Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (臺灣桃園國際機場) is Taiwan’s main international airport and the one most tourists from abroad will be arriving at. One of two airports serving the Taipei area, alongside the smaller and centrally located Songshan Airport, it handles a large number of international and domestic flights. Songshan Airport tends to be for domestic travel and international business travel, and is usually more expensive to use given its location in the heart of the city.
The newer Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is located to the west of Taipei in Taoyuan, about 40 kilometers away. It currently consists of two terminal buildings, Terminal 1 and 2, with a third one under construction. All have stations on the Taoyuan Metro in their basement levels, with free transfers available between the terminals.
How to get from and to the airport
By Taoyuan Metro
By far the easiest way for most travelers heading into or from Taipei Station is to take the Taoyuan Metro from nearby Beimen Station (39 minutes, NT$150). Try to get onto the express service, which costs no more than the slower commuter trains.
Visitors can buy single tickets, but if you are spending at least a few days in Taipei, get yourself an EasyCard. This is an IC card that can be topped up, and you’ll save a bit of money on each journey. These can be bought after you arrive at ticket machines in the stations or beforehand online. It may though be worth getting a metro pass instead.
If going to a major city on the west coast, such as Tainan or Taichung, head the other way on the metro to Taoyuan Station (17 minutes, NT$20). From here there are Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) trains to stations such as Xin Zuoying for Kaohsiung (95 minutes, NT$1330), THSR Tainan (82 minutes, NT$1190) and THSR Taichung (36 minutes, NT$540).
Getting a round-trip bus ticket into the city is a good way to save money. Buses also operate to cities such as Yilan and Taichung. If you are heading somewhere on the east coast, or somewhere not on the metro or THSR, it might be easiest to take the bus. A full list of services can be found on the airport’s official website. It’s also a good idea to check out online booking site KKday for the latest deals. Bus tickets into Taipei can be as low as NT$75.
By rental car
There are many rental car companies operating from the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, with English speaking staff available. International rental rental companies Budget and Avis, as well as local brand Carplus, operate from the airport.
By private transfer
Probably a good idea if you have lots of kids or loads of luggage with you, there are various private transfer options available to book. They often come with a few nice perks like access to private lounges or free SIM cards.
There are also taxi services to and from the airport. Taxi drivers operating from the official taxi stands outside the arrival lobbies have all been vetted by authorities and the fare is set by the meter, using standard rates (not including highway tolls). It generally costs between NT$1100 and NT$1500 to get into central Taipei.
Airport website for more information on your flight and facilities: taoyuan-airport.com
Taoyuan Metro website for train timetables: tymetro.com.tw