Travel to Taipei

Flying to Taipei

Airlines serving Taipei include Air China, EVA Air, Emirates, KLM, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines and Vietnam Airlines. China Airlines and EVA Air operate direct flights from the USA. 

Flight times

From London - 15 hours (including stopover); New York - 16 hours;  Los Angeles - 12 hours; Toronto - 20 hours (including stopover); Sydney - 9 hours 20 minutes.

City Airports: 
Telephone:+886 3 273 3728

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is situated 40km (25 miles) west of Taipei, in Taoyuan County.


There are bank branches in both terminals. These outlets also offer ATMs and currency exchange services.


Lost property offices are located in both terminals (tel: +886 3 398 2538); those who have lost items in the terminal can also make enquiries via an interactive platform on the airport’s website. Left-luggage services are available in both terminals.

Travel by road


Taiwan has a higher car ownership per head than any country in the world, so the freeways are often congested. Visitors need an International Driving Permit to drive a car in Taiwan. However, it's recommended to rent a car with a driver instead, due to the country's road conditions and the sometimes chaotic habits of other drivers.


Two freeways run north to south. There are two major freeways into Taipei: Freeway 1 or the Chung-Shan freeway and Freeway 3 or the north-south freeway, known locally as the second freeway. Both go more or less north/south. From Freeway 1, take the Chung-Ching South Road and pass Chien-Kuo South Road to Chung-Hsio East Road to get into the city. From Freeway 3, take the Mu-Chia Road, pass Hsin-Hai Road and Fu-Hsing South Road to Chung-Hsio East Road.

Driving times:

From Kaohsiung - 4 hours; Taichung - 2 hours; Yilan - 45 minutes.


Privately run intercity buses arrive and depart from Taipei Bus Terminal, Chengde Road. Bus are comfortable and typically feature wide reclining seats and individual game and video monitors. The government-run buses are blue and white. All intercity buses are known as kèyùn. The main operators are Kuo-Kuang Bus Corp, UBus, Free Go Bus and Aloha Bus.

Travel by rail


The main city station is Taipei railway station, 3 Beiping W Road, Jhongjheng District.


The Taiwan High Speed Rail link (tel: +886 2 4066 3000; runs north-south from Taipei to Kaoshiung. The link has made it possible to travel in comfort from one end of Taiwan to the other in less than three hours at speeds of up to 300kph (186mph).

Electrified train services run along the west coast and diesel trains along the east coast. Services are slow, but frequent, and less expensive than flying (tel: +886 2 2381 5226;

Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.