No Car or Scooter? 6 Other Ways to Get Around Taipei [無車族遊台北六方法]

A Chinese version of this post is available below.

From 101 to DinTaiFung to YangMingShan, Taipei is full of people to meet and places to be. But for those of us who are a bit squeamish about braving the chaotic vehicle-acrobatics arena otherwise known as Taipei traffic, moving from place to place can get a bit tricky. Don’t worry though, 543 has got you covered. Here are six alternatives to driving a car or riding a scooter for getting around in Taipei!

1. Walk

Why use technology anyways? People have been using feet to get around for thousands of years, and it worked out just fine for them! In addition, there are the health benefits of not spending virtually every moment of your day sitting down. Some destinations truly are a bit too far for walking though, so don’t be afraid to turn to one of the other options below.

Possible issues: Exposure to the elements (heat, rain, humidity), not all destinations are within walking distance

Price: Free

More information: Just look down to the ground beneath your feet!

Photo via Taipei Government 

2. You-bike

Installed by the Taipei Government in an effort to reduce pollution and to promote healthy living, You-bikes are rental bikes found all over downtown Taipei. Just swipe your Easycard over the sensor, grab a bike, and go! The best part is, you don’t even need to take the bike back to where you got it. Just find another You-bike station close to your destination, and drop it off there.

Possible issuesStations are mainly centered downtown, so not useful if you’re going to other parts of Taipei

Price: Free for the first 30 minutes, then 10 NT for every 30 minutes after

More information: You-bike

Photo via You-bike

3. Bus

With hundreds of lines in operation, it’s virtually impossible to find a corner of Taipei you can’t reach by bus. Since the route maps are completely in Chinese, figuring out which bus to take can be a bit confusing sometimes. However, on the official website, you can enter your starting location and destination and the website will tell you which lines to take. Useful, right?

Possible issuesSubject to traffic, usually won’t go straight to your destination, but nearby

Price: 15NT, occasionally 30NT for longer rides

More information: Taipei Buses

Photo via Taipei Government 

4. MRT

Since its opening in 1996, Taipei’s MRT line has been praised numerous times for being fast and easy to use. Since it operates independent of street traffic, the MRT can often bypass traffic jams or rush hour, which can prove useful if you’re in a hurry. For those who can’t read Mandarin, there is plenty of English around the MRT to help you out.

Possible issuesOften crowded, long periods of standing, usually won’t go straight to your destination, but nearby

Price: 20-40NT

More information: Taipei Metro

5. Taxi

Compared to other urban cities, Taipei’s taxis are known for being relatively cheap and safe. In addition to hailing one down on the street, you can also call for a taxi from various companies. Due to the fact that cab companies are private businesses, getting a cab can sometimes be like a game of Russian Roulette; it could be perfectly fine or a language barrier/political views/nosy driver disaster.

Possible issuesInconsistency in quality, possible language barrier issues for non Mandarin speakers

Price: Starts at 70NT and increases based on distance and time

More information: One of the more reputable companies, Taiwan Taxi

Photo via  Taiwan Taxi

6. Uber

Looking to impress a date? Or perhaps you just want to feel classy for a night? Call Uber then.

Spanning across dozens of cities all over the world, from San Francisco to Amsterdam, Uber is a driving company with the motto: “Everyone’s private driver”.  As of July 29, Uber is now up and running in Taipei too!

Uber prides themselves on the consistency of quality, whether it be in the sleek black cars or the professionally trained drivers who greet with you a polite smile. Car requests are made via their mobile app, which is available for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry. Since you enter your destination into your phone as opposed to speaking to the driver, language differences will never be an issue in getting to where you want to go. As for payment, Uber charges directly from your credit card, so there’s never any hassle in counting crumpled bills out of your wallet.

To celebrate their launch, you can check out Uber for yourself! Just download their app, register, and enter “TAIPEILOVE” as a promo code to get 500NT worth of Uber credits, now until August 31. ( promo code expired) 

Possible issues: Pricier than a taxi due to higher standards of quality, but definitely worth it

Price: Starting fee of 126NT, min. fare of 230NT

More information: Uber Official Website/Twitter/Facebook/Taipei Blog /Taipei Site 

***Enter the promo code “Taipei543” to get an Uber free ride up to NT$350 (new user only)***

Photo and Feature Photo via Moritz Lips

Translator: Pearl Zheng

無車族遊台北六方法

 

台北不管是101、鼎泰豐或陽明山,處處都是景點。但面對台北交通的雜亂無章,要在各地趴趴走往往會讓人一個頭兩個大。別擔心,543在下面將告訴您暢遊台北的六種替代方案。

1. 走路

人類幾千年以來用雙腳代步照樣行的通,誰說現代人一定要向科技屈服呢?更何況偶爾站起來走一走,對身體是有益無害的。但有些地方用走的可能太遠,所以不要怕改用以下其他選擇!

缺點:並非所有地方都能用走的,還會因下雨、太熱或太潮濕等天氣因素影響

價格:免費

More information: Just look down!
Photo via Taipei Government 

2. 微笑單車

台北市政府為了推廣環保及健康生活,在台北各大鬧區增設了提供租借的You-bike微笑單車。使用者只要選一台車,拿悠遊卡感應扣款,就可以馬上出發!最棒的是,歸還時,這些單車不用牽回原點,只要在目的地附近找尋另一個租賃站即可。

缺點:租借站點主要設在熱鬧商圈,要去台北其他地方比較不方便

價格:前30分鐘免費,之後每 30 分鐘收費 10 元。

More information: You-bike

Photo via You-bike

3. 公車

公車營運路線四通八達,台北幾乎沒有公車到不了的地方!但是對看不懂中文路線圖的人,有時候還真不知道該坐哪台車才好。幸好,只要在官方網站輸入您的起點和終點,就可以知道要坐哪一線,實在是非常的方便。

缺點:會受交通狀況影響,通常不能夠直達目的地,只能到附近而已

價格:15元,某些長程路段要再加收15元

More information: Taipei Buses

Photo via Taipei Government 

4. 捷運

台北捷運自1996年營運以來,其便捷的交通一直都備受推崇。因為捷運有自己的專用路線,趕時間的人常可省去尖峰時間交通壅塞的困擾,而且就算看不懂中文,捷運到處都有為乘客而設的英文指標。

缺點:常人潮多,需要長時間站著,通常不能夠直達目的地,只能到附近而已

價格:20-40元

More information: Taipei Metro

5. 計程車

與其他城市相比之下,台北的計程車算是便宜又安全的選擇。除了直接在路上攔車,乘客也可以從各大車行叫車。但因為車行屬私人營運,坐車要憑運氣,有時候經驗不錯,但又可能遇到無法溝通、喜歡大聲喧嘩或高談政治議題的司機。

缺點:品質不一,對不會說中文的人可能會有溝通問題

價格:70元起跳,依照距離和時間跳表

More information: One of the more reputable companies, Taiwan Taxi

Photo via  Taiwan Taxi

6. Uber

想要體驗一晚的時尚,或讓約會對象刮目相看?找Uber就對了!

Uber是一家高檔車叫車公司,從舊金山到阿姆斯特丹等各大城市都有提供服務,主打個人專屬司機的概念,並自7月29日起進軍台北!

Uber以一致的高品質服務引以為傲,提供高檔黑頭車,以及親切的專人司機。叫車時,只需透過iOS、Android或黑莓平台上的App,將目的地輸入手機,不用再怕與司機語言不通,就能輕鬆抵達想要去的地方。另外,車資是直接從信用卡扣款,可以省去支付現金的麻煩。為了慶祝Uber在台灣正式上路,從8月1日到31日為止,只要下載他們的App,註冊會員並輸入「TAIPEILOVE」的優惠序號,就可免費獲得新台幣500元的Uber乘車點數!(此優惠碼已過期)

缺點: 因提供高品質的服務,車資比一般計程車還貴,但絕對有值回票價的感覺

價格:以126元開始計算,最低車資230元。

More information: Uber Official Website/Twitter/Facebook/Taipei Blog /Taipei Site

*****輸入優惠碼: “Taipei543” 即可獲得$350 NT 優惠金免費搭乘Uber  (限新用戶)*****

Photo and Feature Photo via Moritz Lips

譯者: Pearl Zheng

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