Beijing to Great Wall (Badaling) by Train

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Getting to the Great Wall of China in Badaling by train from Beijing is as easy as 123.  The train leaves from the Beijing North Railway Station and it does help if you read Chinese because there’s no English signages around.  I’ve taken a few photos to help you get to Badaling with ease:)        

First, take the Beijing Subway to Xizhimen Station, which can be reached via line 2 (dark blue line), line 4 (Daxing Line) and line 13 (yellow line).  Click here for Map of Beijing Subway.

Once you have reached Xizhimen Station, follow the signage to Beijing North Railway Station, and exit at EXIT A.

At this point, you are still underground so you have to follow the arrows and go one level up to the ground floor to take the S2 train to Badaling, which is what the signage here says.

There’s one ticket counter on the underground level on your way out but that’s not the one you are looking for.

This ticket counter is the one that you are looking for.

This is the official published time table for Beijing to Badaling and return (as of 2013). There are 12 trains that goes to Badaling from Beijing North Railway Station at 6.12 am, 7.58 am, 9.02 am, 10.57 am, 13.14 pm, 13.35 pm, 15.24 pm, 17.41 pm, 18.39 pm, 19.11 pm, 22.03 pm and 22.36 pm.  The journey is 1 hour 20 minutes.

From Badaling back to Beijing North Railway Station, there are 8 trains leaving at 8.20 am, 11.47 am, 13.33 pm, 15.43 pm, 16.14 pm, 17.30 pm, 19.55 pm, 21.31 pm.

And here is my ticket at only RMB 6!

The queue to buy the ticket wasn’t long, but the queue waiting for the train gate to open was long! As soon as the gate opened, people RACED to the train and I didn’t understand what the rush was all about.

Ah, it was because you may not get a seat and might have to end up standing or sitting on the floor for 1 hour 20 minutes.

Entrance ticket to Great Wall of China was sold together with the ticket to the Great Wall Circle Vision Theater.  You get a discount for purchasing the two together and you can’t buy the tickets individually.  The theater basically shows the history, the past and present of Great Wall of China.  No English commentaries though.  You can still purchase the tickets separately once you are at Badaling.

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The train ride was comfortable.

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Leg room varies depending on train type.

And enjoy your ride on the S2 train (or “Hexiehao”) to Great Wall of China in Badaling!




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  4. Wubing

    Hi, may I know how long is the journey from xizhimen to the venue. Does the train come with toilet? Await your feedback so. Thank.

    1. KJ @ Post author

      Hi . Beijing North Station to Badaling is 1 hour 20 minutes. If you are counting from xizhimen, that will depend on how far you are staying from xizhimen. Yes there was a toilet on the train. enjoy the trip.

  5. Wubing

    Hi KJ,

    Thank you so much for the reply. Yes, I am intending to go and might print your step by step guide with me.

    May I ask you know anything about their TAXI fee? Is it ex? I am going on May 28, really appreciate your reply – it helps me make easier decision.

    It would be horrible to be in a train for super long with no toilet.

    1. KJ @ Post author

      Hi. I think if the taxi uses the meter, it shouldn’t be too expensive. We never really took the taxi in Beijing, the one time we tried, the taxi wanted to charge us RMB100 for a short distance without using the meter around forbidden city.

  6. Wubing

    Hi KJ,

    I am staying near TianAnMen area. So just to double confirm.

    Is it all trains in China to BaDaling comes with a toilet or only certain premium trains?

    1. KJ @ Post author

      Hi I think it is only S2 train that goes to badaling… if you are really concerned about the toilette, you should do a bit more research because I am not 100% sure 🙂

  7. Luis

    Great advices! Did it two days ago, and got the 6:12 S201 as you said, however there was an emptyness along the train, no long queues neither sprint to find the best place, better for us!
    On our way back we couldn’t find the way back to the train station so we got the 877 bus and then subway.

    Thanks for the report, seems that things haven’t changed schedules from years ago.

    1. KJ @ Post author

      Hi Luis. Thanks for visiting my blog ! Glad to hear that nobody was fighting with you to race to the train. We had to race to the train because everyone else seemed worried about not being able to get a seat on the train 🙂

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