If you’re flying into Beijing airport and have your sights set on visiting the Great Wall of China, continue reading to discover how far it is from the airport to the Great Wall.
How far is it to the Great Wall?
It takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to drive straight from Beijing Capital International Airport to the Great Wall, depending on which section of the wall, you’d like to visit. If you’re short of time, your best bet is to head to Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, which is located just 66km drive from the airport. Mutianyu has an amazing toboggan ride, which in itself is enough reason to have a visit. Alternatively, Huanghuacheng section of the Great Wall, is also located within an easy, short 77km drive. Whilst travel times are dependent on traffic, you should be able to reach either Jiankou section of the Great Wall or Jinshanling section of the Great wall within 2.5 hours of leaving Beijing Capital International Airport.
If you have a little more time up your sleeve and are planning on spending several days in Beijing, you may be interested in touring the Gubeikou section of the Great Wall, which is located 139km from the airport.
Distance between Beijing Airport and 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, 2 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.
How to get to the Great Wall:
If you’re traveling to the Great Wall, from Beijing Capital International Airport, you have a variety of options. As there are no direct tour buses/trains, from Beijing airport to the Great Wall, many travelers choose to rent a car and driver or take a taxi, to and from the Great Wall. However, if you’re on a budget you can reach the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, using public transportation.
You may be interested in catching the Airport Express Train to Dongzhimen, Exit E. It takes about 25 minutes, and the fare is RMB 25. Then, you may take bus line 916 Express to Huairou North Avenue (Huairou Beidajie) Station, and takes 80-90 minutes. Then, transfer to bus line h23, h24, h35, or h36 to Mutianyu Roundabout. Afterwards, walk about 500 yards (450 meters) to the ticket office of the scenic area. Or, you may take a minivan to the scenic area from Huairou North Avenue at about RMB 50-60.
Alternatively, if you are a Mandarin speaker, you can probably engage a taxi for a flat fee (negotiated/non-metered)–for time and distance, around RMB800-1000 for the trip to Mutianyu Great Wall is plenty. Just ask the driver and he will bring you to the Mutianyu Great Wall and come back.
To find a taxi at the airport, follow the signs of the arrival to go downstairs and you will see all of the taxis standing in a line. Wait your turn in line. When your turn comes, the next available taxi will take you to your destination.
If you’re not confident about your ability to make the necessary transfers, to catch public transportation to the Great Wall from the airport, fear not, as pre-arranging a car and driver, from the airport, is highly recommended, as your time is valuable. So if you’re concerned about getting lost on a train or bus, there’s no need to worry.
No matter which section of the Great Wall you choose to visit, whether you have a few hours in Beijing or a few days in Beijing, traveling to the Great Wall, is sure to be one of your highlights of your stay. If time isn’t a factor, it also may be worth looking into visiting multiple sections of the Great Wall. After all, who knows how long it will be, before you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Great Wall again and the Great Wall is only a 1.5-2.5 hour drive from Beijing Capital International Airport.