Latest updates on Mutianyu tourism bus 867
This could be a bad news for you but I have to say that Mutuanyu Great Wall tourism bus stops running since 28th Oct 2013, around two weeks early than the estimated time (Bus 867 normally runs daily from March 15 to November 15 every year during tourist season).
From 28th Oct 2013, Mutianyu Great Wall bus 867 only drops you off at Hongluo Temple from Beijing. (Hongluo Temple is about 18km away from Mutianyu Great Wall). At Hongluo Temple, 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. You may catch 916 bus at the Dongzhimen bus transfer depot in Beijing to Huairou, then hire a private car to get to Mutianyu Great Wall.
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.
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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 stationb (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.