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Flying to Taipei

Airlines serving Taipei include Air China, EVA Air, Emirates, KLM, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines and Vietnam Airlines. China Airlines and EVA Air operate direct flights from the USA. 

Flight times

From London - 15 hours (including stopover); New York - 16 hours;  Los Angeles - 12 hours; Toronto - 20 hours (including stopover); Sydney - 9 hours 20 minutes.

Travel by road

Taiwan has a higher car ownership per head than any country in the world, so the freeways are often congested. Visitors need an International Driving Permit to drive a car in Taiwan. However, it's recommended to rent a car with a driver instead, due to the country's road conditions and the sometimes chaotic habits of other drivers.


Two freeways run north to south. There are two major freeways into Taipei: Freeway 1 or the Chung-Shan freeway and Freeway 3 or the north-south freeway, known locally as the second freeway. Both go more or less north/south. From Freeway 1, take the Chung-Ching South Road and pass Chien-Kuo South Road to Chung-Hsio East Road to get into the city. From Freeway 3, take the Mu-Chia Road, pass Hsin-Hai Road and Fu-Hsing South Road to Chung-Hsio East Road.


Privately run intercity buses arrive and depart from Taipei Bus Terminal, Chengde Road. Bus are comfortable and typically feature wide reclining seats and individual game and video monitors. The government-run buses are blue and white. All intercity buses are known as kèyùn. The main operators are Kuo-Kuang Bus Corp, UBus, Free Go Bus and Aloha Bus.

Time to city

From Kaohsiung - 4 hours; Taichung - 2 hours; Yilan - 45 minutes.

Travel by Rail


The main city station is Taipei railway station, 3 Beiping W Road, Jhongjheng District.


The Taiwan High Speed Rail link (tel: +886 2 4066 3000; runs north-south from Taipei to Kaoshiung. The link has made it possible to travel in comfort from one end of Taiwan to the other in less than three hours at speeds of up to 300kph (186mph).

Electrified train services run along the west coast and diesel trains along the east coast. Services are slow, but frequent, and less expensive than flying (tel: +886 2 2381 5226;

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Featured Hotels


Shangri-La Far Eastern Plaza

Imposing, but calm, and consistently voted as one of the best hotels in Taipei, the Shangri-La has all you need for a great stay, including a heated rooftop pool, a sauna and a spa. Restaurant choices include Japanese, Cantonese and Italian, and a cocktail bar with dazzling skyline views.

San Want Residence

This hotel does 'boutique luxury' to perfection, with an emphasis on good service. Rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and park or city views, and there's also a Western and Asian restaurant where the free breakfast is served. The collection of contemporary Taiwanese sculpture is a reason enough to pop in without staying. Children over 12 only.

First Hotel

This mid-sized business hotel in the eastern business district has a distinctly Chinese ambience. It has 176 clean and comfortable rooms equipped with cable television and internet access. Shanghainese cuisine is served at Ning Yuan restaurant on the third floor. The hotel also has a business centre and fitness room.

The Grand Hotel

Brighton's most famous hotel, and one of the only 5-star establishments in the city, the The Grand’s elegant Victorian building enjoys a central seafront position. This extensive hotel has more than 200 lavishly appointed rooms, and offers a stylish and luxurious base from which to explore the city. Its afternoon teas are world famous too.

Yomi Hotel

Set in the lively Shuanglian neighbourhood (and four minutes' walk from the MRT station), this budget hotel offers a raft of freebies: bicycle use, Wi-Fi device, bottled water and snacks, plus breakfast and use of a washer/dryer. Rooms are simple and minimalist but have flat-screen TVs, and there's a 24-hour convenience store next door.

Ximen Relite Hotel

The price is a bargain for Taipei, considering its close proximity to Taipei Central MRT/ train station and Ximending shopping district. The rooms are nothing special, but staff are friendly and Wi-Fi is free. Complimentary breakfast is served in a rooftop cafe.