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Taxi, the fastest vehicle in Beijing

The taxi, considered as 'the City Name Card', is the most direct way to get the feel for the city, the scale and types of Beijing's taxi. The taxi industry in Beijing is very well developed and you will find taxis everywhere in the city. At present, there are about 67,000 taxis in Beijing! The car types vary, and include Citroen AZ, Volkswagen Jetta, and Sonata; Elantra and Citroen AZ (Fukang) being the most common types. In Beijing, almost all the taxis are new cars, but the colors of the taxis under different companies vary: these can be green, red, purple and blue, and they usually feature a yellow stripe across the middle.

On the roof of each taxi, there is an indicator lamp stating 'TAXI', and a license plate starting with '京B' on the front of the car. If the taxi is unoccupied, the lever with the red symbol '空车 (For Hire)' in the middle of the front window of the taxi will be up. After you get in, the taxi driver will drop the 'For Hire' lever indicating the taxi is occupied. The rates are clearly displayed on each of the rear windows of the taxis, showing price by kilometer (per 0.62 mile). Inside the car, an official driver should display the Service Supervisor Card and his identification card displaying his photo, name, and company in the front of the cab.

Beijing taxi drivers are quite possibly the most ebullient group of people in the world. They are active and possess keen discernment and advanced language skills. The taxi driver, who along with his or her warm personality, is an excellent ambassador for presenting the rich culture of the city. Some taxi drivers in Beijing can speak a little English, while most cannot. When taking a taxi, we suggest that you firstly show a card to the driver with the name of your desired location written in Chinese.

Taxis, Beijing

 Beijing Taxi Charge

The fare for a Beijing taxi ride is rated by taximeter, starting with the initial fee or 'flag-down price' of CNY 10. The flag down price includes an initial distance of 3 kilometers (1.86 miles). After the initial distance is traveled, an additional unit fare for each kilometer traveled is calculated and added to the flag down price. The unit fare is CNY 2.00 per additional kilometer. Take Santana 2000 for example: An initial fee of CNY 10.00 is charged for the first 3 kilometers (1.86 miles), and then CNY 2 will be added for each additional kilometer. Fares for the other car types are calculated in the same manner.

Waiting Fee: A 'waiting fee' will apply if the taxi stops and waits for more than 5 minutes (irrespective of the reason). An extra charge, which equals the fare for each additional kilometer, will be added, once for every five minutes interval.
Tolls: The passenger is responsible for any tolls.
Night charge: If you take a taxi at night (between 23:00 to 05:00 of the next day), the taximeter will automatically add an extra 20% to the fare price.
Long Distance charge: If your destination is over 15 kilometers (9.32 miles), an extra fee to compensate for the return trip (without a passenger) will be also charged.
For an airport taxis: If your trip is more than 15 kilometers (9.32 miles) long, an extra charge of 50% for each additional kilometer (0.62 mile) is required by the drivers.

 Take a Taxi
When taking a taxi, you are quite within your rights to demand that the driver use the taximeter, and to ask for an invoice when leaving the taxi. The invoices are printed with the plate number of the taxi, the company and the complaint telephone number, and this helps to safeguard your rights or find your lost things in case you leave anything behind in the taxi. If a taxi is not metered, the driver will be fined in accordance with the seriousness, ranging from CNY 100 to CNY 2,000. Once the driver says the taximeter does not work, you should take another taxi.

There are 'No Smoking' signs in the taxis. The taxi drivers are not allowed to smoke in the taxi; as a passenger, you should not smoke and the driver will also discourage you from smoking. Once drivers smoke in taxis, passengers may take a photo by using mobile phones as evidence, and complain to Beijing Municipal Transportation Administration Bureau. The drivers will have to pay CNY 100 or 200 as a fine. If you are dissatisfied with the service, you may complain to the relevant administrative department. Taxi Companies Hot Line Service: 010-68351150, 68351570

Do not take a taxi which has no license. It is recommended that you should reject the cruising taxis and the drivers who tell you the total charge of your trip in advance of your ride for these taxis are always illegal. If you arrive in Beijing by train, there is a taxi rank just in front of the Beijing Railway Station. There are usually some unlicensed taxis around the station, which do not have taximeters, and may refuse to offer service if your destination is within the flag-down distance. If you encounter this problem, you should go out of the station square and across the street to take a taxi. Many legitimate taxis wait on the COFCO Plaza for passengers. In Beijing West Railway Station, taxis are berthed in the underground hall, queued up for passengers. These taxis are not allowed to refuse to serve the customers, regardless of distance.

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Comments and Questions

What is the cost of a taxi from Beijing airport (PEK) to Beijing Badaling hot springs hotel and resort?

Reply9/3/2014 9:43:21 AMoli,   United States

Collan ( Australia ) :9/5/2014 3:56:50 AM

U need to pay CNY280-300 for the trip.

My husband and I need to get from Beijing International to Beijing West international trade hotel what would the taxi cost be and do you advise to book one ahead of time????

Reply8/20/2014 9:31:44 AMShirley,   Canada

Joe ( Greece ) :8/21/2014 2:07:38 AM

Hi, the cab fare shall be CNY130-140. There are usually many people waiting for taxis in the airport so passengers have to queue for that. Therefore, if possible, book one in advance.

HI, i would like to ask Jingan Express Hotel to Beijing West Railway Station by taxi is roughly how much?

Reply8/15/2014 1:25:04 AMAnne Tan,   Malaysia

Tina ( Brazil ) :8/17/2014 3:33:31 AM

the taxi fare is CNY120-130.

Is it easy to get taxi from Beijing South Station at 11 Pm in the night to reach my Days Inn Hotel, Forbidden City ? How much it will cost ?

Reply8/5/2014 12:14:25 AME Mohan,   India

Chuke :8/11/2014 4:36:56 AM

Yes, it is easy to catch a taxi at the train station even at that time. Don't worry! The cab fare is around CNY30 by meter.

Hello, Can i take a prepaid taxi from Beijing international airport and what will be the taxi fare from the capital international airport to the Chinese museum for women and children on beijige road. Thanks in advance for the replyRohit

Reply7/14/2014 1:09:49 AMRohit,   India

Wendy ( Canada ) :7/27/2014 3:21:03 AM

Yes, you can and the taxi fare is around CNY90. You can dial 96103 to reserve a taxi to pick you up at the airport.

What is the taxi fare from Grand Gongda Jianguo Hotel to 会议地点 北京大学中关新园1号楼群英宴会厅 ?

Reply7/17/2014 11:55:10 PMHenry Egi,   Germany

Lynn ( Turkey ) :7/27/2014 3:22:15 AM

The taxi fare shall be CNY90-100.

is there a train from capital airport to crowne plaza hotel wifiganju

Reply7/24/2014 6:35:39 AMbiraj,   Nepal

Luna ( Philippines ) :7/27/2014 3:35:14 AM

Yes, there is. You can take Airport Express train to Dongzhimen. Then you can transfer to subway line 2 to Yonghegong Lama Temple, where you can easily change to line 5. You need to get off at Dengshikou and get out from exit A to walk to the Crown Plaza Hotel Wangfujing.

How much is a taxi from Beijing west train station to Badaling Resort and Spa. Is there a better way?

Reply4/4/2014 10:56:56 AMpat,   United States

Kelly :4/7/2014 9:58:32 PM

it takes over CNY300. no direct bus or train from Beijing West station. you can try to contact the hotel for a pick-up service.

Sabrina ( United States ) :7/17/2014 5:52:40 AM

If your able to get to the Xizhimen train you can take it to Yinquin county and catch a taxi from there to Badaling Beijing hot springs resort. We just went the opposite way today. It should cost 10RMB from train to resort. Good luck!

I beg to differ with this article. "The taxi driver, who along with his or her warm personality, is an excellent ambassador for presenting the rich culture of the city. "
The most frustrating part about living in Beijing is to having to beg taxi drivers to take me somewhere. They are the people that make my stay in the city less enjoyable.
So I would like to say - most people in Beijing are much nicer than taxi drivers - don't be discouraged by their terrible attitude!

Reply6/25/2013 6:35:39 PMBeijing Laowai

Sabrina ( United States ) :7/17/2014 6:07:25 AM

You are so right we were trying to get a taxi today from the train station in Xizhimen to Novotel Hotel peace and we were rejected because we were 3 people with 3 luggage and the guy looked at it and said no and sped off. Other taxis would not stop while the ones that we did stop act like they never heard of the hotel even though it was around 5 miles away. We had to trick the taxi driver by getting a Chinese lady that spoke to him in Mandarin to take us to the hotel. They are incredibly Rude!

How much would a taxi cost from novetel peace hotel in Beijing to tianjin xingang cruise port

Reply6/22/2014 2:34:36 PMMaureen,   United Kingdom

Ada :6/25/2014 3:15:23 AM

Hi, taxis are only operated within one city. Intercity taxis are not available, so it is hard to tell the price.

You are suggested to use the bullet trains and public transportation system for transfering between the two places.
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