Tainan is a city rich in history and culture. If you are planning a trip to Tainan, you may choose to fly or take the High-Speed Rail, Taiwan Rail and coach bus to Tainan, and while in the City, you may ride a bicycle, take a bus or rent a scooter to travel through the streets and alleys to experience charm of Fucheng (the Capital City).
How to get to Tainan?
Set off from Taipei
If your flight lands at Songshan International Airport, you may take the MRT to Taipei Main Station and transfer to any of the three types of transportation to reach Tainan, with the coach bus being the most economical, while High-Speed Rail is the most expensive.
- THSR Taipei Station→THSR Tainan Station, takes about 1 h and 50 min.
- Taipei Main Station→Tainan Railway Station, takes about 3 h.
- Taipei to Tainan by Bus, takes about 4 h and 30 min.
Set off from Taoyuan
If your flight lands at Taoyuan International Airport, the most convenient way is to take Taoyuan Airport MRT to THSR Taoyuan Station, and transfer to a High-Speed Rail to THSR Tainan Station, and finally a local train to Tainan Railway Station (downtown).
Taoyuan International Airport→THSR Taoyuan Station→THSR Tainan Station→Tainan Railway Station (the shortest transit time is approx. 3 h)
Set off from Kaohsiung
If your flight lands at Kaohsiung International Airport, the best option is to take Route 111 (Tainan Express), which will bring you directly to Tainan City.
Kaohsiung International Airport→Tainan Bus Station (the shortest transit time is approx. 70 min)
More about modes of transportation to Tainan
Tainan has an extensive bus network serving many stops. It has 6 main lines, city buses, sightseeing buses and THSR Shuttle Bus. It is an affordable mode of transportation that runs very frequently, and is therefore suitable for travelers who plan their own itineraries.
T-Bike is Tainan's public bicycle rental service that allows rental of bicycles from one rental spot and returning at any spot. The downtown area has the highest number of rental spots where visitors can register as members at the kiosks using their EasyCard or iPASS, and then pick a bike and start pedaling through Tainan’s streets and alleys to visit historic sites and attractions.
T-Bike rental fee: NT$10 per 30 min, up to NT$200 for rental for 24 hrs.
*Tainan Airport website also provides information in English and Japanese.
There are many rental shops near the THSR Tainan Station and Tainan Railway Station for visitors to rent scooters and cars. If you only intend to visit downtown attractions such as Anping Old Street and Chikan Tower, you may want to rent a scooter as it has higher mobility; and if you wish to visit further attractions such as Guanziling hot spring and Yujing, driving a car would be preferable.
Tainan’s taxis usually queue at railway stations, High-Speed Rail stations and entrances of departmental stores; hence, it is easier to flag a taxi in the downtown area. As most taxi drivers are unable to converse fluently in English, Japanese or Korean, you might want to ask the hotel staff or your Taiwanese friends to write down the address of your destination in Chinese and show it to the driver. If you need any foreign language service, you may refer to the following link.
Tour by Sightseeing Bus
Besides city buses, there are also sightseeing buses that serve various routes; they include: Tainan Sightseeing Bus, Taiwan Tourist Shuttle, Taiwan Tour Bus, etc. With a combo ticket, you can visit all the attractions. To save you the hassle of planning, hopping onto a sightseeing bus may be a good idea.
Taiwan Tourist Shuttle
Taiwan Tourist Shuttle is a convenient tourist bus for touring in Taiwan. Visitors simply need to tap with their EasyCard or iPASS when boarding and alighting. Tainan currently offers 5 tour routes for visitors to choose from.