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Practical info Taipei, Taiwan, China

Getting around the city

Public transport in Taipei relies on the MRT (subway), and the city's vast bus network. The MRT covers most tourist spots and is generally the best option for transport. All MRT stations have ticket machines, with prices ranging from about TWD 20 to TWD 65, depending on the distance. Travellers can purchase day passes, while the rechargeable EasyCard is a good option for those spending more than a few days in the city. The bus network is a bit confusing for foreigners and most get by without using it. Metered taxis are available, though drivers rarely understand English. Travellers should have destinations written down in Chinese if they plan on using taxis.

Time

Local time is GMT +8.

Electricity

Electrical current is 110 volts, 60Hz. Two-pin, flat blade plugs are standard.

Currency

Taiwan's currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (TWD). 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. Most hotels in Taipei have internet access in their rooms.

Emergency number

110 (Police), 119 (Ambulance and Fire)

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Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport

www.taoyuan-airport.com

Getting to the city

Several bus companies provide services to Taipei and other destinations around Taiwan. The journey to Taipei takes about 55 minutes. Travellers can buy tickets at counters in the arrivals section, and the bus platforms are located outside the terminals. Buses depart from the airport roughly every 20 minutes. Metered taxis are available 24 hours a day, but are more expensive. Also, there's a shuttle bus to the high-speed rail service that connects travellers to various stations in the city. Travellers can find English-speaking assistance at a Visitor's Desk in the Arrivals hall.

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 are available all day and night, but fares vary substantially depending on traffic, distance and route. Taxis are metered.

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

The airport's banks have bureaux de change and ATMs. Travellers will also find a post office, wifi, information desks, and a tourist-services desk. Both terminals have Asian and Western-food outlets, as well as bars and restaurants. There is ample duty-free shopping, with several boutiques stocking a wide range of goods. A business lounge offers VIP service, and there are good facilities for the disabled.

Parking

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.

Internet

There airport has several free wifi hotspots.