Transportation in Taipei

Taipei MRT

The Taipei MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) currently has nine lines in the greater Taipei area). You can either use your NTU ID/EasyCard or purchase a single-journey ticket at the ticket machines or simply visit the information kiosk at the MRT station.

Taipei buses

Taking the bus is another way to get around the city, and different bus routes offer more destinations than the MRT system. You can pay with an EasyCard or with cash. The fare for a journey within a single zone is TWD 15. If you pay with cash, please note that bus drivers do not provide change. Most buses run until 11pm.

For route maps and bus schedules, please visit the Taipei Bus and Transportation Information System.


There are many taxis in Taipei. The initial flag fall is TWD 70. The price goes up TWD 5 for each additional 250m. An additional TWD 20 may be charged after 11pm. Women passengers have a choice of using radio-dispatched cab services at night.

Travelling to other cities

Long-distance bus

To purchase long-distance bus tickets, passengers can choose to buy directly from bus drivers (cash only and no change will be given) or at the Main Bus Station, which neighbors Taipei Railway Station. Below are the main two bus companies, the websites are in Chinese only.

King Bus 國光客運 (KuoKuang)

U-bus 統聯客運

Taiwan Railway

There are seven railway lines operated by Taiwan Railway. Each line has its own characteristics and sightseeing routes. There are two lines that travel down the west coast and three lines servicing the north. The other lines go through the southern and eastern parts of Taiwan.

Taiwan High Speed Rail

Taiwan High Speed Rail takes only 1.5 to 2 hours to travel from Taipei to Kaohsiung (Zuoying Station). This is a good choice if you want to travel to Central or Southern Taiwan in the fastest possible way.

Driving in Taiwan

Drivers in Taiwan are required to hold a legal ROC driving license. If you have an ARC or ROC ID Number, you can obtain an ROC driving license by making a license replacement or taking the driver’s license examination.

ROC license replacement

You are able to replace your foreign driving license with a legal ROC driving license if it complies with ROC reciprocity agreements (i.e. whether the license was issued by a reciprocating country or state). Please check the reciprocity policy chart to see if you are eligible to apply.

ROC driver's license examination

If your country does not have reciprocity agreements with the ROC, then you are required to take the driver's license examination — both written and driving — to obtain an ROC driver's license.

Motor Vehicles Office

Address:No. 21, Sec. 4, Bade Rd, Taipei
Tel:02 2763 0155

Update: 2015 / 04 / 30