How much does it cost to visit the Great Wall of China?

To visit the Great of China, one can join a group tour organized by travel agencies or arrange a self-guided tour. The common one day Great Wall of China tour cost ranges from CNY500 - 1,000 (USD75-150) by agencies. One day tour cost for independent travelers is various due to different transportation means and consumption levels; for them, the lowest Great Wall day tour cost can be as less as CNY200 (USD30), but one may also spend CNY500 - 800 (USD75-120) for much more demands.
    

For Independent Travelers: How much does it cost to visit Great Wall of China?

1. Transportation Fee

The Great Wall of China is located in suburban areas of Beijing, and the distance between downtown and famous sections is 60 -130 kilometers (37 - 89 miles). Generally, a round-trip by bus costs less than CNY50. The taxi is usually not metered, costing at least CNY600 for a single trip and CNY700-1,400 for a round trip.

See How to get to the Great Wall of China from Beijing
 

2. Great Wall of China Ticket Prices: for major sections in Beijing

Great Wall Entrance Fee (CNY25-65)
Badaling CNY40 from Apr. 1 to Oct.31; CNY35 from Nov.1 to Mar.31
Mutianyu  CNY40
Juyongguan CNY45 from Apr. 1 to Oct.31; CNY40 from Nov.1 to Mar.31
Jinshanling CNY65 from Apr. 1 to Oct.31; CNY55 from Nov.1 to Mar.31
Simatai  CNY40
Gubeikou CNY25
Huanghuacheng CNY45
Jiankou Free

If you take cable cars up and down Great Wall, the round trip tickets are CNY60-160.
 

3. Simple Meals:

KFC, Subway and simple western and Chinese meals are accessible nearby Great Wall, with the average cost of CNY30-50 per person.
 

4. Other expenses:

Water (CNY2 -10 for a bottle of 500 ML), fruit, snacks and more.
 

How much does it cost to visit Badaling Great Wall in Beijing?

1. Two-way Transportation Fee: CNY 4-20 by subway + CNY 24 by bus line 877
2. Badaling Great Wall Ticket Fare: CNY40 from Apr. 1 to Oct.31; CNY35 from Nov.1 to Mar.31
3. Simple Meal: CNY40-80

Total: The Badaling Great Wall tour cost could be as low as CNY103-164.
Reserving some pocket money for purchasing water and other necessities, bring at least CNY200 with you.  
If you plan to take cable cars, which is CNY 140 for a round-trip, take at least CNY350.
 

How much does it cost to visit Mutianyu Great Wall in Beijing?

1. Round Trip Transportation Fee: CNY4-20 by subway + CNY24 for bus line 916 Express + CNY120 for private car ride between Huairou North Avenue and Mutianyu
2. Mutianyu Great Wall Entrance Fee: CNY40
3. Simple Meal: CNY40-80

Total: The Mutianyu Great Wall tour cost could be as low as CNY228-284.
Take at least CNY350 to visit in case of other costs like water or snacks.
The two-way cable car costs CNY120. If you are going to take it, prepare at least CNY500.
 

How much does it cost to visit Simatai Great Wall in Beijing?

1. Round trip transportation costs: CNY4-20 for subway + CNY96 for tourist bus
2. Simatai Great Wall Ticket Fare: CNY40
3. Meal cost: CNY50-100

Total: The Simatai Great Wall cost could be as low as CNY190-256.
Bring at least CNY350 for the possibility of buying water and other stuff.
If you would like to take cable cars, take over CNY500 with you.
Tourists generally visit Simatai Great Wall and Gubei Water Town at its foot with the combo ticket of CNY170. It also needs to stay overnight for visiting both sites, and the total fare is about CNY500-1,000.
 

Join a Guided Tour

The 1 day Great Wall tour price is around CNY500-1,000, which is USD75-150. Carefully select a reliable travel agency. If the Great Wall of China tour cost is less than USD75 dollars, you should be cautious; there is a great possibility the tour includes secondary consumption or forced shopping.
 

 Further Reading:

Why should I visit the Great Wall of China? - Top 10 Reasons

How to Visit the Great Wall of China

Which Section of Great Wall of China to Visit

10 Insider Tips for Great Wall Travel - Dos and Don’ts

- Last modified on Aug. 15, 2019 -
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