I love to travel, and I check HIS and airline ticket prices every day…
The other day I was asked on social media, “When is it cheap to go to Taiwan? So I decided to summarize what I have researched so far.
In conclusion, the cheapest times to go are from the second week of January to February, the first half of April, from the end of Golden Week to the end of June, and from November to before the end of the year.
In order to go cheaply, there are things more important than the time of year you go, so this time I will also introduce ways to go cheaply to Taiwan.
Let’s book a trip to Taiwan at a discount!
- Disclose the cheapest time to travel to Taiwan!
- Avoid Friday and Saturday departures and you can save 200 dollar
- When you should avoid traveling to Taiwan
- When should I book my trip to Taiwan?
- Checkpoints for booking with a travel agency
- If you are confused about the number of days, I recommend 4 days and 3 nights
- If you prefer weekend departures, independent travel is also recommended.
- Summary: Book your trip to Taiwan at a discount!
Disclose the cheapest time to travel to Taiwan!
In conclusion, the cheapest times to travel to Taiwan are from the second week of January to February, the first half of April, mid-May to the end of June, and November to mid-December.
In this article, I compared the products sold by travel agencies and air tickets throughout the year.
- From the second week of January to February
- First half of April
- End of Golden Week to end of June
- November to before the end of the year
The characteristics of each season are introduced here, along with the climate. Taiwan, surprisingly, also has winter and a rainy season!
Cold but good value, 2nd week of January to February
Prices are lower from the second week of January to February, when the year-end and New Year holidays are over.
From March onward, prices tend to rise due to student graduation trips and spring break.
If you are planning to go to Taiwan in winter or early spring, you should go before March.
Although Taiwan has a warm image, January and February are winter months, just like in Japan.
Sometimes the temperature in Taipei is below 10 degrees Celsius, so you will need a coat or warm clothes. It is best to think of this time of year as December in Japan.
Although it is a cold season, the prices of travel agency plans tend to drop, so it is recommended for those who just want to go cheaply.
Targeting the first half of April
Rates are cheaper in the first half of April, after students’ graduation trips and spring break and before the start of Golden Week.
If you are able to travel in the first half of April, this is the time to aim for.
April is the transition from winter to summer, with some days exceeding 30 degrees Celsius and other days hovering around 20 degrees Celsius.
Although the temperature varies greatly, it is neither too hot nor too cold, making it a comfortable time to visit.
Hot, but mango season: mid-May to the end of June
From the end of Golden Week to the end of June, prices also tend to drop.
Prices gradually increase from the end of June through the summer vacations and do not drop until the end of August. If you’re going in June, it’s best to go in the middle of the month.
From mid-May to mid-June is Taiwan’s rainy season.
However, it doesn’t rain all day long. There is also less rain in May than in June.
In June, the maximum temperature exceeds 35 degrees Celsius and the summer season is upon us. If you are confident about the heat, this is also a good time to visit.
This is also the season for Taiwan’s famous mangoes!
Cold but profitable November to before the end of the year
Prices are also cheaper from November until before the end of the year. They are often much cheaper until around the middle of December.
It gets a little colder, but November is a relatively easy time to do some sightseeing!
The average temperature in Taipei is in the low 20s. The average temperature in Taipei is in the low 20s, but it is much colder than that. It was like the end of autumn in Japan.
Best season for sightseeing, as precipitation is said to be low during the year. in December, it is cold enough to need a coat.
The best and cheapest time to visit is in the first half of April and November.
The best time to travel to Taiwan is in the first half of April and November, when it is relatively cheap and easy to do sightseeing.
If you can choose any time of the year to go, I would recommend these months.
I think many people are busy at the beginning of the fiscal year in April, but I think it’s easier to take a vacation in November.
I negotiated with my boss, “I’ll be at work until the last business day at the end of the year, so can I have two days off in November? I negotiated with my boss.
Avoid Friday and Saturday departures and you can save 200 dollar
Many people ask me, “In what month is it cheaper to go? But in fact, the day of the week is more important than the month. In fact, the day of the week is more important than the month.
Friday and Saturday departures are set at a much higher price for the plans sold by travel agencies.
How much higher? I would say, $200 difference for the same plan. .
- Thurs: $298
- Fri: $428
- Sat: $498
There’s a difference of $200 between Thursday and Saturday departure in the same week.
If you can leave on Thursday, you can get the same trip for $200 cheaper…
If you’re a working person, it can be tough, but you can also take a paid trip, can’t you?
In order to go to Taiwan cheaply, the departure date has a big impact.
If you can move your departure date by two days from the day everyone else wants to leave, you can go much cheaper.
When you should avoid traveling to Taiwan
Big holidays are still expensive
On the other hand, the most expensive time to travel is during major holidays.
If you can’t go on a trip without a big holiday, you should honestly be prepared to pay more.
- New Year’s Eve
- Golden Week
- Summer Holiday
To give you an idea of how much more expensive it is, the travel agency’s plan is more than three times more expensive than weekdays in the off-season. A $300 plan became $1100…!
But if you move your departure date by two days from the start of a major holiday, you may be able to go cheaper.
In the case of GW, it can be cheaper to depart on a weekday between holidays.
It is important not to go on days when everyone else is going.
If you are working, you may be tempted to go on consecutive holidays, but for Taiwan, the cheapest way to go is to go on a normal weekend with two days paid.
Not recommended in July to September due to typhoons
Also, July to September is typhoon season in Taiwan, so it is not recommended.
Since Taiwan is located south of Okinawa, typhoons with greater strength can cause more damage.
When a typhoon hits, there is a high possibility that you won’t be able to go sightseeing as much as you want or that your flight won’t be able to fly…
The heat and cold is a matter of personal preference, but I don’t recommend it because it’s often impossible to have a satisfying trip if a typhoon comes.
Shops are closed during Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year in Taiwan is from the end of January to the first half of February.
Many stores are closed during this time, just like the year-end and New Year holidays in Japan.
The Chinese New Year in 2020 will be on Saturday, January 25. Thursday, January 23 to Wednesday, January 29 will be a consecutive holiday like the Japanese New Year holidays.
Beware that the date of Chinese New Year changes every year.
Famous tourist spots, department stores, and night markets are open as usual, but they can get quite crowded.
The stores you want to visit may not be open, so the Chinese New Year period is not recommended for your first trip to Taiwan.
When should I book my trip to Taiwan?
Target the HIS sale. Especially book in the first round
When booking a trip to Taiwan, you can save money by targeting the HIS sale.
HIS’s HIS Hatsuyume Fair and Summer Sale are two-month-long events, so be sure to check them out.
The best deals are sold right from the start of the fair, so be sure to check the start date.
The Hatsuyume Fair is held from the first to the third round, but the best deals are concentrated in the first round.
The highlight of your trip to Taiwan will be at least $100 cheaper than normal time.
First Dream Fair
Held every year from the end of November to the end of March; for 2019, registration opens on 11/27.
This is held annually from late May to late July; in 2019 it was from May 25 to July 31.
Basically, you should book early
Except during the HIS sale season, you should basically book as early as possible.
Because the best deals with the best conditions will be the ones that sell first.
Even if there are cheap products left at the time of departure, many of them have a very hard schedule.
In order to buy one with good conditions, prepare to make a reservation as soon as you know the approximate departure date.
Checkpoints for booking with a travel agency
Cheap products include some that are not in good condition.
If you check the following points carefully, you will not have to say, “I failed! If you check the following points carefully, you will not have to worry about “failing!
- Time of departure and return
- Stay time in the area
- Have you decided on a hotel
- Do you have an airport transfer
Time of departure and return
First, check the time of your departure and return. This is because you need to make sure you can catch the first and last train.
For international travel, you need to arrive at the airport at least two hours before departure, preferably three hours.
Some of the cheapest products leave at 8 in the morning.
So you need to be at the airport before 6:00 am. You can’t make it on the first flight, so you may have to stay the night before. .
If you arrive at the airport at 10:00 p.m., you will not be able to leave the airport until around 11:00 p.m.
Make sure you have time to catch the first or last train.
Time spent in the area
Make sure you know how long you will be staying in the area.
The Taoyuan Airport, where Taiwan’s LCCs arrive and depart, is so crowded that it can take up to two hours to enter the country.
I took a flight from Narita at 9:00 a.m., but was not able to start sightseeing until 5:00 p.m.
Considering the fact that I had to arrive at the airport 3 hours before my flight back home, I could not do much sightseeing.
Make sure you know beforehand how much time you have and how much sightseeing you can do.
Do you have a hotel in mind
For some budget products, the hotel is not decided at the time of booking.
In such products, the hotel is not decided until about a week before departure.
It is good if the hotel is not far from the tourist attractions, but in some cases, the hotel may be in an inaccessible place.
If the hotel is decided at the time of booking, or if it is not decided, make sure you know which area the hotel will be in. .
If you don’t have much time to spend in the area, you may want to upgrade to a hotel with better accessibility as an option.
Does it have an airport transfer
If you are used to traveling abroad, don’t worry, but if you are a first time traveler, it is better to choose a plan that includes airport transfer.
If your plan does not include an airport transfer, there are services that allow you to request an airport transfer only, so please refer to them.
You can get between the hotel and the airport at a more reasonable price than a cab!
- $24.80 for 5 passengers
- Driver will meet you at the arrival gate
- Free cancellation up to 4 days in advance
This website KKday offers local tours in 80 countries around the world. It has a Japanese language website and customer support, so you can use it with peace of mind.
If you are confused about the number of days, I recommend 4 days and 3 nights
By the way, if you have any doubts about the number of days to travel to Taiwan, I recommend three nights and four days.
I know some people are confused between two nights and three nights, but if possible, three nights or more is better.
- Famous sightseeing spots are surprisingly far away
- You can hardly do any sightseeing on the first and last day
Even though Taiwan is close to Japan, it is still a foreign country and it takes time to go through the flying procedures and to get to and from the airport.
In addition, the famous sightseeing spots of Jiufen and Jiuquan are surprisingly far from Taipei, taking about two hours each way.
If this is your first time in Taiwan, we recommend that you stay at least three nights.
▼ Click here if you are unsure about the number of days to travel to Taiwan.
If you prefer weekend departures, independent travel is also recommended.
Some of you may only be able to leave on weekends due to work commitments.
If you want to leave on the weekend, you may be able to get a good deal if you make your own arrangements instead of using a travel agency.
Taiwan is a country where independent travel is easy
Taiwan is a great country for people who are new to independent travel.
I have always traveled abroad by personal arrangement, and I think there is no other country where it is as easy to travel independently as Taiwan.
- Japanese is easily understood
- Safety is good
- Lots of friendly and helpful people in Japan
- Good train and bus services
- A lot of local tours
It is easy to travel independently because Japanese is often spoken, it is safe, and you can get anywhere by train.
Also, independent travel is not that difficult since you only need to book your flight ticket and hotel.
Here are some reliable booking sites that I always use!
The one we use most often is “Expedia“. It’s like an international version of Rakuten Travel.
The World’s Largest Comprehensive Online Travel Agency claims to be the world’s largest online travel agency, allowing you to book airline tickets and hotels around the world.
It has a solid Japanese-language site with 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.
For example, if you book a hotel and a flight together, you can get a discount.
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.
Recommended Hotels in Taipei
We actually stayed at a hotel that had a “Green World Jianbei is a good hotel that I would recommend to everyone! It was a great experience!
- $60 for a double room with breakfast
- With a big bathtub
- Once you change trains, you can go to Taipei station
- Clean and spacious room
The most popular hotels are the ones that get booked up first, so early booking is recommended!
▼ If you want to go to Taiwan on your own, please refer to the following article.
Summary: Book your trip to Taiwan at a discount!
We have explained when you can travel to Taiwan cheaply and how to book a great deal.
Please take the following into consideration when deciding when to travel to Taiwan.
- 2nd week of January to February
- First half of April
- End of GW to end of June
- November to before the end of the year
- $200 cheaper for weekday departures than weekends
Have a nice trip!
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