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Taipei 5 Days 4 Nights Trip Report and Itinerary

Taipei . 2015 . Jan 17 - 21

The last time we went to Taipei - It was almost 10 years ago!

We have been wanting to go back to Taipei again to visit some of the places that we missed out (e.g. Hualien, Jiufen Old Street, Beitou Hot Springs etc).




The opportunity came when Scoot was having a promotion. Without any hesitation, we booked our tickets 6 weeks before departure and here we go! :)

Here's our itinerary!

Day 1 - Sat (Jan 17)

2230 - Check in Flight (16 Jan Night)
2300 - Supper @ SATS Premier Lounge
0055 - Board Flight Scoot TZ 202 to Taipei
0530 - Arrive at 桃園國際機場 Terminal 1
0615 - Board Kuo Kwang (國光客運) 1819 Bus to Taipei Train Station
0730 - Reach Taipei Train Station (台北火車站)
0745 - Check-in CityInn Hotel Taipei Station Branch III (新驛旅店)
0800 - Metro to Dongmen Station (東門捷運站)
0900 - Breakfast @ Ding Tai Fung (鼎泰豐)
1000 - Mango Desert @ Smoothie House (永康街思慕昔)
1130 - Visit Little Three (小三美日)
1300 - Metro to Shilin Station (士林捷運站)
1330 - Bus RED 30 to National Palace Museum (国立故宫博物院)
1400 - Visit National Palace Museum
1600 - Tea Break @ San-hsi-tang (三希堂)
1700 - Bus RED 30 to Jiantan Station (劍潭站)
1730 - Metro to Taipei Train Station
2030 - Back to Hotel

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Day 2 - Sun (Jan 18)

0630 - Rise and shine
0700 - Check-out CityInn Hotel Taipei Station Branch III (新驛旅店)
0740 - Board Puyuma (普悠瑪號) 408 Train to Hualien
0830 - Breakfast on Train
0939 - Cab Pick up at Hualien Train Station (花蓮車站)
0950 - Check in Hotel Bayview Hualien (七星潭渡假飯店)
1000 - Taroko Gorge (太魯閣國家公園) 1 Day Tour
           - Qingshui Cliff (清水斷崖)
           - Shakadang Trail (砂卡礑步道) + Lunch
           - Eternal Spring Shrine (長春寺)
           - Swallow Grotto (燕子口)
           - Buluowan Recreation Area (布洛灣)
           - Seven Stars Lake (七星潭)
1700 - Drop off for Dinner @ Hualien City
1800 - Visit Jin San Jiao Shopping Area (金三角商圈鬧)
1830 - Visit Zi Qiang Night Market (自强夜市)
2100 - Cab Back to Hotel

Day 3 - Mon (Jan 19)

0715 - Rise and shine
0730 - Breakfast @ Hotel Bayview Hualien
0810 - Transfer to Hualien Railway Station
0845 - Board Puyuma 211 Train to Taipei Main Station
1050 - Reach Taipei Main Station
1100 - Check-in Cosmos Hotel (台北天成大飯店)
1130 - Metro to Beitou Station (北投站)
1200 - Reach Beitou
1230 - Complimentary Shuttle to Grand View Resort Beitou (北投麗禧溫泉酒店)
1300 - Enjoy Hotspring at Grand View Resort Beitou
1500 - Metro to Taipei Main Station
1530 - Metro to Taipei 101 Station (台北101站)
1600 - Shopping at Taipei 101
1800 - Dinner @ Shin Yeh (欣葉101食藝軒)
1930 - Metro to Zhongxiao Fuxing (忠孝复兴站)
2000 - Shopping
2200 - Back to Hotel

Day 4 - Tue (Jan 20)

Check out our article on how to visit Jiufen and Shifen in one day!

0730 - Rise and shine
0800 - Breakfast @ Cosmos Hotel
0900 - Tze-Chiang Limited Express (自強號) 416 to Ruifang
0935 - Reach Ruifang Train Station (瑞芳火車站)
0945 - Cab from Ruifang to Jiufen Old Street (九份老街)
1000 - Walk around Jiufen
1115 - Cab back to Ruifang
1205 - Train 4722 from Ruifang (瑞芳) to Pingxi (平溪)
1300 - Release Sky Lanterns at 平溪
1400 - Walk around 平溪
1523 - Train 4727 from 平溪 to Shifen (十分)
1535 - Visit Shifen Waterfalls
1753 - Train 4733 from 十分 to 瑞芳
1829 - Reach 瑞芳
1905 - Chu-Kuang Express (莒光號) 527 to Taipei Train Station
1955 - Reach Taipei Station
2100 - Back to Hotel

Day 5 - Wed (Jan 21)

0800 - Rise and shine
0830 - Breakfast @ Hotel
0900 - Free and Easy
1200 - High Speed Rail Train 649 from Taipei Main Station to Taoyuan Station
1219 - Reach Taoyuan HSR Station
1230 - Ubus 705 to Taoyuan Intl Airport Terminal 1
1245 - Check in Flight
1330 - Lunch @ Airport
1545 - Board Flight TZ 201 to Singapore
2015 - Reach Singapore


We hope our itinerary do help you in your planning for a quick getaway trip to Taipei. Do share with us if you have any comments on the itinerary! :) 

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28 comments:

  1. Is it very cold on Jan? heard that Jan is the coldest month in Taiwan.
    I'm from Malaysia, plan to bring parents with me to Taiwan from 5 Jan to 12 Jan but not sure if the weather will be too cold for them.

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  2. Hi Ewe Chin,

    Thanks for visiting our blog!

    The temperature was around 10 to 18 degrees Celsius when we were there around January this year.

    You will need warm clothing, preferably with thermal wear.

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  3. Excellent! Detailed, specific and very, very helpful!

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  4. Hi! May i just check with you, during your trip to taroko gorge, is the 白杨步道 to 水帘洞 inaccessible?

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  5. @Anonymous

    Hi,

    Thanks for visiting our blog!

    If we remember correctly, I think it was closed as there were some works going on.

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  6. Hi what train company you reckon to go to Taroko gorge? Shd I book online few days before?

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  7. @Anonymous

    Hi,

    You might want to read more about it in the following post! :)

    http://discoverbooktravel.blogspot.com/2015/04/puyuma-408-train-from-taipei-to-hualien.html

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  8. Just want to ask, what conditions may be fulfilled to be able to use the SATS premier lounge ? Thank you !

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  9. @Eternity Evan B.C.

    Hi,

    We used the complimentary vouchers from the American Express Krisflyer Ascend card. It was given to us when we first sign up for the card. IF you pay the annual fee every year, the vouchers will be given to you every year.

    You may want to refer to our post for more details.

    http://discoverbooktravel.blogspot.sg/2015/02/airport-lounge-review-sats-premier.html

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  10. Hi! Do you know the website to buy train tickets to Ruifang?

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  11. @Anonymous

    Hi,

    Thanks for visiting our blog!

    The official site is http://www.railway.gov.tw/en/.

    You may want to refer to the following blog guides on how to purchase the tickets! :)

    http://www.alectravelguide.com/2015/03/04/how-to-book-railway-train-tickets-in-taiwan/

    http://taiwan-itinerary.blogspot.sg/2015/08/traintickets.html

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  12. Hello, may I ask if you have the contact number of the cab driver for the 1 day tour in Hualien? Thanks! :)

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    1. Hi,

      Thank you for visiting our blog!

      The driver was arranged by our hotel in Hualien.

      Unfortunately, we did not retain his contact number after the trip.

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  13. Hi, may i know how much is your trip??
    including hotel, flight, foods and transportation.

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  14. Hi,

    Thanks for visiting our blog!

    We spent around 2k for the trip for the 2 of us

    Here's a rough breakdown for your reference:

    Hotels: $475 for 4 nights
    Flight: $565
    Transportation / Admission Fees: $335
    Travel Insurance: $56
    Meals: $260
    Others: $300

    Hope the above helps! :)

    Have a safe and fun trip ahead!

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  15. Great blog! I especially like the way you list your itinerary in detail -very very helpful:))

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    1. Hi eva,

      Thanks for visiting our blog.

      Glad that you like our itinerary! :)

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  16. Great work...i've been there but didn't make any day trips off Taipei...next month going for exactly 4 nights, will take the Jiufen / Shifen itineraries of yours.CHeers!

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    1. Hi Adel,

      Thanks for visiting!

      Have a great trip ahead!

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  17. Thanks a lot for sharing your itinerary. It was extremely informative and helpful.

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  18. Hi ruffeecola and Charming,

    Thanks for your kind comments.

    Glad you find the itinerary useful! :)

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  19. Hi, I will be bringing my mom to Taipei in Dec 2016. Thought of visiting Hualian. Your itinerary mentioned Cab Pick up at Hualian Train Station; is this the pre-arranged by the Hotel? Is it thereafter a whole day private tour guided by the Cab driver? Is Hualian suitable for old folks to walk? Thanks in advance:)

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    1. Hi Rosalind,

      Thanks for visiting our blog.

      Yes- the cab pick up is arranged with the hotel. It is a private tour with the driver after dropping our luggage at the hotel. The Taroko gorge can be quite rocky and difficult to walk at times.

      The beach near our hotel is pretty walkable though.

      You can also spend some time at the city centre as well.

      Do read our posts and reviews for more information! :)

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  20. Hi how do you book the private cab to Taroko Gorge? Is it a flat rate?
    Thanks
    Chris

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  21. Hi Yummy Bakes,

    We booked it with the Hualien hotel that we stayed.

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  22. Hi can i ask if you guys stayed at jiufen till noon how's the place? is it quiet or crowded during morning-noon period? or shld we visit at night?

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  23. @Guang Ming

    Thanks for visiting our blog!

    It was ok when we first reached earlier in the morning.
    The tour groups start coming around the later part of the morning.

    We did not visit Jiufen at night before.

    Perhaps anyone could advise?? :)

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