Best Tips on How to Get to the Great Wall from Beijing Airport
Getting from airport to Great Wall straightly is a memorable journey if you have more than 9 hours stop over in Beijing. On a 24 hour Beijing visa free stopover, you are allowed to reach Great Wall from the airport by using taxis, private car / van. As there’s no direct bus service from airport to Great Wall, The best way to visit Great Wall from the airport is to book a private car tour. It is a quicker, convenient and cheap way to travel to Great Wall from the airport.
What is the closest airport to visit the Great Wall of China?
Most of the popular sections of the Great Wall are located around Beijing. That being so, Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) is the closest airport to visit the Great Wall of China. If you’re flying in from anywhere in the wrold or in China, chances are you’ll come through here.
Which section of the Great Wall should I visit from the airport?
Visiting Mutianyu– the closest part to the airport (PEK) is highly recommended if you have 9 -14 hour stop over in Beijing. It should take no more than 1 hour 20 minutes to get there each way. You can do Mutianyu Great Wall either independently -getting a cab from the airport to Great Wall. It should cost around between RMB 700-900. Be aware most cab drivers in Beijing speak very little English. Or alternatively, you can pre-book private car tour to Mutianyu through travel agents or specialist tour operators.
At Mutianyu, you do have to be prepared to walk on some fairly rough and demanding terrain for about half hour, though most part of Wall is quite flat. Having some good footwear is a good idea before you go. Using cable car/chair lift can help you avoid the initial climb up. You may want to entertain yourself by riding toboggan down. The toboggan is a favorite among kids and it’s very safe to use.
Engaging in advance a car company to meet-and-greet is a good idea. Your driver will take you out to Mutianyu directly and back. You have time to visit, and have driver wait, then return you to the airport by certain time to catch your next flight.
If your outbound flight is international and your main bags are already checked through, then you’ll need to be back at the terminal about 1.5 -2 hours before your departure, in order to have time to deal with immigration and security, and get your boarding pass for your next flight.
The distance between the Beijing airport to the Great Wall
Beijing airport (about 66 km) Mutianyu Great Wall, 1.5 hours by road;
Beijing airport (about 68 km) Juyongguan Great Wall, 1.5 hours by road;
Beijing airport (about 78 km) Badaling Great Wall, 1.5 hours by road;
Beijing airport (about 90 km) Jiankou Great Wall, 2 hours by road;
Beijing airport (about 77 km) Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2 hours by road;
Beijing airport (about 144 km) Jinshanling Great Wall, 2.5 hours by road;
Beijing airport (about 139 km) Gubeikou Great Wall, 2.5 hours by road;
Beijing airport (about 139 km) Simatai Great Wall, 2.5 hours by road.