Shuttle Bus to Gubei Water Town & Simatai Great Wall

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Dear Travelers,

We’d like to have the following quick guide to be always updated for the benefit of new visitors visiting Gubei Water Town & Simatai Great Wall in Beijing by bus or using other tools of public transportation. If anybody having used the piece finds necessary updates, please leave a message or feedback. Thanks!

Basically you have three ways using the special shuttles or public buses going from the city core of Beijing to Gubei Water Town ( Simatai ) or vice versa.

(1) Beijing Dongzhimen Outer — Gubei Water Town ( Simatai) Shuttle Bus
Bus fare: 48 yuan
134 km
120 Minutes

Starting Point: Dongzhimen Outer Bus Compound ( 东直门外车场)
How to Get to Dongzhimen Outer Bus Compound ?
First get to Dongzhimen Transport Hub, then walk along Dongzhimen Outer Street ( 东直门外大街)for about 100 meters, the turn left ( north); walk along Dongzhimenwaixie Street (东直门外斜街)for about 420 meters; then you come across Xiangheyuan South Street (香河园南街) on your left side. Dongzhimen Outer Bus Compound is just on the north of Xiangheyuan South Street.

Daily Departures: 
8:00 am、9:00am、12:00 am、03:30pm ( Mon – Fri)
8:00 am、9:00 am、11:00 am、12:00 am、02:00 pm、03:30 pm  ( Weekends & Public Holidays )

Returning Point: By the Gate of Gubei Water Town Tourist Dispatch Center 古北水镇景区游客集散中心门口(二号停车场)
Daily Departures: 
11:00 am、12:00 am、04:00 pm、09:00 pm ( Mon – Fri)
11:00am、01:00 pm、03:00 pm、05:00 pm、07:00 pm、09:00 pm ( Weekends & Public Holidays )

Note: For going back,  you need to reserve your return tickets one hour in advance at the Tourist Center.  Then you take your reservation coupon to line up for the shuttle bus. ____________________________________________________________

(2) Take the Shuttle Bus to Gubei Water Town (Simatai) by Beijing Hub of Tourist Dispatch

Bus Fare: RMB 50; Round Trip: 70 ( Only available on the same day )
Bus Ride Time:
3 Hours
Tickets: Buy your Tickets at Booth 1,  3 and 4 at the Bus Center at Qianmen

Starting Point: Get on your bus at Booth 2 of Beijing Hub of Tourist Dispatch at Qianmen (前门),  south of Tiananmen Square
Daily Departure: 8:00 am ( Mon – Sun)

Returning Point: The Parking Lot of Gubei Water Town
Daily Departure: 03:30 pm


(3) Taking Public Buses to Gubei Water Town 公交换乘

Take public bus No.980 from Dongzhimen Transportation Hub and get off the stop of Xidaqiao Miyun (密云西大桥站), then walk across the road and connect local bus  No.51 to Simatai Village, then walk to Gubei Water Town

Note:  Taking connected buses is very time-consuming, not recommended.


Some Basic Price Information on Gubei Water Town & Simatai Great Wall
1.  Gubei Water Town Entrance fee: RMB 150
Senior over 60 years old: Half Price

2. Opening Hours: 8:00- 17:00 (  ticket  selling till 16:30)

2. Simatai Great Wall: RMB 40  ( You need to book your ticket by phone one day in advance)
Ticket Booking Phone Number: 010 – 81009999

1.If you buy the ticket for Gubei Water Town, then you don’t need to book your Simatai Great Wall ticket one day in advance.
2. Gubei Water Town + Simatai Great Wall Combo Ticket: RMB 170
3. Cable car at Simatai Great Wall: RMB 80 (single); RMB120 (return)

06611Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing 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 guided tours to Beijing:

Simatai Great Wall & Gubei Water Town Day Tour   from US$85 p/p

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P 
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings

How to Get to Mutianyu Great Wall by Bus.
How to Get to Badaling Great Wall by Bus.
How to Get to Badaling Great Wall by Train.
How to get to Gubei Water Town & Simatai GreatWall by Bus.

Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street


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2 Responses to “Shuttle Bus to Gubei Water Town & Simatai Great Wall”

  1. Florence Longval says:

    Is it possible to buy your bus ticket in advance to go to Gubei Water Town? Thank you!

  2. Daniel says:

    Dear Florence Longval,

    Thanks for your inquiry! As far as I know, basically people have to buy the tickets on the spot without online ticket booking upfront.

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