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taxi prices in Taiwan

Postby telerobi » 20 Sep 2015, 12:16

Dears,
how expensive are taxi in Taiwan? Are prices "transparent" or every taxi driver is making another price as I noticed in some european cities?
How much would it cost (for example) to travel from the international airport to the centre of Taipei?
Are the prices the same throughout the Island or are they different from town to town?
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Re: taxi prices in Taiwan

Postby Chris » 20 Sep 2015, 12:36

As taxis go internationally, Taipei's taxis are quite inexpensive. Far cheaper than in Europe, North America and Japan.

Taxis are metered in Taipei and Taoyuan, though the rates differ. Flagfall is NT$80 in Taoyuan but NT$70 in Taipei, IIRC. A trip from one side of Taipei to the other might cost NT$250-300. A short trip within the city perhaps half that. Most drivers are honest, but occasionally there is a bad egg out there, so make sure the driver starts the meter.

From Taoyuan International Airport to the middle of Taipei would cost around NT$1300-1400; it is metered. However, going in the opposite direction they often charge a flat fee of around NT$1000.
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Re: taxi prices in Taiwan

Postby cfimages » 20 Sep 2015, 13:43

Taipei taxis are having a slight price increase in October. According to the govt, it'll be 10-15% on average. Flagfall is going up to $75 or $80 (I forget which), and meter calculation will be based on 200m rather than the current 250m.
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Re: taxi prices in Taiwan

Postby Petrichor » 20 Sep 2015, 19:26

If you travel from Taoyuan airport to Taipei by taxi, you also need to pay another NT$20 or 40 dollars for the toll, which doesn't display on the meter. There's usually a sign in the cab telling you this.

A big advantage of taxis in Taiwan is that tips aren't expected.
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Re: taxi prices in Taiwan

Postby Mucha Man » 20 Sep 2015, 21:01

If you are going from the airport into town see if your hotel can arrange this. Many will and it will be cheaper than if you hire one yourself at the airport.
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Re: taxi prices in Taiwan

Postby telerobi » 22 Sep 2015, 02:14

thank you all for your informations
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Re: taxi prices in Taiwan

Postby Andrew0409 » 22 Sep 2015, 02:25

The ending taxi price for anywhere inside the city is cheaper than any starting meter in the the US and most of Europe.
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Re: taxi prices in Taiwan

Postby Icon » 22 Sep 2015, 09:19

Yes, taxis are cheap in Taiwan, very convenient, and fleets of them abound around metro stations, hotels, and designated spots, not to mention doing the rounds. From the airport, you have many options in terms of limo services and taxi services. There is a designated waiting area for taxis, they are all metered, and the ID of the driver is clearly stated everywhere on the cab in case you have any complaints.

In any case, for extra safety, make sure you use a taxi from one of the many reputable companies around, meaning, better than an independent -more resources, more coverage, more service options. For example:
Taiwan Taxi - usually covered up in ads, and their phone number is 55688
Airport service -as stated, that's its name and duty
Tafong - blue ad on top
Women and children service -but not exclusively, recognize by the flowers they carry in the front

Moreover, I am constantly fighting with fellow foreigners who tell me they get dirty or weird taxi drivers. Finding a taxi in Taipei is easier than scratching your head, no need to get in the first one that follows you around. There are fleets with Mercedes, new Toyotas mini vans -the most popular, even fancy BMWs or ex race cars converted to taxis. So if you do not like it, just say no, and pick the one you want. Like MRT trains, that come every 3 minutes, taxis are one after another. No need to hurry. If you open a squeaky door and a blast of liquor and pinglang greets you, do not get in.
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Re: taxi prices in Taiwan

Postby Abacus » 22 Sep 2015, 12:19

Andrew0409 wrote:The ending taxi price for anywhere inside the city is cheaper than any starting meter in the the US and most of Europe.


best summary ever. :thumbsup:
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Re: taxi prices in Taiwan

Postby squall1 » 08 Oct 2015, 14:18

With the recent fair increase (which is still cheap), Uber is actually cheaper now as long as it isn't "surge pricing". The drivers seem to be better for me so far.
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