Learn more about the Taipei Fun Pass. Figure out what they do to determine whether it’s worth getting.
I’ve lived in Taiwan and have traveled to many places. Meanwhile, I love to save money. I made this guide to help you determine whether the Taipei Fun Pass offers value.
To help you figure things out, I’ll talk about the following:
What Is the Taipei Fun Pass?
The Taipei Fun Pass is a type of EasyCard (integrated circuit card) that provides benefits based on the pass type you buy. All Fun Pass types give you free entry into various popular attractions throughout Taipei, New Taipei, and Keelung cities.
I’ll compare each card in a couple of sections.
An EasyCard is a smart card that serves as a cashless payment for various shops and services. I cover all its uses in a separate guide.
The Taipei Fun Pass works best for those who have the following plans during their Taiwan visit:
- Stay in Taipei for 1–4 days
- Wants to visit many Taipei tourist attractions
- Intends on using the Taipei Metro A LOT
I’ll talk about use cases for each pass type later.
How To Use the Taipei Fun Pass
If you’re using the Fun Pass to enter the Taipei MRT, city and tourist shuttle buses, or the Maokong Gondola, tap your card against the IC card sensor. You’ll see these at gates that block you from entering the platform areas.
To claim discounts or get into tourist attractions with the Fun Pass, present your card to the cashier.
Where To Get the Taipei Fun Pass
Tell an information counter representative at any Taipei Metro station you’d like to buy “X” Fun Pass. Or visit the EasyCard Service Center at the Taipei City Hall Bus Station.
The EasyCard Service Center’s address is as follows: No.6, Sec. 5, Zhongxiao E. Rd., Xinyi Dist., Taipei City (1F of Taipei City Hall Bus Station near MRT Exit)
Customer service at these places usually speaks English. If not, show them a picture of the pass you want. Then hand them cash that correlates with your card’s cost.
Don’t want to risk running into someone who doesn’t speak English?
Preorder your card online by following these steps:
- Visit funpass.travel.taipei
- Translate the page by clicking ‘English’
- Click or tap ‘Taipei Fun Pass’ on the top menu
- Select the card you want
- Choose ‘Buy Now,’ create an account, & go through the transaction
- Pick up your card at a pickup counter
The pickup counter locations are as follows :
|Taipei Main Station Visitor Information Center||No. 3 Beiping Road West, Taipei, Taiwan||8:00 am–8:00 pm|
|Songshan Airport Visitor Information Center||No.340-10, Dunhua N. Rd., Songshan Dist., Taipei City||8:00 am–5:00 pm|
|MRT Taipei 101/World Trade Center Station Visitor Information Center||B1F., No.20, Sec. 5, Xinyi Rd., Xinyi Dist., Taipei City||10:00 am–7:00 pm|
|MRT A1 Taipei Main Station||B1F., No. 8, Zhengzhou Rd., Datong Dist., Taipei City 100, Taiwan||8:00 am–8:00 pm|
I saw a couple Lion Travel agency listings on their website. But they’re temporarily out of service.
The above hours are inconvenient. Especially for anyone who lands later in the day. Plus, they require you to venture deep into Taipei. It’ll likely save you more time to get your cards from the MRT stations.
Check out places that accept these cards as entry tickets.
Where Can You Go With the Taipei Fun Pass?
The following sections will compare tourist attractions you can use each Fun Pass at. I’ll also talk about the admission price without the Taipei Fun Pass.
As I develop this blog, I’ll add reviews and guides to each attraction I list.
New Taipei City
Tourist hotspots you can use the Taipei Fun Pass at in New Taipei City include:
|Tamsui Historical Museum||NT$80||⚫||⚫|
|Tamsui To Fisherman’s Wharf Ferry||NT$120||⚫||⚫|
|Fisherman’s Wharf To Tamsui Ferry||NT$120||⚫||⚫|
|The Lin Family Mansion||NT$80||⚫||⚫|
|Sky Lantern Police Station||NT$150||⚫||⚫|
|Chi Po Musem||NT$150||⚫||⚫|
|Shihsanhang Museum Of Archaeology||NT$80||⚫||⚫|
Use the Taipei Fun Pass to enter the following attractions in Taipei:
|Taipei 101 Observatory||NT$600||⚫||⚫|
|National Palace Museum||NT$350||⚫||⚫|
|Chiang Kai-Shek Residence||NT$100||⚫||⚫|
|Taipei Children’s Amusement Park||NT$200||⚫||⚫|
|Taipei Astronomical Museum||NT$40||⚫||⚫|
|National Taiwan Science Education Center||NT$100||⚫||⚫|
|Miniatures Museum of Taipei||NT$200||⚫||⚫|
|Taipei Fine Arts Museum||NT$30||⚫||⚫|
|Museum of Contemporary Arts Taipei||NT$50||⚫||⚫|
|Miramar Ferris Wheel||NT$200||⚫||⚫|
Keelung allows you to use the Taipei Fun Pass to enter the following places.
|Heping Island Park||NT$80||⚫||⚫|
|National Museum of Marine Science & Technology||NT$200||⚫||⚫|
Other Discounts You Get With the Taipei Fun Pass
The Taipei Fun Pass supposedly offers discounts for various restaurants, services, and parks. But I couldn’t find additional information.
Visit funpass.travel.Taipei/store, and you’ll find a list of stores they offer discounts for. But there’s no information about each offer. Thus, I’m suspicious whether there are discounts at the moment.
I’ll keep an eye on this page and check in with some vendors.
Taipei Fun Pass Prices
Taipei Fun Pass prices are as follows:
|Taipei Fun Pass Type||1-Day Price||2-Day Price||3-Day Price||4-Day Price||5-Day Price|
If you look at their website, you’ll likely see crossed out pricing like this:
Notice how the original price for all 3 Exploring passes are the same?
It also says “Hot Sale” as one of the tags on their product pages:
It’s safe to assume these are the permanent prices. I went to the web archives and pulled up their product pages from January 2021.
Same prices .
On to the different types of passes.
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Types of Taipei Fun Passes
Fontrip offers the following Taipei Fun Passes:
|Taipei Fun Pass Type||Cost||Unlimited MRT & Bus Rides||Doubles As Easycard||Number Of Attractions|
Taipei Fun Pass Classic: Best for Loose Itineraries
The Taipei Classic Fun Pass saves NT$50 on trips to the Taipei 101 Observatory and the National Palace Museum. It also gives you an EasyCard (NT$100 in savings) and discounts on various goods and services.
Again, I can’t find details on the services. Refer to the link from earlier and see whether there are any places you like.
The Classic Fun pass doesn’t have a strict duration. While it doesn’t offer entries into a million tourist attractions, it saves you money on 2 big tourist hotspots. And gives you more flexibility to explore Taiwan.
Get this pass if you’re not spending your Taiwan trip in Taipei, New Taipei, or Keelung. And if you’re visiting Taipei 101 or the National Palace Museum.
By the way, if you go to Taipei 101, visit the second-highest Starbucks on Earth. I have a guide that’ll tell you how to get in.
Taipei Transport Fun Pass: Best for Tourist Shuttle Bus Rides
The Explore Pass’ value comes from the unlimited free bus and tour bus rides. It works best for anyone who wants to take shuttle buses to beaches, along Taiwan’s northern coast, or to mountains.
Or if you want unlimited bus rides in Keelung City. Because the Taipei Metro isn’t in Keelung.
Don’t use this card strictly for Taipei’s MRT, though. You’re better off getting one of the other passes. I compare these in another piece.
Taipei Explore Pass: Best for 2–4-Day Taipei Trips
The Explore Pass serves as the best option for anyone who wants to visit any of the 23 supported tourist destinations. And to have an EasyCard.
It doesn’t have unlimited MRT or bus rides. To determine whether you’d want the Unlimited or Explore passes, check your itinerary. Then download the Go! Taipei Metro and check the fare between MRT stations you’ll ride to.
Taking the city bus?
You’ll pay NT$15 for a 1-segment, NT$30 for a 2-segment, and NT$45 for a 3-segment trip . Shuttle bus prices have too many variables for me to give you an accurate pricing estimate.
Taipei Unlimited Fun Pass: Best Overall Value
Any of the Unlimited passes saves you NT$970–NT$1,500 on admission fees you would have spent on these tourist attractions. Plus, you get unlimited MRT and bus rides.
Getting this could save you hundreds more New Taiwan Dollars.
You’ll only get value from all these plans if you visit enough of the tourist hotspots to equal the cost of your card. Plus, you’d have to shove as many tourist attraction visits into a few days. You’ll be exhausted.
If you stay in Taiwan longer than 4 days, you’ll want to consider getting an EasyCard. It’ll cost NT$100 (a deposit).
Taipei Fun Pass vs. Taipei EasyCard
The Exploring and Classic Fun Passes double as EasyCards (Yo Yo cards). There are no differences in this case.
The Maokong Gondola 1 Day, Unlimited, and Transportation passes aren’t usable as EasyCards. The Yo Yo card is usable as a payment method for everything these passes offer, but don’t offer discounts.
Consider one of the MRT passes if you intend on only taking the Taipei MRT during your stay. I compare them in my Taipei Metro guide. The transportation Fun Pass offers free bus and shuttle bus rides. Whereas the EasyCard doesn’t.
The Unlimited card also gives you full-price tickets to more than 20 tourist attractions in Taipei.
Get the Unlimited card if you’re visiting many destinations in Taipei.
Buy an EasyCard for cashless transactions, paying for parking, and enhanced overall convenience in Taiwan. Or if you’re traveling outside Taipei.
Only choose the Maokong Gondola card if you hang around Maokong Mountain and Taipei Zoo all day.
And pick the Transportation pass for unlimited shuttle bus and city bus rides.
FAQs: Taipei Fun Pass
The following sections will cover frequently asked questions about the Taipei Fun Pass.
Can I Get a Refund on the Taipei Fun Pass?
How Do I Contact Taipei Fun Pass’ Customer Service?
Contact Fun Pass Taipei’s (Fontrip) customer service by emailing [email protected]. Or call 03-5910052.
The Taipei Fun Pass is only useful in Taipei. But it saves you a lot of money on public transportation and tourist attractions.
You may not want to restrict yourself, your family, and/or your friends to the tourist spots that are a part of the Fun Pass. Explore a list of other things to do in Taipei (personal recommendations).