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First stop in Taiwan, Taoyuan

Taoyuan is where foreign travelers first arrive in Taiwan. It is a lovely city that connects to Taipei in the North and Hsinchu in the South. The climate is pleasant, and it has convenient transportation including the airport MRT system. A number of tourist attractions that await include the spectacular Lalashan Sacred Tree, Shihmen Reservoir which is both a water reserve and a leisure outing destination, century-old Baroque-style architectures, and Daxi Old Street. In short, Taoyuan is most definitely worth exploring!

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Pre-arrival preparation and some useful information

  • Currency

    Currency

    Taiwan’s unit of currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (NT$). Currency exchange is available at banks in the airport. Frequently used notes are NT$1000, NT$500, and NT$100. Frequently used coins are NT$50, NT$10, NT$5 and NT$1.

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  • Power outlet

    Power outlet

    The common voltage used in Taiwan is 110V or 220V. Both two-pin and three-pin sockets are used. Foreign visitors are advised to bring a power plug adapter just in case.

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  • Documents required

    Documents required

    Passports are required for entering Taiwan. Taiwan offers visa-free treatment for a number of countries including Japan, South Korea and the United States. The duration of stay allowed varies. Please click on the link below for more information.

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  • Time zone

    Time zone

    GMT+8

  • Travel seasons

    Travel seasons

    The highlight of spring in Taoyuan is cherry blossom. In summer, there’s Xinwu Lotus Season and Northern Cross Adventure Festival.

    There are a variety of fun activities to take part in Taoyuan throughout the year. Maple leaf viewing and the Land Art Festival are the highlights in autumn. In winter, New Year’s Eve Celebration Party and Jiaobanshan Plum Blossom Season are among the most anticipated events!

  • Tipping and service fee

    Tipping and service fee

    Tipping is generally not accepted in Taiwan. Some restaurants add a 10% service fee in the bill.

  • Smoking prohibition in public areas

    Smoking prohibition in public areas

    Smoking is prohibited in all public areas in Taiwan. Some public places and stores have designated smoking areas.

  • Restricted items

    Restricted items

    Passengers are prohibited to bring meat, food containing meat, fresh fruit and vegetables into Taiwan. The maximum amount of cash that each passenger may bring into Taiwan is NT$100,000 or US$10,000.

    Restricted items in Taoyuan Airport

  • Tax refund

    Tax refund

    The price of item purchased in Taiwan includes a 5% tax. Foreign visitors, who spend NT$ 2,000 or more on goods at one single authorized TRS-labeled store on the same day, are eligible to request for the tax refund form from the shop assistant.

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  • Wi-Fi

    Wi-Fi

    To have internet access, foreign visitors arriving in Taiwan can rent a Wi-Fi device in the airport. Visitors can also access i-Taiwan, a free Wi-Fi service by applying and activating an account on i-Taiwan official website, or by activating an account at the tourist center upon arrival using the passport.

    Apply i-Taiwan Wi-Fi

  • Important phone numbers to know

    Important phone numbers to know

    Fire and ambulance: 119

    Police: 110

    Emergency helpline: 112

    Country code: +886

    Area code: 03

    Travel inquiry hotline of the Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications: +886-2-2717-3737

  • Information Station/ Tourist Center

    Information Station/ Tourist Center

    Tourist centers or stores with a yellow sign that has an “i” on it offer free travel brochures in many languages. Visitors can also inquire the staff about fun places to visit.

Transportation

Taoyuan Airport transportation

Visitors arriving in Taiwan can take the MRT, train or bus to get around in Taoyuan, or get to Taoyuan High Speed Rail Station or Taipei Railway Station.

Taoyuan Airport MRT

A12 Airport Terminal 1 Station/ A13 Airport Terminal 2 Station ←→ A18 Taoyuan High Speed Rail Station

Ticket fare: NTD$35

A12 Airport Terminal 1 Station/ A13 Airport Terminal 2 Station ←→ A1 Taipei Main Station

Ticket fare: NTD$160

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Bus

Taoyuan Airport Terminal 1/ Terminal 2 ←→ Taoyuan Railway Station

Take UBus No.706 Airport Express

Ticket fare departing from Terminal 1: Regular fare: NTD$48; Half-fare: NTD$24

Ticket fare departing from Terminal 2: Regular fare: NTD$44; Half-fare: NTD$22

Departure schedule at Taoyuan Airport: 05:55~23:25

Departure schedule at Taoyuan Railway Station: 05:55~23:25

Taoyuan Airport Terminal 1/ Terminal 2 ←→ Taoyuan High Speed Rail Station

Take UBus No.705 Airport Express

Ticket fare: Regular fare: NTD$30; Half-fare: NTD$15

Departure schedule at Taoyuan Airport: 06:15~22:50

Departure schedule at Taoyuan High Speed Rail Station: 07:00~22:50

※For reference only. Actual departure schedule and ticket fare may vary.

Transportation in Taoyuan
Railway

Visitors can take an express bus from Taoyuan Airport to Taoyuan Railway Station and take a local train to get around in Taoyuan or travel to another city.

Taiwan Tourist Shuttle

Taiwan Tourist Shuttle is a shuttle service provider specifically taking passengers on tourism routes in Taiwan. There are three routes in Taoyuan under different themes. Visitors can choose to go on a history, nature or amusement park themed journey.

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Climate in Taoyuan

Average temperature JAN mm 30℃ 20℃ MAR MA Y JUL SEP NOV Average rainfall 400 300 200 100 0 10℃ Average temperature JAN mm 30℃ 20℃ 10℃ FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC Average rainfall 400 300 200 100 0 ※The data of temperatures presented are the historic average temperatures from 2016 to 2018 according to the Central Weather Bureau

Taoyuan is mostly warm throughout the year. Weather conditions change more drastically in spring and winter. Summer and autumn are best time to visit during with the weather is more stable. Average annual temperature of Taoyuan is 22°C. Average lowest temperature range is 12-17°C (54-63℉)

Reminder:
  • There are usually typhoons coming in between July and September. Chances of rain in winter is higher. Visitors are advised to prepare rain products.
  • Hours of daylight in summer is longer. Visitors are advised to prepare sun protection measures.
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