Mutianyu tourism bus 867, a good option to visit Great Wall

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.

March 18th, 2014 updates: according to Mutianyu Great Wall office, Mutianyu Tourism bus 867 service will reopen on March 26th, 2014 after 5 months’ suspension. If your travel plans involve Mutianyu Great Wall in late March, bus service will be available soon. Bus departure times: From Dongzhimen to Muianyu: departs daily at 7am and 8.30am. From Mutianyu to Dongzhimen: departs daily at 2pm and 4pm.

 

 

 

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 Half Day  Downtown (within 4hrs) Full Day Downtown(8 hrs) Badaling Great Wall Mutianyu Great Wall Mutianyu+Summer Palace Jinshanling Great Wall
4 seats Redflag
250 300 650 700 700 900 950
  7 seats  Refine 300 350 650 800 850 900 950
7 seats  BuickGL8
300 350 700 800 900 950 1000
 10 seats  MB100 300 400 800 900 1000 110 1200
15 seats MB100
400 600 1000 1100 1200 1300 1400

Related Links:    Mutianyu- Fantastic Toboggan Ride and Best Short Hike
Related Tours:  Jiankou Hiking plus Mutianyu Toboggan Ride

58 thoughts on “Mutianyu tourism bus 867, a good option to visit Great Wall

  1. Thank you for the wonderful information & pictures. We took the bus today and everything went flawlessly. Instructions are 100% spot on and the total round-trip on bus 867 was 12.80 RMB. You cannot beat that.

    Thank you for the help.

    • Hi, Warren, Nice to know you had a successful Great Wall trip. Now you can start to make your Great Wall story :) . Enjoy your holiday!
      Ricky

    • Hi Warren,

      I am very interested in your experience, I’m in Beijing now and am planning to do the DIY Mutianyu trip. I read on wikitravel that the 867 bus changed routes and doesn’t go to mutianyu. However your reply is less than 2 weeks ago, so I was wondering if the bus does indeed still go to Mutianyu?

      Thanks,
      Sam

  2. Hi Ricky,
    I am planning to Mutianyu DIY. Can I ask specifically the bus will leave 3 different time (07:00hr, 08:00hr & 09:00hr) to Mutianyu? Also, return is only 2 timing (14:00hr & 16:00hr) daily?

    I am staying Novotel Beijing Peace hotel and I will need to take a subway to Dongzhimen. What is the estimated subway time ride and walking time once I arrive from Dongzhimen station to this bus 856? Appreciate your soonest reply.

  3. Hi, Julia
    Look at the sixth picture of this page then you may notice that the bus leaves at 7am or 8.30am (2 different time) and 2 timing for return. It may take 10-15min to reach Dongzhimen and the walking time from Dongzhimen to bus station is around 15-20 min. Good luck and enjoy your trip!

  4. I’m confused about the travel times – it looks like the 916+minibus trip (option 1) is only a little over an hour and a half, while the 867 takes 2.5 hours from end to end. Is that correct, and if so, why? Does the 916 have that many fewer stops?

    • 916 goes along the high way to Huairou which has less traffic during the day,that could be the reason I am guessing.

  5. I took this trip today, Sunday 2 Sept. 2012, and it worked perfectly. I left my hotel (near Beitucheng on subway line 10 and 8) at 7:40, arrived at Dengzhimen station about 30 minutes later on line 13. The signs from line 13 are less obvious than those from line 2 — just try to find signs that say “south exit” and that works fine. Then I walked around to find the “outer” bus station, which even with the google map was not totally obvious. Leave yourself a little extra time. In particular, there’s a road that’s actually the entry to the main bus station that you do not want to turn on, and there’s also a bus parking lot right next to the outer bus station. Anyway I found the 867 bus before it left, and I asked the driver and attendant to make sure (using a version of “Mutianyu Great Wall” written in chinese script (try google translate)). The bus left promptly at 8:30am. I don’t think it’s appropriate to call this a tourist bus, because I was the only tourist on it (it was a rainy Sunday right before school starts…). There are many stops along the way, well over 10. This includes a stop, not far from the wall, where the driver and attendant briefly got out of the bus! I got out and asked other people how to get to “Mutianyu great wall,” and they told me to get back on the bus. This stop is called Hong Luo Si. After very close to 2.5 hours, I was dropped off at the great wall parking lot (they told me to get off). I walked up to the wall along the entire permitted length, and back in less than 3 hours. The 867 bus returned about 8 minutes before 2pm, and picked me up at the exact same spot as it had left me off. There is a big sign mentioning bus 867 here. Because I had extra time I tried to identify “Parking Lot 3,” but this was basically a waste of time — it’s where all the buses are. The return trip to Donzhimen station took 2 hours and 20 minutes.

  6. Such great advice! I am going to try this trip next week! It seems that now as it is winter my only option will be bus 916. Can someone tell me how frequently it leaves from Beijing? Are there only 2 per day like tourist bus 867? I will be traveling alone if anyone would like to join me on 01/24/2013 for this adventure. Many thanks!

  7. Bus 867 is closed in winter. Bus 916 leaves from Beijing probably every half hour during the day. Happy travels!

  8. Thanks a million,Ricky!

    How lucky I am to find your website! Finally, I found where I can get the 867 bus o Mutianyu. Quite relieve now.

  9. Thanks for all these awesome reports – helps me a lot!

    One question I have.. how is the bus time tabel in the morning from Huairou back to Beijing
    (if i go back from Mutianyu in the morning)??

    Thanks guys

    • Hi Marcus, Mutianyu tourism bus 867 goes back to Beijing only at 2pm and 4pm from Mutianyu. In that case, you need to hire a mini-bus or car drivers and drive out to Huairou where you can take bus 916 back to Beijing. Happy travels!

  10. Hi, thanks for all this information it is so helpful! I just have one question – is it possible (or necessary) to book a ticket for 867# in advance? I know it is National Holiday season so I want to make sure I can get an available seat if I simply show up on the day of departure? Thanks! :)

    • Generally bus timetable is not very regular so you can’t book a bus ticket in advance. There are 3 ways to pay on buses: Transportation Smart Card, cashbox, or pay cash to the bus conductor. The National Holiday season is drawing to a close, it should be much easier to ride bus 867 than before.

  11. it seems like the service has stop operating for this year. There was a sign which states that the service stop running since 28th oct 2013.

    Was slightly late and may have miss the bus this morning

  12. Ricky, great article. I will be in Beijing in April 2014 and would like some assistance. I’ll be taking the subway from Dengshikou. Want to catch the 7 AM 867 bus to Mutianyu. Questions:
    1. What’s the best way and time to get to Dongzhimen station that leaves me enough time to find and get on 867 bus.
    2. Assuming it takes 2.5 hrs, is 3 hours touring Mutianyu Great Wall enough time to catch the 2 PM bus back?
    Appreciate any help.
    Thanks,
    Joe

    • Hi, Joe, Taking the subway early in the morning from Dengshikou would be a good idea. You could take line 5 to Lama Temple, then change line 2 to Dongzhimen (only 1 stop). As you have to spend some time on changing stations & locating subway stops, taking the subway from Dengshikou at 6am could leave you more time to find and get on 7AM 867 bus. For more tips on riding subway, you could check out this post: http://www.wildgreatwall.com/beijing-subway-survival-tips/

      Mutianyu is often quiet compared with busy Badaling, you won’t take too much time getting on / off the wall from the parking lot. General speaking, 2.5 – 3 hours would be enough if touring Mutianyu alone. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Happy travels! Ricky

      • Thanks Ricky. I’ll take your advice. Also, would Mutianyu be crowded to where taking landscape photography be difficult? I’m thinking of a Friday or Saturday trip in April. Which day is better for less crowd (Friday or Saturday)?

        • Hi, Joe, unlike Badaling, Mutianyu is usually peaceful, often quiet, taking landscape photography won’t be difficult.

          As many Chinese would take the weekends to explore Mutianyu, avoiding visiting it on the weekends would be a good idea. Better visit Mutianyu on weekdays to avoid local crowds.

  13. Hello Ricky:
    Planning to go to Mutianyu on May 30th. We have 6 persons, do you think it’s a great idea to go by Tourism Bus 867? hope it’s runt by that time.
    Thanks,

    • Hello Eddie,
      If you have the sense of adventure plus you are planning a full day trip to Mutianyu, then riding Tourism Bus 867 would be a good idea.

      While if you only have half day to spend on Mutianyu, and have a short stay in Beijing like 2 or 3 days, then hiring a private van for 6 persons is really good value for your money than without having to rely on public transport. You won’t have to spend time on changing stations & locating bus stops, take a couple of minutes to figure out where you are. This way is really cost effective as you only have limited time in Beijing.

  14. Hai Ricky, i’m in a need for help here. So i’ll be arriving at the beijing airport at 00:30, sleeping at the airport (which i do this quite a lot hehe) until 6 then off to Dongzhimen for 867 Bus to Greatwall Mutianyu.

    It will be on 16 March, yeah i know it’s sunday but that’ll be my only time to explore Mutianyu. Is it that full loaded going to Great Wall on Sunday? which i’m still gonna go either it’s crowded or not hehe. i have like whole day for Great wall so i have nothing to worry about.

    So 867 will be available when i get to Beijijng, won’t it?

    • Hi Rozy, Bus 867 service can only drop you off at Hongluo Temple, which is about 18km away from Mutianyu. In early March, you may feel a little bit cold in Beijing, bus 867 won’t be full loaded going to Great Wall on Sunday as it’s still little bit cold. It also depends on the weather condition when you arrive. You won’t have problem riding Bus 867. But just contacted with bus 867 office (010-60681671) and they claimed when 867 to Mutianyu is available is still not clear. I will put a short notice online there’s any updates.

  15. About the bus to Mutianyu Great Wall, so 867 or 916 should i take to Huairou Bus Station? I can take some mini van or black taxi (i googled it says that Black Taxi is trustworthy) from there right? It says that it takes 60CNY one way.

    Would you mind writing me a detail route i should take from Airport to Mutianyu Great Wall by Subway & Bus so i can’t get lost

    Regards, Rozy

    • Both 867 and 916 can drop you off at Hairou. You can hire a mini van or taxi (it’s difficult to hire a legal taxi here) to Mutianyu. 60CNY one way should be enough.

      Take airport express train to Dongzhimen stop. then get out off the station to ride 867 /916. I think your route is very simple in fact.

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  17. i plan to mutianyu great wall by Bus from Beijing Dongzhimen, i get confuse about transfer bus after i took 916 bus at hairou, some says take 963, some says take H23 and some says take mini Bus with bargain with the driver, i need the right answer, what to take after i drop off from 916 express Bus, and where can i take them, and if i take mini bus, what that look like and where station i can find them?and where i should stop after i took the minibus, please help me with the right route from Beijing to Mutianyu.

    Hi, Ruby, Mutinayu direct bus 867 service stops running from 28th Oct 2013 to March 15th 2014. In that case, Catching the 916 bus at the Dongzhimen bus transfer depot in Beijing to Huairou Bei Dajie, (Huairou, a small county north of Beijing) would be a good idea.

    It takes a little more than an hour from Dongzhimen to Huairou Bei Dajie. At Huairou Bei Dajie 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 50RMB per person. Most mini -bus drivers know where you are going as they may have encountered lots of tourists before.

  18. Hi Ricky, we plan for visiting Mutianyu at 28 May, do you think its convinience to visit Lama Temple on the way back from Mutianyu to Beijing taking bus 867? In which station we should drop or shall we switch busses? Thanks

    • Hi, Adelina,bus 867 drops you off at Dongzhimen, then you can take line 2 from Dongzhimen Subway station to Lama Temple (1 stop). If you take bus 867 that departs at 2pm from Mutianyu. you could get to Lama Temple by 4.30pm or 5pm by riding subway.

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  20. Hi Ricky,
    I plan for visiting Mutianyu in june, will this tourist bus 867 drop me in front of the enter gate/parking area of Mutianyu great wall ? or must I switch to taxi/minivan or other bus at at bus stop

  21. Hi Izur, Bus 867 drops you off at the parking lot at Mutianyu then it’s about 10 minutes on foot to the entrance of Mutianyu. Happy travels! Ricky

  22. Hi Ricky,

    I plan on going to. Mutianyu tomorrow or the next day – is the 867 still operating at the dong homes outer station? I dropped by today and the 974 for jinshanlin is no longer running, though I didn’t look specifically for 867.

    Kelly

  23. Hi Ricky,
    I plan to visit Mutianyu in three days, will the 867 bus drop me in front of the enter gate of Mutianyu great wall or have I to use a taxi to get there? Do you know how much the bus can cost? thank you

    • Hi, Anna,starting from June 27th, Mutianyu bus 867 drop you off at the newly constructively parking lot / newly constructively entrance, which is about 3-4km away from the original entrance. You have to take the electric sightseeing vehicle (10RMB one way / 15RMB return trip) to get to the foot of the hill–the enter gate of Mutianyu. The bus costs around 16RMB each way.

  24. Hi,
    2 friends and i plan to go to Mutianyu tomorrow on the 867. Just wandered will there be space at this time if year on a weekday or will we be standing the whole way fo you think. Also is it air conditioner?
    thanks

  25. Your post was one of the few sources of information about getting to Mutianyu by public bus – thank you!!

    We went early August but they have stopped running bus 867 and there are scammers trying to get tourists on a different bus to a random place far far from Mutianyu – beware of them!!

  26. Hi,
    thanks for this detailed information. I confirm Nomadic Boys comment, I went to Mutianyu on 21 August, bus 867 does no longer stop at Mutianyu (I checked with some people from the bus company).
    Option 1 (bus 916) is however still valid. You can get off earlier than Huairou – I got off at Mingzhu Guangchang, and took a minivan to Mutianyu. I paid 32 yuan return trip (my guess is that the drivers want to get 60 yuan per car, so the more you are the lower you pay).

  27. Hi Ricky, i just bumped into your site and I must say the info is very commendable. I plan to go to Mutianyu on 24 september by bus. Since your update says bus 867 no longer stop at Mutianyu, so I think bus 916 express would be a better option. From Huairou, I’ll get a car or minivan to the great wall. My question, can u explain what is the best way for me to return back to Beijing from Mutianyu great wall?

  28. Hi Sya, At Mutianyu, you can hire a car or minivan to Huairou or Mingzhuguangchang, where you can ride bus 916 back to Beijing. Alternatively, you can hire a car to Hongluosi, where you can take bus 867 back to Beijing while bus 916 is much quicker than bus 867..

  29. Hi all. I too want to confirm that bus 867 no longer runs to Mutianyu. It stopped in July 2014 according to a local Beijinger. Take 916 express. Make sure to get off at Huairou. A friend (she was Chinese) and I were able to get there to Mutianyu for 20 RMB a piece.
    Usually drivers will try and connect with you so you can pay them to take you back. If you bargain right — you can get a cheaper price back down to Huairou bus stop. My friend and I got back to the bus stop at 10 RMB a piece.

  30. Hi all. I too want to confirm that bus 867 no longer runs to Mutianyu. It stopped in July 2014 according to a local Beijinger. Take 916 express. Make sure to get off at Huairou. A friend (she was Chinese) and I were able to get there to Mutianyu for 20 RMB a piece.
    Usually drivers will try and connect with you so you can pay them to take you back. If you bargain right — you can get a cheaper price back down to Huairou bus stop. My friend and I got back to the bus stop at 10 RMB a piece.

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