How to get to Jinshanling Great Wall by bus?

2017-09-09   Leo Kui      6

Jinshanling is 150kms away from Beijing. It is close a short time in 2017 but reopens in October 2017. Can you visit the wall by public bus? Yes, there is a direct express bus from downtown to Jinshanling. Easy to take!

Why choose Jinshanling Great Wall to visit?

The main reasons:

#1 Super beautiful view

#2 Hike Jinshanling is moderate for any fitness

#3 150kms away from downtown Beijing make it crowd-free.

Rental a car or take a tour is the easiest way. If you want to save some dollars and get a bus experience, you need to read this. This is the best way to take the public bus to Jinshanling and the only way to make it in 1 day by public bus.

Take the Beijing to Luanping City bus to visit Jinshanling.

The bus starts from Wangjing west station (望京西站) to Jinshanling Great Wall (金山岭长城)without stop. (Jinshanling is about 150kms away from Beijing, the bus take about 2 hours to get there). Especially Jinshanling Great Wall closed 4 months for renovation in 2017. After it reopens on 4th October 2017, I found there are a lot of changes. I went to Jinshanling Great Wall by taking Beijing to Luanping bus on 28th November 2017.

Jinshanling Great Wall closed in 2017?
This section of the wall was ranked to a 5 stars attraction by Chinese Tourism Administration. It is closed for about 4 months (1/6/2017-10/17/2017) to upgrade the facilities.

#1 Being to Luanping (滦平) Bus facts.

Bus schedule time (Daily):

Wangjing west (望京西) to Luanping bus station(滦平) (7:00-16:30)

Schedule time: 7:00、8:00、9:00、10:00、11:00、12:00、13:00、14:00、15:00、16:00、16:30

Luanping (滦平) to Wangjing west (望京西)(6:30-16:00)

Schedule time: 6:30、7:00、7:30、8:00、8:30、9:00、9:30、10:30、11:00、12:00、13:00、14:00、15:00、16:00

There is only 1 station stop which is the Jinshanling highway service station(金山岭服务区). From Wangjing west to the service station is about 2 hours. From Luanping station to Jinshanling highway service station is about 30 minutes. According to this, the bus time from Jinshanling expressway service station back to Beijing is about like this: 7:00、7:30、8:00、8:30、9:00、9:30、10:00、11:00、11:30、12:30、13:30、14:30、15:30、16:30

 Tickets Price

The bus fee is 32RMB per person. Kids under 1.2 meters are free. If you don’t use Yikatong (Beijing metro card), you just pay the conductor by cash.

I was very confused when I used the Metro card to take the bus. Why?
This bus is cooperative by Beijing and Hebei Province. The total price is 32RMB. Beijing section charges 19RMB, Hebei Province charges 13. Only Beijing section can use Metro card, so when you buy the tickets, 13 RMB cash is necessary. And then use the metro card pay 9.5 CNY on the bus POS machine. Because with the metro card, you can enjoy half price in Beijing section. If you don’t have the metro card, you should pay 32RMB for the ride.

#2 How to find the bus station?

Actually, it is very easy to find the station after you walk out from Wangjing west subway station(望京西站). I took subway line 13 and got out from exit B. Walk down the bridge to the left side, about 100 meters walk to get to the bus station. We want to start a bit early, so we get to the subway station at 7:45 am in the morning for the bus at 8 am. Beijing subway begins at 5:30 am. So it is also possible to catch the first bus at 7 am.

#3 Get Jinshanling Great Wal

Take the public bus from Wangjing west to Jinshanling highway service station.

Once we get on the bus, Except a toilet stops at Miyun highway service station(密云高速服务区), the bus has no other stop before we got to Jinshanling highway service station. We get on the bus 8 am and get to Jinshanling 10:30 am.

Take the free shuttle bus

Jinshanling highway service station (金山岭高速服务区) is only 1.5kms away from East  Gate of Jinshanling Great Wall.  At the right hand, you can see the Jinshanling Great wall information center. Take the free shuttle bus to the entrance of the Wall. The free shuttle bus mainly serves the people who take the public bus from Beijing. As long as there is people want to go to the wall, the free bus will start to run. You can choose either stop at East gate or main gate. It depends on how you would like to visit the wall.

If you want to start from the main gate, when the free bus drops off you, you need to change the 2nd free shuttle bus to get to the main Gate (3 minutes drive). It is a bit complicated from here, but when you are there, it is very clear and easy.

We want to hike from the Main gate to east gate (7kms), so we decide to the main gate first.

#4 Hike from the main gate to east gate

Busy season(Apr to Oct) Low season(Dec to Mar)
Open time 6:30 – 18:30 8:30 – 16:30
Ticket price 65 RMB 55 RMB

If you don’t like hike too much, there is cable car you can choose. The price for the cable car is 40 RMB (1 way). Round way is 60RMB.
Our hike route is Main gate-Zhuanduo pass – Houchuankou – east 5-windows tower – east gate. 7kms hike, 3.5 hours. The view is absolutely amazing! Of course, you can customize the route based on your own.

Information on visit Jinshanling Great Wall: Jinshanling Great Wall Travel Guide 

#5 Get back from Jinshanling Great Wall to Beijing

When we came out from the East Gate, the free shuttle bus was just right there. We quickly jump on the bus, and the driver takes us to the Jinshanling highway service station immediately. Unfortunately, we missed the bus at 2:30 pm about 10 minutes late. So we had to wait for the next one which comes at 3:30 pm.
Tip: It is better to go into the small supermarket to inform the bus conductor that we will take the bus back to Beijing. Because she will call the start station (Luanping) and reserve seats for you.

We get back to Wangjing west station at 5:30 pm. 2.5 hours by bus, it was a bit of traffic jam that day.

I will keep updating the latest information to help all the travelers. Please let me know any of your suggestions or questions. I would be more than happy to assist your Great Wall trip!


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6 Comments so far

Dr Jan BernardyPosted on5:50 pm - Jun 23, 2018

Thanks a lot for detail description, without it we get lost. Unfortunatelly shuttle buses are not marked, and if so (open golf-like cars for 12 people) they ask for money-10Y at least. No Shuttle bus when you arrive, no signs, nothing but empty and locked shed having English sign on. Taxis (resambling vutures) waiting along, and lucky you if you beat down the price to 20Y and if the driver takes you to The VR Experience point (Followed by Shopping Street, Jinshanling Great Wall Tourist Center and Cable Way Down Station). We were not lucky enough, toad driver kicked us at Public Parking House, whete we should take a shuttle – looking as a tourist buggy and officialy paid 10Y to take us close to the gate. Backward similar story- forgot free shuttle if you are not local. Be prepared to pay extra from 20Y to 50Y, depends on your ability to haggle.

D. shelPosted on8:16 am - Jun 26, 2018

They just changed the sign to bus no. 980; couldn’t find an alternative unfortunately

    Leo KuiPosted on8:28 am - Jun 26, 2018

    The bus is not bus 980, it is a different one. The 980 is from dongzhimen to Miyun, it will not go to Jinshanling. The Wangjing west bus still going on and not change the name

rayyrlPosted on8:29 am - Jul 15, 2018

Just FYI as of Jul 15 2018 there is a direct bus from Dongzhimen to Jinshanling that also stops at Wangjing West. I think the bus leaves from Dongzhimen at 7:40 AM (It got to us at Wangjing West around 8:10). The bus then leaves from the East gate at 3:40 PM (Main gate at 4). We were charged 50 each from Wangjing West one way.

    Leo KuiPosted on8:08 am - Jul 18, 2018

    Thank you Rayyrl,
    I just check the information and you are right, there is a bus from dongzhimen BUS HUB to Jinshanling every day. The schedule is 7:40 am and 8:20 am. The bus fee is 50RMB each way. The back time is 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm. I will update this to the blog with more detail soon.
    Thanks again

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