By Taxi is the most popular way for foreigners to get around, and it is very affordable. The starting charge is ¥10 for the first 2.6 kilometers, and after that ¥2.6 for each kilometer. No fuel surcharge is added, but a 50% surcharge is automatically added when the trip reaches 35 kilometers. A few also accepts Yang Cheng Tong as payment, but it is not preferred by the drivers. The taxi hotline is 96900. This comes in handy if you forget your valuables in a taxi. Save your receipt because it contains the taxi's identification number.
Most of time the taxi fare from Guangzhou Baiyun Airport to city is about 120-150 Yuan. It is depends on where you want to go from Guangzhou Baiyun Airport; for example, taxi from Guangzhou Airport to the Garden Hotel the price would be about 120 Yuan.
Most people find taxi drivers in Guangzhou to be honest. However, during the Canton Fair near the Pazhou Complex, it is common to see drivers violate rules, such as refusal of service and pre-negotiating a price rather than using the meter. It is also difficult to find a taxi available elsewhere in the city.
Do not accept solicitations for rides to the city. Sometimes, people will stand at the arrival area and ask if you need a taxi. These are illegally operated and use unmarked vehicles, or charge you a fee, offer you a phony receipt, and then arrange another taxi that will still charge you. They usually cost a lot more than licensed taxis since many travelers do not know the cost of airport transportation.
Once you're out in the arrival hall, you can simply look for the signage "Taxi". You'll need to walk out the A5 Gate of the arrival hall, and you should see a long queue of taxis outside.
How to take a taxi from Guangzhou Airport to the city:
1. Don't follow anyone offering you a taxi. A legitimate Chinese taxi driver will wait in his car in line and not walk into the arrival hall.
2. Make sure the driver uses the meter and it starts somewhere between 10 or 14 RMB. Sometimes it takes some moments until the meter starts after the driver turns it on.
3. Make sure you can see the display of the meter and it's not blocked by something.
4. Most taxi drivers do not speak English or any other foreign languages, so have the name and address of your destination written in Chinese to show the driver. Many are from the northern provinces and do not even speak Cantonese. If your destination is not well known, have a nearby landmark included in the address, e.g. "across from the Garden Hotel."
5. Get the invoice (Chinese "fa piao") which every taxi driver MUST give you. Just in case you leave something in the taxi
6. If you are very conscious: Note down the license plate number before you get in