Beijing Taxi

Travelling by taxi in Beijing is a breeze because there are plenty of cabs in operation. During off peak hours, that is, but very hard in rush hours periods 07:00 – 09:00 & 17:00 – 20:00 due to heavy demand and terrible 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 the 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.

Taxi Fare for Reference

Drivers use mileage meter for downtown travels, but negotiate a flat rate for long-distance trips. The taxi fare from Beijing Capital Airport to Wangfujing is CNY100-110, and it costs CNY500-600 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 Downtown
Capital Airport 30km (19mi) CNY100 - 120
Nanyuan Airport 13km (8mi) CNY50 - 60
Summer Palace 20km (12mi) CNY60
Fragrant Hills Park 28km (17mi) CNY90
Badaling Great Wall 70km (43mi) CNY500 - 600 for a round trip
Mutianyu Great Wall 70km (43mi) CNY500 - 600 for a round trip
Simatai Great Wall 120km (75mi) CNY700 - 800 for a round trip

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How to Hail a Taxi in Beijing

1. Hail a Taxi by Hand Signal

Stand by 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 at the Ring Roads, urban expressways, and highways.
Taxies in Beijing
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Taxi Stand

2. Taxi Despatch Number: +86 010 – 96103

Dial the number to call an official taxi. Extra CNY6 is charged when called over 4h ahead, and normal CNY5 within 4h.

3. Online Car-Hailing Apps:

Didi, Uber, UCAR Inc., and Shouyue Limousine & Chauffeur offering barrier-free MPVs.
Payment: Wechat, Alipay, UnionPay, Paypal……
Passengers can call a taxi or a private car using these apps. Off peak hours, it is competitive with street price, but reaches twice as much in rush hours, 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, Alipay and UnionPay, but not on international debit card and credit card like Visa card and MasterCard cannot work.

Tips on How to Take a Taxi in Beijing

1. How to spot available car & 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 when the passenger in the car is willing to share the ride. Then 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 impossible, and walking or cycling to the destination outweighs waiting for a cab. Don’t even think of it when raining when most cabs are occupied. In addition, many drivers are picky on short rides. At places like the Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Wangfujing Pedestrian Street, it is hard. Just walk further to hail a cab, or choose city bus or subway.

4. Easier access for less people with no luggage

Although they cannot refuse passengers, most drivers want to carry less load. It is strongly recommended to book a cab in advance if you are going in a group with lots of baggage.

5. Drivers speak little English

Since most Beijing taxi drivers have limited English, do make some preparations to overcome the language barrier. A note with Chinese characters showing your destination and detailed address would go a long way. Or present 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.

6. Official taxis & fake taxis

Official cabs in Beijing have “TAXI” shown on the canopy and the license plate number prefix with “B”. These cars have running taximeters and the company name and the driver’s name placed on the dashboard on the passenger’s side. Fake cabs with cloned taximeters should be avoided. For safety, avoid those who offer you easy access and low price at airports and railway stations with their unlicensed cars. Official taxis provide receipts on which the distance, fare, and plate number are printed. If there are left personal belongings, the receipt is very important means to tracing the car.
- Last modified on May. 06, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Beijing Taxi
Asked by Sac from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 16, 2019 02:22Reply
Taxi with family next week in Beijing Capital Airport
Hi, I will be travelling to there next week, reaching around 7am. How much will it cost for a taxi from PEK to Dongcheng? I am travelling with family (four of us) and with 2 check in luggage? Do I need to 2 taxis or one will be able to accommodate? And will get it easily from out side airport on arrival?
Answers (2)
Answered by Alice from CANADA | May. 16, 2019 20:35

Generally, one taxi is enough and it takes about CNY80 to 100 per taxi. And it is easy to take a taxi.
Answered by Sac from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 20, 2019 14:11

Many thanks for your feedback.

- Sac
Asked by Ha from VIETNAM | May. 03, 2019 02:36Reply
How much the fare from capital airport to Beijing Atour Hotel (Linkong)?
Answers (1)
Answered by Anne from NEW ZEALAND | May. 06, 2019 19:21

The taxi fare is about CNY 35.
Asked by John from HK | May. 03, 2019 00:05Reply
How much is taxi Fare from Hotel Jen Beijing to WangFuJing Cathedral (Church)? thanks.
Answers (1)
Answered by Hammer from AUSTRALIA | May. 06, 2019 18:42

It takes about CNY20.
Asked by Brett from UNITED STATES | Apr. 22, 2019 20:55Reply
I'll be arriving next Tuesday in Beijing Capital Airport
And have a 14 hour layover so I am planning on visiting the Great Wall at Mutianyu. How much would a taxi there be, and would it be easy to get a taxi from Mutianyu back to the airport? I've been looking at the bus routes as well and am wondering if there are buses going to Mutianyu coming from close to the airport.
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Answered by Sophie from DENMARK | Apr. 24, 2019 19:33

Yes, you can take a taxi from the airport to Mutianyu. In general, the fare is CNY 800 to 900 for the round trip. Because of your short layover, it is advised to take a taxi directly in order to save time.
Asked by Jefe from USA | Apr. 20, 2019 11:59Reply
Two options being considered - Beijing
I am considering staying in Changping instead of downtown to make it quicker access to the Great wall the next morning. However, I am considering that it may be cheaper overall to have a private hire car all day instead of paying once from PEK to Changping and then still hire another car the next day for the wall, Summer Palace and then to the PEK airport. Is it better to just hire a full day private hire? If so, what is the general cost?
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Answered by Victoria from UNITED KINGDOM | Apr. 24, 2019 19:25

Jefe, yes, you are suggested to hire a car directly. From downtown area to Capital Airport, the fare is CNY 600 to 700 for the round trip.
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