Beijing Taxi

Travelling by taxi in Beijing is a breeze because there are plenty of cabs in operation. But it can be pretty hard in rush hour periods 07:00 – 09:00 & 17:00 – 20:00 due to heavy demand and the traffic jam. Beijing taxis are available day and night, and each car holds normally four adult passengers.

Beijing Taxi Price

Flag-down Rate CNY13 for the first 3km (2mi)
Unit Fare 1. CNY2.3/km over 3km in the daytime
2. CNY2.76/km from 23:00 to 05:00 the next day
Low-Speed Drive and Waiting Fare Extra CNY4.6 for each 5mins' waiting or driving with a speed of lower than 12km/h during rush hours. CNY2.3 during other time.
Empty-run Fee CNY3.45/km for the extra distance beyond 15km (9mi)
1. The price is usually rounded up/down to a whole number of Chinese Yuan. For example, CNY16 will be charged if the taximeter shows CNY15.7.
2. The toll fee should be paid by passengers if driving on the highway is needed.

Taxi Fare for Reference

Drivers use mileage meters for downtown travels, but negotiate a flat rate for long-distance trips. The taxi fare from Beijing Capital Airport to Tian'anmen is CNY100-140, and it costs CNY600-800 for a round trip by cab from the airport to Badaling Great Wall. Generally, an 8-hour day taxi rental with a dedicated driver costs CNY500-800 in downtown Beijing.
Destination Distance Fare from Tian'anmen
Capital Airport 30km (19mi) CNY100-140
Daxing Airport 50km (31mi) CNY180-250
Summer Palace 20km (12mi) CNY70-90
Fragrant Hills Park 31km (19mi) CNY90-120
Badaling Great Wall 65km (40mi) CNY500 - 700 for a round trip
Mutianyu Great Wall 73km (45mi) CNY600 - 900 for a round trip

How to Hail a Taxi in Beijing

1. Hail a Taxi by Hand Signal

Stand by the roadside or at a designated taxi stand in Beijing and wave down a cab. Avoid intersections, otherwise, the driver won't stop. Do not do it on the ring roads, urban expressways, and highways.
Taxies in Beijing
Beijing Taxi
Beijing taxi station
Taxi Stand

2. Taxi Despatch Number: +86 010 – 96103

Dial the number to call an official taxi. The service fee is CNY6 when calling over 4h in advance, and CNY5 within 4h in advance.

3. Online Car-Hailing Apps:

Didi,  Shouyue Limousine & Chauffeur ...
Payment: cash, Wechat Pay, Alipay, UnionPay
Passengers can call a taxi or a private car using these apps. During rush hours, the price may be much higher or even doubled particularly in bustling areas like Wangfujing, Xidan and Sanlitun Bar Street.

How to Pay the Taxi Fare

The payment may be by cash, Beijing Transportation Smart Card, Wechat Pay, Alipay and UnionPay, but international debit cards like Visa Card and MasterCard cannot work.

Tips on How to Take a Taxi in Beijing

1. How to spot available cars & share a taxi

Cabs with the light behind the windscreen on are available. If the light is off, the taxi is occupied. An exception to the rule is the passenger in the car is willing to share the ride. The driver may pull over to carry additional passengers going in the same direction. When sharing, each passenger pays 60% of the total fare.

2. First come, first served & on queue in airport and railway stations

A number of passengers may hail a taxi simultaneously near subway stations, bus stops, shopping malls or attractions. The person gets the door first wins. So be fast! However, this doesn't apply in airports and railway stations, where there are designated waiting zones and long queues for cabs.

3. Walking or cycling rather than waiting

Rush hours traffic jam in Beijing is normal, and walking or cycling to the destination outweighs waiting for a cab. In addition, many drivers are picky on short rides. At places like the Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Wangfujing Pedestrian Street, it can be very hard. Just walk further to hail one, or choose city buses or subways.

4. Drivers speak little English

Since most Beijing taxi drivers speak little English, do make some preparations to overcome the language barrier. A note with Chinese characters showing your destination and detailed address would help a lot. Or show the driver a map with your destination clearly marked. Experienced drivers know the city well. From a hotel, ask the concierge to call a taxi for you.
- Last updated on Jul. 12, 2023 by Catherine He -
Questions & Answers on Beijing Taxi
Asked by Parvz from UNITED KINGDOM | Dec. 24, 2019 02:12Reply
what is the best way to go from Beijing international airport (PEK) to Prime Hotel Wangfujing
2 Wangfujing Avenue, Dongcheng, 100006, China - 王府井大街2号, 东城区, (北京, 100006)??
Answers (1)
Answered by Andrew from POLAND | Dec. 24, 2019 23:57

Take Airport Express to Dongzhimen Station. Then take metro line 2 to Gulou Street and transfer to metro line 8 to National Art Museum of China. Walk south around 300 meters to find your hotel.
Asked by Qing from USA | Dec. 18, 2019 12:03Reply
Beijing Capital Airport to Chaoyang District on Chinese New Years Eve and Cash?
Hi, Will there still be taxi drivers working between 4-5pm on Chinese New Years Eve at the PEK? Does the driver accept cash? Or just Wechat pay? Thanks!
Answers (1)
Answered by Steven from CANADA | Dec. 22, 2019 19:48

Yes, you still can easily take taxi and pay by cash.
Asked by MonC from SINGAPORE | Dec. 14, 2019 06:22Reply
BJ Cap Intl airport to Wangfujing
We have 4 adults and 4 check in luggages. Are there MPV taxis at the airport I can easily hire when I arrive? Thanks!
Answers (1)
Answered by Phil from USA | Dec. 17, 2019 16:41

Yes, don't worry. However, I am not sure whether if you can put the 4 luggage. If not, you should take two taxis.
Asked by Wang from SINGAPORE | Dec. 03, 2019 02:40Reply
Taxi to Delight Inn @ Badaling Town, Yanqing District, near the Great Wall
You mentioned the 1-way cab fare is CNY250. Is this metered or an amount agreed upon with the taxi driver? How do we go about booking a taxi that is guaranteed to pick us up from the hotel Great Wall 2 days later - is it through the same driver that will drop us there?
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Answered by Ann from AUSTRALIA | Dec. 05, 2019 18:22

If you take taxi from your hotel to Badaling Great Wall, it costs around CNY20. If you start from the Great Wall to the downtown, the cab fare is around CNY250-CNY300 and it is counted by taxi meter record. As for booking the taxi from your hotel to city center, it is suggested to ask for help from the hotel staff for recommendation.
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