Taipei Main Station at night

Taipei is the capital of Taiwan, so traveling around here mainly by MRT, quite convenient. Alternatively, you can also choose the bus or experience cycling around the city. To getting from Taipei to other cities or surrounding areas, you should take the train, HSR high speed train or traveling by coach if you taking the 1-day tours. Rich kid team can choose to take taxi, but I did not mention in this article because taxis in Taipei are quite expensive, but most of the places to visit we will travel can take advantage of the above means of transport, so we don’t need to take taxi to save money :)). So, how to get around Taipei, how to travel around Taipei and how to go around Taipei? Let’s check out our suggested 3 best way to get around Taipei and best way to travel around Taipei and from Taipei to other cities to find out the answer!

Taipei MRT | best way to get around taipei
Taoyuan Airport MRT to Taipei City Center | how to travel around taipei
Taiwan High Speed Rail 700T
Taiwan High Speed Rail HSR 700T | best way to get around taipei

In Taipei, in order for the travel to be convenient, your smartphone definitely must be connected to Wifi or 4G constantly. Unfortunately, If you get lost in the wrong way, there’s still a way to contact for help from your relatives too :))

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Dadaocheng Old Street, Taipei | best way to travel around taipei
Riding scooter in Taipei | how to travel around taipei
Raohe st. night market
Raohe St. Night Market, Taipei | how to get around taipei

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Exterior of Taipei Main Station | best way to travel around taipei

It will be overwhelming when you first come to the MRT station in Taipei because it is “super huge”, guys, especially the Taipei Main Station … You will think that you are going in an airport. But do not worry, in Taipei, the government has planned to create the most favorable conditions for the traveling of its people and tourists, all MRT stations have clear signs in English and easy to understand.

Inside Taipei Main Station
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MRT Taipei | best way to travel around taipei
Taipei MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing Station Platform
MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing Station
Inside MRT Taipei

Traveling by MRT in Taipei you definetly must have an iPass card. You can use this card to take other public transportation such as Taoyuan Airport MRT from the airport to the city center, bus, train, light rail, rent U-bike, etc. You also can use the card to buy goods at convenience stores (Family Mart, OK, Hi-life, 7-Eleven), movie theaters, supermarkets, cafes, … and some other famous attractions.

MRT Taoyuan Aiport to city center | best way to travel around taipei
Interior of bus 1819
Map of the stations that MRT Airport passes through

Traveling by MRT in Taipei, you must download the Go! Taipei Metro application (iOS, Android) to find for the MRT lines and routes.

Go! Taipei Metro Logo

Almost 90% of our trips are by MRT, because most of the famous sightseeing and shopping places are right next the MRT stations, such as Taipei 101 tower, Ximending market, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Longshan Temple, Taipei city hall, Tamsui Port…

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Taipei 101
Ximending district, Taipei
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Longshan temple
National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall | how to get around taipei

A few notes when taking the MRT

  • Do not eat or drink on the MRT train. You can bring food and drinks but not eating on the train. You will be fined if found, do not joke …
  • When you take the escalator make sure to stand close to the right handrail to leave an empty space on the left for people in urgent need of walking.
  • When you line up to get on the MRT train, do not stand in the way of the exit and entrance gate and wait for people to get out of the MRT train before getting on.
  • Give seats to the elderly, disabled people and pregnant women.
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Taipei MRT Xindian Station | how to get around taipei

I will talk a little bit about Taipei Main Station because this station is a central station when traveling in Taipei. The MRT from the airport to the city will drop you down to this station and when taking the MRT to the airport you will also catch it from this station. You can go to the suburbs by train (TRA) or express train (HSR) also from this station.

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Taipei Main Station | how to get around taipei
Taipei MRT map | how to get around taipei


There will be places not near the subway (MRT) stations, so you can take the bus. Bus tickets are cheaper than MRT and of course it’s slower than MRT already. The bus routes in Taipei operate from 5 am to 12 pm, those who prefer nightlife remember this operating hours to catch the last bus. At the bus stop there is always schedule information, you should also download the BusTracker Taiwan (iOS, Android) application to track the bus schedules for convenience. At some bus stations, schedule information is displayed in Chinese without English, especially in suburban bus stops, such as buses from the train station to the Jiufen. You can use Google to translate images or ask people around.

Inside Taipei bus | how to go around taipei
Bus to the National Palace Museum

Actually, taking the bus is not convenient as MRT. But those who still want to try traveling by bus rising to the ground to see Taipei but are lazy to wait and are afraid to find a bus that takes time, you can experience the Taipei Double-Decker Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off Bus. Just get on the buus and the driver will take you on a fixed route through famous places of Taipei in half a day or a day.

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Taipei hop-on hop-off bus | how to go around taipei
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Sightseeing bus
taipei hop on hop off bus map
| taipei hop on hop off bus map
Another hop on hop off Taipei route map
Another hop on hop off Taipei route map and fares.

Link to book: Taipei Double Decker Bus Tour.


Is cycling also an interesting and unique experience when traveling, right?! Near bus stops, MRT stations, squares and major transport landmarks in the city often have many available bike rows that belonging to the public vehicle system (Ubike company). The bicycle is yellow, easily identifiable, locked by electronic latch, you only need to register with the iPass card at the automatic machines (located near the drop-off locations) with the phone number in Taiwan to be used. Each phone number can only be used once to register.

Ubike Taipei | how to go around taipei

You will be free of charge to travel for the first 30 minutes, after which you will be charged NTD 10 for the 30 minutes of use. Quite cheap for an enjoyable experience!

Moving to surrounding suburbs/neighboring provinces from Taipei

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Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) | how to go around taipei

Railway system and high-speed train in Taipei are extremely developed, super convenient for the travel of people and tourists. Taiwan lovers are definitely sure to cherish places like Pingxi, Shifen and Jingtong, Houtong Cat Village, Jiufen Ancient Village, Yehliu Geopark, Liushishi Mountain in Hualien, East Rift Valley in their bucket list. To get to the above destinations, you need to go to Taipei Main Station to catch the train. Specifically which train, which stations you need to find out before going. Because at the most train stations, all information is in Chinese, so be sure, you shoul ask the staff at the train station to get on the right train. A little tip from my experience is that you save pictures of famous places that you want to go, but if communication is too difficult, you only show the picture to ask the security guards at the train station, it’s very effective :)).

Houtong cat village station | how to go around taipei

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Train to Shifen | best way to get around taipei
shifen station
Shifen station | best way to get around taipei

Some best day tours, trips, activities and transfer services, tickets in, to and from Taipei you can refer to

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