Travel options in Taipei

Traveling to and getting around in Taipei is very easy. The country has world-class infrastructures that make transportation very comfortable for travelers. Even if you choose to explore the cities outside of Taipei, you will find that the transportation options within the country are safe, efficient, convenient and comfortable.

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Getting around Taipei

Plane

 Traveling within the country by air is definitely possible. There are two airports in Taipei - the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and the Songshan Airport. If you travel in Taipei by air going to other cities within the country, you will most likely depart in Songshan. This airport connects Taipei to fifteen other domestic airports all over the country. Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Airlines, and EVA Air are some of the airlines that serve the domestic routes in Taiwan.

 Train

Taipei has an extensive network of inter-city rail services, which are provided by Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) and the Taiwan High Speed Rail (TSR). Taking the Taipei metro (MRT) is the most convenient means of moving around the city of Taipei. The city’s main transportation hub is the Taipei Main Station and this is where you can ride the train going to the other towns and cities within the country.  Make sure you arrive early for your scheduled train because the layout of the station is a bit confusing, especially since most of the signage is in Chinese.

 When taking the Taipei MRT to travel in Taipei, you can simply purchase your train tickets at a vending machine at the stations or use the Taipei Easycard. This is a rechargeable card that you can simply swipe at the station when taking the train. It can also be used on the bus system and when renting a bike!

 For those taking the intercity trains, you can purchase your train tickets at the Taipei Main Station or you can do it online. However, the website is mostly in Chinese so it may be difficult if you don’t read the language.

 Bus

 The bus system of Taipei has more than 300 routes. With the large scope of this transportation service, it is already possible for you to see almost all the scenic spots of Taipei by simply taking the city bus. When you travel in Taipei by bus, it’s a good idea to first check the route you wish to take online before taking the bus. It's also important to note that those routes that have color markers with some Chinese characters mean that they will pass through one of the city’s MRT stations. The intercity buses depart from the station adjacent to the Taipei Main Station.

 Taxi

 Another convenient mode of transportation when you travel in Taipei is through their yellow taxis. The average flag-down rate is around NT$70 with NT$5 for every 250m.

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Additional Options to Travel in Taipei

Bike

 If you want to see and travel in Taipei like a local, you always have the option to travel around on a bike. Currently, there are about 180 bicycle lease stations in Taipei and the locals mostly prefer this mode of transportation. A cycling map will also be provided when you rent a bike.

 Motorbike

 Another popular mode of transportation to use when you travel in Taipei is a motorbike. If you have an International Driver’s License, you can rent one to move around the city. Otherwise, you can hire a local guide who can tour you around the city in a motorbike!

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