How to Get to the Great Wall from Hong Kong

You should take a flight or train from Hong Kong to Beijing first, or an overnight high speed sleeper train from the neighboring Shenzhen. The flight and train distances between Hong Kong and the Great Wall are about 1,250 miles (2,012 kilometers) and 1,550 miles (2,494 kilometers) respectively, while Shenzhen is about 1,500 miles (2,414 kilometers) from the Great Wall by train. Upon arrival, take a city bus or train to it. A direct visit from Hong Kong needs at least two or three days while the Shenzhen-Beijing overnight high speed trains make one day trip possible. You can follow the guide below to travel there easily.

Badaling Great Wall
Badaling in Beijing
Hong Kong to Great Wall Map
Map of Hong Kong to Great Wall ()
Step 1: From Hong Kong to Beijing

The Great Wall snakes up and down the mountain ridges, grasslands, and deserts in many provinces of China. Among all the sections, Badaling and Mutianyu in Beijing are top choices and highly recommended to you. Thus, you need to go from Hong Kong to Beijing first.

By Flight: Fly from Hong Kong Airport to Beijing Capital Airport. The trip takes 3 to 4 hours. There are about 50 departures every day. The prices of the flight tickets vary from HKD 1,000 to 3,000 according to seasons.

By Train: The train departs from Hung Hom Railway Station for Beijing West Railway Station at 15:15 every two days. It takes about 24 hours. A hard sleeper costs HKD 574 to 601; a soft sleeper costs HKD 934; a deluxe soft sleeper costs HKD 1,191.

By the way, you can reach Hung Hom Railway Station from Hong Kong airport by bus line A21. The fare is HKD 33, and the bus ride takes about 75 minutes. Also, Hung Hom Railway Station is connected with MTR East Rail Line and West Rail Line.

Soft Sleepers on Shenzhen to Beijing Train
 Sleeper Cabin of an Overnight Train
from Shenzhen to Beijing

By Shenzhen- Beijing Train: If the schedule of the direct train from Hong Kong cannot meet your requirement, you may go to the neighboring Shenzhen City, and take a high speed train to Beijing West Railway Station from Shenzhen North Railway Station. Two daytime high speed trains depart at 7:53 and 11:31 every day; duration is about 10.5 hours; a second class seat costs CNY 936.5 and a first class seat costs CNY 1,479.5. Apart from the daytime high speed trains, there are four overnight high speed sleeper trains every Friday to Monday; the duration is about 11.5 hours; the soft sleeper (lower berth) costs CNY 1,450.

You may take a direct bus to Shenzhen North Railway Station from Coach Station, T2, Hong Kong Airport, via Shenzhen Bay Port. The frequency is about 30 minutes. The trip takes about 2 hours, and the fare is HKD 220.

If you start from the downtown area, you can take a direct bus to Shenzhen North Railway Station from Marco Polo Hotel, Metropark Hotel Mongkok, Sheung Wan Shun Tak Center, etc. by way of Shenzhen Bay Port. The frequency is 30 to 60 minutes. The trip takes about 2 hours, and the bus fare is HKD 80. Or, you can take East Rail Line to Lok Ma Chau Station. After crossing the Futian Port, take metro Longhua Line to the North Railway Station.

How to Make a Day Trip to Great Wall from Hong Kong

Neither direct flight nor train is possible for such a day trip. But the Shenzhen-Beijing overnight high speed train makes a day trip possible. The trains depart from Shenzhen North Railway Station at 19:40, 19:45, 19:50, and 19:55 on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. They reach Beijing West Railway Station at 06:56, 07:01, 07:13, and 07:18 in the early morning. Then, you can continue your journey to the Great Wall. After visiting, you can come back to West Railway Station, and catch a train back to Shenzhen. The return trains depart at 20:10, 20:15, 20:20, and 20:25, and the trip takes about 11 hours. Please note that the overnight trains do not depart daily, but from Friday to Monday.

 1. You should apply for a visa in advance so as to enter mainland China.

 2. Book the direct train ticket from Hong Kong to Beijing in advance as they are in demand in most cases.

 3. The Futian Port is open from 6:30 to 22:30, and it usually takes 10 to 25 minutes to cross the border.

 4. The Shenzhen Bay Port is open from 6:30 to 24:00, and it usually takes 10 to 15 minutes to cross the border.

Step 2: Get to Deshengmen/ Huangtudian Railway Station/ Dongzhimen

Public transport leaves for Badaling from Deshengmen or Huangtudian Railway Station; and for Mutianyu from Dongzhimen.

Transportation From Capital Airport  From Beijing West Railway Station
To Deshengmen Airport Express to Dongzhimen → subway line 2 to Jishuitan → Exit B2, walk east for about 600 yards  Bus line Te 13
To Huangtudian Railway Station Airport Express to Dongzhimen → subway line 13 to Huoying Station, Exit G4 → walk east for about 200 yards Subway line 9 to Baishiqiao South Station → subway line 6 to Nanluoguxiang Station → subway line 8 to Huoying Station, Exit G4 → walk east for about 200 yards
To Dongzhimen Airport Express Line Bus line Te 12

Step 3: Take a bus or train to Great Wall

To Badaling, you may take bus line 877 from Deshengmen, or S2 train from Huangtudian Railway Station. To Mutianyu, you may take bus line 916 Express from Dongzhimen.

 See How to Get to Badaling from Downtown Beijing
 See How to Get to Mutianyu from Downtown Beijing

Bus 877 to Badaling
Bus 877 Arriving at Badaling
Badaling Railway Station
Arriving by S2 Train at Badaling

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- Last modified on Sep. 24, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on How to Get to the Great Wall from Hong Kong
Asked by Linda Kirsopp from UNITED KINGDOM | Sep. 24, 2018 13:28Reply
Staying in koolang hong Kong can I get the bullet train to visit great wall of china
Answers (1)
Answered by Jerry from NEW ZEALAND | Sep. 24, 2018 19:30

Yes, since the direct bullet trains between the two cities had been opened from Sep. 23 on. However, you do need to book the tickets in advance and the tickets fare is about CNY 1000. It takes about 9 hours to arrive in Beijing. After arrival, you can take Bus Special Line 13 to Deshengmen and then walk about 2 minutes to take Bus Line 877 to the Badaling Great Wall.
Asked by Andrew Boyd from SCOTLAND | Aug. 06, 2018 08:50Reply
Can anyone advise me of the possibility of a one day trip from Hong Kong to Beijing.
Is it possible?
I will be in Hing Kong for 4 days and would like to walk on the Great Wall.
Answers (1)
Answered by Rena from SINGAPORE | Aug. 06, 2018 19:47

Yes, you can but the ride will be very tight and you need to take planes travelling between the two cities and take the cable cars to save much time when you climb the great wall.
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