Transportation of Hangzhou
Hangzhou is serviced by the Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, which has direct flights to Japan, Thailand, Korea, and Singapore, regional routes to Hong Kong and Macau, as well as numerous domestic routes. Located just outside of the city in the Xiaoshan district, it is one of the major secondary international airports in China. The airport is approximately 50 minutes - one hour away from the city by car.
Hangzhou Railway Station (colloquially the "City Station" ) and the significantly less modern Hangzhou East Railway Station (colloquially "East Station") serve the city centre, from which one can catch a train to Shanghai and almost anywhere in China. A Shanghai-Hangzhou Maglev Train Line has been proposed.
North, east, south and west long-distance bus stations offer regular large and small coach services to towns within Zhejiang province and surrounding provinces. Public transport within Hangzhou city is primarily in the form of an extensive public (trolley) bus network.
Taxis are also very common, and are not expensive. But, taxis between 7:30 and 8:45am and 5:30-7:00pm are difficult to flag, as they are always full or in the middle of a shift change. Hangzhou taxi drivers always use the meter as required by law.
The construction of a subway system had long been planned, and recently received approval from the central government. The completion of the first two lines is expected in 2010.
As the city area is so flat, bicycles were traditionally very popular and are still popular with the less well-off residents, though many now use electric bicycles and scooters.