The easiest and cheapest way of getting around Hsinchu varies depending on your destination. Although Hsinchu has numerous transport options available for holiday vacationers, it is good to know the different ways of getting to and from the airport and navigating around the city with ease.
Several transport choices are available when getting around Hsinchu City by land. The entire Hsinchu region is quite large so public bus service is necessary in connecting suburbs to the city center. On the other hand, the city center is quite small, enough for local taxis to cruise. In fact, the downtown area is quite compact, making it easy to reach ancient buildings and attractions by foot.
A number of local public buses navigate throughout the city and surrounding suburbs, providing the most convenient means of getting around Hsinchu. On the other hand, taxis can be difficult to call over. The recommended way to catch a taxi is to go to the main station or visit one of the numerous ranks located all over the city such as department stores. You can also make a call, but only if you speak Chinese. Apart from being more expensive, taxis are only suggested if you travel out-of-town on day trips and are not particularly practical for city centre strolling.
Another popular mode of transport is scooters, which is very practical, especially on heavily congested avenues in downtown Hsinchu. Scooters are easy to rent in most major cities like Hsinchu, conveniently situated near bus or railway stations. Most companies require some type of identification. The average cost for rental scooters is NT$400 per day, including 1-2 helmets. You can also charter it per week or per month if you will be staying longer in the city. Renting a motorcycle is another good option, particularly when getting around some interesting eco-parks or high slope rugged terrains. Keep in mind that motorcycles and scooters over 450cc are permitted to pass along expressway provided they have a red license plate. However, motorcycles are considered much like cars in Taiwan and so cannot be parked on scooter-only parking lots.
For travelers carrying international driving licenses, you may drive a car in Hsinchu. However, if you are worried about unfamiliar road conditions, you can charter a car with a driver. Most rental cars in Hsinchu are located in major airports and train stations. Also, first-rate hotels may offer rental car services, which are much more practical for tourists needing airport pick-up or getting around for a few hours.
Majority of car rental companies provide suitable rental packages, but most do not include auto insurance so it is best to check the company’s specific policy before driving the car out. Always familiarize yourself with Taiwan’s driving regulations first, and remember that drivers and passengers in front should fasten seatbelts.
Getting around Hsinchu is easy with the numerous local buses, taxis, scooters and other transport options available. Riding a bus can bring you to major sightseeing spots in Hsinchu in no time. Travel around some of the highly suggested local Hsinchu spots such as the Green Grass Lake, Botanical Garden, Hsinchu Zoo, City God Temple, East Gate and the nearby hiking trails.