The most common way to get to Taiwan is by flight. Taiwan’s two major international airlines are China Airlines and EVA Airways. Upon arrival, a taxi-ride from Taoyuan International Airport to downtown Taipei costs about NT$1300, or roughly US$45.


Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport is the main international airport. Located in Taoyuan, it’s about 40km (45 minutes' drive) from central Taipei. The two-terminal airport is also easily accessible through the Taipei Metro which connects the airport with Taipei, New Taipei City, and Taoyuan. The metro line offers check-in and baggage check at Taipei Main Station. Airport buses are also available and run roughly every 15 minutes from the city center from 4:30am to midnight.

Taipei Songshan Airport, located in Taipei city, has domestic flights to Hualien, Taitung and the outer islands; and internationally, to mainland China, Japan, and South Korea.

Taichung Airport handles domestic flights to the offshore islands and Hualien; and internationally, to Japan (Okinawa), South Korea (Incheon), Hong Kong, Macau, mainland China, and Vietnam.

Tainan Airport operates several flights a week to Hong Kong, Japan and mainland China.

Kaohsiung International Airport has domestic flights to Hualien and the offshore islands, and direct flights internationally to Hong Kong, mainland China, Thailand, and other Asian destinations.


There are daily ferries to/from Xiamen (Fujian province, mainland China) and Kinmen Island, and between Fuzhou (Fujian province, mainland China) and Matsu Island. There are also ferries to Xiamen from the ports of Taichung, Keelung, and Kaohsiung.