7 Sample TAIPEI ITINERARIES: 1-7 Days

Taipei is the bustling and vibrant Taiwanese capital. This metropolis has extensive public transportation networks that make it easy to travel to different parts of the city. It also has an interesting mix of tradition and modernity, shopping and dining centers, and plenty of activities that easily fill a couple of days’ itinerary.

The city has a number of markets, both old and new, that are worth exploring. You’ll see all sorts of items sold and laid out on the sidewalk or street, small to medium-sized stalls or flashy shops with neon signs, or large buildings that offer the latest brands. You’ll also see a variety of street food and restaurants that offer irresistible dishes. The Shilin Night Market and Ximending are two famous destinations that cater to your need to shop until you drop and eat till your heart’s content.

You could also do a couple of whole day trips from the city. Yangmingshan is an ideal place to go to for nature lovers with its many hiking trails and viewing points. Yehliu Geopark is a natural wonder with its uniquely rugged beautiful rock formations.


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If you’re flying to Taipei soon, here are some sample itineraries that TPT co-founder Yoshke Dimen built. You may follow this but please take note of the following:

  • All itineraries assume you’re flying in and out of Taipei Taoyuan International Airport.
  • The 2-day to 7-day itineraries assume you’re staying near Taipei Main Station. It’s a great location because everything is accessible from here.
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  • The fares and prices are just estimates. It’s meant to give just a ballpark figure. The actual costs may vary. Estimated costs do not include shopping budget and other expenses that are not indicated.
  • Total cost estimates are bloated. We added a bit of allowance. Better overestimate than under.

As always, feel free to make some tweaking to any of these itineraries to match your flight schedule or preferences.

Taipei Itinerary for Layover: 1 Day

A day is simply insufficient to discover all that Taipei has to offer; however, if that’s the time you got, might as well make the most out of it. Here’s our layover itinerary for those just stopping by.

This itinerary will allow you to see all the most iconic attractions within the city center including the

Day 1: TAIPEI CITY TOUR
09:25am – Arrival at the airport
10:25am – MRT to Taipei Main Station, NT$160
11:25am – Lunch, NT$150
12:00nn – MRT to Taipei 101 Station, NT$25
12:20pm – Taipei 101, NT$510, Get Discounted Ticket Here!
01:30pm – Taipei 101 to Chiang Kai Shek Station. NT$20
01:50pm – Chiang Kai Shek Memorial
02:50pm – CKS Station to Shilin Station, NT$25
03:10pm – Bus R30 to National Palace Museum, NT$15
03:20pm – National Palace Museum, NT$350, Book Here!
06:30pm – Bus to Shilin Night Market, NT$15
07:00pm – Shilin Night Market, Budget: NT$250
09:00pm – Jiantan Station to Taipei Main Station, NT$20
09:30pm – Taipei Main Station to Airport, NT$160
10:30pm – Flight check-in

Cost Estimate: NT$1800 (USD59, EUR51, SGD80, PHP3150), excluding airfare.


Taipei Itinerary: 2 Days

This 2-day itinerary will let you see attractions in Taipei City including Taipei 101, Shilin Market, and the National Palace Museum, as well as villages and destinations outside like Shifen, Jiufen, and Yehliu Geopark.

Shifen and Jiufen have quaint old town vibe that provide you with a glimpse of its past. Jiufen has the building that was the inspiration for one of the locations in the anime movie ‘Spirited Away. Shifen is near a spectacular waterfall too.

Day 1: TAIPEI CITY TOUR
09:25am – Arrival at the airport
10:25am – MRT to Taipei Main Station, NT$160
11:25am – Walk to Hotel
11:50nn – Hotel check-in or drop bags
12:10pm – Lunch, NT$150
01:00pm – MRT to Taipei 101 Station, NT$25
01:20pm – Taipei 101, NT$510, Get Discounted Ticket Here!
02:30pm – MRT to Shilin Station, NT$30
03:10pm – Bus to National Palace Museum, NT$15
03:20pm – National Palace Museum, NT$350, Book Here!
06:30pm – Bus to Shilin Night Market, NT$15
07:00pm – Shilin Night Market, Budget: NT$250
09:00pm – MRT to Taipei Main Station, NT$20
10:00pm – Lights out

Day 2: JIUFEN, SHIFEN, YEHLIU TOUR
05:00am – Wake up call, early check out
07:15am – MRT to Ximen Station, NT$20
07:45am – Jiufen-Shifen-Yehliu Tour, NT$680, Discounted Ticket Here!
Plus Lunch, NT$200, and Yehliu Entrance Fee, NT$80
05:00pm – Back to Ximen Station
05:10pm – MRT to Main Station
05:30pm – Pick up bags
06:00pm – MRT to Airport, NT$160
07:00pm – Flight check in

Cost Estimate: NT$2900 (USD94, EUR82, SGD130, PHP5070), excluding airfare and hotel.


Taipei Itinerary: 3 Days

This itinerary gives you more time at the top observatory of Taipei 101, the city’s most iconic landmark! It is a modern architectural wonder that lights up the night sky as soon as sunset comes. You can go up to the viewing platform to get a bird’s eye view of the bustling metropolis.

I scheduled it at sunset so you get to enjoy the view during daytime and when the city lights come to life.

Aside from that, you’ll also get to see the National Palace Museum, Shilin Night Market, Martyrs’ Shrine, Yehliu Geopark, Jiufen and Shifen.

Day 1: NATIONAL PALACE MUSEUM
09:25am – Arrival at the airport
10:25am – MRT to Taipei Main Station, NT$160
11:25am – Walk to Hotel
11:50nn – Hotel check-in or drop bags
12:10pm – Lunch, NT$150
01:00pm – MRT to Shilin Station, NT$25
01:20pm – Bus to National Palace Museum, NT$15
01:40pm – National Palace Museum, NT$350, Book Here!
03:40pm – Bus 213 to Martyr’s Shrine, NT$15
04:00pm – Martyrs’ Shrine
04:45pm – Watch Changing of the Guards
05:10pm – Bus to Shilin Night Market, NT$15
05:50pm – Shilin Night Market, Budget: NT$250
08:00pm – MRT to Taipei Main Station, NT$25
09:30pm – Lights out

Day 2: JIUFEN, SHIFEN, YEHLIU TOUR
05:00am – Wake up call
07:15am – MRT to Ximen Station, NT$20
07:45am – Jiufen-Shifen-Yehliu Tour, NT$680, Discounted Ticket Here!
Plus Lunch, NT$200, and Yehliu Entrance Fee, NT$80
05:00pm – Back to Ximen Station
05:10pm – Explore Ximending
06:30pm – Dinner, NT$150
08:30pm – MRT, NT$20, or walk to hotel
10:00pm – Lights out

Day 3: TAIPEI 101 & MEMORIALS
08:00am – Wake up call, pack up
09:30am – Early check out, leave bags
10:00am – MRT to NTU Hospital Station, NT$20
10:30am – Presidential Office Building
12:00nn – Lunch, NT$150
01:00pm – Walk to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial
01:30pm – Chiang Kai Shek Memorial
02:30pm – MRT to Sun Yat Sen Station, NT$25
03:00pm – Sun Yat Sen Memorial
04:00pm – Walk to Taipei 101
04:30pm – Taipei 101, NT$510, Get Discounted Ticket Here!
07:00pm – MRT to Main Station, NT$25
07:30pm – Pick up bags
08:00pm – MRT to Airport, NT$160
09:00pm – Flight check in

Cost Estimate: NT$3300 (USD107, EUR93, SGD147, PHP5770), excluding airfare and hotel.


Taipei Itinerary: 4 Days

This itinerary is almost a clone of the 3-day version above, but with an added free day.

I always like having one free day when I would just walk around the city aimlessly and check out shops and cafes. For this itinerary, I made the last day a free day so you have time to do whatever you want other than tour. You can use this time to shop around or just relax.

Day 1: NATIONAL PALACE MUSEUM
09:25am – Arrival at the airport
10:25am – MRT to Taipei Main Station, NT$160
11:25am – Walk to Hotel
11:50nn – Hotel check-in or drop bags
12:10pm – Lunch, NT$150
01:00pm – MRT to Shilin Station, NT$25
01:20pm – Bus to National Palace Museum, NT$15
01:40pm – National Palace Museum, NT$350, Book Here!
03:40pm – Bus 213 to Martyr’s Shrine, NT$15
04:00pm – Martyrs’ Shrine
04:45pm – Watch Changing of the Guards
05:10pm – Bus to Shilin Night Market, NT$15
05:50pm – Shilin Night Market, Budget: NT$250
08:00pm – MRT to Taipei Main Station, NT$25
09:30pm – Lights out

Day 2: JIUFEN, SHIFEN, YEHLIU TOUR
05:00am – Wake up call
07:15am – MRT to Ximen Station, NT$20
07:45am – Jiufen-Shifen-Yehliu Tour, NT$680, Discounted Ticket Here!
Plus Lunch, NT$200, and Yehliu Entrance Fee, NT$80
05:00pm – Back to Ximen Station
05:10pm – Explore Ximending
06:30pm – Dinner, NT$150
08:30pm – MRT, NT$20, or walk to hotel
10:00pm – Lights out

Day 3: TAIPEI 101 & MEMORIALS
08:00am – Wake up call
10:00am – MRT to NTU Hospital Station, NT$20
10:30am – Presidential Office Building
12:00nn – Lunch, NT$150
01:00pm – Walk to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial
01:30pm – Chiang Kai Shek Memorial
02:30pm – MRT to Sun Yat Sen Station, NT$25
03:00pm – Sun Yat Sen Memorial
04:00pm – Walk to Taipei 101
04:30pm – Taipei 101, NT$510, Get Discounted Ticket Here!
07:00pm – MRT to Main Station, NT$25
07:30pm – Dinner, NT$150
10:00pm – Lights out

Day 4: FREE DAY, DEPARTURE
09:00am – Wake up call, pack up
11:00am – Hotel check out, leave bags
12:00nn – Lunch, NT$150
01:00pm – Free time
06:00pm – Dinner, NT$150
07:30pm – Pick up bags
08:00pm – MRT to Airport, NT$160
09:00pm – Flight check in

Cost Estimate: NT$3800 (USD123, SGD170, PHP6650, EUR107), excluding airfare and hotel.


Taipei Itinerary: 5 Days

This itinerary will take you to the following sites: National Palace Museum, Martyr’s Shrine, Shilin Night Market, Chiang Kai Shek Memorial, Sun Yat Sen Memorial, Taipei 101, Presidential Office Building, Jiufen, Shifen, Yehliu Geopark, and Yangmingshan National Park with a Beitou hot spring stop!

Day 1: NATIONAL PALACE MUSEUM
09:25am – Arrival at the airport
10:25am – MRT to Taipei Main Station, NT$160
11:25am – Walk to Hotel
11:50nn – Hotel check-in or drop bags
12:10pm – Lunch, NT$150
01:00pm – MRT to Shilin Station, NT$25
01:20pm – Bus to National Palace Museum, NT$15
01:40pm – National Palace Museum, NT$350, Book Here!
03:40pm – Bus 213 to Martyr’s Shrine, NT$15
04:00pm – Martyrs’ Shrine
04:45pm – Watch Changing of the Guards
05:10pm – Bus to Shilin Night Market, NT$15
05:50pm – Shilin Night Market, Budget: NT$250
08:00pm – MRT to Taipei Main Station, NT$25
09:30pm – Lights out

Day 2: JIUFEN, SHIFEN, YEHLIU TOUR
05:00am – Wake up call
07:15am – MRT to Ximen Station, NT$20
07:45am – Jiufen-Shifen-Yehliu Tour, NT$680, Discounted Ticket Here!
Plus Lunch, NT$200, and Yehliu Entrance Fee, NT$80
05:00pm – Back to Ximen Station
05:10pm – Explore Ximending
06:30pm – Dinner, NT$150
08:30pm – MRT, NT$20, or walk to hotel
10:00pm – Lights out

Day 3: TAIPEI 101 & MEMORIALS
08:00am – Wake up call
10:00am – MRT to NTU Hospital Station, NT$20
10:30am – Presidential Office Building
12:00nn – Lunch, NT$150
01:00pm – Walk to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial
01:30pm – Chiang Kai Shek Memorial
02:30pm – MRT to Sun Yat Sen Station, NT$25
03:00pm – Sun Yat Sen Memorial
04:00pm – Walk to Taipei 101
04:30pm – Taipei 101, NT$510, Get Discounted Ticket Here!
07:00pm – MRT to Main Station, NT$25
07:30pm – Dinner, NT$150
10:00pm – Lights out

Day 4: YANGMINGSHAN NATIONAL PARK
09:00am – Wake up call
11:00am – Lunch, NT$150
01:00pm – Yangmingshan Tour & Hot Springs, NT$1380, Book here!
06:00pm – Dinner, NT$150
09:00pm – Lights out

Day 5: FREE DAY, DEPARTURE
09:00am – Wake up call, pack up
11:00am – Hotel check out, leave bags
12:00nn – Lunch, NT$150
01:00pm – Free time
06:00pm – Dinner, NT$150
07:30pm – Pick up bags
08:00pm – MRT to Airport, NT$160
09:00pm – Flight check in

Cost Estimate: NT$5500 (USD179, SGD246, PHP9590, EUR154), excluding airfare, hotel, and tips.


Taipei-Hualien Itinerary: 6 Days

This 6-day itinerary will take you to Taipei, Yehliu Geopark, Shifen, Jiufen, and Hualien! You will also have an entire day to see the magnificent Taroko Gorge.

Of course, the usual tourist attractions within Taipei like Taipei 101, National Palace Museum, and Shilin Market are also covered in the first few days.

Day 1: NATIONAL PALACE MUSEUM
09:25am – Arrival at the airport
10:25am – MRT to Taipei Main Station, NT$160
11:25am – Walk to Hotel
11:50nn – Hotel check-in or drop bags
12:10pm – Lunch, NT$150
01:00pm – MRT to Shilin Station, NT$25
01:20pm – Bus to National Palace Museum, NT$15
01:40pm – National Palace Museum, NT$350, Book Here!
03:40pm – Bus 213 to Martyr’s Shrine, NT$15
04:00pm – Martyrs’ Shrine
04:45pm – Watch Changing of the Guards
05:10pm – Bus to Shilin Night Market, NT$15
05:50pm – Shilin Night Market, Budget: NT$250
08:00pm – MRT to Taipei Main Station, NT$25
09:30pm – Lights out

Day 2: JIUFEN, SHIFEN, YEHLIU TOUR
05:00am – Wake up call
07:15am – MRT to Ximen Station, NT$20
07:45am – Jiufen-Shifen-Yehliu Tour, NT$680, Discounted Ticket Here!
Plus Lunch, NT$200, and Yehliu Entrance Fee, NT$80
05:00pm – Back to Ximen Station
05:10pm – Explore Ximending
06:30pm – Dinner, NT$150
08:30pm – MRT, NT$20, or walk to hotel
10:00pm – Lights out

Day 3: TAIPEI 101 & MEMORIALS
08:00am – Wake up call
10:00am – MRT to NTU Hospital Station, NT$20
10:30am – Presidential Office Building
12:00nn – Lunch, NT$150
01:00pm – Walk to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial
01:30pm – Chiang Kai Shek Memorial
02:30pm – MRT to Sun Yat Sen Station, NT$25
03:00pm – Sun Yat Sen Memorial
04:00pm – Walk to Taipei 101
04:30pm – Taipei 101, NT$510, Get Discounted Ticket Here!
07:00pm – MRT to Main Station, NT$25
07:30pm – Dinner, NT$150
10:00pm – Lights out

Day 4: TRANSIT TO HUALIEN
06:30am – Wake up call, hotel check out
08:30am – Puyuma train to Hualien, NT$440
11:30am – Walk to hotel
12:00nn – Hotel check in
12:30pm – Lunch, NT$150
02:00pm – Martyr’s Shrine
02:40pm – Walk around town
03:30pm – Back to hotel, rest
07:00pm – Cab to night market, NT$100
07:30pm – Night Market, Budget: NT$250
09:00pm – Cab to hotel, NT$100
10:00pm – Lights out

Day 5: TAROKO GORGE TOUR
06:00am – Wake up call
08:00am – Taroko Gorge Tour, NT$900, RESERVE A SLOT HERE
06:00pm – Dinner, NT$150
07:30pm – Stone Art Avenue & Ethnic Dance
08:30pm – Back to hotel
09:30pm – Lights out

Day 6: DEPARTURE
08:00am – Wake up call, pack up
10:00am – Hotel check out, leave bags
11:00am – Lunch, NT$150
12:30pm – Puyuma train to Taipei, NT$440
03:30pm – MRT to Airport, NT$160
04:30pm – Flight check in

Cost Estimate: NT$6400 (USD208, SGD287, PHP11200, EUR180), excluding airfare, hotel, and tips.


Taipei-Hualien Itinerary: 7 Days

This 1-week itinerary is another version of the 6-day itinerary above, except with an added FREE DAY in between.

Stops include key attractions in Taipei, Jiufen, Shifen, Yehliu Geopark, Hualien, and Taroko Gorge.

Day 1: NATIONAL PALACE MUSEUM
09:25am – Arrival at the airport
10:25am – MRT to Taipei Main Station, NT$160
11:25am – Walk to Hotel
11:50nn – Hotel check-in or drop bags
12:10pm – Lunch, NT$150
01:00pm – MRT to Shilin Station, NT$25
01:20pm – Bus to National Palace Museum, NT$15
01:40pm – National Palace Museum, NT$350, Book Here!
03:40pm – Bus 213 to Martyr’s Shrine, NT$15
04:00pm – Martyrs’ Shrine
04:45pm – Watch Changing of the Guards
05:10pm – Bus to Shilin Night Market, NT$15
05:50pm – Shilin Night Market, Budget: NT$250
08:00pm – MRT to Taipei Main Station, NT$25
09:30pm – Lights out

Day 2: JIUFEN, SHIFEN, YEHLIU TOUR
05:00am – Wake up call
07:15am – MRT to Ximen Station, NT$20
07:45am – Jiufen-Shifen-Yehliu Tour, NT$680, Discounted Ticket Here!
Plus Lunch, NT$200, and Yehliu Entrance Fee, NT$80
05:00pm – Back to Ximen Station
05:10pm – Explore Ximending
06:30pm – Dinner, NT$150
08:30pm – MRT, NT$20, or walk to hotel
10:00pm – Lights out

Day 3: TAIPEI 101 & MEMORIALS
08:00am – Wake up call
10:00am – MRT to NTU Hospital Station, NT$20
10:30am – Presidential Office Building
12:00nn – Lunch, NT$150
01:00pm – Walk to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial
01:30pm – Chiang Kai Shek Memorial
02:30pm – MRT to Sun Yat Sen Station, NT$25
03:00pm – Sun Yat Sen Memorial
04:00pm – Walk to Taipei 101
04:30pm – Taipei 101, NT$510, Get Discounted Ticket Here!
07:00pm – MRT to Main Station, NT$25
07:30pm – Dinner, NT$150
10:00pm – Lights out

Day 4: FREE DAY
09:00am – Wake up call
11:00am – Hotel check out, leave bags
12:00nn – Lunch, NT$150
01:00pm – Free time
06:00pm – Dinner, NT$150
08:00pm – Back to hotel, pack up
09:00pm – Lights out

Day 5: TRANSIT TO HUALIEN
06:30am – Wake up call, hotel check out
08:30am – Puyuma train to Hualien, NT$440
11:30am – Walk to hotel
12:00nn – Hotel check in
12:30pm – Lunch, NT$150
02:00pm – Martyr’s Shrine
02:40pm – Walk around town
03:30pm – Back to hotel, rest
07:00pm – Cab to night market, NT$100
07:30pm – Night Market, Budget: NT$250
09:00pm – Cab to hotel, NT$100
10:00pm – Lights out

Day 6: TAROKO GORGE TOUR
06:00am – Wake up call
08:00am – Taroko Gorge Tour, NT$900, RESERVE A SLOT HERE
06:00pm – Dinner, NT$150
07:30pm – Stone Art Avenue & Ethnic Dance
08:30pm – Back to hotel
09:30pm – Lights out

Day 7: DEPARTURE
08:00am – Wake up call, pack up
10:00am – Hotel check out, leave bags
11:00am – Lunch, NT$150
12:30pm – Puyuma train to Taipei, NT$440
03:30pm – MRT to Airport, NT$160
04:30pm – Flight check in

Cost Estimate: NT$6700 (USD218, SGD300, PHP11700, EUR188), excluding airfare, hotel, and tips.



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