How to Travel From Beijing to Mutianyu Great Wall

How Far is Mutianyu Great Wall from Beijing?

 Location: Huairou District, Beijing
 Distance from Downtown: 80 kilometers (50 miles)
 Single Journey Time: 1.5 - 2.5 hours

A guided day tour is sure a hassle-free way to travel from Beijing to Mutianyu Great Wall. For independent travelers, direct tourist buses are convenient. For budget travellers, 916 Express will be a better choice. Taking taxis is not recommended.
Mutianyu Great Wall Location Map
Mutianyu Great Wall Location Map

Best Way: Join Our Guided Day Tour

The easiest and most cost-effective way is to choose our fully guided day tour, in mini group of 6 people at most, with our expert service escorting you to the Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tian'anmen Square, Bird's Nest, and Nanluoguxiang Hutong.
 Mutianyu Great Wall Day Trip from $139


Direct Qianmen - Mutianyu Tourist Bus: 2h; CNY80 for a Round Trip

 Ticket Fare: CNY80 for a round trip
08:30-10:00: set off at Qianmen (Buses depart when all seats are taken)
10:30-12:00: arrive at Mutianyu Great Wall
14:00-16:00: get together at the shuttle bus parking lot and set off
15:00-17:00: arrive at Shaoyaoju Subway Station (Passengers plan to visit Bird Nest and Water Cube may get off here.)
15:30-17:30: arrive at Qianmen

How to Get to Qianmen Departure Point

1. Take subway line 2 to Qianmen Station, exit from B, and walk around 200 meters (220 yards) to the south.
2. Take bus 8, 22, 67, 82, 332, 137, 599, Sightseeing Line 2 to Qianmen station. After getting off, you can see the bus stop nearby.


There are more Qianmen – Mutianyu direct tourist buses to the Wall on peak travel seasons and the bus departs once fully taken. Passengers can buy the ticket from the conductor after getting on the bus.

Direct Shaoyaoju - Mutianyu Tourist Bus: 1.5h; CNY80 for a Round Trip

 Ticket Fare: CNY80 for a round trip
09:30: set off at Shaoyaoju Subway Station (Exit E)
11:00: arrive at Mutianyu Great Wall
16:00: get together at the shuttle bus parking lot and set off
17:10: arrive at Shaoyaoju Subway Station (Passengers plan to visit Bird Nest and Water Cube may get off here.)
17:40: arrive at the west of Qianmen

How to Get to Shaoyaoju

1. Take subway line 10 to Shaoyaoju and get out from Exit E, or subway line 13 to get out from Exit B.
2. Take bus line 547 or 942 to Shaoyaoju Bus Stop.

Direct Tourist Bus Line Chaoyang Railway Station - Mutianyu: 2h; CNY80 for a Round Trip

 Route: Chaoyang Railway Station ⇔ Mutianyu
 Starting Point: Chaoyang Railway Station (the stop of bus no. 194)
 Returning Point: the parking lot of Mutianyu 
 Schedule from Chaoyang Railway Station: 09:00
 Schedule from Mutianyu: 14:00 - 16:00
 Single Journey Time: 2 hours
 Ticket Fare: CNY 80; transportation card is not applicable

Cheapest: Bus Line 916 Express + H23, H24, H35 or H36: 2 - 2.5h

Step 1 Bus Line 916 Express: 15 stops to Huairou North Avenue

 Depart Point: Dongzhimen Public Transport Hub
 Return Point: Huairou North Avenue (Huairou Beidajie)
 Schedule from Dongzhimen: 05:50 - 20:00
 Schedule from Huairou North Avenue: 04:30 - 18:50
 Single Journey Time: 1.5 - 2 hours
 Fare: CNY12; CNY6 paid by Beijing Transportation Card

Step 2 Bus line H23, H24, H35 or H36 to the spot

After getting off at Huairou North Avenue, one needs to transfer to bus line h23, h24, h35 or h36 to Mutianyu Roundabout, and then walk about 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) to the ticket office of Great Wall. The frequent H23 is more recommended.

Bus Lines From Huairou North Avenue  From Mutianyu
H23 5:45, 7:20, 8:20, 9:50, 12:40, 14:30, 15:00, 16:30, 17:10, 18:00, 18:30, 19:00 05:50, 6:10, 6:40, 8:20, 9:20, 10:50, 13:40, 15:30, 16:00, 17:30, 18:10, 19:00
H24 8:40, 15:45 11:15, 18:15
H35 5:50, 8:05, 17:50 6:45, 9:00, 18:45
H36   6:20, 11:30, 17:40 07:05, 12:15, 18:30
 Single Journey Time: around 0.5 – 1 hour
 Ticket Fare: CNY 4    

Where can I take bus 916 Express to Mutianyu Great Wall? - Dongzhimen Public Transport Hub

1. Take subway line 2, 13 or Airport Express to Dongzhimen, exit from H, and walk 500 meters (550 yards) to the east.
2. Take bus line 3, 418, 106, 852, 918, 106, 132, 401, 414 or 980 Express to Dongzhimen Public Transport Hub Stop.


1. It is recommended to take the early morning bus from Dongzhimen and take the bus departing before 15:00 back to downtown to avoid the crowds.
2. The Mutianyu ticket office is about 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) from the entrance and one can take the shuttle bus to travel between. The ticket fare is CNY10 for a single trip and CNY15 for a round trip.


Taxis to Mutianyu are not recommended.

1. Tourists can take taxis to get there from downtown Beijing, but the taxis are not metered. Please confirm the price with the driver in advance and the single trip usually takes around CNY600.
2. It is extremely difficult to take the taxi to go back downtown. So there are many irregular cars near the Wall and be vigilant, so as not to be blackmailed or left halfway.
3. Renting a private car with the driver in advance is advised for a group of 3 - 4 people. The cars can hold up to 4 passengers and CNY 700 - 1,000 is needed for a round trip.

How to Travel from Capital Airport to Mutianyu Great Wall

Take Airport Express to Dongzhimen, taking 25 minutes and CNY25. Go out from Exit E and take bus line 916 Express and make a transfer at Huairou North Ave. to the Wall.

How to Travel from Daxing Airport to Mutianyu Great Wall

Take Daxing Airport Express Line to Caoqiao, transfer to line 19 and get off and Jishuitan. Then take line 2 (Inner Ring) to Dongzhimen and take bus 916 Express.

How to Get to Mutianyu from Beijing West Railway Station

Take subway line 9 to National Library Station and change to line 4 to Xizhimen. Then, transfer to line 2 to Dongzhimen and then take bus line 916 Express.

How to Travel from Beijing South Railway Station to Mutianyu

Take subway line 4 to Xuanwumen and change to line 2 to Dongzhimen Station. After, take bus line 916 Express to the scenic spot.

How to Get to Mutianyu from Beijing Railway Station

Take subway line 2 to Dongzhimen, taking 15 minutes and costing CNY3. After, take bus line 916 Express.

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- Last updated on Apr. 21, 2024 by Gabby Li -
Questions & Answers on How to Travel From Beijing to Mutianyu Great Wall
Asked by Giulia from ITALY | Apr. 20, 2024 03:11Reply
buses for night openings?
Do you know if there are any tourist buses for night openings (so to leave in mid-afternoon and return around 9)? Where can they be found online/booked?

Answers (1)
Answered by Rita | Apr. 21, 2024 23:23

I'm afraid there are no such buses in service. You may need to travel by taxi or hail a car on one of those car-hailing apps.
Asked by kmlee from MALAYSIA | Mar. 08, 2024 01:56Reply
hi, Where is the bus departure point(at Qianmen) for direct tourist bus from Qianmen to Mutianyu?
1.How to get to the bus departure point from Qianmen subway station?
2. What is the departure time of tourist bus from Qianmen?
Answers (1)
Answered by Harry | Mar. 10, 2024 19:53

1. Walk southeast about 200m to get to the bus stop.
2. The bus departs from 8:30-10:00 in the morning.
Asked by Yaire from MEXICO | Feb. 07, 2024 23:13Reply
Question on bus on Feb. 10th 2024 to Mutinyu
Hello guys is the Wall open on Feb. 10th 2024? (2 days from now)
Are the times and tips about the Tourist Bus from Quianmen to Mutianyu updated? Can we count on getting some service available very early in the morning of Saturday? (630 am)

Thanks, your site is quite helpful.
Answers (1)
Answered by Harry | Feb. 08, 2024 00:09

Yes, it opens that day and the transport information is the newest.
Asked by Boris from CROATIA | Oct. 27, 2023 18:45Reply
Qianmen to Mutianyu Tourist Bus
Does that line still operate on 31 October? Does the bus stop on the way to Mutianyu? Is it possible to buy tickets a day before? Many thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Jenny | Oct. 29, 2023 20:12

Yes, it does operate. You can buy tickets the same day and generally the buses depart from 7:00 to 10:00.
Asked by Paul from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 08, 2023 06:16Reply
Bus Direct Route
You mention the Direct Tourist Bus Line Dongzhimen – Mutianyu: 1.5 - 2 hours

which bus number and colour of bus is this? how do I spot the bus and exact location in the Bus station ?

Do I pay when I get on the bus and current price one way

Thank you
Answers (5)
Answered by Trace | Oct. 09, 2023 20:25

As of now, the tourist bus from Dongzhimen to Mutianyu is only in service at weekends and there is no bus no. of it. There is a sign on the front window of the bus indicating it runs to Mutianyu. It departs from the bus stop Dong Zhi Men Wai. The ticket is sold on the spot when getting onboard, costing CNY30.
Answered by Paul | Oct. 10, 2023 06:15

Thank you so we are travelling on the Friday
so is our only option the 916
do you know the times and do you buy the tickets on board
Thank you
Answered by Frank | Oct. 10, 2023 19:09

Hi, it is recommended to take bus from Qianmen and the bus departs from 8:00 to 10:00. The ticket fare is CNY 80 for a round trip. It is okay to buy tickets on board.
Answered by Paul | Oct. 11, 2023 04:16

Thank you for your Reply.

Just one last question is that we are going on the Friday and staying for the night at a hotel and returning back on Saturday

Can I buy a return ticket to go on Friday and return on Saturday, what are the current return times. Thank you
Answered by David | Oct. 11, 2023 17:55

I guess it is possible and but you need to confirm it with the bus staff. The return time is generally 13:00-16:00 from the Great Wall.
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