Taipei Metro (MRT)

Taipei MRT Map
Taipei Metro Map (Click to enlarge)

Taipei Metro, also known as Mass Rapid Transit or MRT, is the most convenient means of public transportation serving the metropolis and New Taipei City. Currently, five main lines, two branch lines and Taoyuan Airport MRT line are in operation, covering a distance of 117 miles (188 kilometers). People in all districts of Taipei and some areas in New Taipei City can enjoy the rail transit. The Circular Line is expected to operate by the end of 2016. In addition, more metro lines will be put into service in the following years, such as Wanda Line, Minsheng-Xizhi Line, Shenkeng Line and Xinzhuang Line Extension.

Starting running as early as 1996, Taipei Metro has developed quite well, with smoking, eating, drinking and even gum chewing prohibited on train. The subway system is very popular among the office workers, students, and tourists for being cost- and time-efficient: a single journey costs NT$20-160 according to the distance, and all MRT lines run from 06:00 to 24:00 at intervals of about 5/7.5 minutes.

 

Lines in Operation

 Wenhu Line (Line 1): Zoo – Nangang Exhibition Center
Total Length: 16 miles (26 kilometers)
Duration: 45 minutes
Station Number: 24
Route: Zoo – Muzha – Wanfang Community – Wanfang Hospital – Xinhai – Linguang – Liuzhangli – Technology Building – Daan – Zhongxiao Fuxing – Nanjing Fuxing – Zhongshan Junior High School – Songshan Airport – Dazhi – Jiannan Road – Xihu – Gangqian – Wende – Neihu – Dahu Park – Huzhou – Donghu – Nangang Software Park – Nangang Exhibition Center

 Tamsui-Xinyi Line (Line 2): Tamsui – Xiangshan
Total Length: 19 miles (30 kilometers)
Duration: 55 minutes
Station Number: 27
Route: Tamsui – Hongshulin – Zhuwei – Guandu – Zhongyi – Fuxinggang – Beitou – Qiyan – Qili’an – Shipai – Mingde – Zhishan – Shilin – Jiantan – Yuanshan – West Minquan Road – Shuanglian – Zhongshan – Main Station – NTU Hospital - Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall – Dongmen – Daan Park – Daan – Xinyi Anhe – Taipei 101 / World Trade Center – Xiangshan

 Xinbeitou Branch Line (belonging to line 2): Beitou – Xinbeitou
Length: 0.7 mile (1.2 kilometers)
Duration: 3-4 minutes
Station Number: 2

 Songshan-Xindian Line (Line 3): Songshan – Xindian
Total Length: 12 miles (19 kilometers)
Duration: 35 minutes
Station Number: 19
Route: Songshan – Nanjing Sanmin – Taipei Arena – Nanjing Fuxing – Songjiang Nanjing – Zhongshan – Beimen – Ximen – Xiaonanmen – Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall – Guting – Taipower Building – Gongguan – Wanlong – Jingmei – Dapinglin – Qizhang – Xindian District Office - Xindian

 Xiaobitan Branch Line (belonging to line 3): Qizhang – Xiaobitan
Length: 1.2 miles (2 kilometers)
Duration: 4 minutes
Station Number: 2

 Zhonghe-Xinlu Line (Line 4): 4A, Nanshijiao - Huilong; 4B, Nanshijiao - Luzhou
Total Length: 20 miles (32 kilometers)
Duration from Nanshijiao: 50 minutes to Huilong; 40 minutes to Luzhou
Route of Line 4A: Nanshijiao – Jing'an – Yongan Market – Dingxi – Guting – Dongmen – Zhongxiao Xinsheng – Songjiang Nanjing – Xingtian Temple – Zhongshan Elementary School – West Minquan Road – Daqiaotou – Taipei Bridge – Cailiao – Sanchong – Xianse Temple – Touqianzhuang – Xinzhuang – Fu Jen University – Danfeng – Huilong
Route of Line 4B: Nanshijiao - …… - Daqiaotou - Sanchong Elementary School – Sanhe Junior High School – St. Ignatius High School – Sanmin Senior High School - Luzhou

 Bannan Line (Line 5): Nangang Exhibition Center - Dingpu
Total Length: 17 miles (27 kilometers)
Duration: 50 minutes
Station Number: 23
Route: Nangang Exhibition Center – Nangang – Kunyang – Houshanpi – Yongchun – City Hall – Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall – Zhongxiao Dunhua – Zhongxiao Fuxing – Zhongxiao Xinsheng – Shandao Temple – Main Station – Ximen – Longshan Temple – Jiangzicui – Xinpu – Banqiao – Fuzhong – Far Eastern Hospital – Haishan – Tucheng – Yongning – Dingpu

 Taoyuan Airport Metro: Taipei Main Station - Zhongli Railway Station
Total Length: 32 miles (51 kilometers)
Duration: 80 minutes
Operation Time: 06:00 - 23:05
Station Number: 23
Route: Taipei Main Station - Sanchong - New Taipei Industrial Park - Xinzhuang Fuduxin – Taishan - Taishan Guihe - National Taiwan Sport University - Chang Gung Memorial Hospital – Linkou – Shanbi – Kengkou - Taoyuan Airport Terminal 1 - Airport Terminal 2 - Airport Hotel – Dayuan – Hengshan – Linghang - Taoyuan HSR Station- Taoyuan Sports Park – Xingnan – Huanbei – Laojie River (Not opened yet) - Zhongli Railway Station (Not opened yet)
 
 

Metro Ticket

1. Single Journey Ticket: It is available at the ticket machine in every MRT station. The fare is NT$20-65 which varies with the distance, and the ticket is valid only on the day of issue.
2. Taipei Pass: The card allows passengers to take subway, and city buses with the mark of Taipei Pass for unlimited times during the period of its validity. It can be bought at the EasyCard Customer Service Center at local Main Station, and the information centers in all metro stations. The card has several types, including the NT$180 1-Day Pass, NT$310 2-Day Pass, NT$440 3-Day Pass, and NT$700 5-Day Pass. In addition, the Maokong Gondola 1-Day Pass enables passengers to take the gondola for unlimited times in a day and it costs NT$350.
3. 24-hour Metro Pass: Being valid within 24h from the first use on metro, it is a good choice for one-day visitors touring around the city using MRT. It costs NT$180 and cannot be topped up.
4. EasyCard: The card can be used on subway, buses, dedicated car parks and stores. It includes NT$100 refundable deposit. Once getting a new card, you need to top it up with the amount of NT$100 or the multiple. Then use the card on the public transportation, with 20% off offered. Each person needs to hold a card. The card is available at all EasyCard Customer Service Centers, information centers of any subway station and 7-11 stores.

 

Attractions along MRT Lines:

Subway Line Station Attraction
Tamsui-Xinyi Line Beitou Station Beitou Hot Spring
Tamsui Station Tamsui Old Street
Jiantan Station Shilin Night Market
Taipei 101
Wenhu Line Zoo Station Zoo, Maokong Gondola

 
Songshan-Xindian Line Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Bannan Line Longshan Temple
Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall
Ximen Station Ximenting
Taoyuan Airport MRT Taishan Sanhe Night Market
Linkou Mitsui Outlet Park
Kengkou Kengkou Colorful Drawing Village

 

Bicycles on MRT:

To guarantee people’s leisure activities, the authority allows bicycles to be taken on metro during weekends and holidays. Each person can only take one bike and it is forbidden to use the escalator with bike. Regardless of the distance, the cyclist should pay NT$80 to ride the train. Generally, the size of the bicycle should be within 71in*47in*28in (180cm*120cm*70cm) in length, height and width. Children under 14 years old cannot bring a bike on train unless being accompanied by an adult. 

 Bicycles are allowed to take into many MRT stations except the following:
1. Tamsui Station
2. Taipei Main Station
3. Daan Station
4. Zhongxiao Fuxing Station
5. Nanjing Fuxing Station
6. All stations on Wenhu Line

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