Taking a taxi is the most convenient way to get around a metropolis such as Beijing. Thousands of taxis run to and from every corner of Beijing to meet the demands of passengers.
You can dial 96103 or 010-6873 3399 to call a cab, and an additional surcharge of 3 yuan is incurred for this service.
Have your destination in Chinese characters in case there are communication problems.
A taxi fare in Beijing depends on the vehicle. On average, they start about 12 or 13 yuan for up to 3 kilometers during the daytime, and 2 yuan for each subsequent kilometer. For distances over 15 km (9.3 miles), 3 yuan is charged for each additional kilometer.
The above charges apply, but with a flag-down fare of 13 or 14 yuan at night. At the end of the journey, the passenger is required to pay an additional surcharge of 20% of the total fare. If you are taking a taxi around 23:00 or 05:00, the taximeter adjusts itself, do not worry.
Be aware that some drivers or people in fake taxis might scam you by overcharging or giving counterfeit money. Make sure that they turn on the meter, or they may charge much higher. Ensure that you are using an official taxi, with a taxi sign on the roof and the driver’s registration card displayed on the dashboard.
If there is a problem, write down the driver's ID number, the license plate number or other information and keep the invoice. Tell the driver you'll call the Taxi Management Bureau or the police. This will usually change their behavior. Complaint hotlines are 6835 1150 and 6835 1570.