How to Travel from Shanghai To Hangzhou

Hangzhou is around 175 km (109 mi) from Shanghai, and naturally, there is no flight between the two cities due to the short distance. There are two modes of transportation between Shanghai and Hangzhou; here is a comparison of their prices, speed, and convenience.

There is a proposal to construct a maglev train connecting Shanghai and Hangzhou. The proposed speed for the maglev train is 600 km per hour (373 mi), which means that you could complete a trip in less than 30 minutes.

Hangzhou East Railway Station
Entrance of Hangzhou East Railway Station

Shanghai to Hangzhou by Bullet Train (Recommended, Fastest)

The recommended way to travel between Shanghai and Hangzhou is by a high-speed/bullet train. It is the fastest and most popular way to travel and takes about 1–1½ hours. Around 150 trains run between these two cities daily.

The ticket fare for a second-class seat ranges between CN¥11–128 (US$8–18), based on the kind of train and the time you choose to travel.

Shanghai to Hangzhou by Bus

The bus takes about 2½–4½ hours from Shanghai to Hangzhou, with tickets priced at CN¥71–106 (US$10–15), depending on the route. There are several bus stations from where you can catch a ride. Travelers most frequently use the following three.

If you decide to take a bus back from Hangzhou to Shanghai, you could choose to depart from one of these two stations: Hangzhou Changyun Coach Station (杭州长运公路汽车站) to Shanghai, between 06:35–18:35, or Hangzhou Chengzhan Bus Station (杭州城站汽车站), between 07:30–16:30.

Travel Tips

1. We try to provide accurate transportation information as far as possible. However, timings and prices are subject to change depending on day-to-day scheduling.

2. You can enjoy a visa-free visit for up to six days in Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Suzhou. 

3. Shanghai Hongqiao Airport (SHA) is located close to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station. We recommend taking a direct train from Hongqiao Station to Hangzhou. Terminal 2 of SHA is within 15 minutes of walking distance from the railway station. Metro Line 10 runs from Terminal 1 to Hongqiao Railway Station (two stops).

Hangzhou Visa Free Policy
Hangzhou Visa-Free Policy

Shanghai Airport to Hangzhou

From Shanghai Pudong International Airport to Hangzhou

1. By train - fastest and convenient

Take line 2 from Pudong Airport to Hongqiao Railway Station. This will take an extra 1½ hours so you are advised to allow at least 2 hours for the transfer, to make sure you won't miss the train. Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station is the most used station in Shanghai with more than 150 pairs of high-speed trains every day depart to Hangzhou, the trip takes 1 hour.

2. By Bus

It is easy to find the long-distance bus station just next to Pudong Airport, the bus to Hangzhou cost approximately CNY 110 per person, departure times 10:30, 12:00, 13:30, 15:30, 17:30, 19:30, and takes 3 hours on the roadway.

From Shanghai Hongqiao Airport

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station is located 800m west of Shanghai Hongqiao Airport Terminal 2, and 3km west Terminal 1.

Take subway Line 10 from terminal 1 to Hongqiao Railway Station, then takes the high-speed train to Hangzhou. Just 15 minutes walk from terminal 2 to Hongqiao Railway Station and catch the train to Hangzhou.

Hangzhou East Railway Station

Hangzhou East Railway Station

Plan a 2 Days Tour in Hangzhou from Shanghai

Day 1

Suggest starts from Shanghai in the morning to catch the train to Hangzhou. Upon arrival, take subway line 1 at the exit of the station to Longxiang Bridge (龙翔桥), 2 minutes walk to West Lake.

Take a cruise boat on the West Lake and feel the gentle ambiance of Hangzhou. Visit Chenghuang Pavilion at Wushan which is 1 km from the West Lake.

In the afternoon, move on to Lingyin Temple, one of the most prestigious Buddhist monasteries in China. Flying Peak, located at the side of Lingyin Temple. With a collection of more than 300 exquisite Buddhist carvings.

Day 2

Spend the whole morning visiting the dragon well tea plantation in Meijiawu Village to explore the authentic Chinese tea culture.

Cruising on the Jinghang Grand Canal gives you an opportunity to see the authentic life of ordinary people.

Advice to visit oiled paper umbrella workshop, the oil-paper umbrella is often related to love stories and best-known in Hangzhou, experience making an oiled paper umbrella with a craftsman.

After the tour, head to Hangzhou train station and your onward train back to Shanghai.

Accommodation Ideas

1. West Lake Scenic Area

Most star rating chains and boutique hotels are situated in the downtown ring, choose a hotel to stay near the West Lake would be a good choice, also surrounded by most key attractions in Hangzhou.

2. Wushan Night Market

For visitors who like to experience nightlife in Hangzhou, staying at Wushan Market would be a good choice, browse the street selling clothes, shoes, handbags, phone covers, also multiple food options available at very cheap prices. The accommodations near Wushan Market are mostly apartment hotels and B&B’s.

Hangzhou Cuisine

The food you must try are Sweet and Sour West Lake Fish (西湖醋鱼), Dongpo Pork (东坡肉), Fried Shrimps with Longjing Tea (龙井虾仁), Aunt Song Fish Broth (宋嫂鱼羹), Beggars' Chicken (叫花鸡), Tofu with Eight Delicious (八宝豆腐).

Restaurants Specializing in Hangzhou Cuisine

The most typical flavor in Hangzhou is light taste and freshness, usually, cook in stir-fried or steamed.

1. Grandma’s Home

Cheap and cheerful, is considered the most popular Hangzhou restaurant in the city. The dishes you must try are Grandma's tea-flavored chicken, milk-flavored green bean paste, Longjing green tea cake, Grandma's braised pork, and Dongpo pork.

2. Xin Bai Lu

Popular local restaurants, usually queue up during dining time and need to reserve in advance. The recommended dishes are egg yolk ribs, sweet and sour ribs, sizzling perch, and egg yolk fried chicken.

3. Lou Wai Lou

Neighboring with West Lake, a time honor restaurant with hundreds of years of history famed over the world. The signature dishes you must try are Sweet and Sour Fish, Song Fish Soup, Dongpo Braised Pork, Longjing Tea Shrimps.

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