Getting Around

Like many cities in China, a good way to get around in Hangzhou is by bicycle. A public bike system is available, giving travellers access to bikes located across the city for a small fee, plus a deposit.

Buses are another good way to get around the city, as the networks are extensive, though all signage is in Chinese. There are several kinds of buses operating in the city, with tourists preferring the routes prefixed with a 'Y'. A limited, but expanding metro system operates in the city and some of the surrounding suburbs.

Taxis are also available. The bright turquoise city taxis are easily spotted on the streets, and are more reliable than those offered by touts at tourist spots. Few drivers speak English, however, so travellers should have their destination written down or be able to point it out on a map. Visitors in Hangzhou are not advised to drive, as the traffic is known to be chaotic.


Hangzhou Airport

The airport is located 19 miles (31km) from downtown Hangzhou.

Hangzhou Airport (HGH)


The airport is located 19 miles (31km) from downtown Hangzhou.

Getting to the city

The Airport Bus shuttle service links the airport to points in city. Taxis are also available.


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Car rental

Car rental services are available at the airport.

Airport Taxis

Taxis are located outside Gate 4 and Gate 10 of the domestic arrival area.

Transfer between terminals

The terminals are close to each other and can be reached on foot.


Facilities include medical services, ATMs, currency exchange, a children's play area and a designated smoking section.


Parking is available at the airport.