February to April are particularly damp with little sunlight, while the summers can be very hot, but often punctuated by heavy thunder showers. Taipei is prone to typhoons from May to October, though the highest concentrations are in August and September. The airport is located about 30 km from the city and freeway buses ply the route, picking up and dropping off passengers at most of the five star hotels.
There are also bus services connecting the airport to nearby cities and Taichung in central Taiwan. Travelers to other destinations need to transfer in Taichung, Taipei or elsewhere. There are five transportation options at the airport: Taoyuan Airport Shuttle, taxi, and pre-arranged sedan. It is the most reliable option, and is somewhat faster than others. Two trains run every 15 minutes between 6: The trip length is 37 minutes from Terminal 2 to Taipei by Express.
One can buy a single ticket at the station from the kiosk, or use a rechargeable IC card. At the airport terminal, the station is located in the underground levels. Note that eating and drinking is prohibited past the fare gates. However, you must do this between 6 hours and 3 hours before flight departure. Most Taipei routes are divided into West and East, with each company operating a service every ten to fifteen minutes on each route.
The Airbus company buses on the western line meander through local towns before joining the freeway and therefore take much longer than the blue and white Guoguang buses which enter the freeway directly.
There is also a bus connecting to the domestic Songshan Airport. Ticket counters display route maps showing all stops. When returning to the airport, express buses can be caught at various stops throughout the city. Be sure to prepare change for the bus fare as change will not be given for tickets purchased directly on the bus.
From there, you can catch one of the HSR trains to Taipei. Airport shuttle is a nice service for you if you want to get to Taipei in a comfortable and cheaper way without dragging your luggage around. The airport shuttle provides door-to-door service to all hotels in Taipei City. You can book seats in advance with mobile APP. The price is about TWD per person, and has discounts for additional passengers.
The most famous airport shuttle in Taiwan now is AirPoPo: It also provides private-ride service which costs from TWD per car. In Taipei, don't make the mistake of asking a taxi driver to take you to the Taipei airport Songshan if you actually mean Taiwan Taoyuan Airport.
The international airport is actually about an hour's drive from Taipei, while Songshan is in downtown Taipei. Generally these sedans are pre-arranged through your hotel and the sedan company or driver will meet you as soon as you exit baggage claim. Since the price is not much more than taking a taxi, it is usually recommended that you ask your hotel if they offer this service.
This is a more comfortable half-hour ride to the hotel. Direct bus connections between the airport and other cities in Taiwan are also available. U-bus also runs shuttle buses every 15 min from both terminals to THSR Taoyuan station 15 min away , from where you can continue your journey by high-speed train. In addition to the transit hotel within the airport terminal, there are several hotels located near the airport if you desire more comfortable quarters for an extended transit or for some other reason would rather lodge by the airport than in Taipei.
The Novotel Taoyuan International Airport, located next to the China Airlines headquarters building, is mere minutes from both terminals and has commanding views of the airport's runways. Night sevice There is, although it's really hard to find information about it. Best source is the airport website . As of 21Feb there is overnight bus service to Taipei Railway station as follows: Unconfirmed - one extra departs at From the Taipei Railway you can take overnight train to connect to other cities or bus from the adherent bus station.
It takes about 55 min from the airport to the city at night. There are numerous daily flights arriving and departing for all major cities on the island and the outlying islands. The airport is served by the Metro Brown Line's officially labeled the Wenshan-Neihu Line Songshan Airport Station and can be reached in about 20 minutes from the city's main railway station. Taipei Main Station is a huge facility. Ticket counters are on the first floor and platforms in B1.
There is also a food court on the second floor, several underground shopping malls, an auditorium on the 5th floor and MRT stations serving three lines.
The THSR stations and platforms are wheelchair-friendly and all trains include a wheelchair-accessible carriage wider doors, ample space, accessible toilet. Note that the official English guide for online reservations distinguishes between "senior or disabled tickets" and "handicap-friendly seats"; while it's possible to buy a ticket for the former online "correct passenger ID" required , a ticket for the latter has to be reserved by calling the ticketing office on the phone.
There are also many stops scattered around the city, particularly near Taipei Main Station. Muzha line, which connects to Taipei Zoo, is a driverless elevated system. The last trains depart at midnight. Stations and trains are clearly identified in English, so even for those who cannot read Chinese, the MRT system is very accessible. All stops are announced in four languages: Mandarin, English, Taiwanese Hokkien and Hakka.
Eating or drinking is prohibited pass the fare gates. Trains generally run from 6: Stations and trains including the monorail are wheelchair-friendly, but note that when there are multiple exits from a single station, usually only one of these is equipped with a lift. There are four cards: Cards can be purchased and recharged at station ticket offices, vending machines or convenience stores. There may be discounts on buses as well. These cards can also be used for various other payments.
These are very convenient and if you are doing more than 6 or 8 journeys in a day, will also cover their cost Prices at Feb For more information, see their website . In recent times, major convenience stores such as , as well as various other retail outlets have begun to accept the card as payment. Often times limited-edition cards are issued by the transit authority depicting artworks, famous characters, landscapes, etc. These are quite collectible and are perfect souvenirs for your trip.
Remember single-journey tokens are recycled when you exit the stations, so if you want to keep a particular one you should purchase an extra. By bus[ edit ] Taipei City Bus Taipei City has a very efficient bus service  , and because all buses display information destination and the names of stops in English, the system is very accessible to non-Chinese speaking visitors.
The confusion, however, arises by not knowing where the section boundaries are located and the fact that there is often a buffer zone to prevent people who get on one stop before the boundary from overpayment. When to pay Above the driver, there is an electronic red sign. If the same sign is lit when you get off, you do not need to pay again. Finally, if the character for "down" is lit up when you get on, then you need to pay only when you get off.
Until you get the hang of the system, just let the locals go first and follow their action. It's really not as complicated as it sounds, and bus drivers won't let you forget a second payment if you owe one! By taxi[ edit ] Taxis are the most flexible way to get around, and are extremely numerous. They are expensive in comparison to mass transit, but are cheap when compared to taxis in the rest of the world.
Most taxi drivers cannot speak English, and it will be necessary for non-Chinese speakers to have their destination written down in Chinese though most taxis are equipped with GPS systems. Tipping is neither necessary nor expected. Since , all passengers are required to buckle their seatbelt.
The toll free taxi hotline is maintained by Department of Transportation. Taiwanese taxi drivers tend to be more honest and friendly than in many other countries.
By bicycle[ edit ] Even though motorized traffic is very heavy in Taipei, bicycles are still legitimate vehicles to get around. There are long cycle paths beside most rivers in the city. Bicycles can also be carried on the Taipei metro but only at certain times and via certain stations - bicycles aren't permitted in larger interchange stations such as Taipei Main Station and Zhongxiao Fuxing, and bicycles are only permitted in the first and last carriages.
Unlike Mainland China, there are no segregated bike lanes but on the busiest streets cycling on the pavement US English: Taipei recently started its YouBike bicycle rental program where citizens and tourists can use EasyCard to check out a bike at most metro stations.
Taiwan phone number registration, plus your EasyCard, is required, and registration is available in english. It has become extremely popular for tourists to get around the city. By car[ edit ] Renting a car is not only unnecessary, but not recommended in Taipei unless you are planning to head out of the city. Traffic tends to be frantic, and parking spaces are expensive and difficult to find. Most of the main tourist destinations are reachable by public transport, and you should use that as your main mode of travel.
Address system[ edit ] The Taipei address system is very logical and user-friendly. All major roads are identified by their direction in relation to these roads. Those that cross Zhongshan road are similarly identified as either east or west. The section number will increase as one moves further away from Zhongshan Rd. The house and lane numbers begin at zero every section. Talk[ edit ] Taipei is a city of people from many different origins, and you can find a good mix of Chinese people whose families migrated to Taiwan from onwards and native Taiwanese people whose families had been in Taiwan since the Ming or Qing Dynasties.
While Mandarin is the lingua franca, and is spoken and understood by most people under the age of 60, other Chinese "dialects" are commonly heard as well.