Bus

Last updated on Jan 25, 2019


Introduction

Public buses may not be the most convenient transport method for foreigners trying to navigate their way around Suzhou. Having some knowledge about the bus service on offer however, will give you an extra transport option when you find yourself stuck in the middle of nowhere one day or unable to find a taxi because it’s not so easy to get a taxi in the city.
Suzhou has an excellent public bus system. Buses cover the whole city, run at 10-20 minutes’ intervals from 5 a.m. - 11 p.m. on mostroutes. It is also a cheap way of getting around, with rides starting at 1 RMB and price varies depending on the distance and whether or not it is an air-conditioned bus. 

In the tourist city, five special “tourist” buses, numbered from 1-5, make getting around much easier for travelers. These buses have marks at the top of the buses’ rear end such as “游1” representing Tourist Bus No. 1.

To check real-time information about the location of buses, or if they are running late, visit www.szjt.gov.cn. All real time information is only available in Chinese at present.

Bus fares range from 1 yuan to 5 yuan, depending on the length of your journey or whether the bus has air conditioning. Public transport cards can be used on both buses and taxis. Bus routes and timetables may be changed frequently for several years while the subway lines are being built. Check the latest information on the website before taking buses.
Many Suzhou bus stops, especially along Renmin Road, have a charming old Chinese style and will appeal to tourists.
Within the downtown area, there are more than 120 bus stops that are easily recognizable because of their traditional old Chinese style pavilion shape, and brown color.
Besides, each bus stop displays four forms of Chinese poetry including verses, ditties, odes and songs, to keep you good company while waiting.

Getting on and off

Many Suzhou buses have no conductors. You should get on at the front door and put the bus fare into a moneybox beside the driver. The back door is for getting off.
It's advisable to keep some loose change for riding on the no-conductor buses. The boxes do not provide change and the drivers are not allowed to handle cash. If you want to test your Chinese and courage, you can throw in a 10-yuan bill and ask the driver to allow you to collect other passengers' money as your change.
There are seats reserved for senior citizens, children, the sick, disabled, pregnant women and anyone carrying a baby. The conductor or driver may ask people to give up those seats.

Main Routes

It might not be the most convenient transport method for foreigners though, there are five special tourist buses we’d like to recommend to you for they can take tourists to almost every scenic spot across the city.

No.
Route
Scenic Spots along the line
Running Hours
Interval
Tourist Line 1
Guanjing Xincun East - Tiger Hill
Tiger Hill,SuzhouMuseum, Humble Administrator’s Garden,LionGroveGarden, andLingeringGarden 
5:15 a.m. - 9:40 p.m.
10 to 15 minutes
Tiger Hill - Guanjing Xincun East
5:15 a.m. - 9:40 p.m.
10 to 15 minutes
Tourist Line 2
Jiefang West Road - Tiger Hill
Tiger Hill, Silk Museum, Beisi Pagoda, Suzhou Museum, Humble Administrator’s Garden, Lion Grove Garden, and Master-of-the-Nets Garden
6:00 a.m. - 7:45 p.m.
10 to 15 minutes
Tiger Hill -Jiefang West Road
5:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
10 to 15 minutes
Tourist Line 3
South SquareofSuzhouRailway Station - Suzhou Bus Jinshan Road Maintenance Field
Amusement Park,YushanPark, and Science andTechnologyUniversity
6:00 a.m. - 9:45 p.m.
12 to 15 minutes
Suzhou Bus Jinshan Road Maintenance Field -South SquareofSuzhouRailway Station
5:30 a.m. - 8:40 p.m.
12 to 15 minutes
Tourist Line 4
North SquareofSuzhouRailway Station -LingyanMountain
Silk Museum, Beisi Pagoda,AncientTownof Mudu,LingyanMountain, andTaipingMountain
5:00 a.m. - 9:10 p.m.
10 to 15 minutes
Lingyan Mountain-North SquareofSuzhouRailway Station
5:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
10 to 15 minutes
Tourist Line 5
Auchan West - Auchan East
Double Pagoda,SuzhouMuseum, Humble Administrator's Garden, andLionGroveGarden
6:00 a.m. - 10:15 p.m.
9 to 12 minutes
Auchan East - Auchan West
6:00 a.m. - 10:15 p.m.
9 to 12 minutes

 

Fares

Suzhou Public Transport Card can be used in all types of buses in Suzhou, and people can easily enjoy the recharge service in Kedi convenience stores that can be found everywhere in Suzhou. And now you can also use "苏e行" app.
Starting from September 2011, people with Suzhou Public Transport Card can enjoy a discount of 40% off when taking a bus and starting from December 2011, free bus service is available for all disabled people.
The minimum bus fare is 1 yuan in spring and autumn, and 2 yuan in summer and winter, because there is 1 yuan extra charge for air-conditioning.
Elder generation (above 70) can enjoy monthly bus pass which costs only 20 yuan each.

Characteristics

Endeavor in promoting traditional Suzhou, many Bus in Gusu District provide Suzhou local language voice announcer.


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