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 Taiwan

  • If you are flying to Taiwan from abroad, you will most likely land at one of its biggest international airportsits main international airportTaiwan Taoyuan International Airport TPE located near the city of Taoyuan (~50km southwest of Taipei), and Kaohsiung International Airport KHH serving the country’s second-largest city of Kaohsiung.

    These are also the best (and the cheapest) airports to fly into Taiwan. 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 Taiwan, 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 Taiwan 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 Taiwan 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 Taiwan

Best airports to fly into Taiwan: Taipei (PEK/TSA), Kaohsiung (KHH), Taichung (RMQ), Penghu (MZG),  Tainan (KNH), Chongqing (TNN), Taitung (TTT), Lienchiang (LZN)
Taiwan has 22 airports, including 4 large international airports – Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport TPE and Taipei Songshan Airport TSA in Taipei, Kaohsiung International Airport KHH in Kaohsiung, and Taichung International Airport RMQ in Taichung.
Things to know before flying to Taiwan
Airlines flying to TaiwanAirAsia, Air Busan, Air Canada, Air China, Air Europa, Air France, Air New Zealand,ANA, Asiana Airlines, Avianca, Bamboo Airways, Bangkok Airways, Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Copa Airlines, El Al Israel Airlines, Emirates, EVA Air, FlexFlight, Fiji Airways, Garuda Indonesia, Hainan Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Hong Kong Express, Japan Airlines, JeJu 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, VistaraVistara, Xiamen Airlines
Airlines of TaiwanChina Airlines, EVA Air, Tigerair Taiwan, Uni Air, Mandarin Airlines, Starlux Airlines, Daily Air
Main airports in TaiwanTaiwan Taoyuan International Airport (PEK) — Taipei
Kaohsiung International Airport (KHH) — Kaohsiung
Taipei Songshan Airport (TSA) — Taipei
Taichung International Airport (RMQ) — Taichung
Penghu Airport (MZG) — Penghu
Kinmen Airport (KNH) — Tainan
Tainan Airport (TNN) — Chongqing
Taitung Airport (TTT) — Taitung
Matsu Nangan Airport (LZN) — Lienchiang
Regular price (roundtrip)✈ €800 – €1200 (from Europe)
✈ $700 – $1100 (from USA)
Flight hacks 40% — 80% off regular fare
Official websitesTravel in Taiwan (official tourism website)
Taipei Travel (official tourism website)
Visas to Taiwan (Ministry Of Foreign Affairs)
Taiwan Travel Advisory (US citizens)
China Travel Advisory (Australian citizens)
Foreign Travel Advice: Taiwan (UK citizens)
China Airlines (national airline of Taiwan)
Airline discountsDiscounted airline tickets to Taiwan (student/family/seniors/military)

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The cheapest time to fly to Taiwan

With its subtropical climate, Taiwan is a year-round travel destination. However, the best time to find the cheapest flights to Taiwan tends to be during the low tourist season – December to March. These are the best months to visit the country 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 Taiwan during these peak periods it’s wise to book the flights well in advance.

Flying from Taiwan 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 has been established with direct flights being fully restored between the two countries.

Currently, travelers can enjoy numerous flight options between Taiwan 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 Taiwan, try to arrange your Chinese visa in advance – in Hong Kong or in your own country; it’s much more difficult to get one in Taiwan, 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 Taiwan 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 airport.

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Flights to Taiwan from United States and Canada

  • There are no direct flights from the US or Canada to Taiwan. However, most major hubs in Asia have non-stop flights to Taiwan, as do some larger airports in the Middle East – your journey will have at least one stop. There are several direct flights to Taiwan 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 Air Canada, 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.
  • Taiwan is well-served via one-stop flights from North America. Flights to Taiwan 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 Taiwan from the US and Canada are: Air Canada, American Airlines, Air China, 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.

Taiwan from US & Canada.
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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 airports

Airports are infamous for making an exuberant amount of money from their currency exchanges due to the extremely high margins, and Taiwanese airports are 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 Taiwan. 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 Taiwan from UK, Germany, France, Netherlands and other countries in Europe

  • There are no direct flights from Europe to Taiwan — you’ll need to get a connecting flight from elsewhere in the Middle East or in Asia. Direct flights from Europe to Taiwan 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 - Taipei. Average return fares are between 1000 and 1400 Euro (950-1350 USD), depending on the time of year.
  • Airlines that frequently fly from the UK, Germany, France, and other European countries to Taiwan include Air China, 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 Taiwan 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 Taiwan: 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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Check different departure airports

Consider neighboring cities when choosing the departure airport – especially look for larger cities with airports that serve as hubs for multiple airlines.

For example, if you live in West Europe, check prices for flights departing from Paris, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Rome, or Vienna. In 9 out of 10 cases, the cheapest flight to Taiwan will depart from one of these hubs, and it may be €500 less or more than your first choice. Yes, you may have to fly a few hundred kilometers to this hub, but low-cost airlines like EasyJet, RyanAir, or WizzAir will happily take you there for €50 – €100.

Use a similar tactic if you depart from the US or another region. It’s one of the best ways to save hundreds on trips.

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Last-minute flights to Taiwan. 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 Taiwan almost always never works out.

Based on years of research, the airlines know what people are willing to pay for specific flights and dates. To make the most money, they will sell their cheapest fares first and then increase the prices right before the flight to take advantage of these travelers who are willing to pay the premium price for late booking.

Occasionally, airlines can offer last-minute deals to fill the remaining seats, but these are for unusual times and unpopular places. Popular destinations and dates 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 Taiwan is 2-8 months before the takeoff.

Airlines of Taiwan

Taiwan has two full-service carriers: China Airlines and EVA Air. Together, they handle most of the international air traffic to and from Taiwan. While China Airlines has a strong Australia and New Zealand presence, EVA Air offers far better options to North America, with numerous routes to the US and Canada, including direct flights. Interestingly, EVA Air was the first carrier in the world to introduce the premium economy class in 1992. Both airlines are members of airline alliances to enable codesharing, networking, and sharing of operational facilities with other member airlines: EVA Air is part of the Star Alliance, and China Airlines is a member of SkyTeam.

Most short-haul and medium-haul routes from/to Taiwan are operated by its smaller airlines such as Tigerair Taiwan, Uni Air, Mandarin Airlines, Starlux Airlines, and Daily Air. These budget carriers (AKA no-frills airlines) offer flights at much lower prices in comparison to full-service airlines China Airlines or EVA Air. However, because they manage affordable tickets by cutting down on their operation costs, they may not provide free baggage allowance, inflight refreshments and meals, or Wi-Fi and onboard entertainment. In most cases, their tickets are fixed and non-refundable in case of no show-up or cancellation.

Flights to Taiwan from Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia and New Zealand offer robust flight networks to key APAC locations, Taiwan included. While domestic carriers like Qantas, Jetstar Airways, Virgin Australia, and Air New Zealand provide solid options, several major international airlines also serve these routes. These include ANA, Cathay Pacific, EmiratesGaruda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, and Thai Airways — expanding your choices for travel between Australasia and Asia.

    There are no direct flights from Australia or New Zealand to Taiwan. You’ll need a layover in one of the major hubs in Asia.
  • Airlines have different pricing strategies for different routes. A flight to Taiwan could be significantly cheaper from Sydney than from Melbourne, depending on airline partnerships, demand, and even time of year. Compare fares from different international airports in Australia: Sydney SYD, Brisbane BNE, Melbourne MEL, Perth PER, Adelaide ADL, Cairns CNS, Gold Coast OOL, Canberra CBR, Darwin DRW, Hobart HBA, Alice Springs ASP, and in New Zealand: Auckland AKL, Wellington WLG, Christchurch CHC, Queenstown ZQN, Dunedin DUD, and Hamilton HLZ.
  • If you’re looking to save, consider flying from Australia or New Zealand to a primary Asian hub, then catch a connecting flight to Taiwan with a regional budget airline such as AirAsia, Bamboo Airways, Bangkok Airways, Cebu Pacific, FlyDubai, SunExpress, VietJet Air, and Wizz Air Abu Dhabi.

    For the initial leg of your trip, full-service airlines such as Qantas or Virgin Atlantic offer premium comfort and exceptional service, albeit at a premium price. However, many Asian airlines, including budget carriers, operate out of Australia and frequently feature sales and promotions. For instance, AirAsia runs deals to Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore; Cebu Pacific to Manila; Scoot to Singapore; VietJet Air to Ho Chi Minh City; Jetstar to Seoul, Singapore, and Tokyo; Bamboo Airways to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Beijing; Batik Air to Jakarta and Singapore.

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Booking group flights to Taiwan

Flights are cheaper when purchased in bulk rather than as individual tickets. Booking group flights to Taiwan 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.

Most airlines have a group booking form or phone number (see examples at Emirates and Qantas). Fill out the form, and the airline will come back to you with the proposed group rate. If your group is large and a scheduled flight cannot accommodate everyone, the airline may offer you a charter flight.

Additionally, there are various perks that your group may be eligible for:

  • free seats (complimentary tickets for every 10 or 20 passengers that book together)
  • free checked baggage allowance
  • dedicated group check-in counter at the airport
  • cabin crew who speak your group’s language
  • flexible booking terms (that allow changes without fees)

Booking group flights to Taiwan is similar to booking individual flights. The main difference is that you’ll need to provide personal information for all passengers, and the airline may request additional details, such as meal preferences or accommodations for disabled travelers. A deposit – typically 10-50% of the total cost – may be required to secure the booking. However, some airlines offer deferred payment options where you can secure a reservation with a booking fee and pay the balance later.

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 Taiwan and can help with logistics and scheduling.

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

  • 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 Taiwan 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 Taiwan 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. 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 Taiwan — 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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Lost luggage prevention: Essential tips

Every year, airlines handle millions of bags and a small percentage never make it to their final destinations. Avoid lost luggage nightmares on your trip to Taiwan by removing old tags from previous flights on your suitcases – they can confuse baggage handlers and conveyor belt scanners. It’s also a good idea to label your luggage with your name, address, and phone number (both inside and outside the case) and attach a GPS-tracker device like Apple AirTag or Samsung SmartTag.

For peace of mind, consider purchasing travel insurance to cover the full value of your luggage, as airline liability usually doesn’t reflect the actual value of the baggage content.

“Book Flights Now, Pay Later” — is it worth it?

Booking a flight and paying for it later has recently become a popular trend in the travel industry, with many airlines offering delayed payment plans. They will allow you to make flight reservation to Taiwan now and then pay the bill in installments. But should you take advantage?

Book Now Pay Later (BNPL) plans are essentially short-term personal loans. By partnering with financial companies such as Affirm, Afterpay, PayPal Credit, Fly Now Pay Later, and Uplift, airlines can offer their loan services on the checkout page. When you book the flight with the BNPL option, the company pays the airline, and you repay the loan in installments over a set period (usually up to 24 months), with a set interest rate.

BNPL providers have varying terms and fees. Some may offer interest-free loans 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). There may also be transaction fees, down payment requirements, and many companies even run a credit check on the traveler.

Fly now pay later - delayed payments for flight reservations
Fly Now Pay Later works with numerous popular travel brands to provide delayed payment options

Among the airlines that offer a “fly now, pay later” option are American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Qantas, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Southwest, and Virgin Atlantic.

Is BNPL financing worth it? If paid off on time, interest-free delayed payment on your flight ticket to Taiwan can be a great way to free up your cash flow. However, there may be safer alternatives available – such as taking advantage of an introductory 0% interest offer on a credit card or using flight price “freezing” services like Hopper.

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)