To get from Taoyuan Airport to Taipei City, we have plans to take the Kuo-Kuang 1819 bus which goes directly from Taoyuan Airport to Taipei Main Station. There are various ways of getting to downtown Taipei from Taoyuan Airport, but buses are the cheapest way.
We landed at Taipei’s Taoyuan Airport (台湾桃园国际机场) Terminal One in the early hours of the morning. The overnight Scoot flight was comfortable enough for us to catch some sleep, but we lamented the short flight time of 4 hrs plus, which meant that our uninterrupted sleep was only for a very short period of 2 hrs.
It was still dark when we got off the plane and although still slightly bleary-eyed from the lack of sleep, the cold weather in the winter month of January was quite refreshing.
For those who need to stay connected to the internet in Taiwan, consider getting a unlimited 4G portable Wi-Fi at Taoyuan Airport before leaving for downtown Taipei.
From the airport, it was quite easy to follow the directions that would bring us to the bus bay where buses would bring tourists to the city of Taipei.
Tip: There are many bus companies that operates from the Taoyuan Airport, each of them going to a different region in Taipei city. The one that we needed was the Kuo-Kuang (国光客运) bus 1819, because that was that one that goes to Taipei Main Station (台北车站) where our hotel (City Inn Hotel III) was located. If your hotel is located at other parts of Taipei (such as Xinyi, Zhong Xiao Fuxing, Nanjing East Road etc), you will have to consider other buses operating at the same bus bay.
Kuo-Kuang ticket counter at the Taoyuan Airport. Each ticket (one way) cost NT140. Each Kuo-Kuang 1819 bus comes at about 15 mins intervals. They really do need to come that that kind of frequency, because despite the early hours, the buses all left full of passengers.
Tip: You can now book round trip tickets online at a discounted rate. With these round trip tickets, you also get a free shuttle service to Ximending from Taipei Main Station.
Tickets checked prior to boarding of bus.
Kuo-Kuang Bus 1819 boarding Bay.
Luggage were not allowed on board (there’s absolutely no space) except for small hand carry bags. All luggage had to go to the storage compartment beneath the bus before boarding.
The bus was quite small and old, and leg room was small even for a petite person, But I guess it’ll do for a short journey.
Finally reached Taipei Train Station (台北车站) after about 1hr 15 mins with a few other stops in between. This was longer than the estimated time of 1 hr, due to the morning peak hour traffic.
Buses are not the only form of transport from Taipei’s Taoyuan Airport. The other option would be the High Speed Rail (which we took on the return trip to the airport). The HSR is slightly more expensive, takes almost the same amount of time, but promises a much more comfortable ride.
That timing coincided with the morning peak hour, so there was a flurry of activities at the station. I still cannot figure out what these people are queuing for!
There’s a train on display just outside the station. Time for some photo opportunity.
Taipei Main Station (台北车站) was huge and had 4 main gates (North, South, East, West) and after much struggle with our large pieces of luggage, we finally managed to get to the opposite side of the road, in the right direction to our home for the night – CityInn Hotel Taipei Station Branch III.
Taking the bus is the cheapest form of transport, but taking a private airport transfer is the most convenient way. Airport transfers can also be cheaper than taking a taxi.
Join us next as we discover for ourselves our lodgings for the night at CityInn Hotel Taipei Station Branch III.
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