How to get to Wuzhen Water Town from Hangzhou? This is a frequently asked question for those who go to Wuzhen for the first time. There are a couple of ways, which is introduced as following.
Though there is no direct train departing from Hangzhou to Wuzhen Water Town(乌镇水乡), travellers can take high-speed train from Hangzhou East Station (杭州东站) to Tongxiang station(桐乡站) first. Then after getting off the train, travellers should take Public Bus K282 (from 6:30 to 17:55) or K231 (from 6:30 to 18:00) near the Tongxiang Station to get to Wuzhen water town scenic area. There are about 37 high-speed trains running between Hangzhou East Station and Tongxiang Station every day. The earliest train departs at 06:48 and the last train departs at 21:40 with the frequency is about 30 minutes. Duration of train from Hangzhou east to Tongxiang station is between 17 to 30 minutes. And ticket fares are 21.5 yuan for second class seat, 34.5 yuan for first class seat and 65 yuan for business seat. This is a comparably economy and efficient way to get to Wuzhen Water Town compared with others. You can take metro line 1 or 4 to Hangzhou East Railway Station. Below is an ultimate detailed time table for high-speed trains between Hangzhou and Tongxiang for your reference.
|Depart Station||Arrive Station||Duration||First Class Seat||Second Class Seat||Business Seat|
|Hangzhou East Railway Station(杭州东站)||Tongxiang Station (桐乡站)||17-30 minutes||34.5 CNY||21.5 CNY||65 CNY|
After the train journey, you shall get on a K282 at Tongxiang station, of which the ticket fare is just 2 yuan and this bus trip will take about 40 minutes. But the disadvantage of this bus is that it doesn’t depart very frequently, the departing time between each bus is roughly 40 minutes and there is not always empty seat left on the bus, which means you may have to stand all the way to the terminal for 40 minutes on the bus with your travel packs.
If you are not interested in this idea, you can get a taxi at the Tongxiang station to Wuzhen water town. The fare will be about 100 yuan depending how good you are at bargaining and are you sharing the fare with other passengers or not.
By buses is another way to travel to Wuzhen Water Town from Hangzhou. Travellers can get on a bus at Hangzhou Jiubao Bus Station (九堡客运中心) which is near to the Hangzhou East Railway Station located at the outer layer of the city. Buses from Hangzhou Jiubao bus station (九堡客运中心), the first bus departs at 7:00 and the last one departs at 18:20, with the frequency is about 20 minutes, and the ticket fare is 32 yuan. This bus trip will take about 2 hours.
Or you can get on bus from the Hangzhoucheng bus center (杭州城站客运站) which is near to Hangzhou Railway Station in the downtown area of the city. Buses from Hangzhoucheng bus center (杭州城站客运站), the first bus departs at 7:30 and the last one departs at 18:20, with the frequency is about 30 minutes, and the ticket fare is 31 yuan. This bus trip will take about 1.5 hours.
Each of the bus stations have around 30 buses heading to Wuzhen water town every day, but the difference between the two bus stations is this: buses depart from Hangzhou Jiubao bus station(杭州九堡客运中心) head to the Wuzhen water town bus station, where you need to take another 5-minutes bus trip (take Wuzhen tour bus No. K350 ) to the Wuzhen water town scenic area. While the buses depart from Hangzhoucheng bus center (杭州城站客运站) will arrive Wuzhen Water Town scenic area directly.
If you arrive at Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport and wish to go to Wuzhen water town directly from there, it is also convenient and manageable. There are 22 shuttle buses heading to Wuzhen water town from the airport directly every day. The first bus departs at 9:10 and last one goes at 21:10, ticket fare is 42 yuan and the bus departs every 40 minutes. This trip takes about 1.5 hours.
Wuzhen water town Xizha (西栅) area: 08:00-17:00 shoulder season; 09:00-22:00 peak season;
Wuzhen water town Dongzha (东栅) area: 07:00-17:30 shoulder season; 07:00-18:00 peak season.
Best Time to Travel:
Hangzhou--Hangzhou is a famous tourist city which is suitable for traveling all year around. But the best time to visit Hangzhou is March to October, especially in Spring from March to May. West Lake in spring is in its most beautiful moment.
Wuzhen-- Wuzhen is quite near to Hangzhou, so it has a similar climate with Hangzhou. Thus, the best time to visit Hangzhou is March to October, especially in Spring from March to May.