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    Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport

    by traveldave Updated Apr 7, 2014

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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, 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, UNI Airways, United Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, and Xiamen Airlines.

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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.

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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

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

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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.

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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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    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) 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:

    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.

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

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    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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  • Alishan

    by Jane84 Written Aug 23, 2008

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    I wanna make sure tell you the right thing, asked my mom again, she says from Taipei to Chiayi the "high speed train" ticket is around NT$ 1200 (seated), standing ticket is a little bit cheaper but not much. Last time there was special discount and luckly she only paid NT$ 800. Also it is taken 90 mins. for one way,sorry made mistake!
    By the way, my dad reminds me, you might wanna find the way transit from Chiayi station to Alishan.

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    General tips for getting around

    by DSwede Written Aug 20, 2008

    City-to-city buses are easy because everything is written in Chinese and English from the bus terminals.

    All of the train and subway (MRT) are also easy because things are written in Chinese and English.

    The inner-city buses are cheap and easy, but will be more difficult if you do not know the way because most are only labeled in Chinese. The major tourist areas will have English signs for buses.

    But the cost of all the above is very economic. If you take a taxi, it is recommended that you have a map or business card that has Chinese translation of where you want to go.

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    Freego Airport Bus

    by limledi Updated Apr 11, 2008

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    We took Freego Bus from the airport to Taipei City & vice versa. Going to Taipei was a bit difficult since it will not pass by the hotel we were staying, Neijiang Hotel in Ximending due to the late hour. Instead it dropped us off in Sungchiang Rd. The bus driver was so kind as to help us find 3 taxis for 14 pax seeing that we were tourists. Freego bus ticket costs NT$140. Taxi fare NT$150 to the hotel including surcharge of NT$20 for the late hour.
    Going back to the airport is more convenient. We booked our bus tickets at TS Hotel which is a short walk from our hotel for NT$150. We have to wait for the bus at TS Hotel. Even if our flight was 10:55PM yet, we had to take the bus early since the last bus to TS Hotel is 5:50PM. Bus was a bit late. Keep stopping to pick up other passengers. Halfway to the airport, we were required to change bus. Bus trip took 2 hours. We had difficulty communicating with the driver who can't understand or speak English. Finally we understood that we will disembark at Terminal 1 for Cebu Pacific passengers bound for Philippines.
    Another option is to hire 2 cars good for 14 pax NT$2900.

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