Buses run frequently from as early as 06:00 to as late as 22:00 and are the cheapest mode of public transport in the city. Fares can be paid for in cash, or by using your XJTLU student ID card (which can be prepaid near campus). All parts of Suzhou can be reached by the buses running from around the University.


You can easily call a taxi at the roads around the campus, or order them via an app like Didi or Caocao.


If you’d like to take things a bit slower, Suzhou also has several public bicycle providers. It is a cheap and convenient form of transportation for short distances. It usually costs around 2-3 RMB to get one, but it depends on how long you are using it for.


The Suzhou Metro is a popular and cheap means of travelling around the city. Although the lines have yet to extend out towards XJTLU, the metro does link many of the popular destinations in Suzhou Industrial Park to more far-reaching destinations such as Mudu towards the scenic Taihu Lake. There are currently five lines in operation, with several more under construction.


Studying at XJTLU gives you the opportunity to explore other parts of China, which can be reached by the national high-speed rail network, or by long distance coach. Alternatively, you can take flights to domestic and international destinations.


The high-speed train network connects Suzhou to most of China’s main cities, including Hangzhou, Nanjing, Shanghai, and Beijing. Trains regularly depart from Suzhou’s three main train stations: Suzhou Railway Station, Suzhou Industrial Park Railway Station, and Suzhou North Railway Station. Tickets can be purchased with a copy of your passport at outlets in near campus, directly at the train station, or via booking and payment apps.


Coaches from Suzhou North and South bus stations offer a cheaper alternative to the high-speed trains, operating to most nearby cities.


There are three airports located near to Suzhou: Wuxi Airport (one hour by car), Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (one hour by car) and Shanghai Pudong International Airport (two hours by car). Airport coaches operate from Suzhou Industrial Park to both Shanghai airports (twice-hourly between 06:00 and 20:30). You can also take the high-speed train directly to Shanghai Hongqiao Airport (20 minutes from Suzhou Industrial Park high-speed train station).

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