Getting Around

To get around in Hangzhou is very easy because of its well organised public transportation system and the availability of taxis. The fare of a taxi or bus ride is modest and works very smooth. If things goes as planned a subway will start to run in the year 2010 which will further improve the possibillities of getting around.

Fees are paid per kilometer and not per time unit. To get a taxi in rush hours in the morning or in the afternoon is the same as elsewhere; patience will be a good friend.
Taxis are everywhere and metered. Fares vary depending on the size of the vehicle. Generally most taxis charge a base fare of RMB10 during the day and RMB11 at night, with an additional RMB1 per km.

Due to the extensive public bus network in Hangzhou it’s always easy to get around by public transportation. There are some differences though among the buses which makes it even easier to ride public. Buses marked with a K i.e. with numbers prefixed with a K are nicely air conditioned. Buses marked with a Y are routes taking you to different tourist sites. The buses run all day long. All other buses operates as buses do in great cities.

By “Water bus”
Another very thrilling possibility is to take the “water bus” down the beautiful Grand Canal, a trip that takes approximately 30 minutes.
Picture yourself on a boat on a river that has been travelled by thousands of thousands of people through almost thousand of years and now you are one of them.
Hangzhou port is located on 138 Huancheng Rd., north of Wulin Square, near the intersection of Huangshan N. Rd. and Zhongshan N. Rd. The boat goes to Wuxi and Suzhou.

The Hangzhou Metro is a rapid transit system that serves Hangzhou in Zhejiang province, China.
The system opened on November 24, 2012, and currently has 12 lines in operation.

Most of the big hotels in Hangzhou rent bikes fors RMB10 per day–leave a deposit of RMB400 or your passport.