October, 8, 2014 updates: as the newly constructed parking lot is about 3 km away from the entrance of Mutianyu, taking a shuttle bus to Mutianyu / back to the parking lot would be a good option for you. The original parking lot near the entrance of Mutianyu was closed in July, 2014 to make room for shuttle bus stop.
From parking to Mutianyu: 5 – 7 minutes bus ride or 20 -30 minutes on foot each way. Shuttle bus charges 15CNY p.p for round trip or 10CNY for single journey.
August 29, 2014 updates: Mutianyu tourism bus 867 no longer stops at Mutianyu–It ONLY drops you off at Hongluosi (Red Snail Temple / 红螺寺), which is about 20 km away from Mutianyu. Re-opening is unclear. Bus 916 is still valid, you can check the option 1 below for detail information of bus 916.
June 27, 2014 updates: According to Mutianyu cable car / toboggan / chair lift company, the cost to ride a Mutianyu cable car / toboggan / chair lift will go up from 60RMB one way to 80RMB on June 28th, 2014, a 20 RMB increase. For children, the cost will increase from 40RMB one way to 50RMB.
Fares: Cable car conductors only accept cash.
If this is your first and most likely only trip to Beijing, and you don’t want to spend the majority of the day coming and going on pubic transportation, hiring a private car is a better option. If you are travelling with 3 or 4 friends, this way is much more cost-efficient.
Looking for a cheap, reliable car hire service? Check out our Great Wall car rental service page; Car hire to Great Wall from Beijing.
Mutianyu tourism bus 867 is a good option to visit the Great Wall if you are a little bit adventurous, and plan a whole day trip to it. As recent price increases at many tourist sights in Beijing, visiting Mutianyu by bus is a good option on the cheap. However, if you don’t want to spend the majority of the day coming and going on public transportation, then hiring a private car is a much more cost efficient.
Two options: Beijing to Mutianyu Great Wall
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 the cost is around 5RMB by using Beijing IC Card/ commuter pass. From Huairou bus stop bargain with one of the mini-bus or car drivers and drive out to Mutianyu (20 minutes on the way) which costs around 20RMB to 40RMB 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 (20 – 25 minutes on foot). 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 without having to rely on public transport.
In winter, there isn’t normally a direct service (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.
Book a Private Car with driver to Mutianyu Great Wall
Rent a car with driver, entrance fees for Great Wall, food make up the tour would be paid on your own at cost price and in addition to your daily fee to add the freedom, flexibility of your tour. If you are travelling with 3, 4 or more people, this way is really good value for your money.
Vehicle (Car, Van, Coach) Rental Rates (RMB)
|Options||Airport-pickup/ drop off||Mutianyu+Ming Tombs||Longqing Gorge||Badaling Great Wall||Mutianyu Great Wall||Mutianyu+Summer Palace||Jinshanling & Simatai West|
4 seats Redflag
|6 seats Refine||350||850||900||790||850||890||1190|
9 seats MB100
13 seats MB100
The cost includes:
- City accommodation pick up / drop off
- Quality vehicle with A/C
- Exclusive professional driver
- Transportation fees
- Parking fees, gasoline
Extra costs includes:
- 60RMB p.p entrance fees to Mutianyu
- 80RMB p.p for single journey of chairlift / toboggan / cable car (optional)
- 100RMB p.p for round trip of chairlift / toboggan / cable car (optional)
- Meal and tips
- No factory / shopping stop
- No hidden costs
- Quality time on attractions
- Honest prices, no surprise