In the daytime, the minimum fare is CNY 10 for the first 3 kilometers (1.9 miles), and it is CNY 2 per kilometer for the remainder of the journey. If the journey is longer than 15 kilometers (9.3 miles), the charge rises to CNY 3 per kilometer. From 23:00 to 05:00 the starting price is CNY 11 for the first 3 kilometers, and then CNY 2.4 per kilometer, while CNY 3.4 per kilometer for a journey over 15 kilometers. Waiting and traffic jam time (when the speed is lower than 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) per hour) is charged extra the fare of 1 kilometer for each 5 minutes.
Note: A CNY 2 fuel surcharge is required if the journey is over 3 kilometers.
Generally, it will cost CNY100-200 from the Capital Airport to the city proper of Beijing, according to different distance. Badaling Great Wall is about 65 kilometers (40 miles) from the downtown area, which need some CNY200 to cover the expense by meter. Ask before getting on the cab, for most taxis do not meter while getting to those scenic spots, then you should negotiate with the driver about the fare. From Tiananmen Square to Badaling Great Wall, it costs a little bit more than CNY200, excluding the highway toll fare and additional fares for drive at night and slow-drive. To be notice, there is an empty run of about 50 kilometers (31 miles) while returning to the city center. So, few taxi drivers would like to have a single run to the spot. To rend a vehicle for a round trip, it perhaps takes you CNY500.
Taxi Station, Beijing
It is recommended that tourists ask for a receipt when alighting from a taxi because the taxi details are listed in it. This is useful should you have any problems such as leaving property behind.
1. It is easy to hail a taxi in Beijing, but make sure you use an official one with a taxi sign on the roof and with the driver's registration card.
2. Ask someone to write down your destination in Chinese beforehand in case of getting lost.
3. The taxi fare can be paid with Transportation Smart Card which is used to travel on Beijing trains and buses.
4. Cab calling service is provided in this city. Passengers are able to book a taxi 24 hours by phone, internet or mobile phone through the citywide reservation system. Passengers who book cabs at the six urban districts during peak traffic times four hours in advance are insured to be successful except those who break an appointment more than twice a year. Passengers are charged CNY3 for the reservation service. The reservation hot line is 96103 currently.