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    Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport

    by traveldave Updated Jan 16, 2015

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    Taipei's Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE), 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of the city center, handles all international flights into the city. Visitors can take air conditioned buses and taxis into Taipei from the airport.

    Airlines serving Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport: Air China, Air-India, Air Macau, AirAsia, AirAsia Berhad, AirAsia Zest, All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Cebu Pacific Air, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Dragonair, Eidelweiss Air, Emirates, EVA Air, Far Eastern Air Transport, Hainan Airlines, Indonesia AirAsia Extra, Japan Airlines, Jet Star Asia Airways, Jin Air, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Mandarin Airlines, Palau Asia Pacific Airlines, Palau Trans Pacific Airlines, Peach, Philippine Airlines, QANTAS Airways, Scoot, Shandong Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Spirit of Manila Airlines, Spring Airlines, Thai AirAsia, Thai Airways International, Transaero Airlines, TransAsia Airways, Turkish Airlines, UNI Airways, United Airlines, V Air, Vietnam Airlines, and Xiamen Airlines.

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    High Speed Rail

    by Jim_Eliason Written Jul 15, 2014

    Taiwan has a very convenient High Speed rail system that runs along the west coast of the country and allows you to get from Taipei or Taoyuan airport to the south in less than 4 hours. It runs from Tapei to Kaohsiung in the south.

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    Taoyuan International Airport

    by Jim_Eliason Written Jul 15, 2014

    Taoyuan about 40 Km west of Taipei is Taiwan's largest international gateway although you can get some flights around Asia from Kaohsiung in the south. China Airlines and Eva Air are both Taiwanese based airlines that fly the most frequent flights in and out of Taiwan

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    Best Places to visit in Taiwan

    by goodvy810807 Written Jun 25, 2014

    Day1 Taoyuan International Airport→Alishan
    (1)Car hire:$6000NTD (4-seater car), it takes about 4.5 hours
    (2)Take bus bound to Taoyuan THSR Station at Taoyuan Airport→(take THSR) Chiayi THSR Station→(take Taiwan Pass Alishan Route) →Alishan

    Day2 Alishan→Kenting
    (1)Car hire:$6700-8000NTD (4-seater car), it takes about 6 hours
    (2)Alishan→(take Taiwan Pass Alishan Route) →Chiayi Train Station→→Fangliao Station→(take King Bus) →Kenting

    Day3 Hengchun→Mobitou Park→Bai Sha Beach→ Fongchueisha→ Longpan Grassland→Eluanbi→Hualien
    (1)Car hire:$3000-6000NTD (4-seater car), it takes about 8 hours for one-day charter
    $6000-10000NTD (4-seater car), it takes about 4 hours from Kenting to Hualien
    (2)Take King Bus to Fangliao Train Station→Hualien Train Station

    Day4 Taroko National Park→Qingshui Cliff→Chihsingtan Beach→Jiqiang Night Market
    (1)Car hire:$2500-3300NTD (4-seater car), it takes about 8 hours
    (2)Car Rental or Taxi

    Day5 Pine Garden→YingYang Sea→Golden Waterfall→Jiufen
    (1)Car hire:$2500-3300NTD (4-seater car), it takes about 8 hours
    (2)Take Train to Rueifang Station and take Keelung Bus to Jiufen

    Day6 Houtong→Jingtong Old Street→Pingxi Old Street→Shifen Old Street
    (1)Car Hire: $3600-4000NTD (4-seater car) for 8 hours
    *Search DingTaxi for car hire in Taiwan*
    (2)Taipei Train Station→Ruifang Train Station→(get off at Ruifang Train Station and buy ticket for Pingxi Line($52NTD) →(take train bound to Jingtong)Houtong Station→Jingtong Station→Pingxi Station→Shifen Station

    Day7 Taipei→Taoyuan International Airport
    (1)Car Hire: $1000-1400NTD (4-seater car) for 1 hour
    *Search DingTaxi for car hire in Taiwan*
    (2)Take King Bus 1819 to Taoyuan Airport at East Highway Bus Terminal or take Air Bus 2060 to Taoyuan Airport at City Hall Highway Bus Terminal

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    Flying on a Jet Plane

    by walterwu Written Jan 7, 2014

    Taoyuan International Airport may seems small from the public areas of the Departure Hall but once pass immigration, there's plenty of shops and some restaurants. Do expect a fair bit of walking to get to your departure gate.

    There are some shops in the public area and the prices are comparable or better then those found in tourist shops that our tour group brings us to. The varieties found there, of course, is more then those in the tourist shops.

    Claims for tax refunds for shoppings must be made before clearing immigration. Our tour guide/leader didn't show us where to go for tax refunds.

    Taoyuan International Airport - Departure Hall Within Airport's Depature
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    HIGH SPEED TRAIN TAIWAN

    by hanspeter_W. Updated Oct 7, 2013

    FOR LONG DISTANCES ON WEST COAST IS VERY USEFUL TO TAKE THE
    THSR TRAINS BETWEEN MAIN STOPS OF TAIPEH-TAICHUNG-TAINAN-ZUOYING (KAOHSIUNG)
    THESE TRAINS ARE INCREDIBLE QUICK AND PUNCTUAL ..CLEAN AND THE TRAIN STATIONS LOOK LIKE AIRPORTS

    locomotive of thsr taipei-zuoying
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    travel agent

    by hanspeter_W. Written Oct 6, 2013

    to go around in taiwan if you not well spoken in chinese i would recommend to make some tour
    by travel agency
    our tour agent was absolut fantastic, friendly staff, reliable...take even more time for you than in program described..absolut worth every cent
    GF Tolurs taiwan
    http://www.gftours.com.tw/gftours.asp

    you can choose between half day tours and several days tour and tehy make tour according your own wish

    with gordon our excellnt tour guide of gf tours
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  • MRT in Taipei

    by sweetmm Written May 25, 2011

    The MRT in Taipei is safe, convenient, fast and economical to get around places in different close-by districts in Taipei.
    You can get free bus rides to Taipei 101 if you are at the right bus stop at Taipei city center.

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    Alishan Forest Train

    by munapong Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    To try the Alishan Forest Train, take the High Speed Rail from Taipei to Chiayi, and take a shuttle bus from Chiayi Station to Chiayi Railway Station. Note: There is no need to go to BeiMen, you can get the ticket in Chiayi Railway Station (It is the FIRST Station of Alishan Forest Train).

    In case of full booking (in my case), they allow passengers to stand. Due to the typhoon in Oct 07, the train will stop at "Shizi Lu" (Junction) and shuttle bus will be arranged by the Alishan Forest Train Company to reach Alishan Forest.

    Alishan Railway Train
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    Flying into Taipei

    by SLLiew Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I used to fly by Singapore Airlines to USA with a short stopover at the airport in Taipei.

    There is no direct flight from Mainland China to Taiwan except on charter flights during certain agreed festival dates. So flights from Taipei need to stopover over at Macao or Hong Kong before proceeding to Mainland China and vice versa.

    From Malaysia, there is no problem flying driectly to Taiwan by China Airlines or Eva Air.

    The airport of Taipei "Chiang Kai Shek" (CKS) has been renamed as Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. Airport code = TPE.

    There is a free skytrain between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. The airport is about 40 km or 50 minutes drive to downtown Taipei.

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  • the MRT system

    by cielo85 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    if u are in taipei,the MRT system is really a good choise that u can take to visit the Taipei (the City and the County ),reallyyyyyyy fast and cheap,on the other hand,it's convenient,but sure,if u want to see how terrible and amazing taiwan traffic is,then get rid of it :P
    ( most of the texi drivers in Taipei are trained to speak some english,so it is usually no problem communicating with them,well...if u can understand what they are talking about )

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    Taipei Metro

    by matthewh1 Written Mar 28, 2011

    The Taipei metro is very clean, realible and safe.
    My first recommendation is to buy an Easy Card (their version of an oyster card in London and an octopus card in Hong Kong), its easy to use you just flash in infront of the card reader and go through. You can use the Easy card for the Mangkong gondola system if you have enough credit on the card.
    Each Metro station has lot of facilities such as card machines, toilets etc.
    Each train and sation are amazingly clean throughout the day.
    The Taiwanese metro has a bi-lingural system, where both their tannoys and signs are both in chinese and then in english.
    When you first arrive at the station you have to decide on which line to go for then when you arrive at the platform you have to deicide which way you are travelling, above the platform they have the route the train is travelling in.
    Also above the platform they have a tv screen telling how long you have to wait for the next train, with international news and a cartoon safety video.
    At every platform they have marked out where the waiting passengers have to wait, to allow the departing passengers to get off, please obey the rules. The have platform marshells with a whistle and mutil coloured baton, telling you what you are doing wrong.
    Every station on both the metro and railway station has a seperate part of the station that is deadicated to woman travelling late at night with extra seecurity.
    I had no difficulties on the metro system at all, its a very easy system to use and the people are very happy to help you out if you are lost. Each exit has a yellow sign showing the hotels, attractions and bulidings close to that exit.
    You have to remeber the chinese love being told what to do and where to stand, either at a metro station or outside.

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    Transport

    by matthewh1 Written Mar 25, 2011

    The High Speed Railway service from Taipei to Tanain is very very good. The staff seemed to be able to speak a little english.
    Even though you dont travel the whole distance at 200 odd kph its still faster the British trains.
    The trains are always on time and at each final destination they are cleaned throughout by an army of cleaners before you are allowed to get on to the train.
    The only downside is that I thought that their was a free bus shuttle from Tainan high speed train station to the city centre, but their is not one. Luckly the local train station is attached to the high speed train station and I caught the local train instead into the city centre.
    I travelled up and down Taiwan by train and I can whole heartdly say that they are all realible, clean and on time, its what British Rail should have been before privisation.
    I had to change my high speed rail ticket to an earlier time in Tanain to Taipei and instead of asking charging you for changing your ticket and asking if its an on or off peak ticket, like in the UK, the member of staff changed my ticket within 5 mins. Its so refreshing travelling by train when these train compaines make life so easy for the traveller, pity more train companies cannot do this.

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    Transportation in Taiwan - HSR & Airplane

    by LindaChuang Written Aug 25, 2010

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    Hi everybody,
    Do you consider about your trip to Taiwan? Are you worried about transportation in Taiwan? If you travel from North to South of Taiwan, don't worry about this. Transportation here is very convenient and comfortable. Following is a tip for you from/to Taipei airport to/from Kaohsiung.
    There are 2 ways for you to go to/from Taoyuan International Airport (Taipei airport) from.to Kaohsiung.
    1- By Air. It spends you around 2hrs to fly from/to Kaohsiung, but the flight is not available everyday For more details, visit this site: http://www.kia.gov.tw/english/e_content/einformation-3-1.asp?fly=TSA

    2- By HSR.
    This is more convenient for you.You can take HSR to/from Taoyuan Station from/to Zuoying, (Taipei airport is about 7km far from HSR station). For more information about HSR schedule, online booking and stations, visit following site. http://www.thsrc.com.tw/en/index.asp

    In my opinion, HSR is advisable. Have a nice trip ^_^

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    Trains

    by Kyle-Taiwan Updated Apr 23, 2009

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    There is a great working train system that you can take all around Taiwan as well as to and from many cities. No train goes through the mountains though, only a loop and many routes around cities.

    Trains are fairly quick, and cheap most places. If you are coming in Chinese New Year, train is THE BEST way to travel. every road seems to be going turtle speed, so avoiding buses/cars is a good idea!

    Another advantage is with many trains you can see many things. The train that goes up/down the east coast is really pretty. Try taking a train from Kaohsiung or Pingtung to Taidong or Hualien, really beauty area there.

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