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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!
Pre-arrival preparation and some useful information
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.
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.
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.
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 is generally not accepted in Taiwan. Some restaurants add a 10% service fee in the bill.
Smoking prohibition in public areas
Smoking is prohibited in all public areas in Taiwan. Some public places and stores have designated smoking areas.
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$10,000.
The price of item purchased in Taiwan includes a 5% tax. Foreign visitors, who spend NT$ 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.
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.
Important phone numbers to know
Fire and ambulance: 119
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
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.
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
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
※For reference only. Actual departure schedule and ticket fare may vary.
Transportation in Taoyuan
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.
Climate in Taoyuan
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℉)
- 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.