Taipei MRT Guide

13 Aug

Taipei MRT GuideTravel around Taipei by subway (metro)!

The Taipei MRT is the most convenient way to get around Taiwan’s capital city. The Taipei metro is both cheap and easy to use.

The Taipei MRT system has been one of the distinctive characteristics of Taipei’s development. Be sure to pick up an MRT and tourist map as soon as you can.

Taipei’s subway system has alleviated traffic jams and made navigating the city much easier for non-Chinese speaking foreigners. You can get a free map of Taipei’s MRT at the both airports in Taipei (Taoyuan International Airport and Songshan).

Taipei MRT – English please!
Taipei MRT stations are clearly labeled in English, and will take you to the majority of the important tourist stops. All the exits at MRT stations have big English maps on their walls where you can see Taipei attractions such as museums, temples, and parks.

Taipei MRT Price
Rides on the metro system are not free, but they’re cheap. If you plan on doing a lot of traveling on the Taipei MRT, you’ll want to get an EasyCard. The card is the size of a credit card and will cost NT$500 to set up -$100 for a deposit and the other $400 that you will be able to use to travel. You can use the card to get a 20% discount on rides in the Taipei MRT.

The MRT’s fares are distance-based, so the further you travel, the more you pay. A fare for a single-trip in Taipei’s subway will be between $15 and $65, but we doubt you’ll be spanning the full distance of the MRT.

Taipei Main Station
Taipei Main Station in the old town center is the most important MRT station of the entire system. Some of the best attractions in Taipei are scattered around Taipei MRT Main Station.

Another reason why it’s the most important MRT station is because it’s also where you’ll find the Taipei Train Station, Taipei HSR Station, and Taipei Bus Station.

Taipei MRT Stations Near Important Attractions
Here is a list of some of the most “important” MRT stations in Taipei. They are within walking distance of the most popular attractions in the capital.

Taipei Main Station
228 Peace Park
National Taiwan Museum

ZhongShan MRT Station
Taipei Contemporary Art Museum
SPOT Taipei Film House

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall MRT Station
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
CKS Memorial Hall Plaza
National Theater

Longshan MRT Station
Longshan Temple
Taipei’s Presidential Palace
Snake Alley
Qingshan Temple

Ximen MRT Station
Ximending Shopping District

Yuanshan MRT Station
Taipei’s Confucius Temple
Baoan Temple
Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Lin An Tai Homestead

Zhongshan Junior High School MRT Station
Xingtian Temple

Zhongxiao Xinsheng MRT Station
Taipei Holiday Jade Market

Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT Station
Shopping on Zhongxiao East Rd

Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall MRT Station
Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
Puppetry Art Center of Taipei

Taipei City Hall MRT Station
Taipei 101 Tower
Taipei 101 Shopping Mall
Xinyi shopping area

Houshan Pi MRT Station
Raohe Night Market
Ciyou Temple

Taipower Building MRT Station
Yongkang Street
Taipei Grand Mosque
Shida Night Market
National Taiwan University
Gongguan Nightmarket
Museum of Water

Muzha MRT Station
Taipei Zoo
Taipei Zhinan Temple
Muzha Tea Plantations

Jiantan MRT Station
Shilin Nightmarket
Taipei Grand Hotel

Xinbeitou MRT Station
Beitou hot springs

Taipei Metro System – Confusing?
The Taipei MRT might seem confusing at first, but if you take the time to look at your MRT map, look at the English signs, you’ll see that its very intuitive and straightforward.

Taipei MRT Tourist Information
If you ever have any problem finding your way around the MRT in Taipei, you can always head for a tourist information desk. There are travel information kiosks at pretty much every Taipei MRT station.

If you’d like to have more information about travel in Taipei, attractions, restaurants, and hotels in Taipei, make sure to take a look at my Taipei travel guide eBook. The eBook has musch more information about Taipei transportation and the Taipei MRT than what you see on this page.

Taipei MRT Official Website
This website has information about the entire subway system in Taipei. You can see a Taipei MRT map in English, as well as timetables and fares for all the destinations.

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