Located in the center of Zhejiang Province, Yiwu has convenient transportation to Shanghai, Hangzhou and the other cities of Zhejiang Province. Currently, it is possible for visitors to get there by its almost completed traffic network.
Apart from the city’s airport which has opened several domestic lines, Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport is frequently used by visitors from home and abroad. From there visitors can conveniently get to Yiwu by either train or bus. Located along the Zhejiang-Jiangxi Railway, the city has also become a new and important transfer station with its developing commodity economy. In 2006, a new railway station was put into use here, greatly improving the transportation efficiency with the opening of more lines. Linking some other mid-sized cities of China, Yiwu has built a developed highway system. At present, there are three bus stations in the city, operating a number of long-distance buses to some other provinces and almost every city of Zhejiang Province. It is no wonder that the best way to travel around the city is by bus.
How to Travel between Shanghai and Yiwu
Yiwu Airport (YIW) is about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the downtown area. It was put into use in 1991 and now is the only county-level airport in central Zhejiang Province. Domestic air routes operated here lead to some large cities in China, including Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xian, Kunming and Chengdu. Three international air routes are in operation and connect Hong Kong, Taipei and Daegu (South Korea).
Airport Transportation: shuttle buses to downtown, taxi, coaches to nearby cities
In June, 2006, Yiwu Railway Station came into service. It is located at the Changjiangban Village of Houzhai Street, 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) away from the city center. With quality facilities, the Railway Station plays an important role in the middle part of Zhejiang Province. At present, the trains that depart from Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Nanjing and some other large and medium-sized cities can get here directly everyday. At the same, there are frequent trains arriving from Hangzhou every day. In July, 2006, it also became the departure station for three trains respectively to Hangzhou, Shanghai and Taizhou.
Bus routes: 801, 803, 804, 805 (the latter two also run at night according to the trains’ arrival time)
Major Rail Lines from Yiwu to:
Further, train tickets to Jinhua, Hangzhou, Shanghai and Nanjing also can be purchased at the Railway Station and some agencies in the city. Following are the locations of some agencies:
Chezhan Road: No.138, Chezhan Road
Shangdu: No.29, Huangyuan Road
International Trade City: No.3 of H Zone, Futian Market
By Long-distance Bus
There are ample convenient bus services to Yiwu. At present, there are four long-distance bus stations in the City. Following are some reference details:
Binwang Passenger Center: It is the largest station of the four. About nine provinces of China and most of the other parts of Zhejiang Province can be reached from here. Among them, there are six buses departing to Shanghai everyday, respectively at 08:20, 09:50, 11:50, 14:00, 15:00 and 16:30. Besides, if you are going to Hangzhou, the Binwang Passenger Center has opened a special route for you. Everyday, from 06:30 to 18:10, there will be buses departing to Hangzhou every 20 minutes. The return ones will depart from Hangzhou South Station every 20 minutes from 07:00 am to 18:40. And buses to Ningbo will depart hourly from 06:30 to 18:10.
Address: located at the crossing of Binwang Road and Jiangbin North Road
Bus: 2, 5, 9, 11, 16, 17
Jiangdong Passenger Station: Here, the buses mainly depart to Wenzhou, Taizhou, Dongyang and Yongkang, all of which are in Zhejiang Province.
Address: Huangyuan Road
Bus: 3, 6, 10, 13, 17
Enquiries: 0579-85131022, 0579-85365025
South Passenger Station: Jinhua, Quzhou, Lanxi, Wuxi and some parts of Zhejiang Province can be reached from here.
Address: Chouzhou West Road
Bus: 1, 5, 7, 9, 12, 17
Enquiries: 0579-85123069, 0579-85317946
Qintang Passenger Station: The buses here mainly serve the locations and countryside in or around the city.
The inner transportation of the city is mainly dependant on city-buses and taxis. The city is almost completely covered by these buses, some of which are running day and night. Considering its prosperous commodity trade, several direct lines to the markets have been opened. On the other hand, the urban area and the other towns and counties around the city proper are also linked by these city-buses. Therefore, there is no need for you to worry about your tour transportation there.
Presently, there are more than 50 bus lines operating in the city, 28 of which are running in the city center while the others are running between the urban area and the surrounding towns. To be distinguished, the latter buses’ numbers usually begin with 3. No.121, 122 and 123 of the urban buses are special lines running around the city’s International Trade City. Further, No.209 (05:35-22:15), No.206 (05:50-22:05), No.202 (05:50-22:20) and No.201 (06:00 pm-22:10) run in the urban area at night.
Taxis in Yiwu are mainly in green and blue. Almost 1,400 cars are shuttling in the city to offer convenient service for the locals and tourists. The flag-down rate is CNY8 for the first 2km (1.2mi) and it costs CNY2.5 for each additional kilometer (0.6mi). When your ride is farther than 6km (3.7mi), the unit price per kilometer (0.6mi) is CNY3.5. If a car runs between 23:00 and 05:00 the next day, 10% of the total price will be charged as night allowance.