Transit from Shanghai Pudong Airport to Hangzhou China


Transit from Shanghai Pudong Airport to Hangzhou China

The entryway to the long distance bus station at Pudong Shanghai


Some of the most direct and affordable means of transferring directly from Shanghai Pudong airport to the major city of Hangzhou just a few hours south is via a long distance bus at the airport or the intercity bullet trains. This is a recommendation on how to utilize both services. 


Bus options:


Transit from Shanghai Pudong Airport to Hangzhou China

Bus departing from Shanghai Pudong for Hangzhou Wulinmen Ticket Office.

There are two main bus routes that run daily to Hangzhou from Shanghai Pudong and they of course make the return trip as well.


  1. Shanghai Pudong Airport – Wulinmen Ticket Office Central Hangzhou


The best option if one wants to reach the downtown portion of Hangzhou directly is to take the bus running to Wulinmen Ticket office 武林门民航售票处 390 Tiyuchang Road, Chinese: 体育场路390号. This is centrally located just next to Wulin Square and will give one direct access to public transport, and metro.  The price is 110 RMB which one can buy from the long distance bus offices at the airport and at the stop. See where to find the offices below for more details. Here’s the schedule:


Shanghai Pudong Airport – Hangzhou (8:40, 10:10, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00,17:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00, 21:00) 

Hangzhou – Shanghai Pudong Airport (5:30, 6:10, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00)


Transit from Shanghai Pudong Airport to Hangzhou China

The Wulinmen ticket office in central Hangzhou from which one can get buses to and from Pudong Airport in Shanghai

2.   Shanghai Pudong Airport – Hangzhou Dragon Sports Center (黄龙体育中心)


This bus option takes visitors to another section of the city about 3km from the Wulin downtown area. The Dragon Sports center is just next to the Huanglong Tourist Hub (3, Huanglong Road). If staying in this district there are many hotels around and it is well connected via public transit and affordable taxis if one needs further transit. Cost is 110 RMB for a journey. The schedule is here:

Dragon Sports Center – Shanghai Pudong Airport: 7:00, 8:30, 10:30, 12:30, 14:30, 16:00

Shanghai Pudong Airport – Dragon Sports Center: 10:30, 12:00, 13:30, 15:30, 17:30, 19:00


How to get to the bus in the airport:


Transit from Shanghai Pudong Airport to Hangzhou China

The central path atrium between terminals one and two is the place to find the long distance buses to Hangzhou

International flights arrive from terminal two and national flights from terminal one. Both terminals are connected in their central portion by a long corridor referred to as “central” from whichever terminal you are exiting follow this corridor towards about the halfway point between both. One will see signs for the metro, other trains and local buses but follow the signs to the “long distance buses.” Exit the Airport from Gate 4, second floor of Terminal 2. Then walk along the gallery and find the elevator of “Coach” (长途大巴), not Airport Shuttle Buses (机场大巴). And you will find the buses there on floor B1. Pay in cash only and proceed through security to the waiting area. From there be attentive to you ticket time and the signs for the upcoming bus departures. There are no bus numbers, just the times at which they leave so pay attention to that.


Train transit options between Pudong and Hangzhou:


To get to Hangzhou one may also take the Metro into Shanghai directly from the Pudong airport to either Shanghai South or Shanghai Hongqiao train station. A ride to either of these can last around 45 minutes. The bus option mentioned above has no real transfer, but the train option is actually faster and more affordable. Metro ticket is 8 RMB for a one time ride and then bullet trains which depart every 20 minutes or so cost around 75 RMB and get in just under 2 hours. This brings the total time of the journey to less than the three-hour mark which is what one can expect from the bus ride in normal traffic. The overall decision is really about if you want to transfer at all and where exactly you hope to get into in Hangzhou.




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    • Wei Yan on 15 January, 2016 at 5:27 pm
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    Is the bus schedule of Shanghai Pudong Airport to Hangzhou still valid? Is the 9:00pm bus still regularly running? Our flight arrives at PVG at 8:00pm, and the 9:00pm bus would be perfect to us. Thanks

    1. Hi Wei,

      The schedule is still valid as per our last visit. Should there be a change there are usually buses running every hour to 1.5 hour. If you find something different we would love to hear an update.

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    • Denise on 14 July, 2016 at 11:57 am
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    My daughter will be studying in China for a year so will be taking 2 suitcases. How much luggage is allowed on a bus from Shanghai to Hangzhou?

    1. Hi Denise,

      We had one hand item and one big suitcase each. There was nothing said about a baggage restriction, we think 2 suitcases will probably pass or if it is like standards elsewhere maybe a small extra fee for two suitcases. It would be good for your daughter to have some cash handy if this is the case.

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    • Sherry on 7 October, 2016 at 9:48 am
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    Is the bus from Pudong Airport to Hangzhou accommodate wheelchair traveller?

    1. It does not according to the buses that we saw, although there may be others.

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    • Jen on 31 October, 2016 at 1:26 am
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    How long does the trip from Shanghai Pudong to Hangzhou take? Many thanks for all the helpful info!

    1. two to two and a half hours We will appreciate if you follow us in Facebook and in Twitter

    • cynli on 16 February, 2017 at 10:23 am
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    our flight reaches shanghai pudong station around 1am midnight which is the best way to travel to hangzhou with the minimum travel time? thank you

    1. The buses may not be running. A private car transfer might be fastest or the trains. We will appreciate if you follow us in Facebook and in Twitter

    • Madhur Pande on 5 August, 2017 at 1:23 pm
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    I am travelling to China first time. I will be landing at Pudong by 4:30 pm and will be out of Air port by 5:30-6 pm. I want to go to Hangzhou immediately & I will prefer bus.

    Please let me know from where to take the bus from airport to Hangzhou and will it be safe to travel in late evening / night.

    1. There are signs in the airport itself for the buses in English and Chinese, so it will be a matter of following the transit signs and then the signs to your specific bus. We will appreciate if you follow us in Facebook and in Twitter

    • Beatriz Ye Zhu on 21 August, 2018 at 10:51 pm
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    I will arrive into Shanghai the 16th September by 7:40am. As I will carry two big suitcases, I would like to know the easiest way to directly get to Hangzhou. I would like to know if the information above is updated.

    Thank you very much in advance,

    1. Hello Beatriz,

      This is the most updated info we have as per our last experience. You can get a push cart in the airport and take it almost the entire way to the elevator/escalator that connects to the buses to Hangzhou. We will appreciate if you follow us in Facebook and in Twitter

    • JP on 13 September, 2018 at 10:46 pm
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    Do you know whether I can book Pudong Airport to Hangzhou bus ticket online? If yes, what is the web site where I can buy the bus ticket? I will be traveling around Oct 1st, a busy travel season. I am afraid that I may not be able to get the ticket. My plane lands around 7pm. There will be two more buses that day after 7PM

    1. We had to buy the ticket in person, there were many buses and no online option as it is a very basic service.
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    • Jk on 17 September, 2018 at 3:27 pm
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    Does the bus stop midway for toilet breaks? Thanks in advance.

    1. Thanks for your question. The bus did not stop in our experience. We wish you a great trip! We will appreciate if you follow us in Facebook and in Twitter

    • Maria on 17 October, 2018 at 1:17 pm
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    Is it cold in the bus from Pudong to Hangzhou? I mean is it a low temperature air-condition there? I was in Hong Kong some years ago, it was very cold in the public transport there. Thank you!

    1. We did not experience any undue cold. A light jacket is always recommended if it is rainy or the AC is up too high and it is easy to bring with you.

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    • Bonnie on 2 February, 2019 at 1:37 pm
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    Is there a bathroom on the bus? Thank you

    1. Hi Bonnie, there was not when we took it. Have a wonderful trip and please like us in Facebook

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