An in-depth explanation of Taipei’s MRT! Route map, discount tickets, how to buy tickets, and safety information

This is an easy-to-understand explanation of the route map, how to buy and ride tickets, security and ticket deals.

On the Taipei subway, ticket machines are in Japanese, and the route maps are in Chinese characters and English.

MRT Taipei Subway Route Map

Reference: Taipei Jiao Yun│

Taipei’s subway system is called Taipei Rapid Transit, or MRT.

It is the most convenient and reliable way to get to tourist attractions.

The fare is the same as in Japan and depends on the distance.
You can find out the time of the first and last train at each station on the official website

How to ride the Taipei Metro

The Taipei subway system is not very different from the one in Japan.
Here is an explanation with pictures to make it easier to understand.

Automatic ticket vending machine

The main difference between Japanese railroads and the Taipei Metro is the ticket.
Instead of the paper ticket in Japan, you use a plastic coin with an IC chip in it.

1.Ticket vending machines are similar to those in Japan.

2.The screen of the ticket machine looks like this, so select Japanese.
If you select Japanese…

The display will be in Japanese.

3.Select the fare to the station you want to ride.
You can check the fare to your destination on the fare table above the ticket machine. The way to look at it is the same as in Japan.

4.When you put in your money, you will see a blue coin. The picture is purple because I used a picture of a Taoyuan Express ticket as a substitute.

Entering and exiting the ticket gate

A view of the ticket gate.

When you enter a station, you touch a coin to the top of the ticket gate. It’s the same way as IC cards such as Suica and Pasmo in Japan.
When you get off the train, insert the ticket into the slot just like a paper ticket in Japan, and you will be taken out of the ticket gate.
If you are using an EasyCard or a one-day pass (see below), touch the square on the right side.

Let’s take the subway!

Now it’s time to try riding the subway.
The way to get on the subway is the same as in Japan, but there is one point to note. The name of the station next to the station name sign indicates the next station in Japan, but in Taipei, it indicates the terminal station.

So when you get on the train, it’s a good idea to check the name of the last station in the direction you are going.

As you can see in the photo above, the information is given at the terminal station.

A view of the platform at Taipei Railway Station.

Value-for-money ticket

Some tickets are more economical if you ride many times in a day or if you can expect to ride a certain number of times.

All-you-can-ride ticket

The following tickets provide unlimited rides on all Taipei Metro lines.
Note! Please note that the Taoyuan Express, which connects to the Taoyuan Airport, is a different company and cannot be used.

Standard one-day pass (one-day ticket)

The one on the left in the photo is the regular one-day pass.

Price: about $5.50 (150 TWD)
Unlimited ride section: All Taipei Metro lines

This ticket can be used until the last train on the day it is used. This is one of the most useful tickets for travelers.

Taipei Metro 24-hour ticket

Price: about $6.60 (180 TWD)
Unlimited ride section: All Taipei Metro lines

A ticket that allows unlimited rides for 24 hours from the start of use. This is also often used by travelers.

Taipei Metro 48-hour ticket

The three types of tickets are introduced on the right side of the picture, each with a different design (the 48-hour ticket is in the middle).

Price: about $10.25 (280 TWD)
Unlimited travel section: All Taipei Metro lines

This ticket allows unlimited rides for 48 hours from the start of use. For people who stay in Taipei for a long time.

Taipei Metro 72-hour ticket

The three types of tickets are presented on the right side of the photo, each with a different design (the 72-hour ticket is at the bottom).

Price: about $13.90 (380 TWD)
Unlimited travel section: All Taipei Metro lines

The ticket allows unlimited travel for 72 hours from the start of use, and like the 48-hour ticket, is intended for people who will be staying in Taipei for consecutive days.

The difference between a regular one-day pass and a Taipei Metro 24-hour pass

At a quick glance, they both look like the same one-day unlimited ticket, but the one-day unlimited ticket is slightly cheaper.
The difference is whether the ticket can be used only on the day of use or 24 hours after the start time, i.e. the next day.

To explain in simple terms, let’s say you start using the pass at 11:00 a.m. on April 1st…

Regular One-Day Pass: valid until the last train on April 1 (the last train will be after midnight, but in this case it is still valid), but not the first train on April 2.

Taipei Metro 24-hour pass: valid until you leave the ticket gate at 11 a.m. on April 2. This means it is valid for exactly 24 hours.

The 48-hour and 72-hour tickets are treated in the same way as the 24-hour tickets, and are valid until 11 a.m. on April 3 and 11 a.m. on April 4, respectively.

Both have their own advantages.
Normal One-Day Pass: Recommended if you want to start riding the subway early in the morning or if you want to take advantage of unlimited rides for a day at the lowest possible price.

Taipei Metro 24-hour Pass: Recommended if you want to start using the subway in the afternoon, or if you want to go somewhere else and not ride the subway after 24 hours.

The 48-hour ticket and the 72-hour ticket are good deals for those who stay in Taipei for a long time, as each ticket will save you nearly $3.
However, if you want to go to other cities such as Taichung, Tainan, Kaohsiung, or to tourist spots that cannot be reached by subway alone, such as Jiufen, you can combine a day ticket or a 24-hour ticket with a regular ticket.

The more you use the IC card, the more you get from EasyCard

The EasyCard is the Taiwanese version of the Suica IC card. The biggest advantage of this card is that it gives you a 20% discount on the fare for every ride!
In Japan, you can also get a small discount by using the IC card, but it’s far from a 20% discount, so you can see how much you can save!
Of course, since it’s an IC card, when you run out of money, you can recharge it and use it again!

If you ride the subway to a certain extent, but not enough to buy an unlimited ride ticket, this is the card for you.

The EasyCard is full of advantages, but there is one point to note… Unlike Japanese cards such as Suica, the card itself is a buy-back card.
In other words, just because you no longer need it doesn’t mean you can return it and get your money back.

The Taipei Metro’s first ride fare (lowest fare) is 20 TWD, and EasyCard gives you a 20% discount, so you save 4 TWD at 16 TWD. With the EasyCard, you can save 4 TWD by paying 16 TWD.
If you are using a short distance, you need to ride 25 times to get your money’s worth!

If you stay for 3 days, you can ride 8 times a day. If you are staying for 3 days, you will get 8 times a day, and if you are staying for 4 days, you will get 6 times a day. Please consider the number of days you will be staying and the number of times you expect to use the ticket before deciding which ticket is the most profitable.

Easy Card

Fee: about $3.70 (100 TWD; card fee only, not including the charge)
The refundable deposit type card has been discontinued since August 2016.

Valid for: Taipei Metro, buses, Cat Sky Gondola, Taoyuan Metro, Kaohsiung Metro, Taiwan Railway, etc.

Sales location: Taipei Metro stations, convenience stores, etc.

Security and precautions

The train ride is almost the same as the one in Japan, so there are no special points to pay attention to.

As for security, Taiwan itself is very safe, so there is no need to be vigilant at all times.
However, there is no guarantee that there will not be pickpockets or people leaving things behind, so you should be aware that you are abroad and be at least as careful as possible.

Also, it tends to get late on the way home from the night market, so if you feel uneasy at all, it is recommended to take a cab.

Google Map makes it easy to search for routes

With Google Maps, you can easily find the route and time to your destination on the subway.

In Taipei, Google Maps is particularly accurate. It will even tell you the nearest exit to your destination.

The subway is an essential part of traveling in Taiwan!

Taipei’s subway system is relatively safe and English is more widely used than in Japan, and station and place names are written in Chinese characters, making it an easy way for Japanese to get around.

Depending on how you use it, it can be convenient, fast, and inexpensive, making it a strong ally for tourists in Taipei.

If you’re planning a trip to Taipei, why not take advantage of it?


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