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Taipei

The MacArthur Bridge in Taipei

Practical Info about Taipei

Getting around the city

Public transport in Taipei relies on the five lines of the MRT (mass rapid transit system) and the city's vast bus network. Auto ticket machines are prevalent in the stations, with prices ranging from NT$20 to NT$65 depending on the distance. 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.

Time

Local time is GMT +8.

Electricity

Electrical current is 110 volts AC, 60Hz. Two-pin flat blade plugs and one with a third grounding pin is used.

Currency

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.

Communication

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.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 110 (Police); 119 (Ambulance)

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

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2014 2015
New Years Day 1 Jan 1 Jan
Chinese New Year 30 Jan - 3 Feb TBA
Peace Memorial Day 28 Feb 28 Feb
Tomb Sweeping Day 5 Apr 5 Apr
Labour Day 1 May 1 May
Ng Tuen Festival 2 Jun 20 Jun
Mid-Autumn Festival 8 Sep 27 Jun
National Day 10 Oct 10 Oct

Climate

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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.

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport

www.taoyuan-airport.com/english/Index/

Getting to the city

Several bus companies provide services to Taipei and other destinations around Taiwan. The journey to Taipei takes about 40 minutes and fares are around NT$135. Tickets can be bought at counters in the arrivals section and the bus platforms are located outside the terminals for buses that depart every 15 to 30 minutes. Taxis are available outside arrivals 24 hours a day, but are more expensive. Taxis are metered; a typical taxi fare to Taipei is around NT$1,200 which includes a 50 percent surcharge on top of the metered fare. Highway tolls will cost extra. Cars can also be rented from the arrivals hall on the north side. There is a shuttle bus to the high speed rail service which connect 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

Car rental service counters are located in the arrivals lobby of both terminals.

Airport taxi's

Taxis from the airport to downtown Taipei cost roughly NT$1,200.

Transfer between terminals

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.

Facilities

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.

Parking

Parking is available on either side of the terminals. It is free for the first half hour, thereafter rates start at NT$30 for 60 minutes and NT$20 per hour thereafter. The maximum daily rate is NT$490.

Internet

Terminal 2 has wifi availability.