Xi'an Airport Taxi
The Xian Xianyang International Airport (西安咸阳国际机场) is about 47 kilometers or 30 miles northwest of the center of the city. The center of the city is where the Xian Train Station and the Xian Bus Station are. Most of the travel highlights in Xian City itself are located close to the train station. At the airport, you’ll find two kinds of taxis. 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. To take a taxi to the Xian 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. To take a taxi to the Terracotta Warriors, the metered fee is about 85 RMB or 12.80 USD, and the toll fee is about 15 RMB. Here is some additional information about taking taxis in Xian.
Since taxi drivers sometimes try to scam tourists by giving fake money, going a long way around, and in other ways, if you are going to the center of Xian, Xianyang City, the Chan Ba district and many other places serviced by the Airport Shuttle Buses, it might be best just to take a shuttle bus. Tickets to Xian on the Airport Shuttle Buses generally cost about 25 RMB, and tickets to Xianyang City cost about 15 RMB. Taxis in Xian 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 the ways of being tricked. If you do take taxis in Xian, here are some tips:
1)Have your destination written on paper in Chinese. Drivers might not speak any English.
2)Carry change with you. Because tourists often don’t know what Chinese money looks like, they often get counterfeit coins and bills. 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.
3)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 Xian City. This may cause the taxi driver to stop his scam.
I updated this article on June 11, 2012
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