Taxi

Authors: Go Chengdu

2014-06-27

Plan your Chengdu tour? Up to now, Chengdu has over 15,000 taxis serving passengers.The best places to hail a taxi is near the stations, the airport, bus stops, scenic spots, hotels and the taxi stands.
Taxis in Chengdu will run you RMB8 (the flag-fall price, or RMB9 in the VW Sagitar taxi) for the first two kilometers and 1.9 yuan for each kilometer after that, from 6 am to 11 pm. From 11 pm to 6 am, the taxi fee goes up to 9/10 yuan for the first two kilometers and 2.2 yuan for each kilometer. There is also a charge of 1.9 yuan (or 2.2 yuan at night) for every five minutes of waiting time, which is tracked by the time when the speed is under 12 km/hour. If you need to go on a longer trip, say to the suburb of Chengdu, better to negotiate the price with the driver first.
Empty taxis or taxis for hire usually have a red light on the dashboard of the car.It is important to note that if you are rushing to catch a train or a flight, it is difficult to flag down a taxi between 5pm to 7pm as it is the rush hour and taxis are in the midst of changing shifts. If you cannot speak Chinese, make sure that you have a map with you so that you can point out your destination.
Chengdu taxi drivers are said to be “living maps” and can give helpful suggestions on where to have dinner and to have fun in Chengdu.

Hail a taxi

Plan your Chengdu tour? Up to now, Chengdu has over 10,000 taxis serving passengers. But compared to the number of people in the city, it is a little hard to get a taxi. The best places to hail a taxi is near the stations, the airport, bus stops, scenic spots, hotels and the taxi stands.

Tips

*If you want to take a taxi to suburban areas of Chengdu you can have a bargain with the driver before you get in the taxi.
*Taxis can be in short supply during peak periods, rainy days or on public holidays. Passengers are advised to plan their journey accordingly during these circumstances to allow for longer waiting times.
*Don’t try to hail a cab at a crossroads, as taxi drivers cannot stop their cars within 30 meters from an intersection to pick up passengers.
*Most taxi drivers are amicable, but their English is limited. So it’s best to get someone to write down your destination in Chinese.
*Always ask for the receipt. Just in case you leave anything behind, you have the details of the taxi which you can refer to the cab company for help. However, this is only possible if you go by meter pricing or keep the meter running.
*You can go by the meter or negotiate the price beforehand. It is recommended to keep the meter running even after negotiation.
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