How to get to Jinshanling Great Wall from Beijing by public transport (and save $$$)

Visiting the Great Wall is, well, great. But it can be busy and expensive. And tours to the less busy places like Jinshanlin can be even more expensive. At my hostel a tour to Jinshanjing would set you back 345 Chinese RMB which is about £25-35, or $40-50. Which seems a bit much. Luckily there is way to get there independently, which is significantly cheaper, and fairly idiot proof. (Well I managed it at least…)

How to get to Jinshanling Great Wall by public transport…



7 thoughts on “How to get to Jinshanling Great Wall from Beijing by public transport (and save $$$)”

  1. Very useful thanks. I am travelling to this part of the wall next week and i will also use this route. Keep up the good work!

  2. Thanks so much for this blog. I used your advice to go trail running at JSL. The public bus worked great and is still current as if this date (May 31, 2015). For the average person going to JSL it may be easier to just take the tourist bus from Wangjing West bus terminal at 0800, which goes direct to the JSL main entrance- no fooling around at the highway rest area. It really is to far to walk to the main entrance and I ran by some fairly vicious looking dogs (thankfully tied up), but the east entrance is an easy 2 k from the rest area. Recommended course is walk from rest area to JSL East entrance, climb up to the wall, hike the wall to the Zhuanduokou pass, then walk down the roadway to the main entrance and car back to the rest area. It’s a fairly vigorous hike with many steps. Once again thanks so much for this very helpful post. John

  3. Thanks so much for these awesome directions! They worked perfectly. FYI, the shuttle back is at 15:00 – and the free shuttle is only there for the tourist bus. If you arrive on any other bus (like I did), you are at the mercy of the taxi driver waiting for the bus to stop. I paid 25 yuan for a drive to the east entrance.

    Also worth noting – you can no longer walk from Jinshaling to Simatai. So if people are planning that, make other plans 🙂

    1. Thanks for your kind words. Yes it seems the route to Simatai has been closed for a while. Although if you have good shoes and a sense of adventure walking towards the start of Simatai does take you over unrestored bits of the wall which an be fun! (but you do genuinely need to be careful!)
      By the way in case you’ve found my blog interesting I’ve moved it to

    1. I think its something like 70-90 minutes. Similar for the way back, but because you will use the metro to get back to your hostel/hotel you will beat all the traffic that the tour buses will get stuck in.

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