青田 192 RMB 1310
Kun Shan (via Hong Qiao Airport) 76RMB 1130 1230 1330 1430 1530 1630 1730 1830 1930
Suzhou (via Hong Qiao Airport) 82RMB 1050 1150 1250 1350 1440 1520 1610 1650 1750 1850
Wuxi (via Hong Qiao Airport) 100 RMB 1120 1220 1320 1420 1520 1620 1720 1820
Zhangjiagang (via Hong Qiao Airport) 110 RMB 1140 1250 1440 1540 1740
Nanjing (via Hong Qiao Airport) 122 RMB 1120 1320 1510 1640 1840
If there is any conflict between this table to other time table, this one should be more accurate since I recorded the time table from the poster of the ticket office at Pudong Airport for my visitors.