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.
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There are 3 modes of transportation available:
1. Go Taipei By Train From Taoyuan Airport
The huge bus stop just beside the arrival hall is for those who prefer to take a 5 minutes journey shutter bus service to the HSR Train Station, and from there change to a HSR (High Speed Rail) to Taipei. It’s rather troublesome. Travelling time is about 50 minutes, similar to taking the KuoKuang bus国光客运.
2. To Taipei By Taxi From Taoyuan Airport
The easiest way and in fact the most economical way is take a taxi to Taipei. 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 November 2015.
When I first came to Taipei in July 2015, the taxi charges was much lower, as can be seen from the picture below. Obviously, the rate had been raised.
3. To Taipei By Bus From Taoyuan Airport
We have chosen to take a bus to Taipei, not because it is the cheapest among all 3, but because personally I wanted to know how to travel from Taoyuan airport 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 outside the hall… behind the counter).
Get your credit-card size Easycard from the counter. 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 many places) and it can be used for most buses, Metro, TRA 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 TWD$1,100 ( depending on the location of your hotel), for up to 4 persons.
- By HSR is TWD$175 ( USD$5.50) per person.
- By bus is TWD$125 ( USD$3.80) per person.
International Calling Card
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 an identification card, the seller even helps you to insert the SIM card into your handphone. The whole process takes less than 5 minutes. Armed with the Easycard, we went to the basement to take the KuoKuang bus to Taipei.
The basement is right at the other end of the counter where we purchased 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 have not purchase your bus ticket, there is a number 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, in less than 50 minutes we are already at Taipei Main Station 台北车站, we don’t even have time to fall asleep.
If you have 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 the arriving tourists.
Taipei Main Station is a huge building, in it you can find eateries and the various mode of transportation such as MRT and TRA train. Probably the most important building for all tourists.
** Note: Taipei Main Station is also known as Taipei Railway Station.
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 bus tickets to Yeliu, Jiufen and Shifen.
From here I still need to take a train to my 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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