International Towing Tank Conference

28th ITTC in Wuxi, China, September 17 – 23, 2017

Transportation

As one of the central cities in China’s rich Yangtze River Delta, Wuxi has become a key transportation hub in Eastern China and formed a 3D transportation network comprising airways railways, highways and waterways, easily accessible from around the world.

Wuxi Airport has been serving Suzhou, Wuxi and Changzhou since being opened in 2004. Presently it has T1 as the International Terminal to operate flights from/to Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Taichung, and uses T2 as Domestic Terminal where flights for many cities in China are available, including Beijing, Guangzhou, Kunming, Harbin and Nanning.

As a city along the Beijing-Shanghai rail line and Beijing-Shanghai High Speed Railway, trains play a significant role for Wuxi. There are four railway stations in the city: Wuxi Railway Station, East Railway Station, New District Railway Station and Huishan Railway Station. Wuxi Railway Station is a major station with two squares. Passengers take ordinary trains need to enter the station from the south square, while those take bullet trains depart from the north square. The other three stations are used for bullet trains only.

Long-distance buses to and from around 21 provinces, cities and municipalities are available from Wuxi Long-distance Coach Station, next to the north square of Wuxi Railway Station. This is the only coach station where passengers can find coaches to nearby cities such as Suzhou, Kunshan, Zhangjiagang, Changshu, Jiangyin, etc on 2F and coaches to faraway places such as Beijing, Guangzhou on 3F.

For passengers' convenience, a comprehensive transportation hub, called Central Coach Station, has been built based on the railway station, the Coach Station and local public transportation. It is next to the north square of Wuxi Railway Station, which makes it easy for transit passengers. Passengers can walk across the footbridge or through underground passages from the Coach Station to the Railway Station North Square in several minutes.

There are currently two subway lines in service: Line 1 and Line 2. Line 1 connects the northern and southern suburbs with the city center. It is around 19 miles (30km) from Yanqiao Station in the north to Changguangxi Station in the south and passes Wuxi Railway Station. Line 2 runs from Anzhen Station in the east to Meiyuan Kaiyuan Temple Station in the west, passing the East Railway Station.

With around 250 public bus lines, local public buses reach various places. Most of the downtown public buses run between around 05:00 to 21:00 or even later to 23:00. Buses to some outer suburban districts usually stop in late afternoon. Checking the hours of operation is recommended before departure. Most of the public buses charge CNY1, while the air-conditioned ones charge CNY2.

Among the public buses, line 20 and line 80 pass many scenic spots, while line 10 and line 27 cover some commercial areas. Besides the public buses, there is a sightseeing bus "Li Lake Sightseeing Line" from Heliekou Stop to Yuantouzhu Stop and it is available on weekends and holidays.

More than 3,900 taxis can be easily hired locally. Charges are CNY10 for the first 3 km (2 mi) and CNY2.8 for every additional kilometer (0.6mi) till eight kilometers, followed by CNY2.85 for each further kilometer. Nearly all the taxis are charged by meter. Do ask for a receipt when getting off the car!