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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘nín hǎo ’
Mandarin
Plug combo ab
Electricity
110V/60hz
Sep-Nov
Best time to go
Autumn

Money and costs

Currency
New Dollars (NT$)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated December 17, 2018 5:41PM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
NT$1800–2500
  • Dorm bed: NT$550–800
  • MRT: NT$30
  • Noodles and side dish: NT$80–120
  • Convenience store beer: NT$40
  • Temple admission: free
Midrange
NT$2500–5000
  • Double room in a hotel: NT$1400–2600
  • Lunch or dinner at a decent restaurant: NT$250–500
  • Car rental per day: NT$1800–2400
  • Gourmet coffee: NT$120–260
  • Soak in a private hot-spring room: NT$1000–1400
Top end (more than)
NT$5000
  • Double room at a four-star hotel: NT$4000–6000
  • Meal at a top restaurant: NT$800–1200
  • Ecotour guide per day: NT$4000–6000
  • Well-made tea pot: NT$3000–8000
  • Cocktail at a good bar: NT$280–350

Visas

Tourists from most European countries, Canada, the US, Australia (until December 2017; see Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for updates), New Zealand, South Korea and Japan are given visa-free entry for stays of up to 90 days.

Get the latest visa advice for Taiwan from our community.

When to go and weather

°C°F
mmin
TWN
Taipei
Go Oct–Dec
Mar – May
26197866
Jun – Aug
33269179
Sep – Nov
27228271
Dec – Feb
20156858
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season

Getting to Taiwan

As an island, the most common way to enter Taiwan is by flight, arriving at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, just outside Taipei.

Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Flights to Taiwan

The best price found from United States to Taiwan is on March 8th, 2019, travelling with ANA. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

BWI
Baltimore Washington International
from $434.00
TPE
Taipei Taiwan Taoyuan

Getting around Taiwan

Cities and most tourist sites in Taiwan are connected by efficient and cheap transport. Because of the central spine of mountains down the island, there are far fewer options to go across the island, than up or down.

  • Train Fast, reliable and cheap, Taiwan has both a High Speed Rail (HSR) and a regular rail link.
  • Bus Slower but cheaper than trains, buses also connect passengers to more destinations than the trains.
  • Bicycle Cycling around the island is now a popular tourist activity.
  • Car or scooter A fun option, but you will need an International Driver's Permit.
  • Air Only really useful for getting to the outlying islands.

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