Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport in Taipei is the country’s primary international gateway, with Kaohsiung a distant second and very limited international flights to Taichung and Hualien.
- Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (, previously Chiang Kai-Shek International Airport) (IATA: TPE) is the country’s primary international airport. It is located 40 kilometers southwest of Taipei and has excellent connectivity to major Asian destinations as well as North America. There are direct buses from the airport to Taipei, Taichung, and other neighboring cities. Alternatively, the U-Bus company operates shuttles to HSR Taoyuan station for high-speed train connections to Hsinchu, Taichung, Chiayi, Tainan, and Kaohsiung; and Jhongli Transit Station, for mainline TRA (Taiwan Railways Administration ) train and southbound bus connections to Tainan, Hsinchu, and others.
- Songshan Airport (IATA: TSA) in downtown Taipei mostly handles local flights, with limited daily charter flights to mainland China, Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, and Seoul’s Gimpo Airport.
- The domestic and international airports in Kaohsiung (IATA: KHH) are situated in the same facility. International flights are limited to other Asian cities, and charter flights to mainland China are available.
- Taichung Airport (IATA: RMQ) offers local flights as well as international flights to Hong Kong and Vietnam, as well as cross-strait charter flights to mainland China.
- Hualien Airport (IATA: HUN) handles local flights as well as foreign charter flights to Japan, South Korea, and Macau. It is also one of the airports authorized to handle direct cross-strait flights.
Furthermore, airports at Makung, Taitung, and Kinmen have been authorized for cross-strait flights to mainland China, but only Makung presently has regular flights to the mainland.
Regular cross-Strait flights between Taiwan and mainland China began in 2008, after a nearly 60-year hiatus, and travel times on certain popular routes have been substantially shortened since aircraft no longer had to pass via Hong Kong airspace.
EVA Air and China Airlines are the two most important Taiwanese airlines.
All regular passenger ferry services between Taiwan and Japan were discontinued in 2008. Star Cruises provides limited cruise services to Hong Kong and several Japanese islands from Keelung and Kaohsiung.
There are two daily boats from Fuzhou, China, to Matsu. From Fuzhou railway station, take bus 69 to Wuyilu, then bus 73 to the finish station Mawei port . The ferry from China costs RMB350 and TWD1300 from Taiwan. The journey takes two hours. There are two daily boats from Matsu to Keelung, Taiwan. TWD1050 provides a bed since the journey takes 10 hours. Reservations may be booked by calling +886 2 2424 6868.
At Mawei harbor in Fuzhou, you may purchase an all-inclusive ticket all the way to Taipei, which covers the Fuzhou-Matsu boat mentioned above as well as a domestic flight from Matsu to Taipei (or Taichung). The fee (RMB780) covers Matsu transportation between the port and the airport, as well as a voucher for lunch at the airport while you wait for your connection. The boat departs Fuzhou at 9:30 a.m. Arrive to Mawei at 08:00 to purchase tickets.
There are also numerous ferry routes connecting the mainland cities of Xiamen and Quanzhou and the island of Kinmen. There is now a weekly boat from Xiamen’s Dongdu Harbor to Keelung, which departs on Thursdays at 18:00 and costs less than RMB500, as well as one to Taichung, which departs on Tuesdays. For further information, call 0592-2393128 or 0592-6011758 from China. You may also find news here.
Every Thursday at 18:00, the Cosco Star departs Xiamen and arrives at Keelung, Taiwan, at 08:30 the following morning. Every Monday evening, the ship departs Xiamen for the south end of Taiwan (Kaohsiung) and then for central Taiwan (Taichung) the following day. Every Sunday at 19:00, the ship departs Keelung for the mainland, landing in Xiamen the following morning at 09:00. Every Wednesday at 21:00, the ship departs Taichung for an overnight voyage to Xiamen. Prices begin at NT$3500. More information may be found on the website.