Getting around Hangzhou

On foot

You can take a stroll around the main city area to immerse yourself in the daily activities of the locals, or around West Lake to enjoy the natural scenery. Walking in summer might be unbearable due to the scorching heat. In winter, despite the cold, it is still worth a stroll due to beautiful snow scenes. Look out for the huge crowd rushing from Shanghai to watch the snow melt from Baidi’s “Broken Bridge” (Duanqiao 断桥). It takes 3 hours to walk around the 12 kilometer circumference of West Lake.

There are three main causeways across West Lake: Baidi which is 2 kilometers long and takes around 30 minutes; Sudi at a distance of 2.7 kilometers and takes about 40 minutes; Yanggongdi, 3 kilometers long, takes about 50 minuets.

Rent a bicycle

There are many bicycle rental kiosks around the city but the bicycle rental card can only be applied at four locations. Bring along your passport for identification purposes when applying for the bicycle rental card.

  • The main entrance of Orioles Singing in the Willows Park (Liulangwenying 柳浪闻莺) at No. 11 Nanshan Road (Nanshan Lu 南山路) near West Lake Museum.
  • The main entrance of Wushan Square (Wushan guangchang 吴山广场) at Hefang Street (Jefang Jie 河坊街) near Wushan Square public transport station (Wushan guangchang gong jiao zhan 吴山广场公交站).
  • The main entrance of Youth Palace (Qingshao niangong青少年宫) at Beishan Road (Beishan Lu 北山路), Baochu Road (Baochu Lu保俶路) near “Broken Bridge” (Duanqiao 断桥).
  • At Hangzhou Bus IC Card Service Center (Long xiang qiao). Address: 20 Longxiang Road.

How to rent a bicycle

300 yuan in total (200 as deposit and 100 as prepaid rental fee, which can be returned together with the deposit if there is any remaining amount left.) One passport can apply up to a maximum of 5 bicycle rental cards.


0-59 minutes (1st hour) Free
60-119 minutes (2nd hour) 1 yuan
120-179 minutes (3rd hour) 2 yuan
180-239 (4th hour) 3 yuan
240-299 (5th hour) 6 yuan

** From the 5th hour onwards, rates will increase by 3 yuan every hour. (E.g. 300-359 minutes, 6th hour is 9 yuan, 360-419 minutes, 7th hour is 12 yuan, etc.).

** If you take public transport during your rental time, tap your bicycle rental card upon boarding the bus to pause the timing, which will stop for 90 minutes. It will resume counting after 90 minutes, regardless of how long your bus ride took. In short, your free rental for the use of the bicycle will be extended by 90 minutes if you take public transport, thus allowing you a total of 150 minutes of free rental time.

By metro

Hangzhou’s Metro Line 1 connects Hangzhou Railway Station with West Lake (with nearest station of Longxiangqiao Station), goes through downtown area including the central of downtown at Wulin Square Station, extends to the southern end of Xianghu Station, which is south of Qiantang River in Xiaoshan District.

Passengers can buy tickets on automatic machines at metro stations, the ticket price ranges from two yuan (US$0.3) to eight yuan on the line.

By bus

Public bus services to tourist places are Y1, Y7, Y9 and K7. K7 departs from Hangzhou Railway Station. ‘K’ buses stop at several places of interest and ‘Y’ buses are tour buses with tour guides to introduce places along the way in Chinese. There are English and Chinese announcements at every stop.

Do note that “Y” buses end their services early. Y1 (round trip from Lingyin Temple and back): 8am-5pm. Y2 (Lingyin Temple to Hangzhou Railway Station, both ways): 8am-6pm. Y7 (zoo to Hangzhou East Railway Station): 8am-5pm, Y7 (Hangzhou East Railway Station to zoo): 7am-4.20pm. Y9 (round trip from Huanglong Sports Center, huanglong ti yu zhong xin黄龙体育中心 and back): 8am-5.15pm.

For more information on bus routes, go to:

Tickets: Bus tickets are bought upon boarding so make sure that you have small change as there will be no change given.

Fares: 1.50 to 2 yuan for common buses, 3-5 yuan for tour buses.

For K7, the normal fare is 2 yuan, except for March, April, October and November (1 yuan) when air-conditioning is not necessary.

By cab

Empty cabs or cabs for hire usually have a green or yellow-orange light on the dashboard of the car. It is important to note that if you are rushing to catch a train or a flight, it is difficult to flag down a cab between 4pm to 7pm as it is rush hour and cabs are in the midst of changing shifts. If you cannot speak Chinese, make sure that you have a map with you so that you can point out your destination.

Fare: Basic at 11 yuan (10 yuan for the first 3km and additional 1 yuan for fuel fee). For distance within 10km, the rate is 2.5 yuan/km; for distance above 10km, the rate is 3.75 yuan/km. The waiting charge is 2.5 yuan/4 minutes. No peak hour or night surcharges.

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