Getting around Taipei is not a problem because of the efficient transport systems in place. The most commonly used transport system is the Mass Rapid Transit or MRT. The MRT is very convenient because it has stops in all major destinations in the city. There are also a lot of Taipei hotels near the MRT station. The MRT is very affordable with fares ranging from only NT$20 to NT$65.
You can buy a single journey ticket for each individual trip, but if you will be taking the MRT often, it will be more convenient for you to buy the Easy Card. You can load this card with money so you won’t have to keep buying a ticket for each trip. Easy Card users automatically enjoy 20% discount every time they take the MRT. No swiping is necessary with this card; you simply hold it in front of the sensor.
The MRT operates until midnight, which means you can still catch the night markets. It is wheelchair friendly, complete with ramps and lifts. Women and children who travel during the late night hours can stay in the Safe Zone while waiting for the train. Safe Zones are areas on the platform that are constantly watched over by the security. Not all lines have safe zones, though. Still, the MRT is a safe way of getting around Taipei.
You will love the fact that the trains and the stations are all labeled in English. And you will also love the fact that all train stops are announced in English, along with Taiwanese, Mandarin, and Hakka. Without a doubt, Taipei travel is most convenient by taking the MRT.
Another way of getting around Taipei on land is by taking the bus. The buses in Taipei are very organized. The signs on the buses and on the bus stops all have English translations, which makes it easy for tourists to go around the city. You can pay the bus thru cash or by using an Easy Card.
For some tourists, the question is not how to pay but when to pay. It is simple. When you board the bus, you will see an electronic sign near the driver’s seat. When the sign for “up” is lit as you board, that means you have to pay before getting in. When the sign for “down” is lit when you alight, you need to make another payment before getting down even if you had already paid when you boarded. These are different payments, so don’t worry; you are not being ripped off. But if the sign for “down” is lit when you board, then you should pay only when you get down.
If you want a more comfortable way of getting around Taipei minus going up to the platform or waiting on the bus stop, then you can simply take a taxi. One advantage of taking a taxi is that you can go practically anywhere. All taxis are metered, and the rate during the night is higher than during the daytime. However, many taxi drivers do not know how to speak English, so you should have someone write in Chinese the place where you are going and the place where you are staying.
Getting around Taipei is easy. You need not worry about getting lost because all transport systems are complete with tourist-friendly signages.