Beijing Sightseeing Bus

Sightseeing buses in Beijing can be a wise choice for touring the downtown as well as some suburban sites like the Great Wall. The Dang-dang Trolley Sightseeing Buses have both day lines and night lines traveling the downtown highlights including Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City. Beijing Hub of Tour Dispatch, aka Beijing Sightseeing Bus Center, also operates tourist bus lines to Badaling Great Wall and Ming Tombs.

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Downtown Sightseeing Bus – 3 Day Lines & 3 Night Lines

The old Beijingers call the downtown sightseeing trolley bus Dangdang because of the sound made by the bronze bell in the front. Dang-dang Sightseeing Line 1 and Line 2 both run in a loop and the buses are decorated in the old Beijing style. Line 3 is served by modern double-decked buses. Bilingual audio tour guide on each bus introduces the passing attractions and their history both in Chinese and English. Maps of Beijing and guidebooks are available onboard for tourists’ convenience. The several night lines are also in the old Dang-dang style, allowing visitors to appreciate the night piece of this ancient city.

Dang-dang Sightseeing Bus Line 1:

Dangdang Bus Line 1

  Hours: 08:00 – 17:00 at intervals of 8-10 min
  Fare: CNY 15 per person in cash; CNY 10 paid by Beijing Transportation Smart Card.
  Terminal: Yongdingmen Gate Tower

Yongdingmen Gate Tower – Xiannongtan – Tianqiao – Zhushikou South – Dashilar – Tiananmen Square East – Tiananmen West – West Gate of Zhongshan Park – West Gate of Forbidden City – Beihai Park – Forbidden City – Shatan Lukou West – Beijing Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital – Nanheyan – Tiananmen East – Tiananmen Square West – Qianmen – Dashilar – Zhushikou South – Tianqiao – Yongdingmen Gate Tower

Dang-dang Sightseeing Bus Line 2:

Dangdang Bus Line 2

  Hours: Apr. 1st to Oct. 31st: 08:00 – 17:00; Nov. 1st to the next Mar. 31st: 08:30 – 17:00
  Frequency: 5-10 min
  Fare: CNY 15 per person in cash; CNY 10 paid by Transportation Smart Card.
  Terminal: Qianmen (close to the Arrow Tower of Zhengyang Gate)

Qianmen – Tiananmen Square East – Tiananmen West – West Gate of Zhongshan Park – West Gate of Forbidden City – Beihai – Forbidden City – Beichizi Beikou – East Gate of Forbidden City – Dong'anmen Street West Exit – New Dong'an Market – Wangfujing Lukou North – Tiananmen East – Tiananmen Square West – Qianmen

See more: 10 Fun Things to Do in Beijing with Family

City Sightseeing Bus Line 3:

Sightseeing Bus Line 3

It passes several well-known landmarks such as Summer Palace, Ruins of Yuanmingyuan, Tsinghua University, Peking University, Bird's Nest, Deshengmen, Drum Tower and Forbidden City. Besides, tourists can easily transfer to Line 1 and Line 2 at Shenwumen of the Forbidden City.

  Hours: 09:00 – 16:30 from Summer Palace's Beigongmen (North Palace Gate);
      09:15 – 17:00 from Forbidden City's Shenwumen (Gate of Divine Prowess)
  Fare: CNY 20 per person in cash; CNY 15 paid by Transportation Smart Card. Children under 1.3 m can enjoy free rides.
  Distance: 54.5 km (33.5 mi)

Forbidden City – East Gate of Jingshan Park – North Gate of Beihai Park – Deshengmen Inner – Deshengmen – East Beichen Road – West Beichen Road Bridge North – Chengfu Road Intersection South – Chengfu Road Intersection West – Zhonguanyuan North – South Gate of Ruins of Yuanmingyuan – Beigongmen Subway Station

Dang-dang Night Sightseeing Bus - Chang’an Street Line

 Time: 18:00 - 21:30
 Fare: CNY 50
 Terminal: Qianmen

 Route: China World Trade Center CBD - CITIC Tower - Zhongnanhai - Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution

Dang-dang Night Sightseeing Bus - South Central Axis Line

 Time: 18:00 - 21:30
 Fare: CNY 30
 Terminal: Qianmen

 Route: Tiananmen - Great Hall of the People - Beijing Railway Station - Tianqiao

Dang-dang Night Sightseeing Bus - East Line

 Time: 18:00 - 21:30
 Fare: CNY 20
 Terminal: Qianmen

 Route: China World Trade Center CBD - Guijie Night Market - Sanlitun Commercial Area - Shichahai

 Note: The following two Beijing Night Tour Bus Lines are suspended temporarily.

Beijing Night Tour Bus – East Line:

Beijing Tour Bus Map -
East Night Line

  Time: 20:00, 20:30
  Fare: CNY 30; Children under 1.3 m can enjoy free rides.
  Terminal: Qianmen

Qianmen – Chang'an Avenue – CBD – Sanlitun Bar Street – Guijie Night Market – Nanluogu Xiang (South Gong and Drum Lane) – Shichahai

 Note: The above four lines are not hop-on hop-off buses. Once getting off, reentry requires paying again.

Beijing Night Tour Bus – West Line:

It includes a 40 minutes' cruise to disembark and then climb the CCTV Tower at passengers’ own expense. In addition, passengers can also hop-on & hop-off at Xidan.

Beijing Tour Bus Map -
West Night Line

  Time: 18:00
  Duration: 3h
  Fare: CNY 60; Children under 1.2 m (4 ft) can enjoy free rides.
  Where to buy: from the ticket office of Beijing Hub of Tour Dispatch; from a ticket booth near the boarding site; through official website or the official WeChat account.
  Main Stops:
Beijing Hub of Tour Dispatch - West Qianmen Street – East Lianhuachi Road – Middle Xisanhuan Road - CCTV Tower – Xinxing Bridge – Fuxing Road – West Chang’an Street – Xidan – North Xisi Street – Ping’anli – West Di’anmen Street – Shichahai – Jingshanhou Street – West Jingshan Street – Jingshanqian Street – Beichang Street – Nanchang Street - Beijing Hub of Tour Dispatch

3 Tourist Buses of Beijing Hub of Tour Dispatch

Line 1 can be booked on the official website of Beijing Hub of Tour Dispatch or taken at site. Line 2 and Line 3 are only available on the spot. Payment with Beijing Transportation Smart Card is unacceptable. These buses have tour guides onboard to introduce some useful travel tips of Badaling Great Wall and Ming Tombs.
Hotline: +86 010-83531111

Tourist Line 1:

Qianmen – Tiananmen East – Tiananmen West - Badaling Great Wall
  Hours: from Qianmen / Tiananmen Square: after the Flag-Raising Ceremony – 11:00 every half an hour
from Badaling Great Wall: Apr. 1st to Oct. 31st: 09:00 – 17:00; Nov. 1st to the next Mar. 31st: 11:00 – 16:30
  Fare: CNY20 for a single trip. Children under 1.3m (4ft) can enjoy free rides.
  Boarding Site: downtown: out of the Hub of Tour Dispatch; Badaling Great Wall: Guntiangou parking lot in rear mountain of Badaling, close to the cable car station
  Drop-off Site: downtown: Deshengmen & Qianmen; Badaling Great Wall: near cable car station


Tourist Line 2:

Qianmen – Tiananmen East – Tiananmen West – Dingling TombChangling Tomb
  Hours: from Qianmen, 08:00 – 10:00; from Ming Tombs, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00
  Fare: CNY10 for a single trip. Children under 1.3m (4ft) can enjoy free rides.


Tourist Line 3:

Badaling Great Wall – Dingling Tomb – Changling Tomb
  Hours: 11:00, 12:00, 13:00 at the two terminals
  Fare: CNY10 for a single trip. Children under 1.3m (4ft) can enjoy free rides.

 Apart from the tourist buses, Beijing Hub of Tour Dispatch operates reasonable day tour packages in downtown and suburban areas, leading to Beihai Park, Summer Palace, Ming Tombs and Gubei Water Town.

Public Buses to Major Attractions

Bus No. Terminals Fare
916 & 916 Express Mutianyu Great Wall: Take either of them at Dongzhimen Bus Station, get off at Huairou North Street, and change to h23, h24, h35, or h36 to Mutianyu Roundabout. Then walk there in 5min.
877  Deshengmen Bus Station Badaling Great Wall  CNY12
Apr. 1 to Nov. 15 06:00 – 12:30 10:30 – 17:00 
Nov. 16 to Mar. 31  06:30 – 12:30  11:00 – 16:30 
872   Deshengmen Bus Station Changling Tomb  CNY10
07:00 – 20:10 05:30 – 19:00
Passing by: Ming Emperors Wax Museum, Seven Arches Bridge, Dingling Tomb, Changling Tomb
331  Xinjiekou Huokou Fragrant Hills  CNY5
05:10 – 23:00   05:20 – 22:00 
Passing by: Fragrant Hills, Reclining Buddha Temple, Botanical Garden, Summer Palace, Ruins of Yuanmingyuan, Peking University, Tsinghua University
103 Beijing Railway Station West Dongwuyuan Bus Hub  CNY3
04:50 – 23:00
Passing by: Wangfujing Pedestrian Street, New Dong’an Market, National Art Museum of China, Forbidden City, Beihai Park, Miaoying Temple, Beijing Zoo
82 Qianmen National Stadium (Bird's Nest)  CNY4
06:00 – 23:00
Passing by: Bird's Nest, National Indoor Stadium, Drum Tower, Bell Tower, Tiananmen Square, Dashilar, Qianmen Street
13 Xiaoying City Bus Terminal Xicheng Sanlihe CNY4 
05:00 – 23:00
Passing by: Yonghe Temple, Temple of Confucius, Guozijian (Imperial College), Duan Qirui Former Government Building, South Gong and Drum Lane (Nanluogu Xiang), Beihai Park, Miaoying Temple, Temple of the Moon, Yuyuantan Park
1 Sihui Bus Hub  Laoshan City Bus Terminal  CNY6
 05:00 – 23:00 
Passing by: CBD, Ancient Observatory, Great Hall of the People, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution
- Last updated on Sep. 17, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Beijing Sightseeing Bus
Asked by Diep Pham from SE | Jan. 02, 2020 02:07Reply
Hi, We will travel with kids for transit in Beijing Capital Airport (PEK).
Can we have a city tour from the Airport around 11am to 18pm? We would like to eat somewhere in the Town and then take a bus tour and come back to the Airport 18pm. Can you give us some advices. We have 2 years old kid so we do not want to walk so much
Answers (1)
Answered by Emma from THAILAND | Jan. 06, 2020 17:59

Since you take young kid and don't have too much layover time, I think you can go to Olympic Park: take shuttle bus line 6 to Datun stop, then take taxi to it.
Asked by Kevin from SINGAPORE | May. 03, 2019 01:25Reply
Transport from Airport to Horticultural Expo at Yanqing
I am visiting the Beijing Horticultural Expo in June. Is there any direct bus transport from the Capital Airport T3 to Yanqing District?
Answers (1)
Answered by Nancy from USA | May. 06, 2019 19:10

There is no direct bus available. You can take Airport Express from the airport to Dongzhimen and then transfer to Metro Line 13 to Huoying Station. After that, walk east about 500m to Huangtudian Railway Station to take S2 train to Yanqing. There are free shuttles buses operating between Yanqing Station and Expo.
Asked by Annelies from NETHERLANDS | May. 01, 2019 09:04Reply
Can we start our tour on any of the stops or only at the start of the Shanghai sightseeing bus tour?
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Answered by Bowen from AUSTRALIA | May. 05, 2019 22:43

Hi, you can get on at any stop.
Asked by Gemma from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 26, 2019 05:52Reply
Where exactly to hop on the sightseeing bus at Qianmen & Tian’anmen?
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Answered by Moria from CANADA | Apr. 27, 2019 22:54

You can get on at Qianmen Station (close to the Arrow Tower of Zhengyang Gate).
Asked by Gillian mcintyre from SOUTH AFRICA | Feb. 23, 2019 21:50Reply
Which hop on hop off bus goes near Beijing botanical garden?
Answers (1)
Answered by Violet from FINLAND | Feb. 26, 2019 22:32

Sorry, I didn't find any sightseeing bus nearby. You are suggested to take bus no.505/563 to Wofosi Bus Stop. Then walk north around 850 meters to find Botanical Garden.
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