Xi'an Taxi

Most taxis in Xi’an are green with a yellow stripe; others are bright yellow or blue with a white stripe. There are also a few black taxis, but they only serve passengers going to the airport. Each taxi is allowed to take at most four adult passengers. Xi’an taxis operate 24 hours a day, but it is not easy to hail a taxi during peak hours or around transportation hubs.

Xi’an Taxi Price

Flag-down Rate CNY 8.5 for the first 3km (1.9 mi) in the daytime;
CNY 10 at night
Unit Fare CNY 2 /km after the first 3km in the daytime;
CNY 2.3 /km from 23:00 to 06:00 the next day
Low-Speed Drive and Waiting Fare Extra CNY 2 for each 4 minutes of waiting or driving at a speed of less than 10km/h during rush hours;
Extra CNY 2 for every 5 minutes at other times.
Empty-run Fee  CNY1/km for any extra distance beyond 12km (7.5mi)

Xi’an Taxi Fare for Reference

Drivers usually use the taxi’s meter in the downtown area. If not, ask the driver to open the meter. However, for a long-distance taxi ride such as to the Airport or the Terracotta Warriors, some drivers prefer a flat rate. In these cases, bargain with the driver for a reasonable price.

Destination Distance from Downtown Fare from Downtown
Xi'an North Railway Station Around 20 km (12 mi) CNY 50-60
Xianyang International Airport Around 40 km (25 mi) CNY 120-130 in the daytime;
CNY 150 at night
Terracotta Army  Around 40 km (25 mi) Around CNY 150
Mt. Huashan Around 120 km (75 mi) Around CNY350 - 500 for a round trip
Famen Temple Around 120 km (75 mi) Around CNY300 - 450 for a round trip
Taibai Mountain Around 120 km (75 mi) Around CNY600 for a round trip

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How to Hail a Taxi

Xi'an Taxi
Xi'an Taxi

1. By Hand Signal at Roadside

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 on the street. However, we suggest not to hail a cab near traffic lights or a crossroad, because few drivers will stop for any possible customers.

2. Call hotline 029-96716 to make a reservation

Note: this service is in the Chinese language only, so you need to find a friend who knows Chinese or ask for help at the front desk of the hotel.

How to Pay the Taxi Fare

1. Use cash

Please note that 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, don’t pay with a large bill. It is best to carry an assortment of small bills. Usually there  is no need to tip the driver, but if you are very satisfied with their service, you can do it.

2. Use online apps such as Wechat and Alipay.

Please note Xi’an taxi drivers generally do not accept debit or credit cards, domestic or foreign.Please note that 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.

Tips for Taking a Taxi in Xi’an

1. It is usually difficult 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 they are.

Illegal Tricycles in Xi'an
Away from the Illegal Tricycles and Autobikes
outside South Gate of the City Wal

2. During rush hours, you could try car-hailing apps like Didi and Caocao to reserve a car in advance.

3. There is a designated taxi pick-up area at the airport and at the train stations.

4. Taxi drivers in Xi’an rarely speak or read English, so it is best to present them a note with your destination in Chinese characters or at least in Pinyin.

5. Ask the driver for a receipt in case of  any unexpected events.

6. Due to 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.

7. Cabs are not equipped with baby seats. If you are traveling with a baby, ask the driver to slow down.

8. Avoid the autobikes or tricycles in Xi’an. You may notice autobikes or tricycles waiting for passengers at the commercial areas and around entertainment venues and hotels. It seems convenient, but they are actually illegal and unsafe. Sometimes they even charge a higher price than cabs.

9. Please be careful of fake taxis which are painted green like the legal ones. They overcharge and are unsafe. Usually there are no LED lights or billboards on the top of the car. Besides, the real license for green taxi generally starts with 陕AUXXX or 陕ADXXX.

- Last modified on Feb. 16, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Xi'an Taxi
Asked by Nick from SINGAPORE | Feb. 16, 2019 02:42Reply
Airport to Tianyou International hotel at about 230am
How much taxi will cost from Airport to Tianyou international hotel around 3AM.
Asked by Pamela Jill Fitzsimmons from UNITED STATES | Feb. 15, 2019 18:32Reply
From North train station to hostel
Is it safe for woman traveling alone to take cab from Xi'an North a Train Station?

How much should a legitimate cab cost from train station to the
Shuyuan Youth Hostel at 2 Shuncheng West Alley Nanmenli Beijing Xi'an?

Where do I catch a legitimate cab at the train station?
Thank you so much for your help!
Asked by Cyndy Dawson from USA | Dec. 20, 2018 08:11Reply
Taxi from XIY airport to XY Hotel Xi’an Bell Tower
Please advise midday Taxi fare from Xiangyang Airport to XY Hotel Bell Tower, No130 East Avenue, Beilin District. Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Jenny from SINGAPORE | Dec. 20, 2018 23:11

In general, the cab fare is CNY100 to 110 in the day time.
Asked by Teoh Ban Tong from MALAYSIA | Oct. 30, 2018 21:00Reply
i will arrive in Xianyang Xi'an 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 Xi'an central. Thanks for your website and in advance of your response.
Answers (1)
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.
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