How to Get to Summer Palace: By Bus, Metro 2023
Located in the northwest outskirts of Beijing, Summer Palace used to be the royal park where the emperors of China dwelt during Summer. It has been opening to the public as an exquisite park that owns almost the best designed architecture, classic featured buildings and traditional gardening pavilions of ancient China. As a famous scenic site, summer palace is surrounded by multiple bus stops and a metro station. You can easily get there and transfer to other attractions such as Yuanmingyuan Garden, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven.
Address: 19 Xin Jian Gong Men Rd, Haidian District, Beijing 海淀区新建宫门路19号
Distance: It's about 21km from Temple of Heaven, 19km from Forbidden City, 20km from Tiananmen Square.
Bus to Summer Palace
There are four entrances to summer palace, namely West Palace Gate (Pinyin: Xi Gongmen 西宫门), North Palace Gate (Pinyin: Bei Gongmen 北宫门), East Palace Gate (Pinyin: Dong Gongmen 东宫门), and New Palace Gate (Pinyin: Xinjian Gongmen 新建宫门). Tourists heading to Summer palace can stop at different gates to visit Summer palace. The most recommended travelling route is to enter Summer Palace from the North Gate.
Bus to West Palace Gate: Bus 469, Bus 539
Get off at Summer Palace West Gate Stop (Pinyin:Yiheyuan Ximenzhan 颐和园西门站)
Bus to North Palace Gate: Bus 303, Bus 330, Bus 331, Bus 346, Bus 375, Bus 384, Bus 563, Bus 601, Bus 608, Bus 683, Bus 696, Bus 697, Bus 718
Get off at Summer Palace North Gate Stop (Pinyin: Yiheyuan Beigongmenzhan颐和园北宫门站)
Bus to East Palace Gate: Bus 209, Bus 330, Bus 331, Bus 332, Bus 346, Bus 394, Bus 601, Bus 608, Bus 626, Bus 683, Bus 690, Bus 696, Bus 718
Get off at Summer Palace Stop (Pinyin: Yiheyuan Zhan颐和园站)
Bus to New Palace Gate: Bus 74, Bus 374, Bus 437, Bus 952
Get off at Summer Palace New Gate Stop (Pinyin: Yiheyuan Xinjiangongmenzhan 颐和园新建宫门站)
Metro to Summer Palace
Besides multiple buses, you can also take the metro line 4 to the Summer Palace. There are two stations near the North Palace Gate and East Palace Gate.
To the North Palace Gate: Get off at Exit D of North Palace Gate Station (Pinyin: BeigongmenZhan 北宫门站), and go straight along Yiheyuan Rd (颐和园路) and Qinglongqiao E Rd (青龙桥东街) for about 300m , then reach the North Palace Gate Ticket office within 5min.
To the West Palace Gate: Get off at Exit D of North Palace Gate Station (Pinyin: BeigongmenZhan 北宫门站), and go straight along Yiheyuan Rd (颐和园路) and Qinglongqiao E Rd (青龙桥东街) for about 300m , then reach the North Palace Gate Ticket office within 5min.
From Beijing Airport to Summer Palace
Situated in the East of Beijing suburban area, Beijing Capital Airport is 39km away from Summer Palace (1h by car). You can grab a taxi to the scenic area. However, it may cost a lot. There is no direct bus/metro to the summer palace.
The most recommended transferring way by public transportation is to take an airport express at Terminal 3 and get off at Sanyuanqiao Stop (三元桥站), then you may walk around 200 meters to Sanyuanqiao Metro Station and take metro line 10 to HaidianHuangzhuang Station (海淀黄庄站) where you can transfer to metro line 4 and reach North Palace Gate Station or Xiyuan Station.
From Forbidden City to Summer Palace
The Forbidden city is right in the city center and it is 20km (57min by car) to the southeast of the summer palace. The unexpected traffic jam may happen if you want to get to the Summer Palace during the peak hours or on weekend and holidays.
You can take Metro Line 1 at Tiananmen Square East Station (天安门东站) and transfer at Xidan Station (西单站) to take Metro Line 4 and stop at North Palace Gate Station or Xiyuan Station.
From Wangfujing to Summer Palace
Since Wangfujing, Tiananmen Square and Forbidden city are right close to each other and they are around 20km away to the summer palace in the southwest Beijing, you can always take metro line 1 from the nearest station such as Wangfujing Station (王府井站) and Tiananmen Square Station (天安门东站) to North Palace Gate Station or Xiyuan Station on Line 4, via Xidan Station (西单站).
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