Xi'an Taxi

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Xi'an Taxi
Xi'an Taxi
  12,000 taxis operate in Xi'an. They are mostly green and can be easily hailed along every street and lane except during the rush hours. Xi'an cabs have a variety of brands, including BYD, Jetta, Santana, Red Flag (Hongqi) and Passat. They are clean and comfortable to serve the locals and all tourists well.

A taxi is allowed to take at most four adult passengers. If you have four people in a group with a baby, try to negotiate with the driver for a cab ride. Drivers usually charge by the meter in the downtown and there is no surcharge for the fuel or luggage. For long-distance travel such as to the Airport or Terracotta Warriors, they prefer a flat rate. If hiring a cab for a whole day, it costs about CNY500. You should know that taxi drivers in the city rarely speak and read English, so it is best to present them a note of your destination with Chinese characters or at least Pinyin.

Taxi Fare:

1. For cars with the brands like BYD, Jetta, Santana, Fukang: The flag-down rate is CNY8.5 for the first 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) and it costs CNY2 for every extra kilometer (about 0.6 mile). Once the cab runs farther than 12 kilometers (around 7.5 miles), an additional 50% is automatically charged for empty return.
2. For cars with the brands like Red Flag, Eastar and Passat, as well as the low-carbon electric cabs: The flag-down rate is CNY8.5 for the first 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) and it costs CNY2.4 for every extra kilometer (about 0.6 mile). When the car runs farther than 8 kilometers (about 5 miles), an additional 50% fee for empty return is automatically charged.
3. During the period of 23:00 and 06:00 the next day, the flag-down rate is CNY9.5 and an additional CNY2.3 is charged for each extra kilometer. For example, if taking a BYD car for 4km (2.5mi), you need to pay CNY10 for the first 3 kilometers (1.9mi) and the extra distance costs CNY2.3. So the total fee is CNY12.3.

 Note: The drivers usually don't charge or return small loose change. For instance, you only need to pay CNY13 if the fare is CNY13.3. As with the same, if the fare is CNY15.7, the driver will charge CNY16. When the cab fare is small, you'd better not pay with a CNY100 bill. Usually there is no need to tip the driver, but if you are very satisfied with their service, you can do it.

Cost for Long-distance Travel from Downtown (all for single rides):

To Xi'an North Railway Station: CNY50-60 (you can also ask the driver to charge by the meter, it costs CNY35-45);
To Xianyang International Airport: CNY120-130 in the daytime and CNY150 at night, especially from 22:30 and 06:00 the next day;
To Terracotta Warriors and Horse Museum: around CNY150;
To Mt. Huashan: CNY400-500;
To Famen Temple: CNY400-500;
To Taibai Mountain: CNY600.


1. It is usually a little hard to hail a cab during the rush hours: 07:30 – 08:30 and 17:30 – 19:00. This may also happen during 15:00 and 16:30 when the drivers change shifts. During this period, most drivers only stop for passengers who are going in the same direction as them.
Illegal Tricycles in Xi'an
Away from the Illegal Tricycles and Autobikes
outside South Gate of the City Wall

2. Official taxi stands are available at most streets and lanes and they are usually close to bus stops. Apart from taking a cab at these designated stands, it is easy to flag down a cab at a random point along the street. However, it is suggested not to hail a cab near the traffic lights or a crossroad, because few drivers will stop for any possible customers.
3. Remember the plate number of the car or ask the driver for a receipt in case of any unexpected events.
4. Due to the subway construction and other unexpected factors, the drivers sometimes have to detour, especially around the city center. Therefore, depart a little earlier if you are on a tight schedule.
5. If taking a trip in Xi'an for the first time, you are suggested to ask the driver to charge by the meter. Otherwise, you may be overcharged, which usually happens in the bustling areas like Xi'an Railway Station, Xiaozhai Commercial Area, Bell & Drum Tower and the Long-distance Bus Stations.
6. No baby seat is equipped in the cabs. If you are traveling with a baby, ask the driver to slow down.
7. Be careful of taking an autobike or tricycle in Xi'an. You may always notice autobikes or tricycles waiting for passengers at the commercial areas, entertainment venues and hotels. It seems convenient, but they are actually illegal and unsafe. Sometimes they even charge a higher price than cabs.
- Last modified on Nov. 01, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Xian Taxi
Asked by Teoh Ban Tong from MALAYSIA | Oct. 30, 2018 21:00Reply
i will arrive in Xianyang Xian Airport after 12 midnight . is there shuttle bus to long Hai hotel?
Answers (2)
Answered by Fisia from USA | Oct. 31, 2018 02:47

Don’t worry. The direct bus from the airport to Longhai Hotel is still available as you arrive.
Answered by Teoh Ban Tong from MALAYSIA | Nov. 01, 2018 03:02

your reply is very useful. greatly appreciated
Asked by Sharon Dworzak from AUSTRALIA | Oct. 26, 2018 17:59Reply
Hello! Where can we easily find taxis near to the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda?
We will need a taxi after the evening show to the Sheraton Hotel on Feng Hao Road west of Xian central. Thanks for your website and in advance of your response.
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Answered by Dakota from USA | Oct. 29, 2018 00:11

Dear, after the show in the evening, it may be crowded and it is not easy for you to take a taxi.

You are advised to walk to the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda metro station to take the metro line 3 and get off at South Taibai Road. Then walk about 3 minutes to Xixie Seven road bus stop to get on the bus No.210 and get off at East Fenghao Road. Then walk about 5 minutes to the hotel.
Asked by Waynie from MALAYSIA | Oct. 01, 2018 01:46Reply
May I know how much will it cost from Xiangyang airport to courtyard Marriott Xi’an North?
My arrival at 12.25 am midnight.
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Answered by Fisia from USA | Oct. 08, 2018 19:17

It may take about CNY120.
Asked by stephen from MALAYSIA | Sep. 25, 2018 01:50Reply
Are there taxis from Xian Airport to city centre after midnight?
If yes, how much is the taxi fare?
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Answered by Nathaniel from USA | Sep. 25, 2018 22:51

Of course there are. In general it may cost bout CNY 130 - 140 at night.
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