ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

A Tourist Guide for Using the Taipei Metro

Updated on July 27, 2020
Paul Kuehn profile image

Paul lived in Kaohsiung, Taiwan 1973-1979. He also studied Chinese Mandarin and Taiwanese at Yangmingshan near Taipei in 1984 and 1985.

A Taipei Metro Train



The Taipei Metro which began operating in 1996 has played a significant role in Taipei, Taiwan's urban renewal, and an increase in tourist traffic.

Before the opening of the Taipei Metro, there was a lot of traffic congestion, and it was time-consuming and inconvenient traveling to tourist attractions in the northwestern and southeastern suburbs.

In this article, I first present an overview of the Taipei Metro and then describe the five major subway lines running through the city.

Taipei at Night

The 101 Building is in the center of the picture.
The 101 Building is in the center of the picture. | Source

Overview of the Taipei Metro

The Taipei Rapid Transit System popularly known as the MRT or Taipei Metro is a rapid transit system for metropolitan Taipei. In Pinyin Chinese, it is known as the "Taibei dazhong jieyun xitong" 台北大众捷运系统. It is co-located with the old existing train systems and a fairly new high-speed rail train system which started running in 2008.

Built by the Taipei City government and operated by the Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation, the Taipei Metro has 108 stations and five main routes. It operates on 131 kilometers or 81.5 miles of revenue tracks. In December of 2015, the Taipei Metro daily riders amounted to 2.15 million.

The Taipei Metro has three main transfer stations: Taipei Main Station; Zhongxiao Fuxing; and Minquan West Road. By riding on one of the five major lines, you can travel from Xindian in the southern suburbs to Tamsui (Danshui) in the northwestern suburbs, or from Yungning in the southwest to the Nangang Exhibition Center in the east.

At each one of the stations, most of which are underground, trains operate from 6:00 a.m. until midnight daily at intervals of 1.5 to 15 minutes.

Fares are collected through tokens dropped into turnstiles or by smart cards of stored value. While I was in Taipei in November of 2014, I purchased a two day Easy Card pass for 250 New Taiwan (NT) dollars. It included a 50 NT deposit for the card which was returned to me.

Except for rush hours, the train cars are spacious and very comfortable with accommodations for the handicapped. When the trains stop at all stations, announcements are given in Chinese Mandarin, Taiwanese, Hakka, and English.

Many of my Taipei Metro facts are taken from Wikipedia.

Summary of Taipei Metro Major Five Lines

Five major subway lines are running through the Greater Taipei metropolitan area. They include the Red Line or Tamsui-Xinyi Line; the Blue Line or Ban-Nan Line; the Brown Line or Wen Hu Line; Orange Line or Zhonghe-Xinlu Line; and the Green Line or Songshan-Xindian Line. Each one of these lines is described in detail below.

Taipei Metro Subway Lines and Stations


Red Line or Tamsui-Xinyi Line

The Red Line is the longest and one of the most popular subway lines used by locals and tourists. It has terminal stations at Xiangshan (Elephant Mountain) in eastern Taipei and Tamsui (Danshui), an old fishing village in the northwestern suburbs.

If you start at Xiangshan, your first tourist spot will be the 101 Building which up until around 2005 was the tallest building in the world. The next significant tourist site will be the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall. After stopping at the Main Station, you will pass through the Yuanshan and Shilin stations. The picturesque Grand Hotel is at Yuanshan, and Shilin is famous for its big night market. Continuing to the northwest, you will get to the Peitou station where you can transfer to a smaller line to reach the hot spring baths at New Peitou. The final tourist destination is the terminal station at Tamsui, an old fishing village. The Red Line is 29.6 km in length and has 27 stations.

On the 89th Floor of the Taipei 101 Building

The Shihlin Night Market


The Blue Line or Ban Nan Line

The Blue Line has terminal stations at Yungning in the southwest and at the Nangang Exhibition Hall in eastern Taipei. Some of the tourist attractions on the Blue Line include the old Lungshan Temple; the Ximending night market near the Ximen or west gate station; the Zhongxiao-Fuxing nearby area for shopping; and the Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall. The Blue Line is 26.5 kilometers long and has 22 stations.

The Brown Line or Wen Hu Line

The Brown Line has terminal stations at the Nangang Exhibition Hall in eastern Taipei and at the Taipei Zoo in the southeastern suburbs. The Songshan Airport Station is for use of the domestic airport operating flights to major cities in Taiwan. The international airport is located outside of Taipei to the south near Taoyuan. The Brown Line is 25.7 kilometers in length and has 24 stations.

The Orange Line or Zhonghe-Xinlu Line

The Orange Line has terminal stations at Huilung and Luzhou in the west and Nanshijiao in the south. It is 25.1 kilometers in length and has 27 stations.

The Green Line or Songshan-Xindian Line

The Green Line has terminal stations at Songshan in the east and Xindian and Xiao Bitan in the south. It is 21.3 kilometers in length and has 21 stations.

General Comments

When I visited Taipei in November of 2014, I made extensive use of the Red and Blue Lines. Trains ran on time and got me quickly to my destinations.

Tourists should be warned that the Taipei Main Station is very spacious because it houses the high-speed rail system, the old railroad lines, and the subway lines. Expect to do a lot of walking and make sure you follow the signs which are in both Chinese and English.


The Taipei Metro is one of the better mass rapid transit systems in Eastern Asia. Train cars are very comfortable and run to almost anyplace in the Taipei area. The Taipei Metro is also reasonable in price and very convenient for use.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2016 Paul Richard Kuehn


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Paul Kuehn profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thank you very much for your great comments, Rajan. I'm glad you liked the pictures and video and hope you have the chance of visiting Taiwan in the future.

    • Paul Kuehn profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      I think Taiwan used to be more beautiful in the late 60s and 70s. It is still, however, a beautiful small island to visit.

    • rajan jolly profile image

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Metro has made commuting and life in general much pleasanter even in India. They certainly are indispensable in current times. I loved the night market and Red line video.

    • DDE profile image

      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Lovely photos! A beautiful place to visit.

    • Paul Kuehn profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Au fait, I'm happy that you found this hub useful. Yes, I think putting this on a travel site would be a great idea. I thank you very much for pinning, posting on FB, and sharing this article with FB followers!

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      4 years ago from North Texas

      Excellent information for anyone visiting Taipei who may want to use this subway. If there's a way to advertise this article on travel sites I'm sure people touristing or traveling for any reason in this area would appreciate this information. Pinned this to my travel board and posted it on FB as well. Sharing with followers as well.

    • Paul Kuehn profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      @Rabadi , Thanks for commenting. I'm happy you enjoyed this hub and hope you have the chance to visit Taiwan and other East Asia countries in the future!

    • Rabadi profile image

      4 years ago from New York

      Very Fascinating place. Enjoyed the read :)

    • Paul Kuehn profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Taipei and Taiwan is a fascinating place, but there was much more magic to Taiwan 50 years ago. Thanks for commenting!

    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 

      4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Looks like a fascinating place.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)