Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (IATA: TPE), Taiwan’s main international airport, is located 40km to the southwest of Taipei, and provides privileged connections to major Asian cities and North America. The airport has direct buses to Taipei, Taichung and other nearby cities. Alternatively, there are also shuttles to HSR Taoyuan station for high-speed train connections to other major cities.
Taipei Songshan Airport (IATA: TSA) in downtown Taipei serves mostly domestic flights only, plus limited flights to China, Tokyo’s Haneda airport, and Seoul’s Gimpo International Airport.
In addition to above two airports, Kaohsiung International Airport (KHH), is located in southern Taiwan and also the gateway to other Asian cities, such as China, Hong Kong, Tokyo Narita, Singapore, Bangkok, etc.
From Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to Taipei
Buses from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport run every 15 minutes to Taipei (NT$115 to NT$150) from 4.30am to 12.20am. A taxi (40 to 60 minutes) to the city costs NT$1200 to NT$1400. When the MRT (rapid transit) line running between the airport and Taipei opens (scheduled for early 2017), it will make travel between the two faster and more convenient.
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The Mass Rapid Transit, or more commonly known as the MRT, provides travelers around the cities of Taipei an easy means of metro transportation. Passengers can enjoy a nice air conditioned ride to the Maokong Gondola, Zoo, and other parts of Taipei filled with eatery, museums, and shops. One way ticket price ranges from NT$20 to NT$65 while a NT$180 one day pass will allow passengers unlimited travel among all MRT lines throughout the day. Auto ticketing slots are located in the stations for passengers to purchase tickets or recharge their multi-transit pass. Smoking, drinking, eating and gum chewing are strictly prohibited. Find MRT maps online.
Taking the bus is the most convenient way to explore Taipei. You could check different routes online, and the interval is roughly every 10-15 minutes. The adult ticket fare is NT$15 for each fare zone, and for some routes the ticket may charge up to 3 zone (NT$45). You may find out more about services and fare about city bus here.
Please note that no change is available on the bus, so please have enough coins with you.
Taipei has a huge fleet of taxis. You may see the fare on the meter, NT$70 for the first 1.5km and NT$5 for each additional 300 meters. Outside urban areas, taxi drivers will either use meters or ask for a flat rate (the smaller the town the more likely the latter). It’s suggested to ask your hotel to call first, and then to keep the driver’s number for subsequent rides. Tips are not required. Find more information here.