Travel to Taiwan

Flying to Taiwan

The national airline is China Airlines ( The other major Taiwanese carrier offering international flights to Taiwan is EVA Air ( Other airlines servicing Taiwan include Emirates (, KLM ( and Turkish Airlines (

Expect prices to rise in the run-up to peak holiday times, particularly Chinese New Year. Fares can often be cheaper in the summer months.

The major airport is: Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.

Flight times:

From London - 14 hours (including stopover); New York - 16 hours.

Main airports:

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) (; Kaohsiung International Airport (KHH) (

Air passes:

Star Alliance Asia Airpass: allows travel to more than 270 destinations in 19 countries including Taiwan ( 

oneworld Visit Asia Pass: allows travel to more than 50 destinations in 17 countries including Taiwan (

Departure tax:


Airport guides

Airport Code: TPE. Location: Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is situated 40km (25 miles) west of Taipei, in Taoyuan County. Money: There are bank branches in both terminals. These outlets also offer ATMs and currency exchange... Read more

Other airports in Taiwan

Kaohsiung International Airport

Airport Code: KHH. Location: The airport is 9km (4 miles) from the town centre. Website: N/A. Public transport description: A regular bus service is available (journey time - 30 minutes). There is a taxi service to the town.

Travel by rail

Getting to Taiwan by boat

Keelung (, Taichung ( and Kaohsiung ( are the three key ports. There are three ways of arriving from mainland China – a two-stage journey from Fuzhou in China to Taiwan’s Matsu Islands, then from there to Keelung; a direct ferry service from Xiamen to Keelung; or a fast ferry from the Chinese island of Pingtan to Taichung.

By water note:

The long-running service from Taiwan to Japan run by Arimura Sangyo Lines has been discontinued. The ferry from Macau to Taiwan has also been suspended indefinitely.

Cruise ships:

Various sailing itineraries call in at Taiwan, including selected cruises run by Cunard (, Seabourn (, Silversea ( and Star Cruises ( These itineraries tend to incorporate numerous other stopping-off points in the Far East though, and most only touch on Taiwan itself, giving little or no chance for lengthy exploration.

Ferry operators:

Cosco ( - website in Chinese only) runs services from China to Taiwan.

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.