From Taoyuan Airport To Taipei
Latest! Updated on 28 Jan 2018.
The first thing upon arrival at Taiwan is how to get from Taoyuan Airport to Taipei. Note that Taipei is still about 50 minutes bus journey from Taoyuan Airport, and I’ve arrived at Terminal One.
There are 3 modes of transportation available:
1. From Taoyuan Airport to Taipei By MRT/Train
You might have read in some blogs that you need take a shuttle bus service to take the train…… not anymore.
Today, Taoyuan Airport MRT is seamlessly connected to the airport.
If you have landed at Terminal 1, all you need is just walk to the other end of the building and cross over to Terminal 2. Don’t worry, it’s just a 5 minutes walk, all within the terminal.
Next, take the lift down to the MRT station.
When some helpful guys explain to me the directions, I was a bit fearful on how to go about taking the MRT, but when I follow the many signages along the way, all it takes was 5 minutes to go from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2, a very straight forward walk.
The ticket to Taipei Main Station is NT$160, it’s the last station of the train route.
The MRT ticket can be bought directly from the station counter, or through the ticketing marchine.
Just choose the last station, Taipei Main Station. Don’t worry, it available in both English and Chinese.
The station is very spacious.
The seats are even more comfortable.
there are even luggage holding area nearby the seats.
Here I am, at Taipei Main Station, a mere 40 minutes journey from Taoyuan Airport.
2. From Taoyuan Airport To Taipei By Taxi
The easiest way and in fact the most economical way is go Taipei by Taxi. If 4 people share it, it cost about TWD$250 each or USD$7.70, depending on the location of your hotel. A check with the counter staff found that the whole journey takes about 40 minutes. The taxi stand is located just outside the arrival hall.
The taxi fare is clearly displayed, so no worries of being cheated.
Following is the taxi charges as at Januaryr 2018.
3. From Taoyuan Airport To Taipei By Bus
The other way is by bus. We choose to take bus, not because it is the cheapest among all 3, but because personally I wanted to know how to travel from Taoyuan airport to Taipei by bus, so that I could write my experience on this blog to give all readers another option. Travelling by bus also allows us to experience Taipei from another prospective. So we bought our bus ticket from this counter located just after visitors exited from the arrival hall. ( The taxi stand is at the outside behind the counter ). The ticket can be bought at the bus terminal at the basement also.
Get your credit-card size Easycard from the counter or from the ticketing machine.
To travel in Taipei, it’s a must to have this card, it’s very similar to Singapore Ezylink card where commuters top up a certain amount of money ( We bought each a TWD$500 Easycard since we knew we’re going to travel to places ) and it can be used for most buses, train and even HSR train.
We used the Easycard for our trip to Jiufen through TRA train and then by bus to Yeliu. For those who are unsure of how much to buy, my advise is simply purchased a TWD$200, and top-up the card when the amount depleted after few trips.
Cost of travelling from Taoyuan Airport to Taipei Main Station?
- By taxi the cost is about NT$1,100 ( depending on the location of your hotel), for up to 4 persons.
- By MRT is NT$160 ( USD$5.50) per person.
- By bus is NT$125 ( USD$3.80) per person.
International Calling Card
I could not imagine travelling without an international calling card nowadays. The first thing I often do upon arrival at the airport is to get it done first, as it’s easy, convenience and shops at the airport are generally more trustworthy.
There are so many booths that sells SIM card, or international calling card. The cheapest comes with a 5 days unlimited data plan with a TWD$300 of talk time. Next is the 7 days package with unlimited data and TWD$150 of talk time. Still not enough? Go for the 10 days unlimited data plan with TWD$100 talk time. Registration is simple, simply produced your passport and a identification card, the seller even helps you to insert the SIM card into your handphone. The whole process takes less than 5 minutes.
There is a booth which sells SIM card, or international calling card. The cheapest comes with a 5 days unlimited data plan with a TWD$300 of talk time. Next is the 7 days package with unlimited data and TWD$150 of talk time. Still not enough? Go for the 10 days unlimited data plan with TWD$100 talk time. Registration is simple, simply produced your passport and a identification card, the seller even helps you to insert the SIM card into your handphone. The whole process takes less than 5 minutes.
From Taoyuan Airport To Taipei By Bus
Armed with the Easycard, we went to the basement to take the Kuo-Kuang bus to Taipei.
The basement is right at the other end of the counter where we purchase the bus ticket and SIM card.
The escalator to the basement is just beside the counter where we bought the Easycard.
At the basement, If you had not purchase your bus ticket, there are plenty of ticket booths operated by different bus operators, get one from them. These operators has buses to many parts of Taiwan.
Luggage would be properly tagged and slotted into the luggage compartment of the bus. I disliked the bus operators, who seems to hurry every passengers to quickly board the bus, as if it’s the last bus to the city. But do take note that frequency of the bus is every 20 minutes, so there’s no hurry to board one.
Though the journey to Taipei has about 4-5 stops, it is a fast and smooth ride, the whole journey takes less than 50 minutes to reach Taipei Main Station, we don’t even have time to fall asleep. Along the way it is a pleasure to see on first hand how Taipei looks like.
Look, the bus has reached Taipei Main Station, the last stop of the journey.
If you had opted to take bus, upon alighting at this bus stop, just cross the road to take taxi to your hotel or next destination. There is a long line of taxi waiting for arrival tourists.
Taipei Main Station is a huge building, it contains eateries and the various mode of transportation such as TRA train and HSR train. Probably the most important building for all tourists. For the next few days, we came here only 3-4 times, but we came few times to the few buildings nearby it to book tickets to Yeliu and Jiufen.
From here we still need to take a train to our hotel at SongJiang Nanjing. Which is why I concluded that taking a taxi from the airport all the way to your hotel is the most convenience of all modes of transportation.
Welcome to Taipei !
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