OMG, so excited to be in Taiwan! The last time I was here (donkey’s years ago, haha!), it was when I had a 24-hour layover when flying back to Singapore from New York via EVA Air. My mates and I took the opportunity to explore Taipei city but we barely had the time to do much. Thus, this trip was considered my ‘very first’ proper holiday in Taiwan. Woohoo!!
We visited northern (Taipei), western (Taichung) and eastern (Hualien) parts of Taiwan. Decided to skip the bottom half (south) and save that for our next trip.
For the next few weeks, I will be sharing more about our trip to Taiwan—the memorable places we visited, the fun adventures we had, the delicious food we enjoyed and the great people we met. This, was one of the best travels we had, yet again. So many unforgettable memories. 🙂
Time to get started. Let’s go!
How to Get from Taoyuan Airport to Taipei
The easiest way to get from Taoyuan Airport to Taipei City Centre would be to take the MRT a.k.a. Taoyuan Metro.
Our plane landed at Terminal One. After we had cleared immigration and collected our baggage, we exited and followed the directional signages to get to the metro station. No problem if you’re at Terminal Two as the metro ‘purple’ line connects both terminals so just make your way to the metro station similarly.
Once you reach the metro station, look for the ticketing machine to purchase single-journey tickets, which come in purple-coloured tokens. The machines only accept NT100 and NT200 notes. If you don’t have the right notes, you can also purchase the tickets via the counter (Passenger Agent Office).
Ticket Price / Fares
Our single-journey ticket from Taoyuan Airport to Taipei Main Station cost NT160 per person (one way).
For the full fare table, please refer to Taoyuan Metro’s website here.
How to Get from Taoyuan Airport to Taipei City Centre
Express (Faster) Line / Commuter Line
Do note there are two types of service line i.e. 1) Express and 2) Commuter. We took the Express line which means the train would only stop at A13 (Terminal 2), A12 (Terminal 1), A8 (Chang Gung Memorial Hospital), A3 (New Taipei Industrial Park) and A1 (Taipei Main Station). For the Commuter line, the train would stop at every station in between, which means the entire journey will be longer.
When at the platform waiting for the train, do check the screen to ensure you’re boarding the correct train on the right line. It will state whether it’s Express or Commuter train.
Same system applies if you’re getting to Taoyuan Airport from Taipei so please make sure you buy the right ticket and board the right train.
The whole journey from Taoyuan Airport to Taipei Main Station via the MRT took about 35 minutes. Very pleasant train ride. Really convenient and affordable too.
For more information, please check out Taoyuan Metro’s website.
From Taipei Main Station, we just had to walk to our hotel, Taipei M Hotel Main Station, which I will share more in my next post. 🙂