Transportation

Hangzhou has an efficient public transportation network, consisting of a modern fleet of a regular diesel bus, trolley bus, hybrid diesel-electric bus and taxi. Hangzhou is known for its extensive Bus Rapid Transit network expanding from downtown to many suburban areas through dedicated bus lanes on some of the busiest streets in the city.

Airplane

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Hangzhou is served by the Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, which provides direct service to many international destinations such as Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Taiwan, Netherlands, Qatar, Portugal and the United States. It has an extensive domestic route network within the PRC and is consistently ranked top 10 in passenger traffic among Chinese airports. The airport is located just outside the city in the Xiaoshan District with a direct bus service linking the airport with downtown Hangzhou. 

Rail

Hangzhou sits on the intersecting point of some of the busiest rail corridors in China. The city's main station is the Hangzhou East railway station. It is one of the biggest rail traffic hubs in China, consisting of 15 platforms that house the High-Speed CRH service to Shanghai, Nanjing, Changsha, Ningbo, and beyond. The subway station beneath the rail complex building is a stop along the Hangzhou Metro Line 1 and Line 4. There are frequent departures for Shanghai with approximately 20-minute headways from 6:00 to 21:00. Non-stop CRH high-speed service between Hangzhou and Shanghai takes 50 minutes and leaves every hour from both directions. Other CRH high-speed trains that stop at one or more stations along the route complete the trip in 59 to 75 minutes. Most other major cities in China can also be reached by direct train service from Hangzhou.

Bus

Central (to the east of the city center, taking the place of the former east station), north, south, and west long-distance bus stations offer frequent coach service to nearby cities/towns within Zhejiang province, as well as surrounding provinces.

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Bicycle and electric scooter

Bicycles and electric scooters are very popular, and major streets have dedicated bike lanes throughout the city. Hangzhou has an extensive free public bike rental system.

Metro

The first line of the Hangzhou Metro entered into service in late 2012. It is the 17th city in China to operate a rapid transit system. In 2018, the state council approved the planning for 15 metro lines, including extensions to the three existing lines, scheduled to open in time for the 2022 Asian Games. By then the Hangzhou Metro network is projected to be 617 km long.

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Taxi

Taxis are also popular in the city, with the newest line of Hyundai Sonatas and Volkswagen Passats, and tight regulations.