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Getting there in Taiwan

By Air

The national airline of Taiwan is China Airlines ( In March 2010, China Airlines launched the first non-stop flights to Taipei from London Heathrow, Terminal 4. The new service is operating three times a week.

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (formerly Chiang Kai-Shek International Airport) in Taipei is 40 km (25 miles) south of the city. This is Taiwan's main international airport. Buses depart for both Sungshan Airport (domestic), the main railway station and high-speed rail Taoyuan Station. Taxis and buses are available to the city centre.

Kaohsiung International Airport is 9 km (4 miles) from the town centre. A regular bus service is available. There is a taxi service to the town.

Taichung Airport serves domestic flights as well as international flights to Hong Kong and Vietnam and cross-strait charters to mainland China.

Hualien Airport serves domestic flights as well as some international charter flights to Japan, South Korea and Macau. It is also one of the airports designated to serve cross-strait direct flights.

In addition, the airports at Makung, Taitung and Kinmen have also been designated for cross-strait flights to mainland China, though of these, only Makung currently has regular flights to mainland China.

After a break of 60 years, regular cross-strait flights between Taiwan and China started on 4 July 2008. From 15 December 2008, the frequency of these flights were increased to daily, and travel times on some popular routes have been reduced significantly as flights no longer have to be routed through Hong Kong airspace. Previously, the usual practice was to fly via either Hong Kong or Macau, which have good connections both ways.

By Water

As of 2008, all scheduled passenger ferry services between Taiwan and Japan have been suspended. Star Cruises operates limited cruise services from Keelung and Kaohsiung to Hong Kong and various Japanese islands.

From Fuzhou, China, there are two daily ferries to Matsu. The ferry costs ¥350 from China and NT$1,300 from Taiwan. The trip takes two hours. From Matsu, there are two daily ferries to Keelung in Taiwan. NT$1,050 includes a bed, as the trip takes 10 hours.

At Mawei harbour in Fuzhou there is an opportunity to buy an inclusive ticket all the way to Taipei that includes the Fuzhou to Matsu ferry above and a domestic flight from Matsu to Taipei (or Taichung). The price (¥780) includes transfer between port and airport on Matsu, and a coupon for lunch at the airport while you wait for your connection. The ferry leaves Fuzhou at 9:30 am.

There are also several ferry services between Xiamen and Quanzhou on the mainland and the island of Kinmen.




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