How to get to Datong from Beijing

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Plan your Beijing Datong tour? If you are going to visit Datong from Beijing, the first thing in your mind will most probaly be how to get to Datong from Beijing and vice versa – How far? Which transportation tools – by train,  Long-distance bus, hiring a car or by plane?

Datong is situated approx. 350km to the west of Beijing. Basically you have four alternatives as for the inter-city transportation between Beijing and Datong- by rail, air,  long-distance bus, or you may also pay a little more to hire a car or van for a comfortable transfer from Beijing to Datong.

Going by train from Beijing to Datong 
Well, let’s first talk about the rail transfer from Beijing to Datong. At present, there is no high speed railyway line linking Beijing and Datong.

It is said that Beijing Zhangjiekou Inter-city High Speed Railway will be completed in the year 2017. This high speed train line will be extended to Datong.  With the completion of Beijing and Datong high speed railway, the train drive between the two cities will be shortened to one hour!

Right now, it basically takes 6 hours taking trains between the two cities.  Among the 10 daily trains running between Beijing and Datong,  there is only one direct train numbered K615 starting from Beijing and ends at Datong and all other trains are passing by trains.

We recommend two trains from Beijing to Datong – afternoon train and overnight train as listed below:
Beijing Datong Afternoon Train: K615 (15:36 – 21: 59), a direction train;
Beijing Datong Overnight Train: 2603 (23:42 – 06:01).

We recommend two trains from  Datong to Beijing – morning train  and afternoon train
Datong Beijing Morning Train: K616 (07:55 – 14:36);
Datong Beijing Afternoon Train: K44 (13:40 – 19:42).

Note: All the Beijing Datong trains leave from Beijing West Railway Station and ends at Datong Railway Station and vice versa.

Getting to Datong from Beijing by Long-distance Bus
The long-distance buses for Datong from Beijing mainly start from Beijing Liuliqiao Long-Distance Bus Station (北京市六里桥长途汽车站).  Add: Jia 19, Liuliqiao Nanli, Fengtai District, Beijing (丰台区六里桥南里甲19号). You can easily get to Beijing Liuliqiao Long-distance Bus Station by taking the public bus numbered 340, 982, 941, 300, 323, and 324.

There are daily 12 long-distance buses runing between Beijing and Datong using Beijing Liuliqiao Long-Distance Bus Station.  The first bus leaves at 7: 10 and the last bus at 18:00. There are three long-distance bus stations in Datong, namely Datong Long -distance Bus Station, North Passenger Transport Station and  Xinnan Passenger Bus Station.

Xinnan Passenger Bus Station (大同新南站) is used for the buses heading to Beijing,  Taiyuan, Xian, Zhengzhou,  Tianjin, and Luoyang. So you will arrive at or leave from Xinnan Passenger Bus Station if you are going to Datong from Beijing or vice versa. Add: No.699 Xinjian Road in the South of the Datong city and you can get there by bus No.19, 28 and 30.

The flight between Beijing and Datong
Few people know there are two daily 40-minute flights between Beijing and Datong: one morning flight (7:05 – 8:25) from Beijing Capital Airport and one evening flight (18:20 – 19:00) from Beijing Nanyuan Airport; morning flight (9:20 – 10:25) from Datong airport to Beijing capital airport and evening flight (19:50 – 20:40) from Datong airport to Beijing Nanyuan Airport.

Datong airport is located about 15km in the northeast of Datong city. The Datong airport enquiry phone number: 0351-7286462.  Datong airport has one airport shuttle bus line running between the airport and the CAAC Building in Datong.

Car Rental for the Transfer  Service Between Beijing to Datong
You may also take a taxi or rent a private car or van for a comfortable transfer directlly from your hotel in Beijing to your hotel in Datong or your sites in Datong.

Many car rental companies or travel agencies offer the limo service from Beijing to Datong and back to Beijing. You will drive along the 390km expressway in 4 or 5 hours. There are service stations along the 4-5 hour drive expressway.

Tip:  Hassle-free Datong Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Datong guided tours:

Datong Great Wall Hike Day Tour  from US$105 p/p
Datong Great Wall Hike 2 Day Tour  from US$195 p/p
Datong Great Wall Hike 3 Day Tour  from US$290 p/p

Datong City Highlight Day Tour  from US$ 90 p/p
Datong One Day Excursion Tour  from US$ 90 p/p
Datong 2 Day Private Tour Packages  from US$ 205 p/p

Beijing Datong 2 Day Round Trip by private car or van  from US$ 260 p/p
Beijing Datong 4 Day Round Trip by Daytime Train  from US$ 370 p/p

Beijing Datong Day Trip by Flight  from US$ 290 p/p
Beijing Datong 2 Day Tour by flight   from US$ 400 p/p

Further Readings


Best Time to Visiit Datong
Top 10 Attractions in Datong
How to Get to Datong from Beijing
Datong Xian High Speed Train

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2 Responses to “How to get to Datong from Beijing”

  1. maria says:

    could you recommend me a driver to go from beijing to datong, visit the monasteries, the budahs and go back?

  2. Daniel says:

    Hi Maria,

    You may check http://www.tour-beijing.com/china_car_rental/ for more information. Thanks!

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