5 Tips to Get Around Taipei

Taipei Youbike station (Photo by Yiling Wong, 2017)

Folks, I went to school for 24 years, the last few of which focused on urban policy, and my urban planner friends will be entertained when I say,

Taipei has SOLVED the last mile problem -down to the last two feet.

It is SO easy to get around! ..once you take a few steps to get going. Here are a few tips I learned from my trip there.

5 Things to Know About Getting Around Taipei

1. Take the MRT from TaoYuan Airport to the Taipei Main Station. There’s an express train, you’ll need NT broken into 100s, the machines won’t take large bills you’re likely to get from the ATMS. Go to a nearby kiosk for change. If there’s a lady standing next to the ATMs gesturing at you, that’s probably what she’s been hired to try and tell you.

2. An Easycard can pay for the MRT, subway, buses, some cabs, Youbike rental, and even the 7-Eleven. That’s right, you could buy yourself a convenience store lunch, or water to stay hydrated in the humid climate. Buses are a breeze if you have a smartphone and a data plan, even without a mastery of Chinese. The buses are very frequent. I heard from my mama’s retired friends that retired folks with a national ID get a number of free rides per month. They say they take the bus all the time and never run out of credits! Continue Reading