Taipei MRT Guide: How to Master Taipei’s Metro

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Staying in Taipei?

You’ll need a way around. Use this Taipei metro guide to master Taipei and New Taipei’s mass rapid transit system!

The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is the ultimate way to get around Taipei and New Taipei cities.

Whether you need to go to a supermarket or a tourist destination, this Taipei metro guide will help you get started with navigating an integral part of Taipei’s public transportation.

Taipei Metro Guide: Interesting Facts To Keep In Mind

Before diving into this Taipei metro guide, there are a lot of small (and fun) facts you might want to know before taking your first Taipei MRT ride:

Taipei Metro has 131 stations (excluding the Maokong Gondola).

Transfer stations—for example, Dongmen, Dapinglin, and Daan—connect two lines within the same building. Conversely, you have to walk a short distance to transfer stations like Xinpu Minsheng (Yellow) to its nearby station Xinpu (Blue).

The circular line (Yellow) began construction on at least 18 additional stations and is estimated to be completed by 2029.

All subway carts are sparkling clean.

Everything—inside the carts and throughout the stations—is clearly labeled in English.

The trains are punctual, so make sure to get to the station on time.

Taipei MRT Map: Every Station in Taipei and New Taipei City

Unfortunately, I’ve been beaten in the realm of Taipei MRT maps.

I can’t one-up Metro Taipei’s official interactive Taipei Metro map. But there’s an app that can: Go! Taipei Metro (iOS | Android). It’ll give you travel time, costs, and station facilities’ locations—diaper changing rooms, restrooms, etc.

I can, however, compete with aggregating all the maps on Google Maps.

That way, you can have an easier time navigating to each station.

How Much Does Taipei Metro Cost?

taipei mrt station machine
Machines at Taipei MRT stations where you can refill your EasyCard and check its balance.

Regarding Taipei metro cost—the lowest one-way ticket starts at NT$20 (¢70), and the highest is NT$65 ($2.28).

So that means a round-trip journey would cost between NT$40–NT$130. In USD, Taipei metro costs average between $1.40–$4.70.

Affordable, right?

Since the gondola is under the Taipei Metro umbrella, I’m including the prices for it as well.

One-way adult—and apparently senior and children—tickets fall under the following price points:

  • NT$70 (around $2.50) for one stop
  • NT$100 (around $3.60) for two stops
  • NT$120 (around $4.30) for three stops

How Do I Pay To Take the Taipei Metro?

taipei mrt station gate
The gate that you’ll use to pass into the passenger platforms.

There are two options to pay to use the Taipei Metro. You have the contactless card—EasyCard, iPASS, icash, or Happy Cash—or a single-use token.

You can purchase contactless cards from any convenience store, online, at the airport, and at any Metro station.

You can only purchase the tokens at Metro stations.

Is There Anyway To Get Discounts on Taipei MRT Tickets?

There are technically no ways to get discounts on MRT Taiwan tickets

EasyCard users used to get 20% discounts by simply using the card.

However, that changed.

Now, the savings come from staying at least over a month with their Frequent Passenger Program that gives a rebate based on the number of trips you took.

I highly recommend using the EasyCard over the single-use token.

It’s a convenient and cashless way to divide your money that’s accepted at all convenience stores in addition to other businesses.

In terms of actual discounts, it depends on how much you’ll travel.

The EasyCard Corporation only offers discounts to local seniors.

You could also opt for one of their many (X) day passes.

With the EasyCard, if you intend on taking a lot of trips, I recommend just spending NT$1,200 ($42.17) for the monthly pass. That way you can get unlimited MRT and bus rides.

Taiwan Metro Operating Hours (And Closing)

The Taipei MRT stations open, and their carts leave their dedicated terminal stations (end stations) at 6 a.m.

The last trains leave their terminal stations at 12 AM However, on holidays like New Years, the stations stay open a lot later.

Taipei Metro Guide: What Can’t I Take into the Taipei MRT?

You can’t take explosives, firearms, electric scooters or vehicles (unless you have a disability ID), more than six balloons per person, and carts into the Taipei MRT.

Furthermore, you’ll get fined if you smoke anywhere inside the Metro station and in the carts. You’ll also get in trouble if you eat or drink past the yellow lines before the gates leading to the trains.

Taipei MRT Etiquette

taipei metro guide: taipei escalator edequitte

When taking the Taipei MRT, don’t be a stereotypical arrogant tourist.

The following are Taipei Metro etiquette tips to make you blend in and not come off as a dick:

  • Don’t take phone calls. If you need to take a call, speak quietly.
  • When taking an escalator (only in the metro stations) stand on the right side. Otherwise, walk left. This is to maintain efficient traffic on escalators. Once you get to an MRT station, you’ll have a better idea of what I mean.
  • Dark blue seats are priority seats for the disabled, elderly, and pregnant women.
  • Stand in a single-file line outside the gates that’ll lead to your carts.
  • Once the train arrives, let everyone depart before you get on.

Taipei Metro Guide: Tips to Navigate

Here are some tips to help you make the most of your journey in the Taipei MRT:

  • Fill your water bottles at the Metro stations: the water’s clean, and it’ll save you from having to buy bottled water at the store
  • Buy an EasyCard: it’ll save you a lot of time in the long run
  • Carry hand sanitizer or wipes: to clean your hands; however, metro station restrooms don’t usually have paper towel dispensers
  • Don’t bring your trash from home: you’ll get a fine

Even though pickpocketing isn’t common, I recommend wearing your backpack on your front. It’s also a way to prevent slamming people with your massive backpack when the cart’s crowded.

Taipei MRT Stations Near Tourist Hotspots

taipei mrt waiting line
Waiting line to enter a Metro cart. Wait behind the black triangle and avoid blocking the yellow triangle, because it’s meant for people exiting the cart.

Throughout this section, you will learn about every existing line in the Taipei Metro system in addition to planned and confirmed routes.

Moreover, I’ll cover popular destinations that you’ll find on these lines.

(B) Bannan: Blue Line

The Taipei MRT Bannan Line transits throughout Taipei and New Taipei cities and stops at a myriad of noteworthy stations like:

DestinationMRT Station
Taipei Main Station (transfer R)Train and bus stations and Taipei City Mall
Banqiao (transfer station Y)New Taipei City hall, which often hosts Christmasland during the holidays, which is a massive display of lights and other themed Christmas decorations
Ximen (transfer G)Ximending Shopping District
Zhongxiao DunhuaA lot of shopping centers
Sun Yat-Sen Memorial HallThe attraction is in the station’s name
Taipei City Hall (transfer station R)The city hall and Xinyi shopping center
Nangang Exhibition Center (transfer station B)The destination’s in the name
This table displays popular stations on the Taipei MRT Blue Line.

Moreover, the Taipei MRT Blue Line also has plenty of transfer stations to every other line and mode of transportation that you’ll need to get around Taiwan.

The Taipei Metro Bannan Line will run:

  • During peak hours (7–9 AM and 5–7:30 PM): every 2–4 minutes
  • Off-peak hours: every 4–7 minutes
  • After 11 PM: every 12 minutes

The Banan line transfers to three different train stations at Banqiao, Taipei Main Station, and Nangang stations.

(Y) Circular: Yellow Line

The Taipei MRT Circular Line is only in its first phase, which has terminal stations at Dapinglin and New Taipei Industrial park. However, the government is adding more to the line so it creates a circle around Taipei and New Taipei cities.

Some noteworthy stations and attractions that you’ll find on this line include:

DestinationMRT Station
Zhonghe and QiaoheCostco
This table displays popular stations on the Taipei MRT Circular Line.

The Taipei Metro Circular Line will run:

  • During peak hours (7–9 AM and 5–7:30 PM): every 4–7 minutes
  • Off-peak hours: every 10 minutes

Not many places to visit at the moment.

Also, the Circular Line doesn’t have a connection to the Wenhu Line.

The next phase of the circular line will add Shilin and Taipei Zoo stations to the Yellow Line, which will also add a Brown Line connection.

As of now, the second phase of the Circular Line is under construction.

(B) Wenhu: Brown Line

Taipei MRT’s Wenhu (Brown) Line is the only line exclusive to Taipei City.

It runs from Taipei Zoo station to Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, which will also take you to the Blue Line.

Some noteworthy stations and tourist attractions you’ll find on this route include:

DestinationMRT Station
Taipei ZooTaipei City Zoo and Maokong Gondola
Songshan AirportTaipei Songshan Airport
Jiannan Rd.Miramar entertainment park, Jiantan Temple, and Meiti Wharf
Dahu ParkBihu Hiking Trail and Dahu Park
This table displays popular stations on the Taipei MRT Brown Line.

The Taipei Metro Wenhu Line will run:

  • During peak hours (7–9 AM and 5–7:30 PM): every 2–4 minutes
  • Off-peak hours: every 4–7 minutes
  • After 11 PM: every 12 minutes

Once you’re at the Taipei Zoo terminal station, you can walk outside for a couple minutes to the Maokong Gondola, which you can take into the Maokong (or Wenshan) mountains.

Once you reach the last station, you can depart, sip on a cup of tea from a traditional teahouse, and watch Taipei.

(O) Zhonghe-Xinlu-Huilong: Orange Line

The Zhonghe-Xinlu-Huilong route is massive. If you’re heading north, once you reach Daqiaotou station, the routes will fork into two different routes.

One will take you to Huilong, while the other will take you to Luzhou.

Anyway, some destinations that you’ll find on the Taipei MRT Orange Line include:

DestinationMRT Station
Fu jen UniversityCostco
Minquan W. Rd.Jing Fu Temple
Guting (transfer station G)National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei Grand Mosque, and Shida Night Market
Zhongxiao Xinsheng (transfer station B)Skytrend and Guanghua Digital Plaza electronics markets
This table displays popular stations on the Taipei MRT Orange Line.

The Taipei Metro Zhonghe-Xinlu Line will run:

  • During peak hours (7–9 AM and 5–7:30 PM): every 2–4 minutes
  • Off-peak hours: every 4–7 minutes
  • After 11 PM: every 12 minutes

(R) Tamsui-Xinyi: Red Line

The Tamsui-Xinyi (Red) Line is the Taipei MRT’s longest line that’ll go from Xiangshan in Taipei city to Tamsui in the outskirts of New Taipei.

Various noteworthy destinations that you’ll find along the Taipei Metro Red Line include:

DestinationMRT Station
XiangshanElephant Mountain
Taipei 101 World Trade CenterTaipei 101 and Xinyi Shopping Center
Daan ParkDaan Forest Park and Jian Guo Weekend Flower Market
Zhongshan (transfer G)Xiahai City God Temple
JiantanTaipei Children’s Amusement Park and Shilin Night Market
YuanshanTaipei Expo Park
TamsuiTamsui Old Street
This table displays popular stations on the Taipei MRT Red Line.

The Taipei Metro Tamsui-Xinyi Line will run:

  • During peak hours (7–9 AM and 5–7:30 PM): every 2–4 minutes
  • Off-peak hours: every 4–7 minutes
  • After 11 PM: every 12 minutes

Xinbeitou Transfer: Light Red

To take the cart to Xinbeitou, transfer to Beitou station. Once you leave this station, you will be in Beitou Park, which will also take you to the Beitou Hot Springs area.

The Taipei Metro Xinbeitou Line will run:

  • During peak hours (7–9 AM and 5–7:30 PM): every 7–8 minutes
  • Off-peak hours: every 10–12 minutes
  • After 11 PM: every 12–15 minutes

Danhai LRT Transfer

To take the Danhai LRT from the MRT, you will want to depart at Hongshulin station, which is only one station away from Tamsui.

This above-ground light rail rapid transit (LRT) will either take you to the Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf or Kanding, which is a giant shopping center that’s in development.

(G) Songshan-Xindian: Green Line

The Taipei MRT Songshan-Xindian (Green) Line will take you through Taipei and New Taipei Cities. It’s a convenient line that’ll transfer you to anywhere you want to go.

Some popular destinations that you’ll find along the Taipei MRT Green Line include:

DestinationMRT Station
XiaonanmenNational Immigration Agency in Taipei
Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall (CKS)—transfer RCKS
XindianBitan Scenic Area
Taipower BuildingTaipei City Hakka Cultural and Guting Riverside Parks
BeimenTaipei City North Gate
Songjiang Nanjing (transfer O)Miniatures Museum of Taiwan
Taipei ArenaIKEA and Taipei Arena
SongshanXikou Wharf, Raohe Night market, and Rainbow Bridge
This table displays popular stations on the Taipei MRT Green Line.

The Taipei Metro Songshan-Xindian Line will run:

  • During peak hours (7–9 AM and 5–7:30 PM): every 2–4 minutes
  • Off-peak hours: every 4–7 minutes
  • After 11 PM: every 12 minutes

At the northern terminal station, Songshan, you can use this station to transfer to the Taiwan Railway Association station.

Xiaobitan Transfer: Light Green

You can transfer to Xiaobitan through Qizhang station, which is only a couple stations away from Xindian. When leaving this station, you will find a massive shopping center that’s connected to an IKEA.

While you’re in Taipei. IKEA has NT$10 ($0.36) ice cream cones in addition to a massive menu and Costco—it’s interesting to explore.

The Taipei Metro Xiaobitan Line will run every 10–12 minutes.

Taoyuan Airport MRT

You can transfer to the Taoyuan Airport MRT through New Taipei Industrial Park (Y), Beimen and Taipei Main Station (BL), and Sanchong (O) stations. The “Purple Line” will take you to Taoyuan International Airport terminals one and two.

Moreover, if you keep going, you can depart at the Taoyuan HSR Station and either take the train or visit the massive outdoor Gloria Outlets shopping center.

Taipei MRT Future Lines

Future lines for the Taipei Metro include:

  • Extensions to the Circular Line (phase two)
  • Wanda-Zhonghe-Shulin Line: begins at Chiang kai Shek Memorial Hall and runs above and below ground to Jincheng Road station (Phase one and two)
  • Red Line extension: they will add Sanzhangli Station after the current terminal station, Xiangshan
  • Circular Line phase three (planned): connects Taipei Zoo to Jinnan Rd. Station, which will complete the Circular Line
  • Light rail route Tianmu to Shezi and Daqiaotou (planned): a light rail that will have north to south and east to west routes, which will make it easier to navigate northern Taipei
  • Minsheng-Xizhi Line (planned): this line will run through northern Taipei and connect you to the Brown, Red, and Orange Lines.

Keep in mind that the routes that I labeled as “planned” are not approved for construction. Thus, they may never exist.

Frequently Asked Questions About Taipei’s Rapid Transit Subway

Throughout this section, you’ll find commonly asked questions about Taipei’s subway system.

How Many MRT Lines Are There in Taipei?

The Taipei MRT has 6 lines excluding the Taoyuan MRT:
1. Blue Line
2. Yellow Line
3. Red Line
4. Orange Line
5. Brown Line
6. Green Line

Taipei’s Metro is Efficient

Thankfully the way designed their subway system isn’t too complex. Just follow this Taipei MRT guide and you’ll be fine.

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