Taiwan’s mixture of business and culture turns this small island east of China into a fascinating destination for every traveler. The country offers beautiful beaches, breathtaking nature and a vibrant capital; Taipei.
Subway in Taipei
The metro in Taipei is called MRT. There is a total of 5 lines that connect all the main parts of the city. You can buy an “Easy-card” that is rechargeable for the use of the transportation services.
Line 1 (Wenhu line, Brown line) connects the district of Wenshan, the south-eastern part of Muzha, with the north-eastern part of Neihu and Nangang. The brown line has 24 metro stations.
Line 2 (Tasmui Xiny Line, Red Line) has 22 stops and is over 23 km long. The red line connects Tamsui with the central train station, the National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall and the famous high-rise Taipei 101.
Line 3 (Songshan Xindian Line, Green line) connects the southern suburbs of Xindian with the center of Taipei.
Line 4 (Zhonghe-Xonlu Line, Orange Line) is a north-south link connecting the new suburbs with the Taipei’s center.
The line 5 (Bannan line, Blue line) runs completely underground and is the east-west route of Taipei. The trains stop at 23 stations, 14 of which are in Taipei itself.
Train and bus
Travelling by train or bus is comfortable and convenient for the larger cities. Buses and trains are reliable, and the fares are cheap. The express trains are all air-conditioned and well equipped.
Link to Taiwan Rail Traffic: http://www.railway.gov.tw
Train schedules can be found using the following link: http://twtraffic.tra.gov.tw
Getting from Taipei to Kaohsiung
The high-speed train connects the capital Taipei with the southern city of Kaohsiung. The journey takes under 90 minutes. The link: http://www.thsrc.com.tw
If you want to travel from the capital by a normal train to the southern city of Kaohsiung, then the journey would take about 5 to 6 hours. The trip takes about 4 hours by bus and around 50 minutes by plane.
Driving a car
To drive a car in Taiwan, you need an international driver’s license. If you are in Taiwan for a longer period, you will need a Taiwanese driver’s license, which you need to have together with your international driver’s license. You will get the Taiwanese driver’s license without problems by presenting your international driver’s license, proof of passing a vision test and six passport photos.