Badaling Great Wall Bus 877

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Dear Travelers,

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Plan your Beijing tour? If you are thinking of using Beijing public bus transport to get to Badaling Great Wall, the Badaling-bound Bus No.877 is your best choice.

The Bus 877 starts from Deshengmen Bus Station which is located on the north square below Deshengmen Arrow Tower (德胜们箭楼) lying on the mid-way of the northern second ring road.It is worth getting up earlier to catch an early morning Bus 877 for Badaling Great Wall and avoid a possible snake of people on the wall.

How to get to Deshengmen Bus Terminal
Several buses can bring you to the Deshengmen Bus Station. But the bus system in Beijing could be daunting even for the local Beijingers. It is advisable to take the Subway Line 2 to reach Deshengmen Bus Station.The the closest subway station to Deshengmen Bus Station is Jishuitan (积水潭) of the loop-type Subway Line 2.

You get off at the station of Jishuitan (积水潭), exit from the Exit A.Then walk along the sideway in the east direction for about 450 meters, soon you will see a high tower – the Deshengmen Arrow Tower.Deshengmen Bus Station is just below the northern side of the tower. The compound of Deshengmen Arrow Tower is within a roundabout.

So you have to cross a road to reach the bus station. You have to be careful crossing the road since the road has no traffic light at the time of my writing.By the way, on your 450-meter walk from the subway station of Jishuitan to the Deshengmen Arrow Tower, you will pass alongside the Deshengmenxi Bus Station (different from Deshengmen Bus Station) and you just ignore it!

You will be also distracted by some privately owned buses or mini-buses operated in the name of official Badaling-bound buses. We strongly suggest you take the official buses within the Deshengmen Bus Station for safety and reasonable price.Don’t be surprised if you find the queue in front of the bus 877 could be very long, especially on the weekends or national public holidays.

Bus No.877 (Bus Fare: RMB 12)
To:
Deshengmen (德胜门)- Badaling (八达岭)

Operating Hours:
06:00-12:00(Apr.1-Oct.31)
06:00-12:30 (Nov.1-Mar.31)Return:
Badaling (八达岭)- Deshengmen (德胜门)
10:30-17:00(Apr.1-Oct.31)
11:00-16:30(Nov.1-Mar.31)

The 877 Bus is a no-stop bus from Deshengmen to Badaling. When the bus arrives at the back hill of Badaling, you still have to take a 20-minute walk to the ticket office and then start your hike up to the Badaling Great Wall.

On the Deshengmen Bus Station, there are also some other useful bus lines like 919 for Yanqing (延庆)and 872 for Ming Tombs (明十三陵).  The Bus 919 also stops at Badaling Great Wall on its way to Yanqing.

Next, follow me to have a familiarization virtual tour of how to take a bus to Badaling Great Wall.  First take subway line 2 and get off at the stop of Jishuitang (积水潭) and exit from Exit A (northeast).

You will pass alongside the Deshengmenxi Bus Station.

You will pass alongside the Deshengmenxi Bus Station

After walking for about 10 minutes, you will see the huge Deshengmen Arrow Tower.

After walking for about 10 minutes, you will see the huge Deshengmen Arrow Tower.

Then you turn left and walk towards the northern square of the Tower. The compound of Deshengmen Arrow Tower is within a roundabout.

So you have to cross a road to reach the bus station. You have to be careful crossing the road since the road has no traffic light.Before getting to the Deshengmen Bus Station, you have to cross a road without traffic light.

Then you turn left and walk towards the northern square of the Tower

Then you turn left and walk towards the northern square of the Tower

After crossing the road, you will get to the Deshengmen Bus Station below the tower.

After crossing the road, you will get to the Deshengmen Bus Station below the tower.

Here is the Bus 877 below the north side of the tower ready to go to Badaling.

Here is the Bus 877 below the north side of the tower ready to go to Badaling.

Have a close look at the Station Board of 877

Have a close look at the Station Board of 877

Travel Trip for Badaling Great Wall 
Badaling Great wall is one of the most gorgeous and magnificent part of the Great Wall in Beijing. The Badaling Great Wall is the well-preserved Ming Dynasty Great Wall with original appearance.Now it is divided into two sections – north and south starting at the Badaling Pass and Gate.

Most people prefer to climb the north section where the highest watch tower is located.Also the cableway is available on the north section. So many people climb up the north section of the Great Wall, then take the cable car down.frequently Asked QuestionsThe most important fact is that the northern section of Badaling Great Wall is a loop route ( No.01 to No.12 Towers ) and you don’t have to backtrack. You can walk from Tower No.1 ( the main entrance )  up to the highest Tower No.08,then walk down to Tower 12 ( near the Bear Garden)。

1)The Bus 877 is close the Badaling Pass, the entrance to Badaling Great Wall, the only main entrance. A 20-minute walk from Bus 877 to the main entrance.

2) The northern slope of the Badaling Great Wall is about 3700m long starting from NorthTower No.1 up to the Northern Tower No.8, then down to Northern Tower No.12. The whole hiking takes 2-3 hours. Not everyone has the strong legs to hike all the 12 towers, so many passengers would take cable car up to the Wall (below Tower No.8 and Tower9 ) to save their energy.

If you are in good shape, I suggest you hike all the 12 towers to digest the magnificent Badaling Great Wall on its northern slope instead of eating Instant food” by taking the cable car.

3) The cable car brings you up to the slope below both North Tower No.8 and Tower No.9. So from the cable car station on the upper slope, you can either hike to the Tower 8 or Tower 9. It is easier to hike up to the Tower 9 while it is a bit hard to walk up to the Tower 8. To hike up to the Tower 8, you have to climb over  a steep slope known as “Haohanpo” ( a real hero”slope ), or 好汉坡 in Chinese. Or you may just skip over it.

4) If you want to visit the Northern section of Badaling Great Wall, you can take the cable car up, then walk down: walk from Tower 8 to down to Tower 1, or from Tower 8 down to Tower 12. Or you can take a cable down. Also you can walk up to Tower 8, then take cable car down. One way cable car: RMB60; round trip cable car: RMB80.

5)  For the northern part of Badaling Great Wall, you can walk to the east from Tower 8 to down to Tower 12, then pass by the Bear Garden, then walk about 10 minutes back to the main entrance to the Tower 1, a loop route and you don’t have to backtrack.

See the Badaling Great wall Map below to check the Bus 877 Stop and Badaling Train Station and more. ( Click Large)

badaling_map

Important Notice:
You can also take a train to visit Badaling Great Wall. For more information, please see Badaling Great Wall Train.

Hassle-free Badaling Great Wall Guided Tours
Don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route? No worries, We at Tour Beijing have some options for guided tours to Badaling Great wall.

Badaling Great Wall + Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour
Badaling Great Wall and Underground Palace Day Tour
Badaling Great Wall + Forbidden City + Tiananmen Square Day Tour

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41 Responses to “Badaling Great Wall Bus 877”

  1. Hadeel says:

    hello

    very usful information, but how long it will take from the deshengmen bus station to the badaling great wall by the 877 bus ? i heard its a pretty long journy, is that right ?

    thanks

  2. admin says:

    Hello Hadeel,

    Basically the bus 877 takes one and half hours. When you arrive at the Badaling Bus Stop, you till need to walk a few minutes before you reach the ticket office for the Badaling Great Wall. Wear warmly! Have a nice trip!

  3. Ron says:

    Hello,

    This is so helpful, thank you! Just one question, could you show us on google maps exactly where the Deshengmen Arrow Tower is located.

    Thanks

  4. Ron says:

    One more question too, how often does the 877 bus come to the station?

    Thanks!

  5. admin says:

    Hello Ron, I’m sorry that Google doesn’t work well here. It is very easy to find the tower.

  6. admin says:

    Hello Ron,

    Deshengmen – Badaling: 06:00-12:00 (every 10 or 20 minute ) Last bus at 12:00
    Badaling – Deshengmen: 10:30-17:00 (every 10 or 20 minute ) Last Bus at 17:00

  7. Noelan says:

    How far from Capital airport to Deshengmen Bus station and what will be the total cost of trip including returns trip.
    Is it correct that there will be a bus that leaves bus station every 10-20 min if so that is very impressive.

  8. admin says:

    Hello Noelan,

    Just take the airport express train from Beijing airport to its final stop at Dongzhimen (东直门), then interchange for Subway line 2, and get off at the station of Jishuitan (积水潭), exit from the Exit A. Then walk along the sideway in the east direction for about 450 meters, soon you will see a high tower – the Deshengmen Arrow Tower. Deshengmen Bus Station is just below the northern side of the tower. The compound of Deshengmen Arrow Tower is within a roundabout. So you have to cross a road to reach the bus station. You have to be careful crossing the road since the road has no traffic light at the time of my writing.

    By the way, on your 450-meter walk from the subway station of Jishuitan to the Deshengmen Arrow Tower, you will pass alongside the Deshengmenxi Bus Station (different from Deshengmen Bus Station) and you just ignore it! You will be also distracted by some privately owned buses or mini-buses operated in the name of official Badaling-bound buses. We strongly suggest you take the official buses within the Deshengmen Bus Station for safety and reasonable price.

    Don’t be surprised if you find the queue in front of the bus 877 could be very long, especially on the weekends or national public holidays.

    The return tickets for Bus 877 is RMB 24, plus airport express train RMB 25 and subway fee RMB2, adding up to RMB51.

  9. Annie says:

    This was incredibly helpful! Thank you so much for writing it. My friends and I visited the Great Wall yesterday and everything was just as you wrote it would be.

  10. Daniel says:

    Hello Annie,

    Very glad you have enjoyed your trip! Kind regards, Daniel Li

  11. dave says:

    tq and very informative. will be reaching beijing airport late at 1.30 am wth fmly of 6 including parents in late nov. cheapest mode of transport at tht hour to downtown pls. appreciate, tks

  12. Daniel says:

    Hello Dave,

    At that hour, no airport shuttle bus, no airport express train. You have to take a taxi to reach your hotel. For 6 persons, you should take 2 taxis. Suggest you hire a van through local travel agents or a car rental company in advance.

  13. dave says:

    tq daniel. another question, my aged parents will be wth me and they do not want to visit the min g tombs and souvener stops if i take the tour. will travelling by bus 877 be a big problem for senior citizens. tq

  14. Daniel says:

    Hello Dave,

    Not a big problem since everybody will have a seat. But for seniors, it is better to take the S Trains from Beijing North Railway Station to Badaling Great Wall, cheaper and comfortable. For the S trains, please see my blog below:

    http://www.tour-beijing.com/blog/beijing-travel/how-to-visit-great-wall-by-train-visit-badaling-great-wall-by-train/

    Have a good time in Beijing!

  15. Ivan says:

    Hello there!
    Thank you a lot for perfect description. Nevertheless I am still missing one information – for trip back to Deshengmen – where the bus stop can be found in Badaling? Or is it the same one? Thank you for great work you do!

  16. Daniel says:

    Hello Ivan,

    As far as I know, it is the same bus stop where you get off. Please check the Badaling Great Wall Map on which you can locate the Bus Stop for 877. Have a good trip!

    http://www.tour-beijing.com/great_wall/badaling_great_wall_map.php

  17. Rahul says:

    Hello Daniel,

    Thanks for a detailed and accurate description. It is very useful for the tourist to have valuable information. Today I went to Great Wall at Badaling just following this information without any hassle. I started early and got a 877 bus by 7am. There was big queue (Enthusiastic crowd!) but there were two buses back to back so I didn’t take more than 5 mins to fill up.

    Thanks,
    Rahul

  18. Daniel says:

    Hello Rahul,

    Glad that you’ve made it! Taking a public bus in Beijing is daunting. It is preferable to use public transportation to mix with the locals for having true experience of Beijing and China as a whole.

  19. Nelson says:

    Hello,

    Thanks for this information, I just have a few simple questions.

    1. Is “Badaling pass” the main entrance from the 877 bus?
    2. How many towers can be reached if I walk north from Badaling pass?
    3. How many hours would you recommend for someone to walk this far (consider fit, young male)
    4. Am I expected to walk back after reaching the end at the North or is there a cable car/toboggan down?

    If I can go down at the very north:
    5. How does one return back to Beijing (Deshengmen) if you come down at the very north end.

    Kind regards,

    Nelson.

  20. Daniel says:

    Hello Nelson,

    1. Yes, the Bus 877 is close the Badaling Pass, the entrance to Badaling Great Wall, the only main entrance. A 15-minute walk from Bus 877 to the main entrance.

    2. The northern slope of the Badaling Great Wall is about 3700m long starting from NorthTower No.1 up to the Northern Tower No.8, then down to Northern Tower No.12. The whole hiking takes 2-3 hours. Not everyone has the strong legs to hike all the 12 towers, so many passengers would take cable car up to the Wall (below Tower No.8 and Tower9 ) to save their energy. If you are in good shape, I suggest you hike all the 12 towers to digest the magnificent Badaling Great Wall on its northern slope instead of eating “Instant food” by taking the cable car.

    3. The cable car brings you up to the slope below both North Tower No.8 and Tower No.9. So from the cable car station on the upper slope, you can eithe hike to the Tower 8 or Tower 9. It is easier to hike up to the Tower 9 while it is a bit hard to walk up to the Tower 8. To hike up to the Tower 8, you have to climb over a steep slope known as “Haohanpo” ( a real hero”slope ), or 好汉坡 in Chinese.

    4. If you want to visit the Northern section of Badaling Great Wall, you can take the cable car up, then walk down: walk from Tower 8 to down to Tower 1, or from Tower 8 down to Tower 12. Or you can take a cable down. Also you can walk up to Tower 8, then take cable car down. One way cable car: RMB60; round trip cable car: RMB80.

    5. For the northern part of Badaling Great Wall, you can walk to the east from Tower 8 to down to Tower 12, then pass by the Bear Garden, then walk about 10 minutes back to the main entrance to the Tower 1, a loop route and you don’t have to backtrack.

    6. if you come down at the very north end, you may take the cable car down and take bus 877 back to Beijing.

    7. Check out the link for the Map of Badaling Great Wall and you will know the clear picture:

    http://www.tour-beijing.com/great_wall/badaling_great_wall_map.php

  21. Joaquim Lamas says:

    yakatong card is good to bus 877 to badaling

  22. Alvin says:

    Hi,

    how do i go from badaling great wall to badaling ski resort?

    I do not intend to get a private driver.

    Any taxi/bus around from the great wall to the resort?

    Regards,
    Alvin

  23. Daniel says:

    Hi Alvin,

    It’s a bit tricky to use the public system to go from Badaling Great Wall to Badaling Ski Resort though they are only about 7 km apart. You may try to find a local taxi, costing you about 30 yuan. But personally I’ve never had any experience using the local taxis. Have good luck!

  24. Nayanika says:

    Hi ! I will be going to Badaling dayafter.

    Is there any information in this post that is out-dated or can I still follow it fully ?

    Thank you !

  25. Daniel says:

    Hi Nayanika,

    As far as I know, the information on the bus 977 is updated, not outdated.

    Alternatively you can take S2 train to get to Badaling Great Wall.See the link below:

    http://www.tour-beijing.com/blog/beijing-travel/how-to-visit-great-wall-by-train

    Have a nice time in Beijing!

  26. Bruce says:

    I will be in Beijing Jan. 6-9, 2017. Staying near Forbidden City. How do I get to Badaling Great Wall? I could find no current information on bus 877. Thank you. I did see the information on the train. So currently what is best way to get there?

  27. Daniel says:

    Hi Bruce,

    Personally I prefer taking S2 train to visit Badaling Great Wall. The Bus 877 is still in service.

  28. Gyula says:

    Hi

    I found your guidance very help full but still have some quetions. I have a 7 hrs layover in Beijing, and want to see the Great Wall, which tour you recommend me? Badaling or Mutianyu?

    My flight departure is Beijing, China Capital Airport (PEK) at 12:40 Terminal 3
    and I take the flight from Beijing, China
    Capital Airport (PEK) at 19:45 Terminal 3.

    Thank you in advance

  29. Daniel says:

    Gyula,

    Happy Holidays!

    You may choose the day tour: Mutianyu Great Wall Tour from Beijing Airport.

    http://www.tour-beijing.com/short-tours/mutianyu_great_wall_quick_tour.php

    Please book online. Any questions, please email us at info@tour-beijing.com.

    Thanks!

  30. Gyula says:

    I wrote you email too, but that tour is really expensive for me. I try to found an alternativ way to get there in this short time.
    thnbaks for your answer.

  31. Daniel says:

    Hi Gyula,

    Have a nice time in Beijing!

    Best Regards

  32. sara says:

    hi. im planning to go to badaling ski resort first in the morning and after that go to the great wall.

    1. i want to know how to go to badaling ski resort from jishuitan station?

    2. is taxi is the most preferable transport from ski resort to great wall?

  33. Daniel says:

    Hi Sara,

    1. From jishuitan station to Badaling Great Wall
    You first take subway line 2 from Jishuitan Station to the east and get off at the next station of Gulou Dajie (鼓楼大街)and interchange for subway line 8 to the north and get off at Huoying Station ( 霍营站) and exit from Exit G4. The Exit G4 is only 110 meters to the northwest of Huangtudian Railway Station (黄土店站). From Huangtudian Railway Station (黄土店站), you take S2 train to Badaling Great Wall. For more information on how to get to Badaling Great Wall by train, please check out the link below:

    http://www.tour-beijing.com/blog/beijing-travel/how-to-visit-great-wall-by-train

    2. is taxi is the most preferable transport from ski resort to great wall?
    Yes,you may use the local taxi and bargain for a deal.

    Have a good time!

  34. Daniel says:

    Hi Sara,

    Yes, you also can take Bus 877 from Deshengmen to Badaling Great Wall.

  35. Lenka says:

    Hi,
    thank you for the information, it is really very useful. I would like to have one more question. The tickets for bus 877 used to be booked directly in the bus or is there any ticket machine in the station?
    thank you so much for info

  36. Daniel says:

    Hi Lenka,

    Just get on the bus and pay on the bus. Have a nice trip!

  37. Maryna says:

    Can I buy ticket in advance or only the same day? Thanks a lot for your help!

  38. Daniel says:

    Dear Maryna,

    Basically you need to line up, get on the bus and pay cash on the spot. If you have a transportation card, you just swipe and go.

    For your convenience, you can buy a transportationb card in advance.

  39. Rams says:

    Hi and thanks for one of the most informative blogs out there. I was wondering how to get a transportation card. What does it cost? And what it can be used for? Does it include taxis? Thank you.

  40. Ramses says:

    Hi and thanks for one of the most informative blogs out there! I have a question about the transportation card. What is it called? Where to buy it? How much does it cost? Where to recharge it? And where can it be used for? Taxi? Subway? Is it only valid in Beijing or also Xian? Thank you!

  41. Daniel says:

    Dear Ramses,

    If you stay in Beijing for quite a few days, or want to have more transport convenience when you traveling Beijing by bus, you are highly recommended to buy a Beijing bus IC card, a kind of transportation smart card. A bus IC Card can be also used to pay for Beijing taxi, Beijing subway and S trains to Badaling Great Wall. The official name of the IC card is called “Yikatong”, which means “one card pass” in Chinese, similar to Hong Kong’s Octopus card, Singapore’s EZ-Link, or the Oyster Card used by TfL in London in United Kingdom.

    More Information on the use of “Yiktong”

    1. Par value RMB100.00 including RMB20.00 deposit
    2. When you leave Beijing or don’t want to use the card anymore, you can return it to places which are appointed by Beijing Municipal Administration and Communications Card Co. Ltd. Then they will refund you RMB20.00 if your card is not damaged.
    3. You could refill the bus IC card from over 700 places – the ticket counters at Beijing subway stations, railway stations, most post offices, big supermarkets and so on.
    4. Yikatong Service phone number: 88087733 http://www.bjsuperpass.com (Chinese)

    Each city has its own transportation card system. Unfortunately they haven’t been interconnected yet. Maybe in the near future.

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