Transportation in Taiwan

To Taiwan:

  • From the USA: There are direct flights from San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Seattle and Houston. Journey time about 14 hrs.
  • From Australia and New Zealand: There is only a direct flight from Sydney (China Airlines), Journey time about 9 hrs. Transfer at Hongkong is preferred.
  • From Europe: Direct flights from London, Paris, Amsterdam, Vienna, Frankfurt, Roma and Milan.
    From Mainland China: Many major cities in the mainland have direct flights, but you must first check the relevant regulations for independent travel.
  • From Malaysia: Direct flights are available between Kuala Lumpur and Penang.
  • From Singapore: There are many direct flights to Taiwan.
  • From Thailand: Direct flights from Bangkok and Chiang Mai.
  • From Vietnam: Direct flights from Hanoi, Danang and Ho Chi Minh City.

In Taiwan :

  • Air Plane: Recommended when travelling to Penghu, Kinmen, Matsu and Taitung.
  • Train: Available for most cities in Taiwan. The train Taroko and Puyuma are fast, but the other models are time-consuming.
  • High-speed rail: Only available for the western counties and cities. Although some stations are relatively remote, but most of them have trains or MRTs for transfer.
  • Bus: Bus is roughly cheaper than trains, and may even be faster when traffic is smooth. But when it comes to holidays, it will be severely jammed.
  • Ship: 1. Keelung (基隆)-Matsu (馬祖): Daily sailings (except Tuesday), once a day. You have to pay attention to the walrus suspension notice. NTD$ 2050 for a round trip.
    2. Chiayi Budai Port (嘉義布袋港) – Penghu (澎湖): Only available from April to October. A round trip is about NTD$1950.
  • Taiwan Tourist Shuttle: Taiwan Tourist Shuttle is for sight-seeing in all around Taiwan. It’s set to connect some inconvenient places. (Route reference).

3 natural wonders you must see

Taroko Gorge and East Rift Valley 

Taroko Gorge and Huadong (East) Rift Valley are located at the junction of the Eurasian plate and the Philippine plate. Many gorges and cliffs have been created by the orogenic movement of the two plates and the rapid downward cutting of streams.
Transportation: Taiwan Railway to Xincheng Station or Hualien Station and transfer by Tourist Shuttle.
Must-see :
Shakadang Trail (砂卡礑步道), Tunnel of Nine Turns Trail (九曲洞步道), Qingshui Cliff (清水斷崖), Qixingtan Beach (七星潭)

Penghu columnar basalt

The Penghu Islands are one of the three largest volcanic groups in Taiwan. When the volcanic lava flow cools, its volume shrinks to form six-legged columnar joints. Although this columnar basalt can also be seen in Iceland and the Giant’s Causeway, it is not as large as Penghu. It also includes both sea and land landscapes.
Transportation: By plane/boat to Magong →1. Tourist Shuttle to see the basalt landscape of the main island 2.Take a boat to see the basalt landscape of the East Sea and the South Sea.
Tongpan Island (桶盤嶼), South Four Islands (南方四島), Hujing Island (虎井嶼), East Sea Islands (東海島嶼), Daguoye Columnar Basalt (大菓葉玄武岩), Chixi Rock Waterfall

Kenting National Park (Pingtung)

Kenting covers almost all types of coastal landscapes, as well as very unique ones, like slump scarps and peaks. On the other hand, it is also a paradise for water sports. Of course, admiring the sea quietly is also recommended!
Transportation: High-speed rail to Zuoying Station, transfer to Taiwan’s good trip
Must-see attractions:
Longpan Park (龍磐公園), Mt. Dajian (大尖石山), Jialeshuei (佳樂水), Guanshan (關山), Maobitou (貓鼻頭), Eluanbi (鵝鑾鼻), Chuanfan Rock (船帆石)

3 cultural heritages you must visit

Wufeng Lin Family Mansion and Garden (Taichung)

Wufeng Lin family rose from the wars (Taiping Civil War, Taiwan Rebellion and Sino-French War) during the late of Qing Dynasty. During the Japanese colonial period, Mr. Lin Xiantang lead the movement aimed to set up Taiwan Parliament, which is a pioneer of democracy. The vast wealth accumulated by the relationship between government and business is converted into the largest official residence complex in Taiwan.
Transportation: (MRT) Taichung High Speed Rail Station / Taiwan Railway Xinwuri Station, transfer to Bus No. 151 to Wufeng Station
Must-see :
Dingcuo (頂厝), Xiacuo (下厝/大花廳) , Laiyuan Garden (萊園), Yipu (頤圃), Rongjingzhai (蓉鏡齋)

Kinmen Mansions

At the last years of the Qing Dynasty and the beginning of the Republic of China, countless Kinmen people left their homes and went to Southeast Asia for development. Many successful businessmen not only brought back the wealth, but also brought Western styles. Every Kinmen village has at least one or two western-style buildings.
Transportation: 1. Take Tourist Shuttle or local bus 2. Self-driving is recommended.
Must-see: Chen Jinglan Building (陳景蘭洋樓), Xu Jinzhong Building (Tourist Shuttle ), Xu Yunxuan Building (許允選洋樓), Shuntian Building (順天洋樓), Huang Huehuang Building (黃輝煌洋樓), Wang Jincheng Building (王金城洋樓), Beishan Ancient Western-style Building (北山古洋樓), Huang Zhuobin Building (黃卓彬洋樓), Zhang Wendi Building (張文帝洋樓)

Lin Family’s Garden and Mansion (New Taipei)

Banqiao Lin family rose in the late of Qing Dynasty and owned most of the fields in northern Taiwan during that time. After three generations of accumulation, this largest garden in Taiwan has been built in 19th century. It is also the only intact southern Fujian-style garden in the world. The styled windows and landscaping are all ingenious, showing the artistic conception of Taiwanese elites in that period.
Access: From the exit 3 of MRT Fuzhong Station and walk for about 5 minutes according to the indicators.