Getting Here & Around in Taipei

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Getting Here & Around

Taipei Songshan (International) Airport has been swallowed up by the city's northeastern suburbs. The extensive subway network—the MRT, or Metro Taipei—links it directly to the city center. While the metropolitan area sprawls for many miles, downtown Taipei is fairly compact and works on a grid pattern. Street signs are in English as well as Chinese, making finding your way around easy. Besides the MRT, buses also have routes covering the entire city. Stops on both trains and buses are announced in four languages, including English. On buses you can pay in cash, either as you board or as you disembark—both if you cross a zone boundary. A red sign above the driver in Chinese changes when boundaries are crossed. If in doubt, follow the lead of the locals, but the bus driver will remind you if you owe any additional fare. Taxis are cheap and plentiful, and drivers are honest.

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