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 updated on Jan. 18, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Xi'an Taxi
Asked by Andres Villagran from ECUADOR | Jan. 18, 2020 00:45Reply
I will be arriving to Xi'an airport around 23h30 to midnight on Sunday Feb 9th.
I will need to travel to Ankang after. I need to be before 9am. What do you suggest me? How expensive will be a taxi at that time?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ada from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 18, 2020 22:20

I think it is difficult to get Ankang before 9 am next morning. The train between them takes at least 3-4 hours and I don't think you can take taxi.
Asked by Badrol Hisham O from MALAYSIA | Dec. 02, 2019 17:09Reply
From Xi'an Airport To Lianhu
I (4 of us) will be arriving at the Xianyang Airport by Airasia Flight from Kuala Lumpur on the 11th of Dec 2019 at 11:30pm....What is the best option take to get to 15, Xihuamen Dajie, Lianhu. Any good suggestions? Thanks in advance
Answers (2)
Answered by Noah from DENMARK | Dec. 04, 2019 22:21

Generally speaking, the taxi fare is CNY 120 to CNY 130 at that time.
Or upon landing, you can take airport shuttle bus Xishaomen Line and get off at Airport Business Hotel. The ticket fare is CNY 25/person. Then take a taxi to your hotel.
Answered by Badrol Hisham O from MALAYSIA | Dec. 05, 2019 01:37

Thanks 4 the suggestion Mr. Noah...Id the taxi’s fare is around CNY120-130 I think the best option is taking the taxi...Good for 4 of us.
Asked by Tan from MALAYSIA | Oct. 20, 2019 23:45Reply
My flight land at Xi'an airport at 23.00 hrs. How do I travel to lintong at this hour. My plan is
I shall check in at a hotel in lintong for 2 night and explore terracotta and lishan.
Answers (1)
Answered by Wendy from MALAYSIA | Oct. 21, 2019 12:10

I will be arriving there around 12.30AM, May I know that Xianyang international airport to Xi’an alley youth hostel (35km+) by taxi how much?
Asked by yannick from UNITED STATES | Aug. 19, 2019 13:42Reply
I am in Xi'an for work and my hotel is around city gate ( around 15km from city center).
If I adventure myself at night around the Bell tower or Muslim Area in the city center, is it easy to find a cab to go back to my hotel?
would I run into any trouble?
Answers (1)
Answered by York from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 21, 2019 19:39

Don't worry, it is very safe in the night and it is easy to take taxi on the street.
Asked by Ron from MALAYSIA | Aug. 08, 2019 03:15Reply
My flight arrive at Xi'an Xianyang Airport midnight....
Can I hang around at the airport till morning?
Answers (1)
Answered by Suzy from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 11, 2019 20:55

Yes, of course. You can find a 24 hours fast food restaurant inside the airport.
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