Xi'an Taxis

Taxis in Xi'an are not as well regulated as in other big cities, and the drivers may try to scam tourists who generally don’t know what the money looks like, the travel routes, and ways of being tricked. 

Rates

There are green taxis that start at 6 RMB or 90 US cents (7 RMB after 11 pm) for the first two kilometers and add 1.5 RMB for each additional kilometer. 

There are also more expensive luxury black taxis that start at 8 RMB and add 2.4 RMB for each additional kilometer.

For the International Airport

Xi'an Xianyang International Airport (西安咸阳国际机场) is about 47 km (30 miles) northwest of the center of the city, where Xi'an Train Station and attractions are. Most of the travel highlights in Xi'an City itself are within 5 km (3 miles) south the of Xi'an Station. 

For central Xi'an from the airport: To take a taxi to the Xi'an Train Station or the Bell Tower costs about 100 RMB or about 15 USD. There is an additional 10 RMB toll for the toll highway that isn’t reflected in the meter’s price and is added on.

If you are going to the center of Xi'an and many other places serviced by the airport shuttle buses, it might be best just to take a shuttle bus, which costs about 25 RMB. See more on Xi'an Transport.

For the Terracotta Warriors

To take a taxi to the Terracotta Warriors from the airport, the metered fee is about 85 RMB (12.80 USD), and the additional toll fee is about 15 RMB. 

For some additional information on taxis and other transport to the Terracotta Army, see How to Visit the Terracotta Army — an Insider's Guide.

Scams

Taxi drivers sometimes try to scam tourists by giving fake money, going a long way around, and in other ways. 

If you do take taxis in Xi'an, here are some tips:

  • Have your destination in Chinese written or on your device. Drivers might not speak any English. 
  • Carry change with you, if you aren't confident in recognizing fake Chinese. Taxi drivers (etc.) often try giving counterfeit coins and bills to foreigners. A typical scam is for a taxi driver to take a large bill such as a 100 RMB bill and switch it for a fake bill, and he then gives the fake 100 RMB back saying that the bill is fake. He might then ask you for another 100. 
  • If you have a problem, write down the driver’s license number and his license plate number. Tell him that you will call the Taxi Management Bureau of Xi'an City. This may cause the taxi driver to stop his scam.

Our Private Transport Alternative to Xi'an Taxis

Our private transport (with a guide for all your questions and translation needs) offers a far more reliable and fulfilling alternative to taxis. Contact us to make arrangements.

Our Xi'an Tours Come with Private Transport:

  • A day tour from Beijing to Xi'an by plane is an efficient way to maximize a short holiday in China.
  • A 2-day essence Xi'an tour takes you to major attractions around the city such as Shaanxi History Museum, the Terracotta Warriors, and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.
  • An 11-day CLASSIC WONDERS private tour will take you to major attractions in various Chinese cities — the Great Wall of China in Beijing, the Terracotta warriors in Xi’an, the beautiful Li River in Guilin, and the electric skyline of modern Shanghai.