Like many cities in China, a good way to get around in Hangzhou is by bicycle. A public bike system is available, giving travellers access to bikes located across the city for a small fee, plus a deposit.
Buses are another good way to get around the city, as the networks are extensive; however, all signage is written in Chinese. There are different kids of buses that range in cost from CNY 1-4. Tourist routes are prefixed with a 'Y'.
A metro system was opened in November 2012. Line 1 is the first of 8 lines that are planned to operate in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, and the surrounding suburbs. Line 1 is 48 kilometers in length and, with 30 stations, is the longest first section of metro ever opened in China.
Taxis are also available and trips within the city start from CNY11. The bright turquoise city taxis are easily spotted on the streets, and are more reliable than those offered by touts at tourist spots. Few drivers speak English, however, so travellers should have their destination written down or be able to point it out on a map.
Visitors in Hangzhou are not advised to drive, as the traffic is known to be chaotic and road signs confusing.
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