Taiwan has complete fundamental constructions and a convenient traffic
network weaved by flights, trains and highways. It takes only a few
hours to travel between scenic spots, and most of the scenic spots can
be reached by public transportation vehicles.
are two international airports in Taiwan: CKS Airport in Taoyuan
(about 40 KM from Taipei City), and Hsiao-Kang Airport in Kaohsiung.
Direct flights between Taiwan and other countries provide convenient
services. Except for some flights to and from between Taiwan and Hong
Kong as well as South East Asia land in Hsiao-Kang Airport, most
international flights all land in CKS Airport.
CKS Airport - Flight
Hsiao-Kang Airport -
Flight Timetable - Airport
On line airlines
Off line airlines
Currently, Taiwan only has routine ferry operations between
Keelung and Okinawa. Seas travels between Taiwan and its islets have
been so far convenient; please see below schedule for routes
information. Most routes are not operated on daily basis due to
weather concerns and passengers capacity limitation. Please reconfirm
schedule by phone before finalizing your travel schedule if ferry is
your primary choice of transportation.
The island-wide railway network including
western line, eastern line, north line and south line, provides a lot
of convenience to the passengers, and there are several classes for
choice---economic class, Fu-shing class, Jue-kuan class and Tsi-chiang
class. Tourists can have their own choice according to their traveling
time, consuming ability and the purpose of taking this vehicle;Besides
this, there are some small trains at slower speed for some routes,
such as lines of A-li, Gigi, Ping-shi, and Nei-wan. Tourists who visit
Taiwan for the first time, by taking these routes, are expected to
enjoy a very interesting and impressive experience, since they have
the chance to see all the beautiful sceneries during the whole
journey. It is especially difficult to get the train tickets
during continual holidays, and therefore, reserving tickets 14 days
before departure by phone or through
is strongly recommended.
Taiwan's long distant highway transportation
services are provided by private transportation companies: Guo- Guang
Bus Corp. , Union Bus, Dragon Bus, Free Go Bus Corp. and Aloha Bus.
They are carrying passengers and shuttling on significant provincial
highways and the freeways.
Owing to a more intensive service schedule, some bus companies provide
even 24 hours service, plus the more competitive ticket fares than
airplane and train, the private transportation companies have become
one of the most popular transportation service providers. However, for
the safety reason, passengers are warned not to take any illegal
highway bus (local people call it "Yeh Jee " Bus) provided by those
transportation companies without license. During continual holidays
period, passengers are suggested to take trains or flights in order to
prevent serious traffic jam on the freeways. But reserving tickets as
early as possible is necessary.
Stops for the long distant highway transportation are scattering in
different cities, but Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung are the main
transferring stops. There are six bus companies now providing daily
transportation service between CKS International Airport and major
cities around Taiwan. They are :Kuokuang Bus, Free Go Express, Toward
You Air Bus, United Highway, Evervoyage, Taoyuan Bus. Bus routes
information can be found by visiting the Website of
CKS International Airport.
List of Intercity Buses Telephone No.
Kuokuang Bus Corp.
Free Go Express
(02)2586-3065 ; (03)393-1351
Toward You Air Bus Co.
Evervoyage Transport Corp.
(03)3570498; 3833801; 3931707
United Highway Bus
(02)2995-7799; 2995-8735; (03) 383-4779
Taoyuan Bus Corp.
Taiwan's domestic airlines industry is quite active, with busy travel
in the sky among major cities; flying is as common as taking
long-distance buses, and flights are always fully booked during
holidays. As a result, airlines require prior reservation. Most travel
agencies also handle reservation and ticketing on behalf of airlines.
While checking in airlines counter, personal identification card is
required for proper boarding procedures. (ID required for Taiwan
citizens and passports for foreigners.) Regulations for luggage &
carry-on handlings may vary by airlines; passengers are advised to
contact airlines for details ahead of trips.
Cellular phones are strictly prohibited on planes on flight safety
concerns. In addition, Items that may harm flying safety such as
highly-compressed cans, flammable items...etc. are also barred from
flights; for further information please refer to :
Domestic Flight Information
Domestic Airline Companies
The mass rapid transit system(MRT) in Taipei,
together with the metropolitan area's dedicated bus route network,
forms a convenient transportation system. The MRT currently has five
lines in operation:
Green Line (Tamshui
Orange Line (Peitou
- Nanshih Chiao)
Blue Line (Hsinpu - Kunyung)
(Chunshan high school - Taipei Zoo)
Red Line (Peito
- Hsin Peitou)
Hsiao Nanmen Line
(Hsimen - CKS Memorial Hall)
These lines are dotted with a variety of attractions and scenic spots.
As a result, visitors can take a leisurely journey through most of the
attractive parts of Taipei by using the MRT service. Auto ticketing
slots can be found in MRT stations, providing ticketing services (Coin
changers are equipped in all stations.) "Single-journey Ticket" price
ranging from NT$20 to NT$65 depending on travel distance. A 150-dollar
"One-day pass" purchased from service booth will allow unlimited
travels among all MRT lines within one day. Please take advantage of
One-day pass if you are in desire of visiting spots along MRT lines.
Please Note :
MRT running hours- 6:00-24:00
provide passengers a comfortable and safe ride, smoking, drinking &
gum chewing are strictly prohibited in MRT area.
Using cellular phone is
prohibited in the first and the last cabinet of the train.
Tickets are valid on day of purchase.
Please locate pets in
hand-carry cage; police dogs and guide dogs are excluded.
Major cities have an abundance of taxis. Charges are NT$70 for the
first 1.5km and NT$5 for each additional 300 meters. An additional
NT$5 is charged for every two minutes of waiting, and a 20% surcharge
is added to fares between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., NT$10 dollars tip needed
for cab dispatched by phone and for luggage placed in taxi trunk.
Charges may be raised during Chinese New Year holidays. Basically,
taxi fares in all major cities are set by local city government itself
and are in a minor discrepancy. Out-of-town or long-distance travels
may not apply to meter charge; travelers are suggested to confirm
charging method before getting on taxi.
50% additional to meter charge needed for cab travel to CKS airport.
It costs around NT$1,200 to travel from CKS to Taipei city, and NT$300
for traveling between Kaohsiung city and Hsiaokang airport. Island
wide travel service available in fixed fares upon passengers' needs.
Most drivers do not speak English, so it is a
good idea to have hotel personnel write both your destination and your
hotel's name and address in Chinese, along with the projected cost of
each one-way trip.
Any unreasonable charges or misdeeds from taxi drivers, please jot
down driverís name and licenseís plate along with time, place &
happenings for further pleading to local supervision or foreign affair
Taipei Foreign Affairs
Police Station : (02)2381-7475; 2381-8341; 23817494
Taichung Foreign Affairs Police Station : (04)2222-3725
Kaohsiung Foreign Affairs Police Station : (07)215-4342
international licenses may drive a car in Taiwan. However, for those
who are not familiar with the road conditions, it is recommended to
rent a car with driver. Cars can be rented at service counters in
major airports, train stations and downtown locations. Some of
international hotels also provide car rental service which is
convenient to visitors who need just airport pick-up or a journey in a
Some car rental companies allow customers to return cars at more than
just one outlets with additional service charge applied. Most car
rental companies offer favorable rental packages, but most rental fees
do not include insurance, so it is best to make sure of the company's
particular policy before taking a car out. In Taiwan, cars are driving
to the right; drivers and passenger in the front must fasten
seatbelts. For car-rental traveling, visitors are advised to
familiarize Taiwan's driving regulations. After obtaining legally
effective drivers' license, an adventure in Taiwan is ready ahead of