Even if Taipei is not attractive at first glance (grey, somewhat anarchic architecture, roaring scooters), it is a hectic city on a human scale that can be visited very easily with an excellent public transport service (bus and metro).
It’s by wandering from district to district, from the modern to the historic and sometimes the unusual, that you can grasp the soul of the city and fall under its spell.
We were the first to be surprised by how much we liked it! Taipei is multi-faceted: cultural with temples and museums that can’t be ignored, arty and design, a shopper’s paradise with trendy or completely offbeat boutiques, but also very pleasant with nature very close at hand (footpaths for walks with beautiful views of the skyline). In short, 3-4 days are clearly not too much time to visit Taipei.
“Taipei in practice,”
HOW DO I GET TO Taipei? Direct flights from Paris to Taipei 3 times a week with Air France from €550 (13h flight). Compare and find your flight to Taipei.
Taipei AIRPORT TRANSFER To get to Taipei city centre, there’s a very simple and practical airport shuttle train, which drops you off at Taipei Main Station in 40 minutes for less than €5.
HOW DO YOU GET AROUND Taipei?
The metro is ultra-efficient, simple, easy and pleasant to use, allowing you to go almost anywhere. All you need to do is buy an easycard (a magnetic card that can be reloaded) onto which you load as much credit as you like. (average journey: 16 TWD – 45 cents). Dual display in English. A very comprehensive bus service (you can use google map, “public transport” mode, to find the numbers to take).
Combine the metro with walks to see as much as possible. Unlike Tokyo, for example, Taipei is a city on a human scale, so strolling through its narrow streets is the best way to discover and soak up the atmosphere.
- There are also self-service bicycles (based on the Velib model).
- There are yellow taxis everywhere! and even Uber.