International travellers visiting the Republic of China (Taiwan) have their main gateway into its capital (Taipei) in Taoyuan airport, located 40 kilometres from the city centre and a hub for China Airlines, Eva Air, Uni Air and Tigerair Taiwan. For the time being, the complex consists of two terminal buildings that accommodate the totality of passenger services, airline desks, retail concourses and operation handling areas, although it is undergoing ambitious expansion works that will result in at least two more terminals.
Transferring between terminals in Taoyuan International airport of Taiwan
When flying to or from Taipei airport, you might need to travel between terminals to make a connection or for any other purpose. In such case, you will have three different means of transportation available to cover this distance in a very short time.
-First, you may travel from Terminal 1 of Taoyuan airport to Terminal 2 or take the reverse journey by shuttle bus at no cost; in order to find the free shuttle buses in Taiwan airport, follow the signage system to their stands outside both buildings.
-As an alternative you can use the metro underground trains connecting the terminals of Taoyuan International, which are free for passengers in transit, who are given an electronic pass. The metro trains will also take you to the Plaza Premium airport hotel in Taoyuan, Taipei.
-Lastly, an equally good option is the SkyTrain running services from one passenger building to another in both directions, and operating on the airside as well as on the landside; moreover, it has an extra perk which is that it is available upon request during the night hours.
Buses and metro trains from Taoyuan airport to Taipei in Taiwan
Upon arrival in Taipei, you may head over to the bus stands in the arrivals B1 zone of terminal 1 or in the first floor of the public area if you land in terminal 2. After purchasing your ticket from the designated counter, you can travel to Taipei Main Station in about 55 minutes with line 1819, to Nangang Exhibition Center in no more than 80 minutes with line 1843, and to either the East bus station or the City Hall bus terminal in less than one hour and a half. Even so, and although buses in Taiwan have proved to be a convenient and safe way of travelling, you are encouraged to considerably reduce your transfer times by catching an express or commuter metro train departing any of the two terminals every seven minutes throughout the day. Follow the wayfinding system in order to arrive to platform A12 if you are in T1 or to platform A13 when landing in T2.
E-gates in Taoyuan International airport of Taipei
Taiwanese citizens and permanent legal residents of Taiwan are allowed to use the priority e-gates for clearance when travelling internationally via Taoyuan airport. To this purpose and after a simple registration process, the passenger’s fingerprints and facial features are scanned, thus contributing to expedite arrivals and departures in all their future travels.
Flights to Taipei in Taiwan
Have you already decided that you want to take a trip to Taipei or include it as a stopover in your Asian tour? In order to start preparing for it, below you will find some of the main international airlines selling flights to Taoyuan airport in Taiwan along with the airports of origin in the routes offered. However, if your airline company of choice is not listed here, we encourage you to check whether it flies to this destination or not by visiting their official website.
Air Asia and Malaysia Airlines (from Kuala Lumpur), Air Busan (Busan, Daegu), Air Canada (Vancouver), Air China (Beijing Capital International, Hangzhou, Shanghai-Pudong), Air France (Paris CDG), Air Japan (Tokyo Narita), Air Macau (Macau), Cathay Pacific (Hong Kong, Osaka, Incheon in Seoul), China Airlines and Eva Air (from a variety of destinations across Europe, Asia, Australia and North America), Emirates (DXB), Jetstar (Singapore), KLM (Amsterdam Schiphol), Korean Air (Busan and Seoul), Mandarin Airlines (Changchun, Fuzhou, Nanjing and Xiamen), Philippine Airlines (Manila and Puerto Princesa), Scoot (Sapporo), Singapore Airlines (Changi), Thai AirAsia (Chiang Mai), Thai Airways (Bangkok Suvarnabhumi), Tigerair (Bangkok Don Mueang, Fukuoka, Komatsu, Nagoya and Sendai), Turkish Airlines (Istanbul), United Airlines (San Francisco) and Vietnam Airlines (from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City).
Passenger services in Taoyuan airport of Taiwan
Before you leave Taipei to resume your international journey or return home, it is likely that you will have some spare time to spend inside the terminals. As our last recommendation, we will provide helpful info about the restaurants, shops, shower facilities and tax refund offices in Taoyuan.
For an Asian pre-flight meal, the varied selection of outlets in the departures concourses offer Chinese barbeque dishes, dim sum, Thai specialties, Halal cuisine and Asian bakery and desserts; nevertheless, if you would rather opt for a more familiar taste, know that fast food chains like Subway, McDonald’s and Burger King or the convenience store 7-11 are also present in Taipei International airport. Prior to boarding you will also have the chance to buy travel gifts, jewellery, clothing, books and electronic devices, get a massage or find the latest cosmetic products at the duty free area.
Do not forget that, as long as your nationality entitles you to it, the applicable refund on the taxes paid after shopping in Taiwan can be claimed before boarding the plane. Tax refund offices in Taoyuan airport of Taipei stay open 24 hours a day and are located in the public zones of both terminal buildings (1F and 2F).
Finally, should you wish to refresh before continuing the journey, you will find shower facilities for travellers to use at no charge; these are classified into “men only” and “women only” and are strategically situated in arrivals as well as in departures. To spot your nearest shower in the airport faster, ask the terminal staff at the information booth for directions.