Taxi is one of the most easily accessible public transportation in Beijing. It is fairly cheap compare to any other metropolitans. Almost of the taxis are operated by the state-own companies and official licensed. The travelers can check out immediately by the large card with photograph of the driver on the dash-board. These characteristics - together with the taxi-meter below the license card are the hallmarks of a truly trustable Beijing Taxi. Please do not get on unlicensed taxi as travelers might be cheated by someone who makes extra money.
Taxis are easily found in Beijing, mostly available at the airport and the hotels. Only during rainstorms, snow, public holiday and rush-hours getting a taxi may take more time.
All taxis in Beijing are charging based on the reading on the meter. The basic taxi fare is 10 Yuan/USD.13 for a ride of the first 2 km. The add-on fares vary from 1.2 Yuan (USD0.15)/km to 1.2 Yuan (USD0.15). The fare is displayed on the red license sticker each licensed taxi has.
Few useful tips for the travelers when riding taxis in Beijing:
Make sure the meter of the taxi is switched on before taxi drives away.
Most taxi drivers do not speak English. Please ask the tour guides or hotel doorman or concierge to translate the destination to the driver. Or make sure having the destination written in Chinese on the cards or bring the hotel cards when want to return.
Please bring a map of destination area. If a problem occurs or the driver head the wrong way, travelers can simply point the destination out to the driver.
Always ask for a taxi receipt. With the receipt travelers can locate the driver if something get lost in the taxis or can complain to taxi companies if travelers are not satisfied with the services.