8 hour layover in Taiwan enough to go to the city?

Seems like it is, as long as you get the express train. Are card payments a thing in Taiwan?

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  1. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    idk, it's barely worth it. fastest way to the center is going to be around 50 mins. double that, plus you have to go through check-in. You'd get about 3 hours, but You'd use a lot of energy that is needed when traveling long distances. Unless you can drop your stuff off at a locker, you're going to carry that weight.

    • 6 months ago
      Anonymous

      That's what I am thinking, perhaps a bit too stressful

    • 6 months ago
      Anonymous

      well ofc you should drop off your luggage in a locker, it costs almost nothing since taiwan is so cheap and they are in every corner of the taipei main station. just remember where the hell your locker was as the station is huge and can be hard to re-find again if you are in a rush. probably loads at airport but i'm not sure

      i would do it, unless you really need those extra few hours to find somewhere to sleep but in those kind of situations i never get any sleep in anyway so better to get a couple hours seeing something at least. there is nothing stressful about it, literally a tutorial mode city/country to get around in

    • 6 months ago
      Anonymous

      >You'd use a lot of energy that is needed when traveling long distances.
      yeah it's so fricking exhausting to sit in a seat for hours on end

  2. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    I had a 12 hour layover in Taipei like 10 years ago and the airport had a free tour that took you into the city. I think the whole thing was like 5 hours. It was super chill and better than sitting in the airport. Idk if they still have it.

    • 6 months ago
      Anonymous

      I looked at that and would essentially steal that itinery, UI arrive at like 5am though so it's not running.

  3. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    assuming your layover is during the day, there are buses into taipei.

    I loved taipei in 2018 but it was the first foreign city I had ever been to. Taiwan is visa-free compared to mainland and is cooler looking I think

  4. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    MY airline is forwarding my luggage so all I have to do is walk out essentially, still debating it. I'd be fighting peak hour on the way back

    • 6 months ago
      Anonymous

      Do it

  5. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    Probably not worth it. 12 hours I'd say yes.

  6. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    Yea frickin do it, that’s enough time for something cool. If it were me I’d try to climb Elephant Mountain, which would be cutting it close on time but totally possible, or else I’d just go to the Main Station, get drunk at a 7/11, and eat 3 or 4 plates of good lou rou fan.
    >Are card payments a thing
    You can get an Easycard at the airport and load it with how much cash you think you’ll need. They’re accepted for pretty much any transaction in Taipei, unless you want street food. When you’re done you can either redeem it at the airport for the leftover balance, or blow it all on candy at 7/11
    Just be careful to get on the express train from the airport, I remember it being confusing and I got on the slow one by mistake
    I did the same thing in Kunming with even less time and had a great micro-holiday

  7. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    Taiwan had the slowest immigration I've ever dealt with. Took me like 2 hours to get into the country. Then the bus to the city was slow as frick.

    But this was 6 years ago, so it might've improved since then. If you clear immigration quickly, I'd go for it. If you're stuck in a line for 2+ hours with the rudest and most uptight people outside of Singapore like I was, it's going to be hard to pull off.

    • 6 months ago
      Anonymous

      Isn't there a train? And would going to New Taipei be closer? Is there anything to do there?

    • 6 months ago
      Anonymous

      Immigration took me 5mins and 4mins of that was filling in the form they didnt hand out on the plane, but i also Had to wait over 30mins for suitcase

    • 6 months ago
      Anonymous

      never had this problem. I had a ten hour layover and was out in like 20 minutes with my bags and onto the fast train into the center of Taipei to drown myself in beef noodle.

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