I went to Taiwan as an independent traveler, and it was cheaper than a tour!
Also, Taiwan is a good place for people who are new to independent travel.
In addition, Taiwan is a good place for people who are new to independent travel. Japanese is spoken in many places, it is safe, and above all, many people are kind and easy to travel with.
In this article, I will explain comparison of prices between independent travel and tours, and even how to make reservations for independent travel, so please refer to it if you are planning to visit Taiwan.
Independent travel vs. tours: Independent travel is always cheaper
Independent travel is always cheaper
The best way to visit Taiwan at any time at a reasonable price is to travel independently rather than by tour.
The reason for this is that you can arrange your own combination of expensive airline tickets and hotels that offer good deals
You can even pick a day when the airfare is cheap and go on a trip.
Travel costs for an independent trip to Taiwan are 500 dollars (4 days and 3 nights)
The total cost of my actual trip to Taiwan for four days and three nights was $510.
Flights can be found for as little as $200 using LCCs, and hotels can be booked much cheaper than in Japan.
Taiwan is also a good choice for people who are new to independent travel
By the way, isn’t it difficult to go to Taiwan as an independent traveler? I know some of you may be thinking, It’s not difficult at all!
The reason why Taiwan is so easy to travel independently is because of the following reasons.
- Japanese is often spoken
- It is a pro-Japanese country, and many people are kind to me anyway
- Taipei is not that big, it is a compact city
- Subway is convenient
- You can easily go to Jiufen, Jiuquan, and other places far from Taipei with local tours
- Because Taiwan itself is a popular country among Japanese, there is a lot of information about tourist attractions
I’ve traveled to about 20 countries overseas, and I’ve never found a country as easy to travel to as Taiwan.
Taiwan is also a good choice for people who are new to independent travel.
Check out HIS’s cheapest tours
On the other hand, what about tours? If you can join HIS’s cheapest tour, you may be able to get a better deal than an individual trip.
HIS even sells a four-day tour of Taiwan for as low as $198!
However, you can only really go for $198 on off-season weekday departures.
Saturday departures of the same tour were in the $500 range. Tours departing on Fridays and Saturdays are quite expensive.
So if you want to travel on Saturdays and Sundays, it’s cheaper to travel independently.
If you know the dates you want to travel, it’s a good idea to check the tour prices once at HIS.
Among travel agency tours, HIS is by far the cheapest
If the price of a tour is not within your budget, look into the price of an independent trip.
The next section will explain how to book an independent trip.
How to book Taiwan for independent travel & all steps
Step 1: Find the best airfare deals & book
Both are reliable sites that I have actually used.
There are many other sites where you can book airline tickets, but many of them do not have Japanese customer support.
The following two have Japanese websites and Japanese customer support, so you can use them with peace of mind.
Expedia: Save money by booking together with your hotel
The one we use most often is “Expedia“. It’s like an international version of Rakuten Travel.
It claims to be the world’s largest comprehensive online travel company and allows you to book airline tickets and hotels around the world.
It has a solid Japanese-language site and Japanese-speaking customer support, so you don’t have to worry in case something goes wrong.
The site also features free members-only sales, discounts for booking hotels and flights together, and many other great deals.
Check out Expedia and see how much you can save on flights and hotels.
“Surprice”, a subsidiary of HIS for peace of mind
The next best option is the HIS subsidiary “Surprice“. It is a company that mainly sells airline tickets online.
It is a subsidiary of the major HIS, so you can use it with confidence.
Of course, because it is a Japanese company, customer support is also available in Japanese.
If you want to book cheap airline tickets with a Japanese company, I recommend using Surprise.
Points to note about LCCs 1: No cancellation or changes
Basically, airline tickets cannot be changed once they are booked.
In particular, many cheap airline tickets are cheaper than those that cannot be cancelled or changed.
Make sure you book your flight on a date that you are sure you can make it.
Points to note about LCCs 2: Be careful about checked baggage
LCCs such as Jetstar, Tigerair, and Scoot do not include any services other than “flying” in the ticket price.
In addition to what you bring on board, if you want to check in your suitcase, it will also cost extra.
Be sure to check the availability of checked baggage before you book.
Step 2: Book a hotel
Once you’ve booked your flight, it’s time to find a hotel.
The following three sites are recommended for hotel reservations.
The “Expedia also allows you to book hotels.
If you book your flight and hotel together, you’ll get an extra discount.
They have sales every day, so it’s easy to find a good deal on hotels, so be sure to check it out.
I also booked my hotel in Taiwan through Expedia.
booking.com is the world’s largest accommodation website.
You cannot book airline tickets, only hotels, but it has the largest number of hotels listed in the world.
It also has a large number of reviews, which can help you choose a hotel.
You can book a hotel at a very reasonable price because they have limited sales every day.
“agoda is a strong site for booking hotels in Asia. I usually use Expedia.
I usually book hotels by comparing rates on Expedia and Booking.com, but if I’m traveling to Asia, I’ll also check rates on agoda before I book.
If I am traveling to Asia, I also check the rates on agoda before I book.
You can also find some great hotels that are not listed on Expedia.
Recommended hotel in Taipei is “Green World Jianbei”.
I have actually stayed in Taipei and recommend the Green World Jianbei.
It costs about $60 per room per night, and if you stay with a friend for two people, you can stay for $30 per person per night.
The rooms are clean and the train station is nearby, so it was quite convenient.
If you haven’t decided where you want to stay yet, take a look.
The cosier the hotel, the fuller the room, so book early.
Points to check when choosing a hotel in Taipei
How far is it from the subway station?
Taipei is not as big a city as Tokyo, and most tourist attractions can be easily reached by taking the subway.
So you don’t have to worry so much about the convenient areas.
However, it is inconvenient if the subway station is far from the hotel, so please check how far away the station is.
Isn’t it in a back alley or other street with few people?
You can actually see the street where the hotel is located on GoogleMap’s Street View.
If you’re a man, you don’t need to worry about it that much, but if you’re traveling with only women, it’s a good idea to check what street the hotel is on from the subway station.
Women will feel safer in hotels located along the main street.
Step 3: Pick out local attractions and stores to visit
Once you’ve booked your flight and hotel, it’s time to pick out the sights and stores you want to visit.
One way I often do this is to make a list of places I want to visit using Google Maps.
This is what I actually made on my trip to Taiwan.
If you make a list of places you want to go in this way, you can get an idea of where you want to go together and the approximate distance.
It will make it easier to make a schedule at once.
I recommend registering places you want to go, such as restaurants and grocery stores, and looking at the map to figure out how to get around.
How to create your own map
Open Google Map on your PC and click “My Places” from the menu bar.
Click “My Maps” and select “Create Map”.
The map you create can be viewed only by you, or you can share the link with your friends, and you can choose the permissions for the sharing range.
Step 4: Find out how to get there
Once you have completed your list of places you want to visit, find out how to get there.
Getting around the city from the airport
First, you need to decide how to get from the airport to the city.
Both Taiwan’s Taoyuan and Songshan airports have airport MRT lines that run to the city.
If you take the MRT from the airport, you should have no problem.
There are other ways to get there by bus or cab, but if you want to avoid traffic jams, the train is the way to go.
Getting around in Taipei
You can get around most of the tourist attractions in Taipei by subway.
It’s not a complicated line, so you can ride the subway with ease.
It is recommended to check how to buy and ride a ticket in advance.
If you don’t know how to buy a ticket when you get there, you will feel rushed.
▼ Click here for information on how to buy tickets and ride the MRT subway in Taipei.
Transportation to Jiufen and Shifen
Jiufen, which is said to be the model for Spirited Away, and Jiuquan, where you can raise lanterns, are actually about an hour or two away from Taipei.
It is possible to take a train or bus to these places on your own.
For more information on how to get there, please check the following article.
▼Click here to see how to get to Jiufen.
▼ Click here for directions to Shifen.
If you are worried about taking a train or bus, we recommend local tours.
For example, there are day trips to Jiufen and Jiuquan that depart from the center of Taipei.
Use the local tours to plan a safe trip.
Step 5: Apply for rental wifi
Even if you take your current smartphone as-is overseas, you will not be able to connect to the Internet.
If you get lost, it is often the case that you cannot use Google Maps because you cannot connect to the Internet.
But if you have pocket wifi, you can connect to the Internet at any time and have a comfortable trip.
You never know what kind of trouble you might encounter, especially when traveling on your own, so it is recommended to bring a rental WiFi.
Step 6: Get travel insurance. There are ways to get it for free!
One thing you should not forget is to get travel insurance.
Be sure to get it when you travel to Taiwan.
In Taiwan, Japanese insurance is not applicable, and in case of illness or theft, it may cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars, all at your own expense.
It usually costs $50 to $100 per person for insurance.
However, if you have no problems with your travel insurance, you may feel that it is useless.ますよね。
Step 7: Print & capture e-tickets and hotel maps
When it is before your departure, print out your e-ticket for the flight and other information.
- Airplane e-tickets
- Hotel reservation information and map
- Other local tour booking information
In many cases, you don’t need to print out hotel reservation information, etc., but it’s a good idea to have something that shows what you’ve reserved on hand in case you run into trouble.
For more information on what to pack for your trip to Taiwan, please refer to the following article.
Just get your belongings together and you’re all set to go!
Three Tips for Booking a Cheap Trip to Taiwan
Finally, we have compiled a list of tips on how to book a trip to Taiwan cheaply, so please refer to it before you book.
1. Avoid major holidays
Avoid major holidays as much as possible when scheduling your trip.
GW, Obon, and New Year holidays are more than three times the normal price.
If you can go, it is best to go on weekdays. For those who are off on weekends, go on normal weekends (not 3-day weekends) with pay.
This will make your trip much cheaper.
2. Go in October/November and April when it is cheap and easy to spend
Taiwan is hot in the summer and cold in the winter, so you will need a coat.
If you want to go inexpensively, but prefer a comfortable season, I recommend October-November and April.
It’s not too hot or too cold, and especially since there are no major holidays, you can travel cheaply.
▼ Click here for more information about the cheapest time to travel to Taiwan.
3.Book at least 3 months prior to departure.
If you want to travel to Taiwan at a reasonable price, you should book at least three months before your departure.
The cheapest flights and the most popular hotels will be sold out first.
You can save money on your trip if you start looking for and booking your air tickets six to four months before your trip.
Save money on your Taiwan trip by booking early
This article has explained about independent travel in Taiwan.
Taiwan is a very easy country to travel to and is a good choice for beginners in independent travel.
- You can always go to Taiwan cheaply by independent travel
- Tours can be a good deal on weekdays during the off-season
- For airline ticket booking, please visit “ Expedia” or “Surprice” for safe & affordable booking
- The hotel is located at “ Expedia” or “booking.com” can be booked cheaply
- Search for airline tickets and hotels six months before departure
Please look for tickets and hotels as early as possible to get the best deals.
Have a great trip!
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