Choose from different modes of transport available running across and in the country. The various modes range from a peak hour squeeze in the highly efficient Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) available in the large cities to scenic tranquil boat rides ferrying you to smaller islands planted in the provinces.
Taiwan's domestic airlines industry is quite active with busy routes serving major cities; flying is almost as common as taking long-distance buses. Flights are always fully booked during holidays. As a result, prior reservations are advised. Most travel agencies handle reservations and ticketing on behalf of airlines.
Personal identification is required when checking in for flights (ID for Taiwan citizens, passports for foreigners).
There are 15 domestic airports in Taiwan: Taipei (Songshan), Hualien, Wang’an, Taichung, Taitung, Qimei, Chiayi, Lanyu (Orchid Island), Kinmen, Tainan, Ludao (Green Island), Matsu Beigan, Kaohsiung, Magong and Matsu Nangan.
The island-wide railway network consisting of the Western, Eastern, North Link and South Link lines provide convenient travel in a number of train classes: economy, Fu-Hsing, Chu-Kuang and Tze-Chiang. Select the train class which best accommodates to your budget and schedule.
We strongly advise the reservation of tickets to be done 2 weeks before the intended date of departure as it may be difficult to get train tickets during the holiday season. Reservation of tickets can be done by phone or via their website. (http://www.railway.gov.tw/en/index.aspx)
High Speed Rail (HSR):
Get from one end of the country to another with Taiwan High Speed Rail which spreads over 345km between Taipei and Kaohsiung. There are currently 8 stations in operation namely Taipei, Banqiao, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Chiayi, Tainan and Zuoying.
The trains have comfortable clean seats and snacks available on-the-go. Train stations are normally located 30 to 40 minutes away from downtown areas. Frequent shuttle bus services and commuter trains run from the train stations to the downtown areas.
Mass Rapid Transit (MRT):
MRT systems are available in Taipei and Kaohsiung. Travel with ease as the MRTs are convenient, safe and reliable. Directions in the stations and tickets are both in Mandarin and English for foreign commuters to get to their destinations quickly.
Within Large Cities
Taxis are affordable and easy to get in the cities. In Taipei, a taxi ride will cost you NT$70 for the first 1.25 km and then NT$5 for every 250 meters travelled. Fares are surcharged at an additional NT$20 from 11pm to 6am. Calling a cab prior to your intended time of travel or travelling with luggage will also incur a surcharge. During the festive season, the midnight surcharge applies to all rides with an additional charge of NT$20 to NT$40.
Outside Large Cities
To get to another province or city, drivers will either use meters (highly unlikely) or quote you a flat rate. There are lesser taxis willing to travel out of the city/province and so it is better to request for your hotel to enquire first.
Call Taipei’s Taxi hotline at 0800-055 850 (press 2 after the message).When using a mobile phone, call 55850. English drivers are available at 02-2799 7997. When in Kaohsiung, call 0800-087 778 or 07-315 6666.
Travel from Taiwan to its offshore islets by a boat! Schedules may be subjected to change due to weather concerns.
Northern region ferry information：Keelung Harbor
Central region ferry information：Taichung Harbor
Eastern region ferry information：Hualien Harbor
Southern region ferry information：Kaohsiung Harbor
There are private transportation companies providing long-distant highway transportation services. Some include, Kuo-Kuang Bus Corp., UBus, Free Go Bus Corp. and Aloha Bus to state a few. Some bus services run for 24 hours and charge lower ticket fares than airplanes and trains. For safety reasons, passengers are warned not to take illegal highway buses operated by companies without licenses.
During the holiday season, passengers are advised to travel by trains or by flight in order to avoid serious traffic jams on the freeways. Reserve your tickets as early as possible.
Several bus companies provide daily transportation service between Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and major cities. Bus-route information can be found by visiting the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport >> Transportation >> Public transportation >> Buses.
The Taiwan Tourist Shuttle service (see link), is designed for convenient travel. Departing from the train stations, High Speed Rail stations, and major attractions, the shuttle buses ferry passengers from these places to the main tourist attractions in Taiwan. This is the most suitable travel method for people without a car.
For further information about Taiwan Tourist Shuttle, please refer to Taiwan Tourist Shuttle website (http://www.taiwantrip.com.tw/.
Bicycles are widely available for rent in tourist spots. Explore the areas at a slower pace as compared to tours conducted by tour companies!
Travellers who possess an international driving license are entitled to drive a car in Taiwan. A car may come in handy when travelling on the East Coast or in mountainous areas. However, for those who are not familiar with the road conditions, we recommend to rent a car with a driver. Cars can be rented at service counters located in major airports, train stations and downtown locations. Some international hotels also provide car rental services which are convenient for airport transfer or for a journey out of town.
Some car rental companies allow customers to return the cars at more than one location with an additional service fee charged. Most car rental companies offer favorable rental packages; but most rental fees do not include insurance. In Taiwan, cars are driven on the right; drivers and passengers in both front and rear seats must wear seatbelts. Visitors who rent cars are advised to familiarize themselves with Taiwan's driving regulations and understand the driving habits of the Taiwanese.