Flights to Taipei in Taiwan. Book plane tickets to Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) in Taipei.

Taiwan is open to international tourism

Taiwan lifted all its entry restrictions in October 2022. International tourists, regardless of their vaccination status, now have unfettered access to the island after more than 2.5 years of strict border controls. Visitors are no longer required to quarantine upon entry or take PCR tests.

International transits at Taiwan’s airports are permitted. You should contact your airline for further information.

Arriving in Taipei

  • If you are flying to Taipei from abroad, you will most likely land at one of its biggest international airportsits main international airportTaipei Airport TPE, also known as Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, located approximately 40 km (24 miles) west of Taipei City, in the Taoyuan District of Taiwan.

    The airport has two terminals: Terminal 1, which serves China Airlines (that has headquarters in TPE airport) and other SkyTeam airlines, and Terminal 2, which serves EVA Air and Star Alliance airlines. Both terminals are connected by a free shuttle bus.

    Several transportation options are available for arriving passengers. The Taoyuan Airport MRT has a direct connection to Taipei Main Station, with trains departing every 10-15 minutes. The journey to the city center via taxi takes approximately 40-60 minutes, depending on traffic. Buses are another option, with multiple routes available to various destinations throughout Taipei City

    These are also the best (and the cheapest) airports to fly into Taipei. As they are used by many airlines serving the same routes, the competition for passengers is fierce – with decreased airfare as a result.
  • Once in Taipei, take advantage of frequent intercity flights operated by domestic airlines such as China Airlines, EVA Air, Tigerair Taiwan, Uni Air, Mandarin Airlines, and Starlux Airlines. Those in-country carriers typically offer lower fares, operate from smaller airports located closer to city centers (you save on ground transportation), and provide flexible schedules – with a wide range of departure times.
  • Planning to explore the region? Popular destinations near Taipei can be easily reached with regional low-cost carriers (LCCs) by the likes of AirAsia, Bamboo Airways, Bangkok Airways, Cebu Pacific, FlyDubai, SunExpress, VietJet Air, and Wizz Air Abu Dhabi. If you have a layover in Taipei and plan to fly only a short distance to one of its neighboring countries, these budget airlines are an excellent way to save money. However, the “no-frills” carrier may not provide free checked baggage allowance, complimentary food, in-flight entertainment systems, and fast customer support. You may not even get to choose your seats, unless you pay extra.

Airports of Taipei

Best airports to fly into Taipei: Taoyuan International Airport (TPE)
Taipei has one airport – Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport TPE is the main international airport serving Taipei and the region. It is located approximately 40 km (24 miles) southeast of west of Taipei City, in the Taoyuan District of Taiwan.
Things to know before flying to Taipei
Airlines flying to TaipeiAirAsia, Air Busan, Air China, Air France, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Avianca, Bamboo Airways, Bangkok Airways, Batik Air, Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Copa Airlines, Delta Air Lines, El Al Israel Airlines, Emirates, EVA Air, FlexFlight, FlyGangwon, Fiji Airways, Garuda Indonesia, Greater Bay Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Hong Kong Express, Japan Airlines, JeJu Air, Jin Air, Juneyao Air, KLM, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Mandarin Airlines, Myanmar Airways International, Nok Air, Peach Aviation, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Scoot, Singapore Airlines, StarFlyer, Starlux Airlines, Thai Airways, Thai Lion Air, Tigerair Taiwan, Turkish Airlines, Uni Air, United Airlines, VietJet Air, Vietnam Airlines
Airlines of TaiwanChina Airlines, EVA Air, Tigerair Taiwan, Uni Air, Mandarin Airlines, Starlux Airlines, Daily Air
Main airports in TaipeiTaiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE)
Regular price (roundtrip)✈ €800 – €1200 (from Europe)
✈ $700 – $1100 (from USA)
Flight hacks 40% — 80% off regular fare
Airline discountsDiscounted airline tickets to Taipei (student/family/seniors/military)

Low-cost flights from Taipei

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The cheapest time to fly to Taipei

With its subtropical climate, Taipei is a year-round travel destination. However, the best time to find the cheapest flights to Taipei tends to be during the low tourist season – December to March. These are the best months to visit the city if you travel on a budget, as there will be great discounts all over the country, including airfares.

Try to avoid Taiwan’s public holidays and festivals. Prices skyrocket during popular holidays such as the Chinese New Year and Lantern Festival (January – February), Dragon Boat Festival (June), and the Chinese Moon Festival (September – October). If you really have to travel to Taipei during these peak periods, it’s wise to book the flights well in advance.

Flying from Taipei to China

After the Chinese Civil War, no direct flights were allowed between Taiwan and Mainland China due to mistrust and security concerns. In 2008 the Three Links agreement was established, with direct flights being fully restored between the two countries.

Currently, travelers can enjoy numerous flight options between Taipei and China. However, as foreign-registered aircraft are prohibited from operating directly between China and Taiwan, only Chinese and Taiwanese airlines offer non-stop flights from Taipei to the biggest cities in China: Air China, China Airlines, China Eastern, Cathay Pacific, EVA Air, and Hong Kong Airlines. Non-stop flights from Taipei to Beijing (3hr 20min) cost around US$300 one-way, to Shanghai (1hr 50min) – US$200, to Guangzhou (2hr) – US$250, and to Chengdu (3h 30min) – US$300.

If you travel to China from Taipei, try to arrange your Chinese visa in advance – in Hong Kong or your own country; it’s much more challenging to get one in Taipei, as there are no Chinese consulates.

Know your time zone

Taiwan has only one official time zone – National Standard Time (also known as Taipei Time or Taiwan Time), defined as a UTC offset of +08:00. As a result, clocks in Taipei are 6 hours ahead of Europe (Central European Time), and 12 hours ahead of New York. Taiwan shares the same time zone with China and Hong Kong and does not have an associated daylight saving time.

Make sure you know your time zone when checking flights and airport transfer times. The departure time on your plane ticket is always listed based on the time zone of the departure airport. We suggest resetting your watch during the flight – it will help your brain adjust to the new time zone and to deal with jet lag.

Duty-free rules

Taiwan is serious about the duty-free concession. There is a limit for bringing in certain items. As of [current_date format=”F Y”], alcoholic beverages for personal consumption – such as wine or spirits – cannot exceed 1 liter per person, and you can carry only 200 cigarettes, 25 cigars, or 1 pound (454g) of tobacco. You are also allowed to bring goods for personal use up to the total value of NT$ 20,000 (~ USD 625) per person.

Anything above those limits must be declared at the Taipei Airport.

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Flights to Taipei from United States and Canada

  • There are no direct flights from the US or Canada to Taipei. However, most major hubs in Asia have non-stop flights to Taipei, as do some larger airports in the Middle East – your journey will have at least one stop. There are several direct flights to Taipei from North America. From the US, non-stop flights leave from Chicago, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Ontario, Seattle and San Francisco with China Airlines, Delta Air Lines, EVA Air, and United Airlines serving these routes. Non-stop flights from Canada to Taipei depart from Toronto and Vancouver with China Airlines, and EVA Air. Average return fares are between 900 USD and 1200 USD (1250-1600 CAD / 1450-2000 AUD), depending on the time of year
  • Taipei is well-served via one-stop flights from North America. Flights to Taipei with one layover depart from most major North American airports, including Atlanta ATL, Dallas DFW, Denver DEN, Chicago ORD, Los Angeles LAX, Las Vegas DFW, Miami MIA, Seattle SEA, Houston IAH, New York JFK, and San Francisco SFO in the United States and Toronto YYZ, Vancouver YVR, Calgary LAS, and Montreal YUL in Canada.
  • The best airlines to fly to Taipei from the US and Canada are: ANA, Cathay Pacific, EVA Air, Singapore Airlines, and United Airlines. They are top full-service carriers, offering exceptional customer service, in-flight comfort, a generous checked baggage allowance, and reliable customer support channels – all included in the ticket price.

US and Canada to Taipei.
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Long waiting times when calling the helpline?

Social media is usually a faster way to reach the airline when a problem arises. Use Twitter or Facebook Messenger to contact the airline customer service and get a response and solution within minutes (see detailed guides for Garuda Indonesia, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, and others).

When it comes to Twitter there’s one more trick to get in touch with the airline faster: mention the airline in a tweet about your issue (add “@airline_handle”, for example: “@EVAAirUS” for EVA Air). The social media team will often notice it immediately, ask you for a direct message, and respond privately.

Avoid currency exchange kiosks at Taipei airport

Airports are infamous for making an exuberant amount of money from their currency exchanges due to the extremely high margins, and Taipei airport is no exception. Airport kiosks usually charge higher fees which are sometimes hidden within the poorer exchange rates they offer – their business is based on charging extra for being a convenient, last-minute option.

It is always a good idea to bring some cash with you to Taipei. Plan ahead and exchange some money for the New Taiwan dollar (NT$) at home, or use one of the many ATMs located at the airport and in almost every city.

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Flights to Taipei from UK, Germany, France, Netherlands and other countries in Europe

  • There are no direct flights from Europe to Taipei — you’ll need to get a connecting flight from elsewhere in the Middle East or in Asia. Direct flights from Europe to Taipei are about 12-14 hours long, however the options are limited. Only China Airlines, EVA Air and KLM operate non-stop flights from a few biggest European cities (Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Rome, Vienna) to the capital of Taiwan. Average return fares are between 1000 and 1400 euros (950-1350 USD), depending on the time of year
  • Airlines that frequently fly from the UK, Germany, France, and other European countries to Taipei include ANA, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern Airlines, Emirates, EVA Air, and Singapore Airlines, KLM and Lufthansa.
  • Consider departure airports in neighboring countries to increase your chance of spotting the best deal. Especially look for large airports that serve as hubs for multiple airlines. For example, if you live in Western Europe, check air tickets to Taipei from Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Paris, and Rome. Leverage frequent promotions from European budget carriers like RyanAir, EasyJet, and Eurowings to reach a major hub; from there, take a cheaper long-haul flight to your final destination, potentially saving hundreds of euros.
  • These major European airports are excellent departure points for trips to Taipei: London LHR and Manchester MAN in the United Kingdom, Frankfurt FRA and Munich MUC in Germany, Paris CDG and Nice NCE in France, Amsterdam AMS in the Netherlands, Madrid MAD and Barcelona BCN in Spain, Rome FCO and Milano MXP in Italy, Brussels BRU in Belgium, Copenhagen OSL in Denmark, Oslo OSL in Norway, Stockholm ARN in Sweden, Zurich ZRH in Switzerland, Lisbon LIS in Portugal, Vienna VIE in Austria, Warsaw WAW in Poland, Prague PRG in the Czech Republic, and Dublin DUB in Ireland.

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Last-minute flights to Taipei. The real cost of convenience.

Last-minute flights are often touted as a great way to save money, but the reality is far from it. Booking last-minute flights to Taipei almost always never works out. The convenience of being able to book a flight on the fly is a dangerous game of chance, and you will most likely end up paying significantly higher than booking in advance.

Last-minute flight cost spike
Late booking penalty: The flight prices rise as departure draws near. Last-minute flights are almost always more expensive than booking in advance.

The common perception may be that airlines decrease ticket prices to fill empty seats as the departure date approaches. However, the truth is that airfares depend on demand. Based on years of research and current customer data, the airlines know what people are willing to pay for specific flights and dates. They are also well aware that people are willing to pay a premium for flights they need to take immediately. To make the most money, the airline will sell its cheapest fares first and then increase the prices right before the flight to take advantage of business travelers and others who are willing to pay the premium price for late booking.

Occasionally, airlines can put some seats on sale to fill the remaining seats, but these are for unusual times and unpopular places. Popular destinations and dates around peak travel times tend to sell out quickly.

Planning ahead is key to securing a good deal on your flight. Last-minute flight deals are hard to come by, so as soon as you have a tentative travel timeline, book your flight. The earlier you book, the more likely you are to save money. If you are looking for a good deal, the best time to book your flight to Taipei is 2-8 months before the takeoff.

Looking for the best deals for Taipei? Check different departure airports.

Airlines often have varying prices for flights to Taipei from different airports – even if they are in close proximity to one another. So don’t limit yourself to just your nearest airport. The neighboring cities may have lower-priced flights that include a layover at Taipei, or may even have direct flights that are more budget-friendly.

For example, if you’re looking to fly from Paris to Taipei, it may be worth checking prices for flights departing from London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, or Rome. Yes, you may have to fly a few hundred kilometers to these hubs, but domestic low-cost airlines like EasyJet, RyanAir, or WizzAir will happily take you there for less than €100.

Book flights from many departure airports
By entering more than one departure city in the flight search engine (at the top of this page), you can quickly find the airport with the cheapest flights to your destination

The same goes for long-haul flights to Taipei from anywhere in the world. By broadening your search to include neighboring airports, you may discover lower-priced options that can save you hundreds of euros!

Domestic flights from Taipei

Most domestic routes in Taiwan are operated by local carriers. When traveling to popular tourist destinations such as Kaohsiung, Taichung, Tainan, Taoyuan, Chiayi, Hsinchu, and Keelung from Taipei Airport, you’ll likely fly with one of these domestic airlines: China Airlines, EVA Air, Tigerair Taiwan, Uni Air, Mandarin Airlines, and Starlux Airlines.

This is often the best transportation method, providing speed, convenience, and cost-effectiveness. Local airlines often offer multiple daily flights to key destinations, providing flexibility in scheduling and competitive pricing. They also serve smaller regional airports, enabling access to a wider range of Taiwanese destinations.

Flights to Taipei from Australia and New Zealand

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“Hot seats” on long-haul flights

Those days seat selection is considered an optional, extra paid service – seats with extra legroom (front and exit rows) are usually priced higher. However, if you’re about to take a long-haul flight to Taipei, those “hot seats” are worth considering – expect to pay $50-$100, which is much less than upgrading to Premium Economy.

If you want to choose your seats, do this early (ideally during the booking) for a more extensive selection of available options.

Booking hot seats (preffered seats with extra legroom) on plane
Choosing a hot seat during the flight booking process is usually worth it. For a reasonable price, you will get more room to stretch your legs, as well as a wider seat pitch.

Booking group flights to Taipei

Flights are cheaper when purchased in bulk rather than as individual tickets. Booking group flights to Taipei can be a cost-effective option for a school trip, family reunion, or corporate group traveling to a conference.

To qualify for the special group rate, the group must usually have at least 10 passengers. Discounts depend on the airline, group size, and travel dates, and typically range from 5% to 20% off the regular airfare.

Airlines and flight search websites typically limit automatic group bookings to 10 passengers. This limit reflects the complexity of managing larger groups, which require personalized service and more time to coordinate. To get the price quote for your group, you’ll need to contact the airline or a travel agent directly.

If you’re open to different airlines or want more personalized service, a travel agent may be a better choice. Travel agents may have access to discounted group rates to Taipei and can help with logistics and scheduling.

Flights to Taipei from Bali, Bangkok, Delhi, Dubai, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, and other major hubs in Asia

  • Taipei is well-connected with large hubs in the Asia Pacific. There are direct flights to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport TPE airport from Bali DPS, Bangkok BKK, Beijing PEK, Dubai DXB, Jakarta CGK, Hong Kong HKG, Manila MN, New Delhi DEL, Osaka KIX, Shanghai PVG, Seoul ICN, and Tokyo NRT.
  • Asia is probably the best continent for short-haul and mid-haul flying. The sheer scale of this most populous region on Earth is reflected in the type of aircraft operating many shorter routes: intra-Asia flyers benefit from comfortable, wide-bodied aircraft by the likes of Boeing 777, 787 or Airbus A350, A330, and A380. When booking your flight to Taipei look for these bigger planes as they will almost always give you the best experience in every cabin, including better seat pitches, higher ceilings, and larger overhead bin space.
  • Asia is also home to most of the world’s best airlines. There are only ten airlines that received the prestigious 5-star mark of quality from Skytrax, and all of them are from Asia: ANA, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, EVA Air, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines. Choosing one of these airlines for your trip to Taipei will guarantee a pleasant journey – delicious meals served during the flight, great in-flight entertainment, and above-average airline customer service.
  • Asia is extremely well served by low-cost regional airlines. If you are visiting Taiwan and want to see several other countries on a tight budget, they often have great sales with rock-bottom prices, while still offering a relatively comfortable flight experience. Among the best Asian budget airlines you can book without hesitation are AirAsiaCebu Pacific, Citilink, FlyDubai, Indigo, Jetstar Airways, Scoot, SpiceJet, and VietJet Air. The cons? Being no-frills airlines they may not provide free baggage allowance, inflight meals, or onboard entertainment. The departure times may also be quite inconvenient as they try to save money by flying at off-peak hours.
  • Most major Asian airports have convenient and frequent flights to Taipei — including Changi (Singapore), Dubai (UAE), Hong Kong (China), Incheon (Seoul, South Korea), Indira Gandhi (New Delhi, India), KLIA (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Narita (Tokyo, Japan), Denpasar (Bali, Indonesia), Soekarno–Hatta (Jakarta, Indonesia), Ninoy Aquino (Manila, Philippines), Suvarnabhumi (Bangkok, Thailand), Taoyuan (Taipei, Taiwan), and others.

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Proof of onward travel – a simple hack

Travelers who go on long trips often don’t have a set itinerary and fly on one-way tickets. The problem? For many APAC countries, proof of onward travel is a legal requirement. If you arrive at the airport without an onward ticket (from Taiwan to another country), you’ll either be forced to buy one online or forbidden from boarding the plane altogether.

The cheapest solution? Renting an onward ticket! Use the websites such as OneWayFly or OnwardTicket to get a flight reservation for a limited amount of time (usually 2 to 14 days). They work by actually booking you on a real flight out of Taiwan and giving you a confirmable flight reservation with a PNR (Passenger Name Record) under your name. After the time limit, your spot on the flight is automatically canceled. Such “temporary tickets” tend to cost anywhere from $10 to $20.

Confirmed flight ticket reservation
Proof of onward travel: confirmed flight ticket reservation (source: OnwardTicket)

Fly now, pay later

Book Now Pay Later (BNPL) plans for flights have become a popular trend in the travel industry, allowing travelers to book flights and pay in installments. Among the airlines that offer this option are American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Qantas, Turkish Airlines, and United Airlines. They partner with external financial companies to offer their loan services on the checkout page.

The BNPL plans come with varying terms and fees. Some may be interest-free but have fees for late-payments and require forced autoplay on your bank account, while others may have high annual percentage rates (up to 30-40% APR).

When considering BNPL financing for your flight to Taipei, it’s crucial to carefully evaluate the pros and cons, and thoroughly review the terms and conditions.