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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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