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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

We will arrive @ PEK 0005H. How much will be the Taxi cost (night rate) from airport to our hotel in Dongzhimen

Reply4/9/2015 9:59:47 AMFrancisco Figueroa,   Qatar

Hello :) How much would it be from Beijing Capital Airport to the Chongwenmen Hotel in Dong Cheng, at night (after 10.30pm)? Thanks!

Reply3/18/2015 3:50:39 PMLauren,   United Kingdom

Fenny :3/29/2015 4:44:47 AM

It costs CNY90 or around.

Hi, can you tell me if there are taxi vans in Beijing. We are a family of 5 and would prefer to travel together. Thanks

Reply1/22/2015 5:49:51 AMK.H,   Australia

Marco :2/5/2015 3:06:11 AM

Hey, the official taxis are allowed to accommodate four adult passengers. For five of you, two cabs may be needed.

I have to send my wife from Beijing International Airport at 0030 hrs on 02-16. also I have to be there at Beijing West Railway station for my Train to Wuhan by 0300 hrs.
Is it possible to go by taxi at that time (midnight).what will be the average taxi fare and time will take to reach west railway station?

Reply1/22/2015 5:55:38 AMYas,   China

Yoyo :2/5/2015 3:07:53 AM

Don't worry! Taxi service would be in service then and it is easy to take one. The fare is CNY140 or around and it takes around 40min to arrive.

I'll have an early flight at Beijing Capital Airport (8am). I'll be coming from Dongcheng district. How much will be the taxi fare? And how much time should I allow prior to flight departure - leave hotel at 530am is okay?


Reply1/8/2015 8:09:45 AMMaria,   Philippines

Teddy :1/11/2015 4:56:47 AM

Dongcheng District covers a large area, so I can just tell you the general cab fare to the airport, around CNY80-100. To leave hotel at 05:30, it is too late. It takes around 40min to the airport and the time needed for check-in is 1.5-2 hours. Considering the time to wait for a taxi, you are suggested to leave around 05:00 in case.

Having a 9 hour layover in Beijing, we want to get a taxi from airport to Mutianua Great Wall, hike 4 hours, then return. How would we arrange for the return trip? We are going the end of January when it probably isn't as busy at the Wall. What would the cost approximate?

Reply1/6/2015 2:52:49 AManita,   China

Hinda :1/6/2015 9:29:52 PM

You can take a taxi at the airport to tour. The round trip cost shall be CNY400 or around. During your trip, the taxi will wait for you. And it won't be busy on the wall during that time. Take it easy!

How much is the fare from beijing airport to Dong Fang hotel in wan ming road? Which transport more convenient by Subway?taxi?

Reply12/17/2014 1:13:18 AMFrancis,   Hong Kong, China

Jack :12/17/2014 8:34:26 PM

Taxi is the most convenient and the fare shall be CNY110-120.

What is the preferred transportation from Beijing Airport to Mutianyu Great Wall Round trip?. If Taxi How much is the rate?.

Reply12/17/2014 2:19:56 AMYohannes,   United States

Alvin :12/17/2014 8:35:52 PM

I would recommend you take a taxi or rent a van in the airport for a round trip. They may charge CNY400 or a little more for the round trip.

How much is a taxi ride from Beijing south station to the capital airport at night?

Reply11/15/2014 1:17:01 AMFederico,   Italy

Shana :11/23/2014 1:35:31 AM

It costs CNY120-130.

We are arriving at Beijing Capital Airport on 11/11.14 @ 11.30 a.m. We require a taxi to Holiday Inn Express Dongzhimin & the following day from there to Beijing Marriott Hotel Northeast. What would the cost be for each route?

Reply10/30/2014 5:28:38 AMRose,   South Africa

Lily :11/8/2014 9:27:43 PM

The cab fare from the airport to Holiday Inn Express Dongzhimen is CNY60-70. And it is only 4-5km to the other hotel and the cab fare between them is no more than CNY20.
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