Last updated on June 18th, 2020 at 10:00 am
If your first stop flying in Taiwan is Kaohsiung you will have an easy way to get from Kaohsiung airport to the city center. Everything was easy and smooth for us. We will write you with all the details how to get from Kaohsiung airport to Kaohsiung city center. Read here Kaohsiung itinerary and Kaohsiung tourist spots.
Kaohsiung International Airport is small, new colorful and modern designed. The airport is close to the city center only 8 kilometers distance. The people are so friendly and helpful in the airport as in all the country. You will love the vibe just landing to the airport.
How to Get From Kaohsiung Airport to City Center
How To Get From Kaohsiung Aiport to City Center by Metro (MRT)
The easiest way to get from Kaohsiung airport to city center is by MRT metro. The first metro starts at 6 am and it’s opened until midnight. It will take you only 20 minutes to get from Kaohsiung airport to city center. It will cost you only $1 USD. There are 7 stops from Kaohsiung airport to Formosa Boulevard. So it depends if you go closer or you go farther you will add additional time.
You will have to use the Red Line and you can transfer to green and orange line if you have other destination.
You can purchase your metro ticket with cash and by card in the MRT Station. It will cost you 35 TWD (Taiwanese Dollar).
Read here our blog post about Sunfong temple, Kaohsiung!
How to Get From Kaohsiung Airport to City Center by Taxi
You will find taxis just leaving the airport. They are yellow and you can pay with cash and most of them with card. Going from Kaohsiung airport to city center by taxi will cost you around $1 USD= 300 TWD. It’s good enough for 4 people. This option can be great if you are traveling with a lot of luggage or a group of people. It will take you around 20-30 minutes to reach your final destination in city center.
How to get from Kaohsiung Airport to Kenting
As you can see in the picture above there are buses going from Kaohsiung Airport to Kenting just before going to the MRT Station you will see them. Just in case you are heading to South of Taiwan. Read here how to get from Kaohsiung to Kenting.
Kaohsiung Airport to Tainan
If you want to go from Kaohsiung airport to Tainan. You will have to ride the MRT until Kaohsiung main station if you are looking for local train Kaohsiung to Tainan (120 TWD and 40 minutes). Or Zuoying if you want to go from Kaohisung to Tainan in the high speed train (250 TWD and 20 minutes).
There are also Kaohsiung transfers from the airport to Tainan.
Best Time To Visit Kaohsiung
There are 4 seasons in Taiwan and we believe the best time to visit Kaohsiung is Spring and Autumn but check these details out and make your choice:
Spring: This is from March to May and it’s rainy season. It’s warm during the day and little bit cold at night.
Summer: From June to August. The weather is very hot and humid and there are occasional thunderstorms and typhoons.
Autumn: From September to November. The weather is warm and it’s rarely will you get to experience rain.
Winter: December to February: Little bit cold at night, especially in the North of the country.
ATMS and Cash in Kaohsiung Airport
There are few ATMs in the airport that they don’t charge commission. There are a couple of places to exchange money in the airport. The exchange rate $1 USD= 30 TWD.
Getting a Sim Card in the Airport
There is free wifi available in Kaohsiung airport if you have to check maps, email or directions. You can also purchase a Taiwanese SIM Card in the convenience stores.
How to move Around Kaohsiung City Center
Buying Easy Card
We have to say that for us was the best way to travel around Kaohisung since you just put load and you can use in MRT, buses and even going to places like Fo Guang Shang Memorial which is outside the center. You can also use it in Taipei. Plus you can use for buying in 7 Eleven and convenience stores in the country. So i’s pretty convenient.
You can purchase in convenience stores in Kaohsiung. Also available in the airport you will pay 100 TWD which is $3 USD non refundable. It’s comfortable and every time that you use your Easy Card you get 15% discounts in your MRT and bus trips. You can recharge in convenience stores or in MRT Stations. You can use that money to buy in convenience stores in Taiwan. It’s great since there are Family Mart 7 Eleven all over Kaohsiung and Taiwan.
What to do in Kaohsiung
Formosa Boulevard MRT Station in Kaohsiung
Formosa Boulevard Station was remodeled and it became one of the most popular places in Kaohsiung. This station is known for the “Dome of Light”, which is the largest glass work in the world designed by Italian artist Narcissus Quagliata. the Dome of Light is just a beautiful sight to see because it’s made from individual pieces of colored glass that really looks awesome in pictures!
Dragon and Tiger Pagodas in Kaohsiung
Like what we said earlier, Kaohsiung has a lot to offer, and one of which is the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas. This pair of connected temples is built in 1976, and it got the name because of the two temples resembling a tiger and a dragon. This 7-story tower with colorful exterior is a great place to visit in Kaohsiung and is said to reflect the traditional Kaohsiung culture.
Read here how to get to Lotus Pond in Kaohsiung.
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum is famous because the 108-meter high Fo Guang Big Buddha, or the tallest sitting bronze Buddha statue in the world, is situated here. There are also other attractions like the children’s gallery, pagodas, and sutra transcriptions. There’s also prayer service, and Tea Chan at the Twin Pavilions, and religious relics. It’s a few kilometers outside Kaohsiung!
Where to Stay in Kaohsiung
We already told you how easy was our way from Kaohsiung airport to City Center in Central Park. Now we will share to you our place in Kaohsiung in Brio Hotel and how amazing was the experience. Great views, breakfast and the best location in Kaohsiung.
The staff was so friendly to welcome us in our first day in Taiwan. The room was with amazing views and with all comfort that you need. Our favorite thing about Brio Hotel? Apart from the staff, comfort of the room and amazing views. We have to say that the food is so delicious.
You can have Chinese and Western Breakfast enjoying the views of the city from their rooftop. First quality of food everything was delicious. Apart from breakfast we loved enjoying sandwiches, cakes, sweets and juices, sodas and coffees after visiting the city. They offer free snacks in the lobby anytime and it’s the perfect way to rest after having an amazing day around Kaohsiung. You don’t have enough with the snacks? Well Brio Hotel is amazing and the mini bar is also free of charge!
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