Mutianyu is a good alternative for Badaling¬†if you want to avoid big crowds.¬†Mutianyu is fully restored and well facilitated, including a cable car, chairlift, toboggan, yet much less crowded than Badaling. Mutianyu tourism bus 867 is a good¬†option¬†to visit the Great Wall provided that¬†your schedule in Bejing is¬†NOT tight and you are, to say the least, a little bit adventurous. As recent price increases at many tourist sights in Beijing, visiting Mutianyu by bus is a good option on the cheap.
Two options from Beijing to Mutianyu Great Wall on the cheap
Option 1: Catch the 916 bus at the Dongzhimen bus transfer depot in Beijing to Huairou Bei Dajie, (Huairou, a small county north of Beijing). It takes a little more than an hour from Dongzhimen to Huairou and it costs around 5RMB¬†by using Beijing IC Card/commuter pass. From Hauirou bus stop bargain with one of the mini-bus or car drivers and drive out to Mutianyu (20 mintues on the way) which should cost around 10RMB to 20RMB per person.
Option 2: Mutianyu bus 867 from Dongzhimen Outer that starts¬†at 7am and 8:30am is the best way to reach Mutianyu by bus so far.
Where is the 867 tourism¬†bus¬†station in Beijing?
Tourism 867 bus¬†station is on the outside bus transfer depot at Dongzhimen Outer. The bus transfer depot is just outside of exit B of Dongzhimen Line 2 subway station. There are signs, in English, throughout the subway station pointing you toward the bus transfer depot and exit B.¬†Most of the buses are inside bus transfer depot in a massive building. Mutianyu tourism bus 867 station is on the¬†OUTSIDE bus transfer depot and a little¬†bit difficult¬†to find.
The easiest way to find it is to go to the main entrance of Dongzhimen Outer bus transfer depot then walk anticlock wise around the block until you get to the another bus station. Mutianyu tourism bus 867 returns back to Beijing at 2pm and 4pm which take around 2.5hrs¬†back to city (Dongzhimen). The discount price is 6.4RMB by using Beijing IC Card and the full price is around 16RMB.
At Mutianyu, just wait at No,3 parking pot¬†to catch Mutianyu tourism bus 867. So if you reach the bus stop (No,3 parking lot) before 4pm, you can catch tourism bus 876¬†all the way back to Beijing. After 4pm you¬†have to take¬†mini-bus to Hauirou then another bus back to Beijing. Remember that Mutianyu tourism bus 867¬†runs daily during tourist season from March 15 to November 15 every year.
How difficult / easy is it to go to Mutianyu¬†by public transport?
Mutianyu is not¬†so easy by public transport, especially in winter when Mutianyu tourism bus 867¬†is closed.¬† Getting there¬†by bus¬†would add to the sense of adventure. You¬†have to¬†spend time on changing stations¬†& locating¬†bus stops, take a couple of minutes to¬†figure out¬†where you are. If there are more than two of you, a private¬†car¬†is really¬†good value for your money than bus.
In winter, there isn’t normally a direct bus (tourism bus 867) to¬†Mutianyu Great Wall. You’ll have to take bus 916 Express to Huairou town and then get a taxi from there.¬†Allow 1.5 hours to take bus 916 Express from Dongzhimen Hub to Huairou, plus another¬†half hours to get to the Great Wall itself. By public transport, you’ll need to block out more time for Mutianyu than if you go by private car.
Hiring Private Car to Mutianyu¬†Great Wall
Hiring a private car¬†for excursions outside the city a good choice if you are not travelling on budget and want to avoid the crowded people and traffic.¬†If you are travelling with 3 or 4 friends, this way is much more cost-efficient. We offer a¬†single online destination to service all of your rental car needs including round trip rental cars, one-way rental cars, airport rental cars and off-airport rental cars.Your rental car with a licensed driver will help you get the most out of your holiday!
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