Car Rental in Taipei
This information is correct as of July 2015.
Where to rent a car in Taipei
A few car rental companies can be found operating in Taipei, even though efficient public transport systems can be found in the city. The offices are scattered across the central business district, and can be contacted through their respective online websites or through their phone numbers/hotlines. These car rental companies include local firms such as Hotai Leasing Corporation, Nice Car Rental, Carplus Auto Leasing Corporation, Qing-Bin Car Rental, IWS Car rental, Xinyi Taipei Car Rental Company, and major car rental brand Hertz, among others. Various types of cars can be rented from these providers, ranging from economical vehicles up to bigger types such as vans, or even special types such as sports cars and luxury cars. Usually, the rarer the car type, the more expensive they get, so make sure to simply stick with what you actually need when renting vehicles. Documentary requirements usually include identification documents, passport (for international customers), payment confirmation (if applicable), and more importantly, driver's licence. The driver's licence should at least be issued by the government of Taiwan, otherwise, it should be internationally acknowledged. Car rental agencies in Taipei also offer chauffeur services.
What to expect when renting a car from Taipei
Being dense and small, central Taipei's roads are almost always busy to drive in, that locals prefer to ride public transport modes. Major roads and highways specifically experience heavy traffic, along with several smaller streets. The area of New Taipei City is considerably clearer than the 'old' Taipei area, while outside the said centres sans Taoyuan City, traffic is relatively light. Make sure to avoid peak traffic hours if you can, and have a map or a GPS system installed in the vehicle, so that you won't get lost. Parking spaces are also limited and expensive within the city centre of Taipei. Driving is still not unnecessary, though, especially if wandering the outskirts of the city, as well as to avoid crowded mass transit.
Getting to your destination
Taipei is the central business district and capital of Taiwan, a small chunk of land off the Fujian coast of China. It is a vibrant, lively, and busy city that is filled with busy night markets, street-food vendors, Chinese Imperial Art, and shopping destinations that bring tourists and of course, revenue to the country.
If arriving from Taoyuan Airport, Taipei can be reached by taking the Country Roads 2 and 3, and then continuing through the State Road 2 all the way to the city. Merge onto Xinyi Lu Wuduan to reach central Taipei.
An industrial metro in the western coast of central Taiwan, Taichung is a great place to explore the country's mountain interior, and the country's few but gold nature areas such as the Sun Moon Lake. Within its central business district there are also museums, shops, and several other historical sites, including the Taichung Station, which is an ornate brick legacy of the Japanese colonial period.
Taichung can be reached via the National Highway 1 and State Highway 3, going towards the centre of the country. The journey should take two hours and 30 minutes, and tolls are expected.
A massive port city that is home to many skyscrapers, Kaohsiung's scene is like Miami – near the waters and yet surprisingly urban and progressive. Its main destinations include the Tuntex Sky Tower, the Love River, and the Liuhe and Ruifeng night markets.
Kaohsiung can be reached by National Route 1 and State Highway 3 all the way to Chiang Kai-shek in Lingya District. Take exit 367B-Kaohsiung from National Highway 1, and then drive to the centre of the city. The journey is quite long as the said area is further down south, and the travel time should be at least five minutes short of four hours.