News: There is only one public bus this year you can take from Beijing to Jinshanling. I will keep you updated.
It is Holiday Bus 8, which only runs on Saturday and Sunday from 22 June to 25 October. This bus goes from Dongzhimen Wai station to the Jinshanling Great Wall directly. The ticket price is 50RMB pp.
People who want to use the public bus to Jinshanling have to go to Luanping and take a taxi to Jinshanling. Or you can use our car service for this trip.
Another way to get to Jinshanling is by train;
You can take the train to Gubeikou train station or take a taxi to Jinshanling’s Great Wall.
Beijing North Station to Gubeikou Station is S501, which runs daily. The departure time is 6:55 from Beijing North Station, and it gets to Gubeikou at 9:23 am.
Driving from Gubekou station to Jishanling station is about 70RMB and 20 minutes.
Jinshanling is 150 km away from Beijing. It was closed briefly in 2017 but reopened 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 to visit the Jinshanling Great Wall?
The main reasons:
#1 Super beautiful view
#2 Hike Jinshanling is moderate for any fitness
#3 is 150 kms away from downtown Beijing, making it crowd-free.
Renting a car or taking a tour is the easiest way. Read this if you want to save some dollars and get a bus experience. 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 stopping. (Jinshanling is about 150 away from Beijing, the bus takes about 2 hours to get there). Especially Jinshanling Great Wall closed 4 months for renovation in 2017. After it reopened on 4th October 2017, I found there were 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 as a 5-star attraction by the Chinese Tourism Administration. It is closed for about 4 months (1/6/2017-10/17/2017) to upgrade the facilities.
A new open shuttle bus from Beijing Dongzhimen Wai station to Jinshanling Great Wall exists. It runs from 8:00 a.m. daily(April to October). The bus will go to Wangjin West and then go to Jinshanling. The ticket price is 50RMB each way. This is the easiest way! If there are too many people, you can’t get on the bus or get there too late and miss the bus. Going to Wangjing West to take Beijing to the Luanping bus would be best.
How to find Dongzhimen Wai station (东直门外)?
The bus station is slightly further than the map’s point. Take exit B at Dongzhimen. The outdoor bus station is at the corner of Xiang He Yuan Street and DongZhimen Wai Xie Jie (about 5/10 mins walking from Dongzhimen subway). You’ll find a blue sign at the bus station entrance: « Dongzhimen to Jinshanling Great Wall (express line).» Go inside, and right to the toilets, you’ll find the waiting area for the shuttle bus (Orange sign).
This is also the bus station. Take the direct bus to Mutianyu Great Wall, if you like to go to Mutianyu Great Wall, you need to read this： How to get to Mutianyu Great Wall by bus?
If you miss the shuttle bus from Dongzhimen Wai, which runs only 1 time at 7:40 am every day, you should read this below to take the bus from Wangjing West (望京西) to Jinshanling.
#1 Being to Luanping (滦平) Bus.
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
The next stop after Wangjing west is 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
The bus fee is 32RMB per person. Kids under 1.2 meters are free. You pay the conductor in cash if you don’t use Yikatong (Beijing metro card).
I was baffled when I used the Metro card to take the bus. Why?
Beijing and Hebei Province cooperatively run this bus. The total price is 32RMB. Beijing section charges 19RMB, and Hebei Province charges 13. Only the Beijing section can use Metro cards, so when you buy the tickets, 13 RMB cash is necessary. Then, use the metro card to pay 9.5 CNY at the bus POS machine. Because with the metro card, you can enjoy half-price in the Beijing section. If you don’t have a metro card, you should pay 32RMB for the ride.
#2 How to find the bus station？
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. I walked down the bridge to the left side, about 100 meters, 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 got on the bus, Except for a toilet stop at Miyun highway service station(密云高速服务区), the bus had no other stop before we got to Jinshanling highway service station. We get on the bus at 8 a.m. and to Jinshanling at 10:30 a.m.
Take the free shuttle bus.
Jinshanling highway service station (金山岭高速服务区) is only 1.5kms away from the East Gate of the 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 people want to go to the wall, the free bus will start to run. You can choose to stop at the East Gate or the main gate. It depends on how you would like to visit the wall.
If you want to start from the main gate, you need to change the 2nd free shuttle bus to get to the Main Gate (3 minutes drive) when the free bus drops off you. It is a bit complicated from here, but when you are there, it is very clear and accessible.
We wanted to hike from the main gate to the east gate (7 km), so we decided to go to the main gate first.
You can take the shuttle bus.(free shuttle bus schedule: 10:00，11:00，13:00,15:30). If you miss the shuttle bus here, you can easily take a transfer by the local driver with 20RMB pp or so to the main gate.
The 2nd free shuttle bus from the main gate to the entrance is not free anymore. It is 10RMB per person.
#4 Hike from the main gate to the east gate
|Busy season(Apr to Oct)
|Low season(Dec to Mar)
|6:30 – 18:30
|8:30 – 16:30
If you don’t like hiking too much, there is a cable car you can choose from. The price for the cable car is 40 RMB (1 way). The roundway is 60RMB.
Our hike route is Main gate-Zhuanduo pass – Houchuankou – east 5-windows tower – east gate. 7 km hike, 3.5 hours. The view is amazing! Of course, you can customize the route based on your own.
#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 a 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 with your Great Wall trip!