How to Get to Tongli Water Town from Shanghai?

Where is Tongli Water Town?

Tongli Water Town belongs to Wujiang City, Jiangsu Province. It is located on the band of Tai Lake and Jinghang Grand Canal, close to the city government. It is adjacent to three famous large cities in South China, namely Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou. Situated in Gold Delta where Jiangsu, Zhejiang Provinces and Shanghai City meet each other, Tongli is the central area of coastal China and Yangtze Delta to open to the outside. It is 80 kilometers away from Shanghai Hongqiao Airport in the east and 18 kilometers away from Suzhou in the north, adjacent to 318 National Highway in the south and Suzhou-Jiaxing Expressway in the west. So it provides convenient transportation for travelers to reach.

The town is separated by 15 rivers into seven islets, which are connected through 49 ancient bridges. Tongli, established in the Song Dynasty, has a history of over 1,000 years. It is very rich in cultural heritage. Traditional residences including gardens, houses and temples, built in the Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty, are the highlights. 

How to Get to Tongli Water Town from Shanghai?

• Route No.1 Shanghai→Tongli Water Town

►From Passenger Station at Hutai Road (上海沪太路客运站) , Shanghai

There is a bus departing from Passenger Station at Hutai Road, Shanghai to reach Tongli Water Town with no stop. It departs at 1:30 p.m. every day and the journey takes about 2.5 hours.

►From Tourist Center (上海旅游集散中心)near Shanghai Stadium (Recommended)
In Tourist Center near the No.12 Gate of Shanghai Stadium, there is a bus leaving for Tongli Water Town at 8:30 a.m. every day. And the returning bus departs at 4:30 p.m in Tongli.

• Route No.2 Shanghai→Suzhou→Tongli Water Town(Recommended)

You can take a bus or a train from Shanghai to Suzhou, then take the Suzhou-Tongli metro line 4 or Buses to get to Tongli Water Town.

The Shanghai-Suzhou options are:

►Shanghai-Suzhou by high-speed train (recommended)

There are more than 50 high-speed trains departing from Shanghai Railway Station to Suzhou Railway Station every day. The journey takes about 27 minutes. The first train departs at 05:48 and the last one departs at 22:55. The ticket fare ranges from 34.5 to 119.5 yuan depending on which standard seat you are taking (second class seat: 34.5, first class seat: 64.5, business seat: 119.5). After getting off the train at Suzhou Railway Station, you can get on Suzhou Metro Line No. 4 of which the terminal is Tongli Water Town. Or you can catch a shuttle bus in the square of Suzhou Railway Station to get to Tongli in an hour. This is the most economic way to get to Tongli Water Town from Shanghai.

►Shanghai-Suzhou by Bus

There are buses departing from Shanghai Hongqiao Airport to Suzhou Passenger Station. The departure time is every an hour from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The journey takes about 1.5 hour. After getting off the bus at Suzhou Passenger Station, you can catch a shuttle bus there to reach Tongli Water Town in 1 hour.

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