Public transport in Taipei relies on the MRT (subway) and the city's vast bus network. Ticket machines can be found in the MRT stations, with prices ranging from about TWD 20 to TWD 65 depending on the distance. The MRT covers most of the areas of interest to tourists and is generally the best option for transport. There are day passes available. Metered taxis are available, but drivers rarely understand English so it is advisable to have your destination written down in Chinese.
Local time is GMT +8.
Electrical current is 110 volts, 60Hz. Two-pin flat blade plugs are standard.
Taiwan's currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (TWD), which is divided into 100 cents. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at government-designated banks and hotels. Receipts are given when currency is exchanged, and must be presented in order to exchange unused dollars before departure. Major credit cards are accepted and ATMs are plentiful. Banks are open Monday to Friday.
Taiwan's international access dialling code is +886. Local network operators provide mobile telephone services in various regions using either GSM 900 or 1800 networks. Internet cafes can be found in Taiwan's cities and towns, and most hotels in Taipei have internet access in their guestrooms.
Emergencies: 110 (Police); 119 (Ambulance)
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Taipei experiences a humid subtropical climate with average annual temperatures of around 74°F (24°C). Summers are warm with sunny and humid weather and average daytime highs reaching 90°F (29°C) while winters are cool and mild with temperatures of around 52°F (11°C). Due to Taipei's location, it is affected by the Pacific typhoon season which occurs between June and October.
Several bus companies provide services to Taipei and other destinations around Taiwan. The journey to Taipei takes about 55 minutes and one-way fares are around TWD 125. Tickets can be bought at counters in the arrivals section and the bus platforms are located outside the terminals. Buses depart the airport roughly every 20 minutes. Taxis are available 24 hours a day, but are more expensive. Taxis are metered. There is a shuttle bus to the high speed rail service which connects travellers to various stations in the city. Note that there is a Visitor's Desk in the Arrivals hall with English speaking assistance; if you have missed your transport connection, they will make telephone calls for you.
Car rental service counters are located in the Arrivals lobby of both terminals.
Taxis from the airport to downtown Taipei are available all day and night, but fares vary substantially depending on traffic, distance and route. Taxis are metered.
The Skytrain provides free transport between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, and a shuttle bus also connects the two terminals. There are regular buses to Taipei's other international airport, Songshan.
There are two banks in the airport with bureaux de change and ATMs, as well as a post office. There is an internet room, wifi and plenty of public telephones. Information desks are situated in each terminal, and a tourist services desk is located in the arrivals area of Terminal 1. Both terminals are well supplied with Asian and Western food outlets, including bars and restaurants. There is ample duty-free shopping and several boutiques stocking a wide range of goods. A business lounge offers VIP service. There are good facilities for the disabled.
Plentiful parking is available. It is free for the first half hour, thereafter rates start at TWD 30 for 60 minutes and TWD 20 per half hour thereafter. The daily rate is TWD 490.
There are several free wifi hotspots in the airport.