The base rate for taxis is 8 RMB for the first three kilometers and then 1.1 RMB per additional kilometer during the daytime. From 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a. m., the base rate is 8.6 RMB for the first three kilometers and then 1.3 RMB per additional kilometer.
To and from Taiyuan
Taiyuan Wusu International Airport is located in the southern suburbs, about 18 km from downtown. There are direct flights to major domestic cities including Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guilin, Nanjing, Shenyang and Xian. Shuttle buses run between the ticket office at No. 158, Yingze Dajie and the airport and cost 10 RMB. Taxis to the airport will put you back about 50 RMB leaving from downtown.
Taiyuan is the terminal station of the Beijing-Yuanping Railway line and Shijiazhuang-Taiyuan Railway and is also the first station on the Taiyuan-Jiaozuo line. There are more than 20 trains stopping or passing through Taiyuan daily, connecting Taiyuan with dozens of cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Chengdu and Baotou.
The Taiyuan Railway Station is located at the eastern end of Yingze Dajie and the ticket office is in the south of the station. There are also several ticket offices downtown.
The Taiyuan-Jiuguan Freeway is the first freeway in Shanxi province. This freeway starts from Wusu, Taiyuan, via Yuci City, Shouyang County, Yangquan City, Pingding County and finally reaches Jiuguan, where Shanxi province and Hebei province meet. After passing Jiuguan, the freeway meets the Shijiazhuang-Beijing freeway. Going from Taiyuan to Beijing takes about five hours via this freeway. Buses leave from the Taiyuan Long-distance Bus Station in the eastern part of Yingze Dajie and arrive at Lizeqiao Long-distance Bus Station in Beijing.
The Taiyuan-Yuanping Freeway has brought much convenience to travelers from Taiyuan to Wutai Shan. Tourists may also hire cars in the long-distance bus station on Yingze Dajie to Wutai Shan. Buses to Datong are also available outside Electric Power Mansion, the trip takes about 5 hours in total. Besides these routes, there are also freeways connecting Taiyuan with Gujiao and Wenshui.
Buses to the ancient city of Pingyao are also in operation in the Taiyuan Long-distance Bus Station and the trip takes about two hours.
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