Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) Travel Guide

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Arrival Hall at Terminal 1 of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
Arrival Hall at Terminal 1 of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, also known as Taipei Airport due to its proximity to Taiwan’s capital, is the busiest airport in Taiwan and the 11th busiest airport in the world.

It is currently servicing all its incoming and outgoing flights with two terminals and two runways.

The airport was known as Chiang Kai-shek International Airport or CKS International Airport until 2006.

If you are traveling to Taiwan by air, the airport is your most likely point of entry. From here, you can take a bus to Taipei, Taichung, and other parts of Taiwan.

Attraction Type

Airport

Name in Local Language

Mandarin: 臺灣桃園國際機場 (táiwān táoyuán gúojì jīchǎng)

History

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport was originally known as Chiang Kai-shek International Airport or CKS International Airport.

The old name was selected to commemorate Chiang Kai-shek, who is a former President of the Republic of China or more commonly known as Taiwan today. The name change from Chiang Kai-shek International Airport to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport took place on September 6, 2006.

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport was built because Taipei Songshan Airport, the airport that was servicing Taipei, was hitting maximum capacity. Due to space limitations, there was no way to expand Taipei Songshan Airport.

Today, Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport has 2 terminals, with Terminal 3 and 4 on the way. Constructions works for Terminal 3 is already underway, and you can expect it to be ready by 2020.

Key Attractions

Like many airports around the world, there is nothing much you can do while waiting for your next flight here.

Shopping

Upon your arrival at the airport or while waiting for your next flight, you can visit the many shops selling duty-free items here. The items you can find at these shops include alcohol, cosmetics, skin care products, chocolates, sweets, souvenirs and much more.

Tourism Bureau’s / Travel Information Service Counter

There is a counter providing travel information at the arrival hall of both Terminal 1 and 2.

If you are exploring Taiwan on your own, you can pick up the free brochures for destinations across Taiwan at these counters.

Feel free to ask the personnel behind these counters any question about transportation, weather, or other information related to traveling in Taiwan. They can even provide suggestions for attractions to visit based on your itinerary.

Cellular Service Center

Getting a local SIM card or a WiFi device to stay connected is the first thing many travelers do after arriving in Taiwan. On the other hand, those with a Taiwan phone number might want to sign up for roaming services before departing to another country.

The following is a list of cellular service providers and the location of their service centers at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

Asia Pacific Telecom

  • Terminal 1: Third Floor (Arrival Area).
  • Terminal 2: Second Floor (Departure Area).

Chunghwa Telecom

  • Terminal 1: First Floor and Third Floor (Departure Area).
  • Terminal 2: First Floor and Third Floor.

Far EasTone

  • Terminal 1: First Floor and Third Floor (Departure Area).
  • Terminal 2: First Floor.

T Star

  • Terminal 1: Third Floor (Departure Area).
  • Terminal 2: Second Floor (Arrival Area).

Taiwan Mobile

  • Terminal 1: First Floor and Third Floor (Departure Area).
  • Terminal 2: First Floor.

Aside from the service centers above, there are also booths providing a wider range of telecommunication services such as Wi-Fi router rental and mobile phone rental. You can also buy prepaid SIM cards at these booths.

Easywifi

  • Terminal 1: First Floor
  • Terminal 2: First Floor

Telecom Square

  • Terminal 1: First Floor and Third Floor (Departure Area).
  • Terminal 2: First Floor, Second Floor (Arrival Area), and Third Floor.

Unite Traveler

  • Terminal 1: First Floor
  • Terminal 2: First Floor

Electronic Stored-Value Card Service Counter

Another necessity for travelers arriving in Taiwan is the EasyCard.

EasyCard is a card you can use to pay for Taipei Metro, all the vital train services in Taiwan, bus rides, parking, utilities, and even the goods at selected stores.

To purchase an EasyCard at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, you need to head over to the Electronic Stored-Value Card Service Counter located at the Arrival Hall of Terminal 1 and 2.

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Getting There and Around

There are many modes of transportation that you can choose from to get yourself to, and out of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport since it is the primary airport for Taiwan.

By Airport Skytrain

The Skytrain is a free mode of transportation at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport for travelers to move between its two airport terminals.

It runs throughout the day, but its intervals vary according to the time of day.

  • 6:00 am to 10:00 pm: Every 2 to 4 minutes.
  • 10:00 pm to 12:00 am: Every 4 to 8 minutes.
  • 12:00 am to 6:00 am: Train arrives upon request. Passengers can press the train button to call for the train during these hours.

You can find the Skytrain at the following locations:

  • Terminal 1: Arrival Hall on the First Floor.
  • Terminal 2: Departure Hall on the Third Floor.

By Bus

Counters Selling Bus Tickets at Terminal 1
Counters Selling Bus Tickets at Terminal 1

Several bus companies are connecting Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport with the main cities and towns around Taoyuan district.

To take a bus at Terminal 1, you need to head down to B1 from the Arrival Hall.

As for Terminal 2, the bus station is on the First Floor. As you enter the Arrival Hall after getting yourself through the Customs Inspection Counter, turn right and walk until you reach the end of the building. You should then be able to spot the bus pickup zone. There are also many overhead signs that will help guide you towards it.

The bus stations host the following bus companies with buses running between Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, different parts of Taipei, and Taichung:

  • Kuo-Kuang Motor Transport (國光客運): Buses with blue and purple-colored decals on a white exterior.
  • UBUS (統聯客運): Green buses with huge, red Mandarin words painted on its body.
  • Evergreen Bus (長榮客運): Buses painted in green, white, and red stripes.
  • CitiAir Bus (大有巴士)
  • Free Go Bus (建明客運)
  • Taoyuan Bus (桃園客運)
A UBUS Parked at Terminal 1
A UBUS Parked at Terminal 1

You can take a bus operated by the companies above from the following places of interest to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, or vice versa:

FROM Songshan Airport to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • Kuo-Kuang Motor Transport (國光客運): Bus Number 1840 and 1841.
  • Free Go Bus (建明客運): Bus Number 5502.

FROM Taipei Main Station to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • Kuo-Kuang Motor Transport (國光客運): Bus Number 1819.

FROM HSR Taoyuan Station to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • UBUS (統聯客運): Bus Number 705.
  • Taoyuan Bus (桃園客運): Bus Number 5089.

FROM Taichung Train Station to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • Kuo-Kuang Motor Transport (國光客運): Bus Number 1860.
  • UBUS (統聯客運): Bus Number 1623.

FROM Taoyuan Train Station to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • UBUS (統聯客運): Bus Number 706.

FROM Hsing Tian Kong to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • Free Go Bus (建明客運): Bus Number 5502.

FROM Taipei Arena to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • Free Go Bus (建明客運): Bus Number 5502.

FROM MRT Minquan West Road Station to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • Kuo-Kuang Motor Transport (國光客運): Bus Number 1841.
  • CitiAir Bus (大有巴士): Bus Number 1961.

FROM MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing Station to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • Evergreen Bus (長榮客運): Bus Number 5201 and 5202.
  • Free Go Bus (建明客運): Bus Number 5502.

FROM MRT Nanjing Fuxing Station to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • Evergreen Bus (長榮客運): Bus Number 5201 and 5202.

FROM MRT Zhongshan Elementary School Station to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • Kuo-Kuang Motor Transport (國光客運): Bus Number 1841.

FROM Taipei City Hall Bus Station to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • CitiAir Bus (大有巴士): Bus Number 1960.

FROM MRT Nangang Exhibition Center Station to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • Kuo-Kuang Motor Transport (國光客運): Bus Number 1843.

FROM MRT Yongning Station to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • CitiAir Bus (大有巴士): Bus Number 1962.

FROM MRT Dapinglin Station to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • CitiAir Bus (大有巴士): Bus Number 1968.

FROM MRT Qizhang Station to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • CitiAir Bus (大有巴士): Bus Number 1968.

FROM MRT Xindian Station to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • CitiAir Bus (大有巴士): Bus Number 1968.

FROM MRT Sanchong Elementary School Station to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • San Chung Bus (三重客運): Bus Number 986.

FROM MRT Sanhe Junior High School Station to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • San Chung Bus (三重客運): Bus Number 986.

FROM MRT St. Ignatius High School Station to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • San Chung Bus (三重客運): Bus Number 986.

FROM MRT Sanmin Senior High School Station to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • San Chung Bus (三重客運): Bus Number 986.

FROM MRT Luzhou Station to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • San Chung Bus (三重客運): Bus Number 986.

TO Songshan Airport from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • Kuo-Kuang Motor Transport (國光客運): Bus Number 1840 and 1841.
  • Free Go Bus (建明客運): Bus Number 5502.

TO Taipei Main Station from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • Kuo-Kuang Motor Transport (國光客運): Bus Number 1819.

TO HSR Taoyuan Station from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • UBUS (統聯客運): Bus Number 705.
  • Taoyuan Bus (桃園客運): Bus Number 5089.

TO Taichung Train Station from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • Kuo-Kuang Motor Transport (國光客運): Bus Number 1860.
  • UBUS (統聯客運): Bus Number 1623.

TO Taoyuan Train Station from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • UBUS (統聯客運): Bus Number 706.

TO Taipei Arena from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • Free Go Bus (建明客運): Bus Number 5502.

TO National Museum of Natural Science from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • Kuo-Kuang Motor Transport (國光客運): Bus Number 1860.
  • UBUS (統聯客運): Bus Number 1623.

TO MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing Station from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • CitiAir Bus (大有巴士): Bus Number 1960.
  • Free Go Bus (建明客運): Bus Number 5502.

TO MRT Xingtian Temple Station from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • Evergreen Bus (長榮客運): Bus Number 5201 and 5202.

TO MRT Minquan West Road Station from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • Kuo-Kuang Motor Transport (國光客運): Bus Number 1841.

TO MRT Zhongshan Elementary School Station from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • Kuo-Kuang Motor Transport (國光客運): Bus Number 1841.

TO MRT Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall Station from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • Free Go Bus (建明客運): Bus Number 5502.

TO Taipei City Hall Bus Station from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • CitiAir Bus (大有巴士): Bus Number 1960.

TO MRT Nangang Exhibition Center Station from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • Kuo-Kuang Motor Transport (國光客運): Bus Number 1843.

TO MRT Yongning Station from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • CitiAir Bus (大有巴士): Bus Number 1962.

TO MRT Dapinglin Station from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • CitiAir Bus (大有巴士): Bus Number 1968.

TO MRT Qizhang Station from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • CitiAir Bus (大有巴士): Bus Number 1968.

TO MRT Xindian District Office Station from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • CitiAir Bus (大有巴士): Bus Number 1968.

TO MRT Xindian Station from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • CitiAir Bus (大有巴士): Bus Number 1968.

TO MRT Sanchong Elementary School Station from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • San Chung Bus (三重客運): Bus Number 986.

TO MRT Sanhe Junior High School Station from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • San Chung Bus (三重客運): Bus Number 986.

TO MRT St. Ignatius High School Station from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • San Chung Bus (三重客運): Bus Number 986.

TO MRT Sanmin Senior High School Station from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • San Chung Bus (三重客運): Bus Number 986.

TO MRT Luzhou Station from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport:

  • San Chung Bus (三重客運): Bus Number 986.

By Train

There is no direct access to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport by train.

However, travelers can still take a train on the Taiwan High-Speed Rail (HSR) or the Taiwan Railways (TR) network from different parts of Taiwan to Taoyuan before taking a bus that will bring them to the airport.

Taiwan High-Speed Rail (HSR)

Taiwan High-Speed Rail is the most convenient and affordable transportation option to travel around Taiwan in the least amount of time possible.

To show how fast an HSR train is, an HSR train ride from Zuoying, the southernmost HSR station in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, only takes about 1 hour and 36 minutes to reach Taoyuan. On the other hand, a Taiwan Railways train ride from Kaohsiung to Taoyuan consumes around 4 to 5 hours. Driving between those two points will also take three and a half hours or longer, depending on traffic conditions.

Travelers from different parts of Taiwan can take an HSR train to HSR Taoyuan Station before boarding either of the buses below to Taoyuan International Airport, or vice versa:

  • UBUS (統聯客運): Bus Number 705.
  • Taoyuan Bus (桃園客運): Bus Number 5089.

Exit 5 of HSR Taoyuan Station is where you can find the bus pickup area.

Taiwan Railways (TR)

Taiwan Railways has the broadest train network in Taiwan even though they are slower than an HSR train.

A TR train can bring you to Taoyuan Train Station. From there, you can take UBUS (統聯客運), Bus Number 706 to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport or vice versa.

By Taxi

Aside from taking public buses from places like Taipei Main Station or Taichung Train Station, you can also reach Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport with a cab. Of course, the journey will be more comfortable, especially if you are traveling with seniors or young children.

Taking a taxi in Taiwan is very convenient. Do take note, however, that most taxi drivers in the country cannot speak or read English. To make sure you arrive at the correct destination, always show the driver the name of your destination in Mandarin. If you do not have it, the front desk of any hotel, especially those in bigger cities, will be able to help by writing it down for you.

Taxi fares in Taiwan follow the same metered rate throughout the country, and passengers are responsible for paying highway tolls. All taxi drivers should use the meter unless you are chartering a taxi for a day.

To take a taxi at either Terminal 1 or 2 of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, get yourself to the Arrival Hall at either of the terminals. Once you are there, you should see overhead signs pointing you towards the taxi stand near the pickup and dropoff area.

Things to Note

  • The airport welcomes overnight guests.

Opening Hours

24 hours

Admission Fees

Free

Facilities

  • Toilets
  • Showers
  • Nursery rooms
  • Breastfeeding rooms
  • Baggage service centers
  • Convenience stores
  • Post offices
  • Documents and photography services
  • ATMs
  • Currency exchange counters
  • Medical centers
  • Prayer rooms
  • Smoking lounges
  • Free wireless Internet access
  • Lost and found counter
Convenience Store at Terminal 1
Convenience Store at Terminal 1

Parking

Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport have two parking lots each.

Terminal 1

Parking Lot No. 1 and Parking Lot No. 2 are for visitors heading to Terminal 1. Only the latter has a dedicated parking area for large vehicles, and parking rates differ based on vehicle size.

Terminal 2

Parking Lot No. 3 and Parking Lot No. 4 are both adjacent to Terminal 2. The former is for small vehicles whereas the latter is for large vehicles.

Parking Fees

The cost to park at the parking lots above is the same.

Small Vehicles (Passenger Vehicles with 9 Seats or Less)

  • First hour: NT$30
  • Every subsequent 30 minutes: NT$20
  • Maximum daily charge: NT$490

Parking is free for small vehicles exiting the parking lot within 30 minutes after entering.

Large Vehicles (Passenger Vehicles with 10 Seats or More and Trucks)

  • First hour: NT$60
  • Every subsequent 30 minutes: NT$40
  • Maximum daily charge: NT$980

Parking is free for large vehicles exiting the parking lot within 2 hours after entering.

Contact Information

Phone Number

  • Terminal 1 Service Counter: +886-3-273-5081
  • Terminal 2 Service Counter: +886-3-273-5086

Website

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

Address

No. 9, Hangzhan S. Rd.,
Dayuan Dist.,
Taoyuan City 33758,
Taiwan R.O.C.

GPS Coordinates

25.0796514,121.2320283

Travel Blog Mentions

Departure Area at Terminal 1
Departure Area at Terminal 1

Taoyuan International Airport: Arrival Procedure

Lakwatserang Ligaw, a travel blogger from the Philippines, visited Taiwan in December 2016. In her blog post, she detailed everything you need to go through upon arriving as a foreigner at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. Read her blog post to get prepared for your arrival!

Taiwan: Day 1, Taoyuan Airport to Taipei City with Bike #crazyshit

Priyanka Dalal who blogs at Maproute Travel Blog brought her bicycle with her when she touched down at Taoyuan International Airport back in October 2016. When she was on her way to Taipei, a series of unfortunate events happened, and they turned her journey upside down. Head over to her blog post to get the full story.

Sleeping at Taipei Airport

In April 2015, Barry Sproston, a travel blogger from England, decided to sleep at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport because he has an early flight out of Taiwan the next day. If you want some tips on how to spend a night at the airport, which Barry recommends for travelers who are on a budget, this blog post is for you.

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Wayne fell in love with traveling and every aspect of it when he traveled to Singapore in 2013. He is a newbie when it comes to traveling and he loves chatting with other travelers to learn from their experiences. Are you a traveler? Let's connect!

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    • Hey Allison, thank you for your kind words. I see you’ve been to Taipei yourself. What is your favorite attraction there?