Stuck on a Taipei layover at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE)? This airport is the busiest in Taiwan and the hub for China Airlines and EVA Air, and is located roughly 25 miles (50 minutes by car or bus) from downtown Taipei which makes the city accessible to those on a long layover. If you’re trying to figure out if you can leave the airport during your Taiwan layover, click here for useful tips.
If you’re stuck in the airport during your Taipei layover, you can find a number of services to help bide your time. The airport offers a number of restaurants and shopping (both regular and duty free), ATMs and currency exchanges, a medical center, prayer rooms, and shower facilities. There are also a couple beauty salons in the airport that cater to both men and women — one is in Terminal 2, 3rd floor departure level, and the other is Terminal 1, 3rd Floor of the Departure lobby.
Premium Lounges are available for passengers in both terminals for a maximum of three hours stay. The entrance fee for Deluxe entrance is NT 1,100 and for V.I.P. is NT 1,500 (charges are less for children). For the services available in the lounge, click here.
The airport also hosts a hotel for those stuck on a layover – the Hotel Novotel. For a list of other Taipei hotels to stay during your layover, click here and for hotels specifically near the airport, click here.
If you’re looking to ditch your bags to explore, there are Left Luggage locations in the first floor of Departures of Terminal 1 and in the Arrivals Hall of Terminal 2. There are also storage lockers at the Arrivals Gate of Terminal 1.
There are a number of transportation options if you plan on leaving the airport during your Taipei layover. Taxis are available outside the Arrivals Hall of both terminals 24 hours a day. Airport taxis are metered, and in addition there is a 50% surcharge. A typical taxi fare to Taipei is approx. NT$1,100. Buses are available from Terminal I Bus Platform and Terminal II Bus Platform at the Arrivals Passenger Reception. For bus routes, times and pricing, click here. Care rentals are available at the arrivals lobby of both terminals (click here for more info) and there is also a high-speed rail transfer that links both terminals to the HSR Taoyuan Station. Private transfers from the airport can also be arranged.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Taipei Layover:
If you only have a limited time to spend in Taipei but want to catch the main sights, a tour might be a good way to spend your time. There are many tours to choose from including walking and bike tours, music, art and literary tours, spa tours, cooking classes, food tours, nightlife, hiking and camping, and much more!
At 508 meters high, Taipei 101 (also known as the Taipei Financial Center) has a great observation deck where you can check out the city views. Adult entry costs NT $400 and the tower is open from 10AM to 10PM. Entrance and ticket booth are located at the 5th floor of the Taipei 101 Shopping Mall. For more information on the different observatories in the tower, click here. And for a Taipei Flexi Attractions Pass, which gives you access to over 35 top destinations including Taipei 101, click here.
National Palace Museum
With artwork dating back to the tenth century, the National Palace Museum displays many exhibits of cultural artifacts from the Sung, Yüan, Ming and Ch’ing dynasties. For a listing of the current exhibitions, click here and for hours and ticket prices, click here.
Shilin Night Market
If you’re arriving in the evening and looking to do some shopping, check out the Shilin Nightmarket. Here you can find almost any product and any type of food, but you have to face the crowds to do it. The easiest ways to get here are to take a taxi or the MRT Danshui line to Chientan Station.
Dedicated to Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy, this Buddhist temple was built in 1738 by Han settlers. The temple has a lot of character and is more removed from the hustle and bustle of Taipei. It’s located at 211 Guangzhou Road and the nearest MRT station is ‘Longshan Temple’ on the Ban-Nan Line. It’s open daily from 5AM to 10PM.
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