In this article, we would like to advise you on how to visit the Great Wall of China by bus from Beijing. It is much more cheaper option than to buy a tour in Beijing. It is also pretty easy and you will have more fun:)
This description will relate to the bus from Beijing to Gubeikou which is perfect starting point also to Jinshanling (from the Wild part to the repaired part).
How to get to the Great Wall of China by bus from Beijing (Gubeikou)
The cheapest option to get to the Great Wall of China is by bus. First take a bus number 980 (two types – express and normal) from Dongzhimen Transport Hub (it is hugebus station close to Dongzhimen Shuniuzhan) to Miyun. Bus 980 costs 15 RMB.
From Miyun, you can reach Gubeikou village by bus number 25, which costs 12 RMB. When you get off the bus 980, go straight to the main street and after turn right, go about 200 metres and you will find a bus stop. Or you can get to the final station of bus 980 (see map) and change to 25. You can pay directly on the bus, but you must have exact amount. Money is thrown into a cash register that does not return.
Bus 980 runs from 6 am to 8 pm, bus 25 runs till 6 pm (not verified) – these are times in the direction to Gubeikou.
The way back is exactly the same, only the bus stop in Gubeikou is in a different location. You have to walk through the tunnel, which is located before entering the village, on the other side. The bus stop is approximately 400 m away.
The last bus 25 to Miyun runs at 4:30 pm and the last bus 980 to Beijing runs at 6:30 pm.
You will find more informations about our trip to the Great Wall of China in the article