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From Taipei to Taoyuan International Airport

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To travel by bus from Taipei to Taoyuan International Airport is the easiest of all other mode of transportations, and also the most economical way. Why? It cost less than TWD$125 or USD$3.80. Most importantly, the bus comes every 20 minutes, with a journey of about 55 minutes to reach the airport, so everything is quite certain.

So how to go? Firstly, get to Taipei Main Station 台北车站。

Taipei Main Station map

From Taipei to Taoyuan International Airport

Secondly, go through Exit M5 from Taipei Main Station.

Taipei West Bus Station is just 50 meters away from that M5 exit.

From Taipei to Taoyuan International Airport

Following picture is the location of Taipei West Bus Station ( Highlighted by the red coloured arrow). M5 exit is highlighted by the yellow coloured star.

Taipei West Bus Station map

Buy your ticket for bus service 1819 to Taoyuan Airport at the Kuo Kuang counter 国光客运( extreme left, it’s a small counter).

Taipei West Bus Station Terminal

Taipei West Bus Station Terminal

Taipei West Bus Station Terminal

Taipei West Bus Station Terminal

My advise is go early to the bus station if you need to be at the airport between 12pm-6pm, and earlier if it’s a weekend or Sunday, which is the peak period for most travellers. I was there on a Sunday, the station was messy and chaotic, the queue of more than 100 people really scared me.

From Taipei to Taoyuan International Airport

Next, you might be tempted by your hotel staff who tells you there is a bus service at a place nearby to the hotel, allow me to give you a warning, if that location is not Taipei West Bus Station, you had better not to go. Why? Almost all bus services to Taoyuan International Airport started at Taipei West Bus Station, which is already almost fully loaded. On the way to the airport, it has another 1-2 stops. Well, well, you might not be able to get onto the bus and could be late for your flight!

From Taipei to Taoyuan International Airport

From Taipei to Taoyuan International Airport

Do take note that Taipei has 2 international airport and Taoyuan International Airport has 2 terminals. Know which terminal you are heading to, for when you board, the bus captain needs to slot your luggage to the respective luggage compartment on the bus.

From Taipei to Taoyuan International Airport

There is another way of going to the airport, that is through HSR ( High Speed Rail) from Taipei Main Station, but that is troublesome, as commuters need to take the HSR from Taipei Main Station and change to another shutter service to the airport. Travelling time and fare is almost the same as taking a bus. When I tried to go by HSR and approached the station staff for guidance, even the staff advised me to go by bus. And he is right.

From Taipei to Taoyuan International Airport

Lastly, there is a long queue of taxi just outside Taipei West Bus Station, the fare to the airport is TWD$1,000 or USD$29.80, always negotiate the price before boarding to avoid any disputes.

Goodbye Taipei!

Bon Voyage!

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