Taipei, the magnificent capital city of Taiwan, offers all the magic and wonder that we’ve come to expect from the cities of Southeast Asia and the far east! This city is a modern metropolis mixing Western, Chinese, and Japanese influences.

The city is known for its numerous street-markets including some famous street-foods that we’ve all come to love. The heart of this thriving city is, of course, its people! Getting to know the people behind the culture will go a long way while visiting this incredible destination!

If the bustling city is not your thing, there are heaps more things to do in Taipei than just explore its metropolis! Just outside of Taipei you’ll find thriving, luscious jungle terrain that seems untouched by human hands. Nature-lovers and city loathers will be able to craft an entirely different and unique itinerary for Taipei!

Whatever it is you’re looking for on your travels, Taipei is bound to provide! Here’s the latest and greatest, as well as the most ancient of relics, that the city has to offer – all packed into the one-stop Taipei itineary!

First stop: food.

A Little Bit About this 3 Day Taipei Itinerary

Taiwan has a unique history and culture that you won’t find anywhere else in Asia. The Taipei night markets and delicious street food scene are also something to be embraced.

It has something for every traveler: hot springs, incredible national parks, and world-class museums. You’ll never run out of things to do in Taiwan!

Whether you’re backpacking Taiwan or just planning a mini 3 day Taipei itinerary, there are some phenomenal options jostling for a spot on your list! I’d personally suggest taking at least two-three full days to explore the city.

It’s a city of surprises.

If you want to see all of the important landmarks you could fit everything into 24 hours. But that guarantees a lot of stress. There are scenic spots on the outskirts of the city, that you should take your time to see.

In this itinerary, you’ll find three days packed with culture, history, and adventure. But don’t worry, you won’t have to rush from A to B trying to fit everything in.

I’ve chosen the ideal daily structure, added times, routes to get there and suggestions on how long you should spend at each spot. Of course, you can add your own spots in, swap things around, or even skip some places. Use this itinerary as inspiration instead of a fixed plan to get the most out of your trip!

3-Day Taipei Itinerary Overview

Where to stay in Taipei

Choosing where to stay in Taipei is easy. It offers a diverse range of accommodation for every type of traveler!

Taipei itself is very budget-friendly, especially when it comes to accommodation choices. But don’t let that fool you! If you’re looking for something a little fancier, Taipei offers plenty of luxury accommodation too.

Another temple attraction on the Taipei itinerary
These are the best places to stay in Taipei… not here specifically though.

Taipei is divided into twelve districts. Xinyi is Taipei’s financial district and is a bustling hub of activity 24 hours a day.

If you’re into the city-that-never-sleeps kind of vibe, then Xinyi is the district for you! The shopping and restaurant options are limitless!

Wenshan is a district of Taipei, but is nestled in between the mountain ranges and feels far removed from the bustling city. If you’re looking for some great views of the natural surroundings, look no further.

It’s also great if you’re looking for some good ol’ peace and quiet! Wenshan is not very popular with tourists; it’s visited mainly by locals looking for a break from the city. They do, however, welcome tourists with open arms!

Best Hostel in Taipei – Meander Taipei

Best Hostel in Taipei - Meander Taipei
Meander Taipei is our pick for the best hostel in Taipei!

The Meander Taipei Hostel is arguably one of the best hostel in Taiwan! Great interior design gives the hostel a very modern feel. Large, open communal areas encourage visitors to bond and make friends. This makes it a great place to stay, especially for solo travelers!

Their rooftop terrace is a great place for socials and mingling! Sleeping areas are very private for a hostel setting and give you the ability to spend some time by yourself.

Best Airbnb in Taipei – Charming Room in Prime Location

Charming Room in Prime Location
Charming Room in Prime Location is our pick for the best airbnb in Taipei!

Located in the heart of Taipei this cosy little studio is a perfect choice.

Right in Ximen, you are just a few steps away from lots of the best restaurants, boutiques, cafes, and charm that you come to Taipei to see. You can’t beat the price with everything this room has and it’s a perfect base for enjoying your ultimate Taipei itinerary! If you want to stay at one of the overall best Airbnbs in Taipei, look no further than this home.

Best Budget Hotel in Taipei – Cho Hotel 3

Cho Hotel 3
Cho Hotel 3 is our pick for the best budget hotel in Taipei!

This quaint hotel is the perfect place to stay in Taipei if you’re on a budget but you’re not sure about the hostels in Taipei. Neat, clean, and modern looking room designs make for a lovely dwelling while you’re staying in Taipei!

The hotel offers 24-hour service, so you’ll never feel neglected or alone! The location of the Cho Hotel 3 is a great plus. Located right next to a subway station, you are within easy reach of all the best sites in Taipei. Plus, you’ll be close to the Red House, Huaxi Street Tourist Night Market and Qingshan Temple. With so much action happening all around you, you’ll cut your travel costs during your stay in half by choosing this conveniently-placed dwelling!

Best Luxury Hotel in Taipei – Mandarin Oriental Taipei

Best Luxury Hotel in Taipei - Mandarin Oriental Taipei
Mandarin Oriental Taipei is our pick for the best luxury hotel in Taipei!

This luxury hotel leaves nothing left for you to desire! If you decide to stay at the Mandarin Oriental Taipei you may just never leave the hotel. This gorgeous hotel boasts great service and the facilities lack nothing!

A full fitness center, equipped with a sauna and yoga classes, is available if you need to work out while staying in Taipei. The location is just a 5-minute drive from the airport and a mere 10-minute drive from the shopping district!

Day 1 Itinerary in Taipei

The first day of this Taipei itinerary will take you through some of the best places to visit: Old Taiwan history, stunning nature spots, and of course, indulge in some uniquely Taiwanese culture as well.

9:00AM – Visit Bopiliao Old Street

Bopiliao Old Street - Taipei itinerary stop 1
Visit Bopiliao Old Street, Taipei

Feel like you’re stepping back in time as you visit this ancient portion of Taipei city. The houses on Bopiliao Old Street were built during the Qing dynasty – between 1600 and 1900. If you want culture, this is a great place to check out Taiwan’s cultural history!

This block is also a great place to take some photos, so enter the scene, camera ready! You’ll get the chance to explore the streets by yourself and chat with the people that live there. This is often the best way to add value to your experience of a city!

Ji Yuan Vegetarian is a great little spot just a 2-minute drive from Bopiliao old street! It serves all vegetarian food, as is a tradition in Taiwan, but it’s incredibly tasty and can be enjoyed by vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.

On your way into the Old Town, make sure to stop by the Longshan temple, a Taipei confucius temple that is ornately decorated and beautiful.

  • Cost: Free
  • Getting there: From Taipei Main Station, take the MRT to Lungshan Temple Station and walk from there.
  • How long should I spend there: Around 1-2 hours should be enough time.

10.30AM – Reboot at The Cat Coffee Garden

Studies show that spending time with cats can lower your risk of heart disease and high blood pressure. So if you’re looking for an excuse to visit the incredible Kitten Coffee Garden, I’ve just given you one: your general health and well being!

Stress relief 101.

Although I wouldn’t necessarily promote animal tourism, I think these cats are very playful and enjoy a lot of attention. So open your heart but don’t overstep the line.

If you’re more of a dog person, I totally understand, and I’m happy to let you know that you’re in for a treat too. There just so happens to be two very friendly dogs that live amongst the cats in the Kitten Coffee Garden.

Food is available at the Kitten Coffee Garden, so be sure to try one of their many delicious Japanese meals. Make sure you order a coffee at the Kitten Coffee Garden, just like everything else there, it’s cat-themed. Be sure to snap a pic for the ‘gram.

  • Cost: Free, but be sure to buy a coffee or a snack while you’re there.
  • Getting there: It takes 45 minutes from the last stop. Take the MRT to Zhishan MRT Station and walk.
  • How long should I spend there: an hour is probably enough time.

Insider Tip: if you’re wanting to go on a family trip, note that children aren’t allowed in the Kitten Coffee Garden. They don’t advertise this fact so it’s important to note before adding it to your Taipei itinerary if you’re traveling with the kiddos.

11.30AM – Visit Taipei 101

Taipei 101 - Taipei Itinerary stop 3
Visit Taipei 101, Taipei

Taipei 101 houses many offices and restaurants, and is connected to an adjoining mall. Being so big, it could take you all day to explore, but considering everything else Taipei has to offer, we recommend limiting your shopping time to just a few hours!

If you’d like to spend a whole day here, there are many restaurants and shops to be explored. (Because damn your Taipei itinerary; there’s shopping to be done!) While you’re at it, be sure to buy an extra bag as you’re sure to be leaving Taipei with more luggage than you arrived with!

This incredible skyscraper was once the world’s tallest building! It held this record from the year it was built, in 2004, until 2010 when a skyscraper in Dubai snatched the title.

What makes this building even more fascinating, is its ability to withstand pacific rim earthquakes!

  • Cost: Free!
  • Getting there: Ride the MRT for 20 minutes. Take the Tamsui-Xinyi line to Zhishan MRT Station.
  • How long should I spend there: Unless you want to go up the tower, it shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes to see and get some photos.

1:00PM – Admire Taipei 101 from Elephant Mountain

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Admire Taipei 101 from Elephant Mountain, Taipei

So you’ve heard all about how incredible Taipei 101 is. But going there isn’t the only way to enjoy its incredible beauty.

The trail up elephant mountain requires a bit of a climb but the view is well worth it. You’ll get to choose from 3 amazing spots with great views.

If you’re not up for too much of a climb, a short set of stairs leading from the parking lot will lead you to your first spot. This is a great spot for picnics or sundowners, as you won’t have to carry your heavy picnic basket very far.

This hike is absolutely free! This means you won’t have to buy a ticket, and hiking at any time is permitted. Night hikes are also becoming increasingly popular because the views of the city that much better!

The best view of all is the one you’ll get of the great Taipei 101. Viewing this great engineering feat from Elephant mountain gives you a great view of the beautiful skyscraper and the twinkling lights of the city below.

If you’re traveling with your better half, this is a Taipei itinerary romantic must-do! It’s not often you get to look down on a bustling lit-up city from a secluded, quiet, and tranquil setting!

  • Cost: Free
  • Getting there: it’s a 30-minute hike from the last spot.
  • How long should I spend there: You could spend anywhere from 1-2 hours admiring the view.

7:00PM – Sunset at Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf

Tamsui Fisherman's Wharf - Taipei Itinerary stop 4
Sunset at Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf, Taipei

Known for its sunsets, party boats and seafood, the Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf is an incredible place to spend your evening! Make an evening of it and sip sundowners near the harbor wall. Watching the sunset from this location is nothing less than epic, as myriads of purples, pinks, and reds fill the sky!

We only get to experience around 25, 000 sunsets in our lifetime, (if we’re lucky) so be sure to watch at least one of them from this incredible spot! Regret is the biggest killer of happiness, don’t let this one get you down!

  • Cost: Free
  • Getting there: Ride the 757 bus from Elephant Mountain for 2.5 hours.
  • How long should I spend there: Spend as long as you want! But it is a long way out of town, so allow yourself plenty of time to get back to your accommodation.
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Day 2 Itinerary in Taipei

The second day of this 3 day Taipei itinerary will take you to incredible museums and some not-to-miss nature spots.

9:00AM – Visit the National Palace Museum

National Palace Museum - Taipei itinerary day 2 stop 1
Visit the National Palace Museum, Taipei

The Taipei National Palace Museum houses 700 000 ancient Chinese imperial artefacts and artworks! Some of these are high-quality artefacts that were collected by Chinese emperors. This collection spans over 8000 years of history!

There is nothing more beautiful than experiencing and getting to take in the incredibly delicate Chinese culture and cultural history of Taipei. Spend a few hours taking pictures and enjoying the artwork, this is definitely an experience you’ll want to remember!

  • Cost: $1 – $2
  • Getting there: Take the MRT to Shilin MRT station and then the 255 shuttle bus to the palace.
  • How long should I spend there: It’s a huge complex so it could take anywhere from 2-3 hours to see it all.

11:00AM – Visit the Liberty Square

Liberty Square - Taipei itinerary day 2 stop 2
Visit the Liberty Square, Taipei

Explore the rich history hidden within the city of Taipei! Although this city is developing very fast, there are still pieces of history scattered throughout the city! In Liberty Square, you’ll find many historical buildings including the national concert hall, the theatre, and the Chiang Kai Shek memorial hall.

All of these places have a rich cultural history embedded in them that is so worth taking the time to learn about. The architecture is nothing less than spectacular with very obvious oriental influences!

  • Cost: Free
  • Getting there: Take the 255 bus back to Shilin MRT station and then ride the Tamsui-Xinyi line to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall MRT station, and walk from there.
  • How long should I spend there: You could spend around 1-2 hours walking around the garden complex.

1:00PM – Visit the Daan Forest Park

Daan Forest Park - Taipei itinerary day 2 stop 4
Visit the Daan Forest Park, Taipei
Photo: Tzu-hsun Hsu (WikiCommons)

The Daan Forest Park covers an impressive 26-hectares of land. This park acts as the lung of Taipei city, producing clean air for its inhabitants. Daan forest contains 2 ponds, a walking path, and an amphitheater – it’s the perfect place to take a stroll!

Expect to see plenty of squirrels and ducks when you’re out and about, amongst the twisted trees. If you enjoy spending time in nature, take some bread crumbs, sit by the pond, and feed the ducks!

The squirrels tend to be rather friendly and may even eat out of your hand. Take some nuts with you, and if you’re lucky, you may experience hand-feeding a squirrel, which would make a very cute little memory to add to your list!

  • Cost: Free
  • Getting there: it’s a 20-minute walk from the last stop.
  • How long should I spend there: You could spend 1-2 hours here if you really wanted to!

2:00PM – Visit the Huashan 1914 Creative Park

Huashan 1914 Creative Park - Taipei itinerary day 2 stop 5
Visit the Huashan 1914 Creative Park, Taipei

The Huashan 1914 Creative Park is an area in which artists and non-profit organizations can hold events. It has also become a place where theatre groups, sculptors, painters, writers, and movie directors can showcase their work!

If you’re creative, this visit will be right up your alley! Even if you’re not, Huashan 1914 Creative Park is still a must-see in Taipei!

The quirky nature of this park has brought it a lot of attention in recent years. Thanks to the charitable atmosphere, many people enjoy spending a significant amount of time there!

The free display of up-and-coming artists is a great way to showcase all of the city’s talents – whether they’re established or not!

Hello Kitty Kitchen and Dining is a themed restaurant that is just as quirky. From themed decor to themed food, everything has something to do with ‘Hello Kitty’. The food is tasty and the price is not too bad. Be sure to check it out after your stop off at the creative park.

  • Cost: Free
  • Getting there: it’s a 15-minute walk from the last stop.
  • How long should I spend there: You could spend 1-2 hours here, depending on your interests.

5:00PM – Visit the Thermal Valley and Beitou Hot Springs

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Visit the Thermal Valley, Taipei

The thermal valley is one of the most popular attractions in Taiwan! Minerals in the water, including sulfur, cause the water in the valley to boil. Locals often refer to the thermal valley as hell valley because of the intense heat that is emitted.

Naturally, the water in this valley reaches a scorching 90 degrees Celsius. This causes a constant stream of steam to rise up out of the valley.

Despite the heat, the steam makes for a beautiful site and the valley is a great place to take photos. It’s a beautiful gem for anyone backpacking Taiwan and a not to be missed place to go in Taipei.

Kahurangi Cafe is a great place to stop off after a very warm visit to the thermal valley. After that experience, you’ll need a refresh! Serving good ol’ American pizza and beer and located just a 3-minute drive from the thermal springs, it’s the perfect place to refresh and refill after a sweaty trip.

While you’re in the area, you can check out the Beitou Hot Spring Museum and hot spring spas.

  • Cost: Free
  • Getting there: Ride the MRT from Zhongxiao Xinsheng MRT station on the Zhonghe-Xinlu Line, then change onto the Tamsui-Xinyi line to MRT Beitou Station and walk from there.
  • How long should I spend there: You could stop off at a spa here and spend all afternoon soaking in thermal waters, but if you are just going to see the pools, then an hour should suffice.

7:00PM – Let a Bird Tell Your Fortune

So how does this work exactly?” you might be asking. Well, no, the bird doesn’t speak directly to you.

When you step inside the cubicle, Big Luck Master will fly onto your shoulder so you can whisper in his ear. You need to let him know what fortune you’re addressing. He’ll then choose a tarot card he deems appropriate to tell your future.

Is it a scam? Who knows, but it’s something every local will tell you that you need to experience while visiting Taipei. Who are we to say whether this bird is a fortune-telling genius or just well trained?

A stall in the Langshan station underground mall might hold the secrets to your future. Step inside the small cubicle to find your fortune teller, ‘Big Luck Master’ the bird, waiting patiently for you.

Because the stall is located inside the underground mall, you’ll have so many food choices to choose from. Mi Jiao Izakaya Restaurant serves amazing Asian food and incredible sushi. Eating in the underground mall is an experience all on its own. Making this your choice of food stop makes the experience that much more unique.

  • Cost: $60
  • Getting there: Take the MRT to Langshan MRT Station and exit directly into the underground mall
  • How long should I spend there: It will take you 30 minutes unless you stop for food.
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Meander Taipei

The Meander Taipei Hostel is arguably the best hostel in the city! Great interior design gives the inside of the hostel a very modern feel.

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  • Free breakfast

Taipei Itinerary Day 3 and Beyond

If you are planning on staying for more than just a weekend in Taipei, then you’ll need a few more activities to fill up your itinerary. There are plenty of awesome things to get up to in Taipei, so don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

Here are a few extra things you need to add to your itinerary if you’re planning to spend more than 3 days in Taipei:

Pingxi Lantern Release

Pingxi Lantern Release Festival, Taipei
Pingxi Lantern Release, Taipei
  • Paying only for your lantern, join in on the festivities of releasing a lantern in a big group of people.
  • Spend precious time with the locals and get to know them on a personal level.
  • Join in on the festival of a lifetime if you’re in Taipei when it’s happening.

The Pingxi lantern releases take place all year round in the Old Street area! A lot of people decide to release lanterns around the train tracks as it’s a nice open area and you’ll be able to see your lantern for ages as they float up into the atmosphere! If you’re traveling with a group, be sure to all release you lanterns at the same or similar times. Seeing your lanterns drift upward in a group is an extra special sight!

The Pingxi Lantern festival happens once a year. Just watch the dates as they change every year. If you happen to be in Taipei over this period of time, it’s worth the time it takes to check out!

It’s a very surreal experience and will make for a truly magical evening! Standing in a group of thousands, all releasing lanterns is something you’ll very rarely be able to experience anywhere else so don’t let this opportunity pass you by!

The lanterns are released in batches, the first batch being released at 6:30 pm and the last batch being released at 9:00 pm.

The Shifen Old Street train tracks are the perfect place to buy your lantern at a decent price; release it when the evening light starts to fade and grab a bite to eat from one of the many street vendors that frequent that area! If you’re traveling with your other half then this is the perfect way to spend a romantic evening abroad!

Spend a night in Ximending

Ximending neighborhood in Taipei
Spend a night in Ximending, Taipei
  • Explore the thriving nightlife in the neighbourhood of Ximending.
  • Spend time at quirky souvenir shops and stalls.
  • Ximending is a neighborhood in Taipei that’s often thought of as the shopping district, attracting 3 million shoppers per month! But Ximending comes alive to another extent at night. If you’re into the party scene, this is an experience you won’t want to miss! This neighborhood is home to a variety of clubs and pubs for everybody’s taste.

Talking about taste, if you’d like to tantalize your taste buds, or shock the hell out of them, visit Snow King for a variety of freaky-deaky flavors! If you’re looking for flavors a little more tame on the tongue, don’t worry, they’ve got those too. Every ice-cream craving can be satisfied at this very strange little shop!

The neighbourhood of Ximending is home to theatre street, a street that houses a collection of, erm, theatres. This is a great way to start your night out with some top-class entertainment! Before the evening light fades, be sure to check out graffiti street. This street displays the artwork of a variety of street artists some of who are incredibly talented!

Pre-drink at the Driftwood taproom, where you can experience Taiwan’s finest beer! From there, prepare yourself for a night out on the town. Visit one of the many clubs you’ll find in the neighborhood and party-hard. That’s what this neighborhood does best!

Visit the Wufenpu District

Shopping in Wufenpu District in Taipei
Visit the Wufenpu District, Taipei
Photo: Jiang (WikiCommons)
  • If you’re looking for a new wardrobe, this just might be the place to start!
  • This district is devoted to bringing you affordable clothing! You’ll find alleys filled with vendors and stalls selling clothing at great prices.
  • Whether you’re looking for quirky clothing or fashionable street style, they’ll have something for you!

Take your time, or even take a full day, exploring the ins and outs of this massive street market. This market can be described as a shopper’s paradise! Make sure that you visit in off-peak hours or risk being bombarded by crowds!

Bargain-hunters scurry from stall to stall finding the best deals of the day so visiting early might be a good idea! The market is open from 1 pm – 11 pm every single day, so even if you’re busy during the day, you’ll have the night to explore for some great deals.

You can expect to pay between 100 NTD and 500 NTD ($3-$16) for most items, but it’s always fun to challenge yourself to find the best deals. Tuesdays are generally the best days to visit as these are the days the stallholders refresh their stock.

Take your own Temple Tour

Touring temples while followinf a Taipei itinerary
Take your own Temple Tour, Taipei
  • Guided tours are great but sometimes you want to explore by yourself. Take yourself on a tour to explore the many temples in Taipei area!
  • This can be a deeply spiritual experience so it honestly might be better without a guide, this way you have the freedom to choose how long you’d like to stay and which parts of each temple you’d like to spend the most time at!
  • Most temples are free to visit but they may ask for a small donation towards the maintenance costs of the building.

Mengjia Longshan Temple was built in the 1700s by Fujian immigrants! This beautiful temple has been damaged by many fires and earthquakes over the years but has always been well-restored!

The temple was built to worship the God of mercy, Guanyin. However, you can find hundreds of other statues found throughout the grounds! The temple is fairly big, with 5 main sections, and the temple itself is guarded by statues of mythical creatures like dragons and phoenixes!

The Baoan Temple is located in the Datong District of Taipei. It was awarded the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage award!

The temple was originally erected in the mid-1700s. And since has been updated multiple times to become the vibrant temple it is now!

In the temple, you’ll find many stone sculptures! In the front hall, you’ll find the most impressive of the stone art collection, dragon columns that stretch up to the ceiling!

A folk art festival is held at the temple every year. Here you’ll find parades, opera performances and surprisingly a free health clinic! Although this may seem out of place, it is actually bang-on theming. The temple was created to praise the god of medical knowledge, Baosheng Dadi. Spend some time taking in the many artistic traits of this incredible temple!

The Ciyou Temple is dedicated to Mazu, the goddess of the sea, who is said to watch over all the fisherman and sailors that dock in her harbor!

The temple is near the ocean for that reason. There is a legend that has traveled through Taipei for centuries about how and why the temple was built! A traveling monk is said to have made Taipei his home for a while, he joined up with a group of Mazu followers and they teamed up to raise the money to build the temple.

All-in-all, Taipei is home to a wide array of stunningly beautiful temples. Make sure you add that little cultural whirlwind to your Taipei itinerary!

Enjoy the night markets

Night Market Taipei

One of the most unique things to do in Taipei is to enjoy some delicious street food at one of the many night markets. One of the most traditional delicacies is stinky tofu, which you will 100% smell before you see (well, it is called stinky tofu!) It doesn’t taste as bad as it smells, but it is quite a powerful taste.

You also need to try bubble tea, which originates from Taiwan. Bubble tea can be found on nearly every corner in Taipei. It’s like Starbucks in New York City, it’s everywhere.

The most touristy night market is the Shilin night market, but the Raohe night market is also a great place to enjoy some street food.

You’ll find night markets in most districts in Taipei city, and they are all much of the same. Just make sure to visit them on an empty stomach!

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Best Time to Visit Taipei

Taipei doesn’t experience the huge swing in its temperature and climate during the year that would create four definitive seasons. But the weather should play a major role in what time of year you plan your trip to Taipei!

The rainfall difference between seasons is quite significant and could be the difference between staying inside your hotel room or roaming and exploring the streets of Taipei throughout your trip! Not everyone minds the rain, but it’s important to take note when planning an itinerary in Taipei!

A lit up temple suitable for a Taipei itinerary
These are the best times to visit Taipei!

Winters in Taipei are usually the busiest time because of the many festivals. While these are also the coldest months in Taipei, it never really gets “cold” here except during the dead of night.

Spring in Taipei is a good time to visit as the rain hasn’t started yet and the crowds are taking a break. Taipei’s rainy season is on the horizon though so watch out.

Taipei summers are hot, humid, and very wet. This is prime cyclone season, which means that storms come frequently. Visitor numbers are a lot lower during this period.

Autumn in Taipei is hands-down the best time to visit. The weather is great, the crowds are minimal, and the prices are excellent!

 Average TemperaturesChance of RainCrowdsOverall Grade
January19°C / 66°FLowBusy/Chinese New Year🙂
February20°C / 68°FAverageBusy/Chinese New Year😐
March22°C / 71°FAverageMedium🙂
April26°C / 78°FAverageMedium🙂
May29°C / 84°FHighMedium🙂
June32°C / 89°FHighBusy😐
July34°C / 93°FHighBusy😐
August33°C / 92°FHighMedium🙂
September31°C / 87°FHighCalm🙂
October27°C / 81°FAverageCalm😀
November24°C / 75°FAverageCalm😀
December21°C / 69°FLowCalm😀

Getting Around Taipei

The gorgeous city has something for everyone. A bustling nightlife, juxtaposed with a rich cultural history and plenty of great shopping spots. In fact, there is so much going on and so many places to visit in Taipei that you may be overwhelmed with options.

The good news is that getting around Taipei couldn’t be easier. Their well-connected MRT metro system means you are never far away from an MRT station, making it really easy to navigate your way around the city. It’s also super affordable too.

A city shot while visiting Taipei at night
Welcome to the EPIC Taipei itinerary!

Taipei also has a reliable bus network. The buses in Taipei are quite reliable and comfortable. Usually, I would only recommend taking the bus if you want to visit the National Parks such as Yangmingshan national park on the outside of the city, but the metro tends to go quite far out of the city center, so it might not be needed to take a bus.

You can also easily connect to other areas in Taiwan from Taipei Main Station quite easily.

Taxis are common in Taipei and the drivers are safe and honest. It is the most expensive form of transport, but if you are in a hurry to the Taiwan Taoyuan International airport, then you shouldn’t worry about taking a taxi.

What to Prepare Before Visiting Taipei

Taipei is a lovely little tropical island that forms part of Taiwan! Although Taiwan is very safe, it’s important to make sure you’re keeping an eye out for any danger that might arise: natural and manmade. So what are the dangers you should be looking out for?

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  • Typhoons – These storms bring plenty of wind and water. As scary as this sounds, it’s important to understand that many of these are not too dangerous, however, some of them could pose a threat to your travel plans in and around Taipei! Obviously, avoiding Typhoon season (summer) reduces this risk and check the local weather forecasts.
  • Health – Although Taiwan isn’t exactly rampant with diseases, it’s still important to make sure you’re appropriately vaccinated before visiting Taiwan (Hepatitis A and, to a lesser extent, Hepatitis B). Stay hygienic and stay smart.
  • Streets – Although paling in comparison to many of the more chaotic cities in Asia, the roads in Taipei (and the drivers) are still not on the same level as Western countries… they’re way more fun! Until your used to arcade-rules, make sure you keep a watchful eye and observant ear when crossing the street.
  • Crime – The crime rate in Taipei is very low! Muggings are almost unheard of but pickpocketing is known to happen from time to time. Just follow standard safety practices and you should be fine.

Other crimes rarely happen in Taipei and if you’re a solo female traveler, you’ll be happy to know that you’re safer in Taipei than most other countries in Europe!

Travel Insurance for Taipei

It wouldn’t be a justified Taipei itinerary guide if I didn’t recommend that you take out good travel insurance before you travel to Taipei. That’s how you prepare properly after all.

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FAQs on Taipei Itinerary

You probably have some questions while you’re planning your Taipei itinerary. No worries! Because I’ve got answers.

Final Word on Your Taipei Itinerary

Taipei is an incredibly beautiful city to visit no matter your taste in travel experiences. Whether you’re a solo traveler or traveling with your pack, Taipei has different experiences for all situations!

The thriving nightlife in Taipei is one you need to experience, and be sure to put some money aside for a shop-till-you-drop experience. Needless to say, keep some space aside in your travel bag for all the added extras too!

The cultural experiences are more than abundant and the natural surroundings make for some great exploratory adventures!

If you’re planning a Taipei itinerary, be sure to add some of these activities to your ultimate adventure plans: you won’t be sorry! Travel safe and enjoy your journey, I’m sure it will be filled with amazing memories and adventures!

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