WHERE TO STAY IN TAICHUNGYou can find accommodation prices starting from $20-30 USD depending on how much you want to stretch your budget. Until luxury hotels in Taichung can cost $100-300 USD for a room if you wish more comfort when visiting Taichung. Click here to get the best deals via Booking and Agoda.
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ATMS AND CASH IN TAIWANThere are few ATMs in the airport that they don’t charge commission. There are a couple of places to exchange money in the airport. Outside the airport it can be difficult to exchange money in Taiwan. You will be able to do it only in banks. The exchange rate $1 USD= 30 TWD. Click here to know more about the current exchange rate in Taiwan!
How to get to Taichung City
Getting to Taichung by PlaneTaichung International Airport has daily flights from China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. It’s the third largest airport in Taiwan after Kaohsiung and Taipei International Airport. It’s located 15 kilometers far from city center. There are two terminals: Terminal 1 for Domestic flights and Terminal 2 for International flights. There are buses and taxis going to city center from the airport. Read here how to get from Taoyuan airport to Taichung!
How to get to Taichung City from Taipei By TrainIf you want to get to Taichung City from Taipei by train. There are two options THSR and TRA the local trains. If you go with THSR the high-speed train it will take you 40 minutes to get to Taichung City from Taipei. The price is around 700 TWD in economy class. The THSR will be outside the city and to get to city center you will have to get a bus or a taxi. If you want to get by local train (TRA) to Taichung City from Taipei. It will take 2 hours depending on the train. It will cost you around 275-350 TWD. There are trains leaving very often between Taipei and Taichung. And we recommend you to book at least two weeks in advance since sometimes there aren’t available seats. Click here to book in advance your train ticket in Taiwan!
How to get to Taichung City from TaipeiIf you want to get to Taichung City by bus from Taipei. It will take 2 hours and a half. The price is around 250 TWD. And the bus station is close to city center in Taichung. We went there by bus and they are so comfortable with wifi connection. There are buses leaving every 30 minutes or every hour from Taipei to Taichung City. Based in our experience no need to book in advance. Unless there are special dates like Chinese New Year or any other festivals around the area.
Getting to Taichung City by Private TransportationIf you want get by car to Taichung City or taxi and private transportation from Taipei. It will take you around two hours. It can be a great option if you are traveling with a group. It will cost around 3000 TWD. It’s not fastest than the train but it’s the most comfortable since you don’t have stops on the way. If you are traveling by train we recommend you to book at least 1-2 weeks in advance. In our experience traveling by bus there is no need to book in advance. Just make sure it’s not peak season Chinese New Year or Festivals in Taichung City where you will have to book in advance.
How to get to Taichung City from Kaohsiung by TrainIf you want to get to Taichung City from Kaohsiung by train. There are two options by TSHR high speed train is the fastest way. It will take you around one hour to get there. Prices are around 900 TWD. The train stations are outside the city but there is easy access with public transportation in both cities. If you prefer TRA the regular train will take 2 hours and a half. You will get to city center. The price will be around 600-700 TWD. For the train tickets make sure that you book in advance 1-2 weeks just in case there are no seats available. Click here to book in advance your train ticket in Taiwan!
How to get to Taichung City from Kaohsiung by BusIf you want to get to Taichung City from Kaohsiung will take you 3 hours by bus. It’s depending on the traffic leaving Kaohsiung and get into Taichung City. The price of the bus is around 500 TWD. The bus leaves and get to city center and you will find wifi connection for your trip. If you are on a budget it can be the best option.
HOW TO GET TO TAICHUNG CITY FROM TAINAN BY TRAINIf you get to Taichung City from Tainan by train. There are two ways High Speed Train and Taiwan Railways. The high speed train takes half of the time and it costs more expensive than Taiwan Railways. High Speed train stations are usually outside the city while Taiwan Railways is close to city center. The train from Taichung City to Tainan: Taiwan Railways will take around 2 hours and it costs 350 TWD. For high-speed train expect to pay around 800 TWD and one journey from Taichung City to Tainan. Make sure that you book your tickets at least two weeks in advance. Otherwise maybe you will run out of space. Click here to book in advance your train ticket in Taiwan!
HOW TO GET TO TAICHUNG CITY FROM TAINAN BY BUSIf you want to get to Taichung City from Tainan by bus. The price is around 250 TWD. And it takes 2 hours and a half to get there. The bus stations like Taiwan Railways are usually located close to city center. Based on our experience no need to book the bus ticket in advance. Read here how to get from Tainan to Taichung!
BUYING EASY CARDWe have to say that for us was the best way to travel around Kaohsiung 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. Click here to get unlimited MRT Pass!
Where to Stay in Taichung CityWe stayed at La Vida in Taichung City. It’s close to Fengjia night market and close to the bus terminal coming from Tainan and Taipei. The location is so convenient! You can also get a bus going to Rainbow Village and Taichung city center just a few meters walking distance from La Vida Hotel. About La Vida Hotel in Taichung City was the perfect place to stay for us. You can enjoy high speed connection and coffee and snacks 24 hours. It was perfect for catching up with work. Plus a green area for relaxing with your coffee and snacks too. We loved it our bathtub with TV, how modern was everything in the room in a minimalist atmosphere. The breakfast was great with Chinese and Western options. The staff was super friendly and facilities were great that’s why is ranking as one of the highest in Booking.com in Taichung City. Click here to check prices and availability! Feel free to use our links for discounts. Using our links will help us continue with the website maintenance and will not cost you anything. Thanks for the love guys. Happy Travels!
About the Author: Ruben, co-founder of Gamintraveler.com since 2014, is a seasoned traveler from Spain who has explored over 100 countries since 2009. Known for his extensive travel adventures across South America, Europe, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Africa, Ruben combines his passion for adventurous yet sustainable living with his love for cycling, highlighted by his remarkable 5-month bicycle journey from Spain to Norway. He currently resides in Spain, where he continues to share his travel experiences alongside his partner, Rachel, and their son, Han.