Using the Taipei Metro System

How to use the Taipei Metro

Taiwan

How To Use The Taipei Metro

Knowing how to use Taipei’s Metro system can make your travel a lot more fun and efficient…

Article Updated: June 27, 2018

Using Taipei’s MRT is very easy; less intricate than Japan’s, but more complex than Singapore’s. There are 5 lines (Brown, Red, Green, Orange, and Blue) that operates in their rail system, so this means there will be a lot of times where you would need to transfer from one line to another, for you to get your destination. This would mean climbing up or going down several floor levels too. And don’t forget, when using their escalator; “Stand on the Right, Walk on the Left”. This etiquette must be closely observed; locals and other people are catching time, while we, on the other hand, is just roaming around…

Upon your arrival to Taipei, where in my case, my arrival at the Taipei Main Station, just like what I did, you are likely to be using a single-journey ticket on your 1st one (1) to two (2) trips. Determining the price, and buying your single-journey ticket is also very easy.

HOW TO KNOW THE PRICE OF THE TICKET

Upon your arrival to Taipei, where in my case, my arrival at the Taipei Main Station, just like what I did, you are likely to be using a single-journey ticket on your 1st one (1) to two (2) trips. Determining the price, and buying your single-journey ticket is also very easy. Read through the explanation below:

You will find this fare guide at the top of all ticket vending machines.

Let’s say you’re at the at the station that is shaded with yellow in the photo above (6th station in the “blue line”, counting from the right).

  • Let’s say, you’d like to go to “Ximen” which is still in the same blue line; since it says 20, this means the single-journey ticket would cost NTD 20.00. So, on the vending machine, select NT$20 and put it your coins or bill. Don’t forget your change!
  • Here’s another example: Let’s say, you’d like to go to “Guandu”; it says 45, this means the single-journey ticket would cost NTD 45.00. And don’t forget, the RED & BLUE line crosses at the Taipei Main Station, so this mean you would to transfer train at this station. Just follow the directions that will point you to the RED line. And yes, you do not need to purchase another ticket, since you’ve already paid for the entire journey from you starting point, up to Guandu Station.

SHOULD YOU PURCHASE A TAIPEI PASS OR AN EASY CARD

The Taipei Pass, during it validity period, offers passengers unlimited rides on Taipei Metro and on Taipei City and New Taipei City buses. On the other hand, EasyCard is like a Taipei Pass; it’s also a touch and go kind of technology. Just purchase the card at any Metro Station and load money through their automated loading machines or cashiers. What I like more about EasyCard is I can use them at 7-11, vending machines, and other establishments where the EasyCard logo is displayed. Both cards are economical, since you get discounted fare each time you transact through EasyCard.

For my transportation needs, I selected the EasyCard. I find this more budget friendly since I know I’d be walking more frequently, as well as I knew I’d be spending some time at one location before proceeding to the next. So, for my 3 days and 3 nights at Taipei city, I only spent around P1215.50, which is cheaper compared to purchasing the 3-day unlimited pass.

IMPORTANT NOTE

You might have read somewhere, that the EasyCard has a refundable deposit of NT$100 should you decide to return the card. FYI, there are 2 types of EasyCard, (1) Deposit-based EasyCard, and (2) Second-generation EasyCard; the latter doesn’t have any deposit. So just keep the card, you may still be able to use that should you return to Taipei!

For more information about Taipei’s Train Cards, and where else to purchase them, please visit: https://www.easycard.com.tw/english/easycard/index.asp

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