The airport servicing Taipei, Taoyuan, and the greater island of Taiwan, is the Taoyuan International Airport (TPE). You’ll find that this is the largest and busiest airport in Taiwan, with almost 40 million people flying in or out of this facility. It is a key hub in Asia, and you will find that it is well-equipped to deal with all your transiting needs. Having opened in 1979, this airport is replete with amenities.
If you enjoy shopping during transit, you’ve come to the right place, as this airport has lots of duty-free outlets, selling everything from cosmetics to liquor and confectionary. There are stores selling jewellery, watches, books, fashion, toys, gifts and souvenirs, electronics and travel accessories. You can also access a medical clinic, a spa, and pharmacies. For your dining needs, you can enjoy local or international cuisine at a number of restaurants and cafes, or simply pick up a snack from fast food outlets or coffee kiosks.
Communication and banking are also covered at this airport, with free WiFi available throughout the terminal buildings, telephones, ATMs, and foreign exchange booths.
You can find direct routes from Australia to Taipei with China Airlines or EVA Air. Other carriers can offer connecting routes, look with Cathay Pacific, Air China, AirAsia, Scoot, ANA, Malaysia Airlines, Cebu Pacific, United, Vietnam Airlines, Malindo Air, Hainan Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Jetstar Asia, Japan Airlines, Emirates, China Eastern, AirAsia X, Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, and Qantas.
· The airport is over 50km from the centre of Taipei, so expect the drive to take at least 45 minutes to an hour. You can make the process a little faster, by booking a car using Skyscanner’s car hire search tool so it is ready for you when you arrive. However, if you’d prefer to wait you can book a car at one of the rental agencies within the arrivals area of the terminals. Hop on the National Freeway 2, eastbound, and then hop on National Freeway 1, which will see you driving right into Taipei central.
· There is a high-speed railway that runs between the airport and the centre of the city, though you must hop on the airport shuttle service to get to the station. You have to pay for the shuttle, but this only costs 30TWD ($1.25), with the train costing 160TWD ($7) for a one-way ticket.
· Buses are also available to you for about 125TWD ($5), but can take longer than the train, at about an hour’s worth of journey time. Airport transfers can be booked with us online if you’d rather not catch public transport, and you don’t intend on driving.
· Taxis are pretty expensive, they will cost you approximately 1250TWD ($52) for a fare to downtown Taipei, and will still take roughly 45-60 minutes.
Please note that information is correct as of October 2016
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