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Destination Taipei

The city is situated in a basin in northern Taiwan inhabited by aboriginal peoples until settlers from China moved into the area about 300 years ago. Eastern Taipei was largely underused fields until the nineteen-seventies when the city began to develop the site as a financial and commercial district. Here, the modern face of Taipei shines through, with its glass and steel skyscrapers, wide boulevards, and Taiwan's tallest building, Taipei 101. Taipei also boasts dozens of world-class performance venues, where you can enjoy world-class theater and concert events. The city also offers a wide range of other diversions -- shopping malls, nightclubs, live-music bars, quality hotels, and exotic restaurants.

Travel Information

Taiwan enjoys a subtropical climate with warm weather all year round. Taiwan is extremely suitable for traveling. It will be around 27-33 degrees Celsius in July in Taipei.
Time Zone
Time Zone
Taipei is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+8).
Taiwan uses an electric current of 110 volts at 60 cycles. Appliances from Europe, Australia, or South-East Asia will need an adaptor or transformer.
The official currency in Taiwan is the New Taiwan Dollar (NTD$ or TWD$). Foreign currencies can be exchanged at government-designated banks and hotels. Major credit cards such as American Express, Master Card, and Visa are accepted, and traveler's checks may be cashed at foreign-exchange banks, some tourist-oriented businesses, and most international tourist hotels. Approximately, 30 NTD correspond roughly to 1 USD. The most recent exchange rate can be found at
Tipping is not customary in Taipei, but some hotels and restaurants automatically add a 10% service fee to the bill.
Tax / VAT
Requirements for VAT Refund:

VAT is 5% in Taiwan and is always already included the given price. With the entry document, foreign travelers who make purchases of at least NT$2,000 on the same day from the same designated stores with the "Taiwan Tax Refund"-label are eligible to request the "Application Form for VAT Refund." To claim the refund, they must apply at the port of their departure from the R.O.C. within 90 days following the date of purchase, and they must take the purchased goods out of the country with them. More Information

Tax / VAT
Eligible Applicants:

Foreign travelers who enter the R.O.C. with the following documents and stay for no more than 183 days from the date of Arrival:

  1. Passport of a country other than the R.O.C.
  2. R.O.C. passport without personal ID No. recorded.
  3. Travel documents.
  4. & Entry permit.
  5. Temporary entry permit

Useful Hotline Numbers

  • Emergency Numbers (Free Service)-Police 110
  • Emergency Numbers (Free Service)-Fire, Ambulance 119
  • Emergency Numbers (FreeService)-Emergency Call (For Bad Cell Phone Reception) 112
  • Overseas Operator 100
  • Chinese Local Directory Assistance 104
  • English-language Directory Assistance 106
  • 24-Hour Toll-Free Travel Information Hotline 0800-011-765
  • Information For Foreigners In Taiwan 0800-024-111


From Airport to Taipei City / Conference Venue (TICC)

Taipei Songshan Airport (TSA)

  • MRT:

    Take the Brown Wenhu Line at Songshan Airport Station to Daan Station, transfer to the Red Tamsui-Xinyi Line to Taipei 101/World Trade Center Station. (Duration: 20 mins/Fare: TWD$25)

  • Taxi:

    Outside the Arrivals Lobby. (Duration: 15 mins/Fare: about TWD$200)

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE)

  • MRT:

    • STEP 1. Take the Taoyuan Airport MRT to Taipei Main Station, and transfer to Taipei Metro system (Duration: 40-55 mins/Fare: TWD$ 150)
    • STEP 2. Take the Red Tamsui-Xinyi Line to Taipei 101/World Trade Center Station. (Duration: 15 mins/Fare: TWD$ 25)
  • Airport Bus: 1960

    Take the Air Bus 1960 to the stop “Grand Hyatt Taipei” and walk 5 mins to the conference venue (TICC). (Duration: 70 mins/Fare: TWD$ 145)

    • Terminal 1 bus stop: B1 bus area of Arrivals Hall
    • Terminal 2 bus stop: Outdoor gallery at East side of 1F Arrivals Hall
  • Taxi:

    (Duration: 50 mins / Fare: about TWD$1,300)

    • Terminal 1 Arrivals Hall 1F East Gate 12
    • Terminal 2 Arrivals Hall East Gate 26, car lane across the street

There are two main airports in Northern Taiwan, Taoyuan International Airport in Taoyuan city and Taipei Songshan Airport in Taipei city. There are 60 international airline companies with flights to Taiwan. To be eco-friendly to our environments, we'd like to invite you to have your trips with these airlines which take part in Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) or other similar projects.

Mass Rapid Transit System (MRT)

The MRT currently has six lines in operation. Tickets can be purchased at automatic ticket machines in all MRT stations. A "Single-journey Ticket" costs between NT$20 to NT$65 depending on the distance. A NT$180 "Taipei one-day Pass" purchased from a service booth will allow unlimited travel among all MRT lines within one day. The MRT runs from 6 am to 12 midnight seven days a week. Smoking, eating, drinking, or chewing gum are prohibited on all MRT trains.

  • Travel Pass Discounted Ticket (One-Day, Multi-day Pass, and more)
  • Joint Tickets (Taipei Metro & Taoyuan Airport MRT and more)

Taipei has a huge fleet of taxis. Charges are NT$70 for the first 1.25km and NT$5 for every 200 meters. An additional NT$5 is charged for every two minutes of waiting, and a 20% surcharge is added to fares between 11 pm and 6 am. All fares appear on the meter, except for a NT$10 charge for cabs dispatched by phone and each piece of luggage placed in the taxi trunk. Tips are not required.


The Taipei Bike Sharing System is abbreviated as YouBike. It uses an unmanned automated management system to provide "A Leases and B Returns" 24- hour bike rental service in the hope that the citizens will choose bikes as their short-distance transit vehicles. You may rent a Youbike either as a Member or a Single rental user. Single Rental users can use Kiosks at each station to rent a bike and use credit cards to pay usages fees. The rate is NT$ 10 per 30 minutes within the first 4 hours, NT$ 20 per 30 minutes between 4 to 8 hours, and NT$ 40 per 30 minutes exceeding 8 hours.