There are two international airports in Taiwan:

The Taoyuan International Airport is the main gateway of Taiwan. It can be accessed via over 190 non-stop and direct flights from 56 major cities throughout the world. The carriers are Air Macau, Air New Zealand, Air Nippon, Angkor Airways, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Eva Airways, Continental, Dragon Air, Japan Asia Airways, Korean Air, Far Eastern Air, Northwest, KLM, Malaysia Airlines, Mandarin Airlines, Palau Trans, Pacific Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Thai Airways, Transasia Airways, United Airlines and Vietnam Airlines.

Situated in Metropolitan Taipei, the Taipei International Airport is the hub of domestic air transportation. It is easily accessible from the town centers.

Transport between Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and Taipei

  • Taxi

Taxis are available from outside the Arrival Halls of both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 of Taoyuan International Airport. Airport taxis charge according to the meter plus a 15% surcharge (highway tolls are not included). A taxi from Taoyuan International Airport directly to Academia Sinica or your hotel will cost approximately NT$1,700 (US$50-60) . 

Four bus companies now provide frequent service between Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and important destinations around Taipei everyday in every 30 to 40 minutes. Costs are approximately NT$110~140 (US$4~5), takes about 60 to 90 minutes. The bus station is on the southwest side of the Arrival Passenger Reception Area in Terminal 1, and on the northeast side of the Arrival Passenger Reception Area on the first floor in Terminal 2.

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The Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Access MRT (commonly known as the Airport MRT) of the Taoyuan Metro is a rapid transit line that connects the municipalities of Taipei, New Taipei, and Taoyuan with Taoyuan International Airport. The entire airport section consists of four underground stations (A12 to A14a).

Transport in Taipei

The system operates according to a spoke-hub distribution paradigm, with six lines running radically outward from central Taipei. The metro system operates from 6 am to midnight daily with extended services during special events. Trains operate at intervals of 1.5 to 15 minutes depending on the line and time of day. A “Single-journey Ticket” costs between NT$20 ~65 (US$0.5~3) depends on distance. A NT$200 (US$6~7) One-day Pass purchased from a service booth will allow unlimited travel among all MRT lines within one day. Smoking, eating, drinking or gum chewing are strictly prohibited on all MRT trains.


  • Taxi

Taipei has a huge fleet of taxis. Charges are NT$70 (US$2.5) for the first 1.5km and NT$5 (US$0.2) for each additional 300 meters. An additional NT$5 (US$0.2) is charged for every two minutes of waiting, and a NT$20 9US$0.5) charge is added to fares between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Tips are not required.

All registrant will receive an EasyCard, a contactless smartcard system operated by the EasyCard Corporation for payment on the Taipei Metro, Taipei Public Bus, YouBike and designated convenience stores.

To use it for the first time, please ensure to add value at designated location such as the Taipei Metro Station or convenience stores carrying the logo1orlogo2 logo (7-ELEVEN, FamilyMart, Hi-Life and OK Mart), and the minimum amount of value adding is NT$100 (US$3~4).


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