Getting Around Suzhou City
Though public buses are not always the first choice for foreigners since all bus information is only in Chinese, some bus services in the city may help you out in certain situations.
Buses run all over the city and mostly charge CNY 1, or CNY 2 with air-conditioning. Make sure you have exact change on hand before hopping on a bus. Some longer routes may charge CNY 5 like bus 69 to Xishan.
There are five tourist buses connecting most sights in the city: 游1–游5 (or Y1–Y5: 游, pinyin you, pronounced “yo”, means ‘tour’). These air-conditioned buses are usually CNY 2/person, but every March, April, October, and November they only charge CNY 1.
|Tourist Bus Routes||Operation Time||Main Attractions|
|Line 1 (游1)||5:15am to 9pm||Liuyuan Garden, Shizilin Garden, Zhuozhengyuan Garden, Suzhou Museum, and Beita Temple|
|Line 2 (游2)||5:45am to 6:45pm||Shizilin Garden, Zhuozhengyuan Garden, Suzhou Museum, Wangshiyuan Garden, Panmen Scenic Area and the former residence of the famous poet Tang Yin of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644).|
|Line 3 (游3)||5:05am to 8:45pm||Suzhou Train Station and Suzhou Amusement Park in Suzhou New District|
|Line 4 (游4)||5am to 21:10pm||Silk Museum (at Pingmen Stop), Beisi Pagoda, Yiyuan Garden, Canglang Pavillion, and the former residence of the famous poet Tang Yin|
|Line 5 (游5)||6am to 10:15pm||Suzhou Train Station, Shizilin Garden, Zhuozhengyuan Garden, Suzhou Museum, and Panmen Scenic Area|
Suzhou North Bus Station
Located at 29 Xihui Road, it mainly offer bus services between Suzhou and Zhejiang, Northen Jiangsu, Shandong, Hubei, Henan, Guangdong, Shanxi, Fujian, Anhui provinces, and Shanghai Municipality. It also has buses running between Suzhou and major cities in Jiangsu Province like Wuxi, and six county towns belonging to Suzhou Prefecture.
Suzhou South Bus Station
Located at 601 Nanhuan East Road, at the junction of Nanhuan Road and Yingchun Road, it is the biggest passenger bus station in the city, linking Suzhou with Shanghai, the main cities of Zhejiang, Anhui, Hubei, Shandong, Henan, and Jiangxi provinces, and most places in Jiangsu Province including Wujiang City.
Suzhou West Bus Station
Also called Suzhou Xinqu Bus Station (78 Jingshan Road), it is quite far from the city center, and most buses departing there are for nearby cities around Suzhou like Wuxi and county towns belonging to Suzhou Prefecture. Bus service between Suzhou and other big cities in China are also available, but not so many choices as from Suzhou South Bus Station.
Suzhou Bus Station
It is in the North Square of Suzhou Railway Station. This bus station is for intercity buses between Suzhou and nearby cities, such as Zhangjiagang, Wuxi, and Kunshan.
Wuzhong Bus Station
Wuzhong Bus Station (10 Guangjian Road) is for places in Northen Jiangsu, the six counties of Suzhou Prefecture, and all towns belonging to Wujiang. It is convenient for passengers in the south of Suzhou City to take buses from this station.