Here are six tips for a smooth transit at the airport
The staff of Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport was recognized as being the best in the world at the 2017 World Airport Awards by Skytrax — no small achievement considering the team serves over 40 million international passengers every year.
But the warm and efficient service is just one of the many things to love about Taiwan’s international hub, in addition to these standout features and amenities:
• An extensive metro. The airport MRT line began accommodating commuters and travelers just last March 2017. The express train travels between the airport and Taipei Main Station, while the commuter train has over 20 stations going through areas in Taoyuan City, New Taipei City and Taipei City. Check tymetro.com.tw.
• Easy bus routes. Check the bus service numbers, and refer to the airport’s website or taiwanbus.tw for schedules and stops. Ticket counters are at the basement level of Terminal 1, and the first floor of Terminal 2.
• Business conveniences. Leave your luggage with Pelican Express Co then freshen up at a shower facility. Or if you’re into a cozier, more private setting — without having to go in search of food and drinks, WiFi, work stations, lounge areas and showers — opt for the Plaza Premium Lounge or The More Business Center and Premium Lounge.
• Roaming galore. There are eight telecom stores at Terminals 1 and 2, where you can rent cellphones, avail of internet roaming and buy SIM cards.
• Free tours. When you are in transit or have a layover of 24 hours or less, the Taiwan Tourism Bureau gives you a chance to explore parts of Taipei for half a day. The morning trip will bring you to Sanxia Qingshui Zushi Temple and Yingge Ceramics Old Street, while the afternoon trip will get you to Taipei 101 and Longshan Temple, among other sites. Head to the Tourist Service Centers in the arrivals area of Terminals 1 and 2, and visit eng.taiwan.net.tw for reservations and more information. You must hold valid visas, or be from countries eligible for visa-exempt entry.
• Retail therapy. Shop for Hello Kitty products, discover your next great read in the seating area of a bookstore, sip on milk tea or have a classic Taiwanese meal.
This article first appeared in the June 2017 issue of Smile magazine.