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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

Hi how much for a taxi from Beijing west train station to Sunworld Dynasty 50 Wangfujing Avenue.know its around 35 kilometres

Reply12/28/2017 10:09:14 PMJennifer,   Australia

Sunny :1/1/2018 9:58:28 PM

No, their distance is only 10km, and the taxi fare can be CNY30 or a little more.

How much would it cost a taxi from Airport Terminal 3 to Novotel Beijing Peace hotel ??

Reply12/19/2017 2:36:18 AMJorge,   Spain

Tiana :12/24/2017 6:54:59 PM

It costs CNY100-110.

Hi,I want to hire a taxi for 3 adults, to take us from the city hotel at 8:30 am to the Great Wall, another coupe of tourist attractions along the way back and then to the international airport by 19:00. What would be the cost for such one day travel?

Reply11/29/2017 10:43:37 PMDavid,   Australia

Tiana :12/3/2017 7:36:06 PM

It may cost CNY600 or around.

How much would it cost by taxi from PEK to Beijing Lijingwan Hotel on Donghsihuan rd? We can't ride the shuttle because of the luggage and old age.Thank!

Reply10/18/2017 8:48:30 AMAnne,   United States

Nancy :10/30/2017 1:21:34 AM

It costs CNY80 or a little more.

How much will it cost me to take a taxi from Beijing Capital International Airport to ibis hotel dacheng road?

Reply10/24/2017 1:02:38 AMWill,   United States

Iris ( Australia ) :10/30/2017 1:22:37 AM

You need to spend CNY150-160 for the route by taxi.

Which level and entrance is the taxi stand at Beijing West Railway station?

Reply10/4/2017 10:55:49 PMChristina Ying,   Singapore

Lisa :10/12/2017 6:40:28 PM

Hi, the taxi stands are at B1 and B2 floors. Also at the north square of the railway station, you can flag down a taxi.

Good morning,How can i take Taxi from Beijing International Airport toThe Great Wall Sheraton Hotel No. 10, Dongsanhuan North Road. Please suggest the safe and best way to reach the hotel. How much will the taxi cost. Appreciate your early response.Regards

Reply8/23/2017 10:49:14 AMSyed Abbas,   India

Harry :9/4/2017 7:38:32 PM

Outside the Arrival Hall, you should line up and take a taxi. It will cost CNY70-80 to your hotel. It can be safe. Don't worry!

If you wanna go by public transportation, take Airport Express Train to Sanyuanqiao with the fare of CNY25. Then take a taxi to ur hotel with CNY13.

Do taxi drivers in Beijing accept European credit cards or cash only?

Reply7/29/2017 9:01:33 PMJan,   Netherlands

Vivian :8/13/2017 8:40:08 PM

As I know, European credit cards may not work on taxis there. You'd better exchange enough Chinese Yuans in advance.

HiI want to hire taxi from international airport Beijing to happy valley then to aquarium and back to airport How much it will cost

Reply6/22/2017 3:34:52 PMRanbir Singh

Veronica ( Mexico ) :6/26/2017 2:19:24 AM

Generally, the taxi can only take you from one site to the other, but won't wait for you while the visit. So, it is suggested you rent a car from eHi Car Services. You can find their counters on the 1st floor of the Arrival Hall in T2 and the car rental experience hall on the 1st floor of T3. It generally costs CNY300 or so for a normal car.

I get into Beijing airport at 5:30pm and want to go straight to Mutianyu Great Wall, stay the night, and return to the airport for a flight the next day at 2pm

Any idea how much a taxi would be each way, as it is an overnight stay so we cant hire someone to wait?

Thank you

Reply5/7/2017 11:49:15 AMAndrew Young,   Canada

Jacqueline ( Mexico ) :5/10/2017 1:05:08 AM

Mutianyu is about 50km from the PEK. You can take taxi to get there and return. It might cost CNY200 or so by taxi for one way by.
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