Transportation in Taipei

Getting around Taipei is safe, convenient and affordable — especially with a student discount! You can get around the city by bus, train, or even by bike!

We highly recommend buying an EasyCard (悠遊卡) for students to avail of a student discount. Just be sure to show proof that you are a student. If you’re a degree student or an exchange student, your school ID also doubles as an EasyCard, so be sure not to lose it!

If you ever forget to bring your EasyCard, you can purchase a single journey ticket at any MRT station. If you’re taking the bus, you can pay with coins, but you’ll need to pay the full fare of NTD 15.

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Purchasing and Reloading your EasyCard

easy-card
Source: EasyCard Corp.

You can buy an EasyCard at any MRT station or at 7/11 for 500 NTD — this includes 400 NTD worth of credit and a 100 NTD deposit you can get back when you return the card. Reloading your card is just as easy. You can reload it at any MRT station or convenience store.

It’s worth noting that you can also your EasyCard to pay at some stores, as well as public transportation in some cities outside of Taipei. You can read more about it here.

Buses

Buses in Taipei generally operate from 6:00AM to 11:30PM, though some might run until 12:30AM.

You can pay with your EasyCard or TaipeiPass, or with cash. You won’t get any change if you pay with cash, so be sure to have the exact amount of change on you.

A quick note about paying for your bus fare. Keep an eye on the signs as they tell you if you should pay when you get on or off the bus. 下車收費 means you should pay before you get off, while 上車收費 means you should pay as you get on the bus. If you go

If you’re worried about missing your bus or accidentally taking the wrong bus, you can download the BusTracker Taipei app. The app not only lets you look up bus routes, but it also lets you see which buses are nearby. Just be sure to keep your mobile internet running while using this app.

You can download it on the Google Play Store or the App Store.

Right outside NCCU, you’ll find these bus stops: National Chengchi University (政大), National Chengchi University 1 (政大一)

From NCCU you can go by bus to:

  • Xinyi area (Taipei 101) –  take the G1, 611 or BR18 . It takes around 15 minutes.
  • Gongguan (Right outside NTU) –  take the 236, 530. It takes around 30-40 minutes.
  • Taipei Main Station – take the 236, 530. It takes around 45 minutes to an hour.

Be sure to check if the bus goes to the station you want. If you’re unsure, you can always ask the bus driver.


MRT

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Source: Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation

The Taipei MRT runs from 6:00AM-12:00AM. Fares are generally quite affordable, and range from around 10 NTD-50 NTD, depending on how far you’re traveling.

You can pay with your EasyCard, TaipeiPass, icash, iPASS, and other Metro Pass cards. You can also purchase a single-journey ticket at the station.

The closest MRT stop to NCCU is Taipei Zoo station, which is at the end of the Wenhu/Brown Line. Take Exit 1, and cross the road to the bus stop. You can take these buses to get to NCCU: 236 / 237 / 611 / 282 / 295 / BR3 / BR6 / BR18 / 1503


YouBike

YouBike is a point-to-point bike rental service with rental kiosks all over the city. Service hours Before renting a bike, you need to register your EasyCard with a Taiwanese phone number to receive confirmation messages. You can register your card at any kiosk, or through the YouBike website.

YouBike Rates:

  • 10 NTD per 30 mins within the first 4 hours.
  • 20 NTD per 20 mins between 4 to 8 hours.
  • 40 NTD per 30 mins exceeding 8 hours.

Notes:

  • After returning the YouBike, wait 15 minutes before renting a YouBike again from the same station.
  • Be sure to check the condition of the YouBike before you rent it. Turn the seat backwards to indicate that it needs repairs.
  • Lost YouBikes need to be reported to the police. If the bike can’t be found after 3 months, the renter must pay a fee of 9,000 NTD.

Taxis

Taxi fares differ throughout the country. In Taipei, it’s 70 NTD for the first 1.25km, and then 5 NTD for every additional 200m. Night cab fares cost 20 NTD more per ride. Taipei taxis are available 24-hours, 7 days a week, all year round. You can book a taxi from convenience stores, or through apps like 台灣大車隊 55688 or FindTaxi.

Most drivers don’t speak English, so you might want to write down the address in Chinese, or you can show them a map.

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