It's not thirty minutes from Taipei Main Station to the train station in Taoyuan.
This plan of yours could get old really fast. I can't emphasise how important it is to not commute here, especially as a teacher. What appear to be short distances or commutes on paper end up being deceptively long in practice.
Multiracial Man wrote:tommy525 wrote:Taipei has swallowed Taipei County (now called New Taipei) and soon will swallow Taoyuan . Transport between Taoyuan and Taipei is readily available , easy and cheap. Except for the highspeed rail (which goes to the boonies anyway) that is like 150nt each way or so. Many buses go back and forth , but the trains only take 30 mins from downtown Taoyuan to taipei main station and you can use your MRT easy card to ride (no assigned seating) . Costs 27nt each way (so im told) . But the easy card cant be used only on the Taroko Train (but many do anyway). You can buy a ticket on the Taroko if you see the conductor, it may cost double the usual 65nt or so one way. Most people ride the commuter trains with the easy card.
so live in Taoyuan and visit taipei. Quite workable.
Or better yet, live in Banqiao, which is half way between Taoyuan and Taipei main station. Theres a great station there where you can ride HSR to taipei main station , or regular trains either to Taoyuan central or Taipei main. Or the MRT to taipei .
Banqiao is where I would look, cheaper rents then taipei city and close to Taoyuan.
Thanks for your info. At the moment, I'd really like to live in a urban place with a lot of fun things to do, like Da'an or Xiyin. I'm not 100% beholden to living in those places, I just don't want to have to commute really far away to do anything fun or live in a place where its hard to find people that understand English.
What is Banqiao like?
Feiren wrote:1. Forget about commuting to Taoyuan to teach. Commuting in Taiwan is an incredible grind. You'll hate life and Taiwan if you do this.
2. If you want to live in Taipei, I'd suggest the neighborhood near Liuzhangli/Linguang MRT stations OR the Guting neighborhood near Guting MRT station.
Liuzhangli is an older (and therefore cheaper) neighborhood close to all the the clubs, restaurants, shopping and jobs in East Taipei, which is the closest thing to Manhattan Taiwan has. It's nothing like Manhattan, but as Manhattan is to the rest of the US, East Taipei is to the rest of Taiwan.
Guting is just west of the now expensive university district around NTU and NTNU. This is where much of Taiwan's music scene takes place and there are lots of hip cafes and bars catering to a more arty crowd than East Taipei. Guting is a bit cheaper than other places. Also, this is a great place to live if you have any interest in studying Chinese. Both Guting and Liuzhangli have lots to do and are full of English speaking people from all over the world and English-speaking Taiwanese people.
3. But lots of other peopel want to live in Taipei, so the competition for teaching jobs is fierce and schools are choosy. Give yourself extra time to find a job. It's unlikely that a chain school will place you in Taipei. You are much more likely to be assigned to a pit like Keelung (Jilong) (Jilong) , Caotun, or Shalu.