TAIPEI, TAIWAN BUDGET TRAVEL GUIDE 2018 with a 14,000 Pesos DIY Itinerary

Taipei Taiwan Budget Travel Guide with DIY Itinerary and Expenses

My top most-favorite and best trip for 2017 is our 5-day adventure in Taipei, Taiwan. With it's relaxed visa policy and visa-free entry privilege given to Filipinos, Taiwan is now fast-becoming one of the top-favorite destinations in Asia among Filipinos. If you're traveling to Taipei for the first time, here's a budget travel guide that (I hope) will help you in planning your trip to Taiwan this 2018. It provides useful information on how to get there, visa requirements, things to do, tourist spots and attractions, where to stay, DIY itinerary, budget and expenses, and more.

Travel Guide to Taipei, Taiwan


Now, let's get started...

Cheap Flights to Taipei Taiwan

With Taiwan's visa-free entry privilege given to Filipinos, this is now the best time to visit Taiwan. There are several airlines departing from Manila and Cebu that has direct flights to Taipei's Taoyuan International Airport.

EVA Airways, Cebu Pacific Air, Philippine Airlines and Cathay Pacific have daily flights to Taipei. To search for cheap flights to Taiwan, I highly recommend booking via Traveloka.com - one of Southeast Asia's leading travel booking sites. I've been using it in my travels and I can assure you that you'll always get the best deals and promos on hotels and flights! And don't forget to use their weekly promo codes to get more discounts!

READ: How I got to Book a Manila to Taipei Flight for 4,696 Pesos with FREE 30 kilos Baggage Allowance, In-flight Meal, and Philippine Travel Tax?


Download the Traveloka App now! https://www.traveloka.com/en-ph/traveloka-flight-ticket-hotel-booking-app

Please note that ticket prices and airfare are subject to change and depend on the date of your booking.

Taipei Taiwan Budget Travel Guide with DIY Itinerary and Expenses

Taoyuan Airport to Taipei City

Most international flights to Taipei lands at Taoyuan International Airport, which is located about 40km southwest of Taipei. Travel time from Taoyuan Airport is about 40 minutes to an hour going to Taipei City. There are several options to get to Taipei: train, bus, taxi, and private airport transfers.

Metro Transit Rail/MTR

The train from the airport to Taipei Main Station costs NT$ 160 per person. Travel time is about 40 minutes. Please note that Taiwan Airport MRT operating hours is from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm.


Another option is to take the bus to Taipei, fare is around NT$ 125 to NT$ 145 and travel time is about an hour - depending on your destination. Please note that most buses are only until 12 midnight. If you will be arriving at Taiwan Airport past 12 midnight, you may take the Airport Shuttle Bus 1819 to Taipei Main Station and then take a taxi to your hotel.


The third option is to take a taxi, which costs NT$ 900-1200 depending on where you are going in the city.

Private Car Transfer

For convenience, you may also hire an private airport transfer good for 4 persons for PHP 1,393 via Klook.com. This is a good option if you want a comfortable travel to the city, especially if you're already tired, sleepy, and carrying big luggages with you. It's also ideal for small groups so that you can share the cost and save more. I also recommend it for families, especially if you are traveling with kids or with senior citizens.

BOOK A PRIVATE CAR TRANSFER HERE: Sedan Taoyuan Airport Transfers (TPE) for Taipei

Visa Requirements

From November 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018, Filipinos are allowed to enter Taiwan Visa-free. You just need to have a valid passport with 6 months left before expiration, a return ticket, and a proof of accommodation before flying to Taiwan. Philippine Passport holders are allowed to stay not more than 14 days, so be sure that your flight bookings are correct before going to Taiwan.

Requirements for Visa-Free Entry to Visit Taiwan for Filipinos

  1. An ordinary/regular passport with remaining validity of at least six months from the date of entry (Diplomatic & official passport holders are not eligible for visa-free treatment);
  2. A return ticket or a ticket for the traveller's next destination and a visa for that destination if it is required;
  3. No criminal record in Taiwan;
  4. A proof of accommodation (hotel) booking or host/sponsor's contact information /or arrangements of tour, travel, visit, events and meeting etc.

READ: Requirements for Visa-Free Entry to Visit Taiwan for Filipinos

When is the Best Time to Visit Taiwan?

Winter in Taiwan is from December to February, spring is from March to May, summer is from June to August, and autumn is from September to November.

We visited Taiwan in November last year and it was cold at around 16 to 20 degrees celcius. It was the end of autumn but for 5 days that we were there, it was raining for 4 days. Be sure to always bring and umbrella or a jacket with you.

Where to Exchange Currency in Taiwan?

Taiwan currency is the New Taipei Dollar (NT$) which is about 0.03 USD or 1.66 PHP. You can ONLY exchange money at the airport or at banks. So if you're traveling during the weekend, be sure to change your money before leaving the airport as banks are closed during weekends.

You can also withdraw from ATMs in Taiwan. Just make sure that you have advised your bank before leaving the country that you will be withdrawing money from ATMs abroad.

Affordable Wifi Rental in Taiwan

How to Stay Connected in Taiwan?


For internet connection, I highly suggest that you avail a portable travel WiFi which is more affordable than subscribing to mobile roaming service and using your mobile data in connecting to the internet. With a portable travel WiFi, you can enjoy unlimited 4G internet service anywhere in Taiwan, and you can share the internet connection up to 8 devices with your travel buddies. This is ideal if you're traveling with a group because you could also split the cost.

These pocket WiFis are very in-demand, so make sure that you reserve one before your flight to Taiwan. You can reserve your handy and portable travel WiFi via Klook.com and just pick it up upon arrival at Taoyuan Iternational Airport.

BOOK AND RESERVE HERE: 4G WiFi (TW Airport Pick Up) for Taiwan


You can also buy a local simcard if you want to connect to the internet. You can purchase Taiwan simcard in advance via Klook.com. You can choose from 3, 5, 7 or 10 days unlimited data depending on your trip duration and just pick it up at Taiwan Airport upon arrival.

BOOK AND RESERVE HERE: 4G SIM Card (TW Airport Pick Up) for Taiwan

List of Best Hotels in Taipei

Where to Stay in Taipei?

During our 5-day Taiwan Adventure, we stayed at 2 hostels and at a luxury hotel. I recommend that you choose your accommodation that is near an MRT Station so it will be easy for you to go around. You may choose a hotel or hostel near Taipei Main Station, Ximen Station, or Taipei 101 Station. Here are the hostels and hotel we stayed at during our trip.

Budget Hostels in Taipei TaiwanBudget Hostels in Taipei Taiwan


Location: 34 Hengyang Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Northern Taiwan, Taiwan, 10045 (in between Taipei Main Station and Ximen Station)

Room Rates per night:
  • Mixed Dormitory - PHP 926.00 per person
  • Female Dormitory for 8 - PHP 927.00 per person
  • Standard Double Room, 1 Double Bed - PHP 1,806.00 for 2 persons

BOOK HERE: Check room rates and room availability

Budget Hostels in Taipei Taiwan


Location: 2F-2, No.51, Hengyang Rd., Zhongzheng District, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Northern Taiwan, Taiwan, 100 (in between Taipei Main Station and Ximen Station)

Room Rates per night:
  • Shared Male Dormitory - PHP 512.00 per person
  • Shared Female Dormitory - PHP 512.00 per person
  • Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm (1 Double Bed) - PHP 1,617.00 for 2 persons

BOOK HERE: Check room rates and room availability

Budget Hostels in Taipei Taiwan


Location: 2 SongShou Road, Taipei City, Northern Taiwan, Taiwan, 11051 (near Taipei 101 MRT Station)

Room Rate: for as low as PHP 10,000 per night

BOOK HERE: Check room rates and room availability

ALSO READ: Grand Hyatt Taipei Hotel Review


Note: Room rates are subject to change and depends on the booking dates.

Top Tourist Spots in Taipei

Here are the top tourist spots and attractions in Taipei you should not miss. You may click the photo for more details for each of the destinations.

Taipei 101 and Elephant Mountain Travel Guide Blog

Taipei 101

Location: Xinyi Special District, Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei 101 is one of Taiwan's most popular tourist attractions and most photographed landmark. It is considered as one of the tallest buildings in the world. It held the record of being the "tallest building in the world" with a height of 509.2 meters from 2004 to 2010. A trip to Taiwan is not complete without visiting Taipei 101.

HOW TO GET THERE: From anywhere in the city, take the MRT red line to Xiangshan Station and alight at Taipei 101/World Trade Center station. You can also take the blue line 5 bus to Taipei City Hall station and walk a few meters to Taipei 101. This is also one of the stops of the Taipei Sightseeing bus tour or the Double Decker hop on Hop off bus tour, so you could also make a stop here if you're taking the tour.


Taipei 101 observatory tickets normally cost TWD 600 (PHP 1,005.00), but you can get them at a discounted rate of PHP 858.00 when you purchase your tickets through Klook.com. Free admission for children under the height of 115 cm. Children must be accompanied by one adult.


How much is Taipei 101 tickets Taipei Taiwan

Elephant Mountain

Location: Xiangshan, Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan

If you're wondering where to get the best view of the city and of Taipei 101, I highly suggest that you climb the Elephant Mountain. It requires a hike to the stairs to get to the viewpoint where you will be greeted with an amazing view of Taipei City and the towering Taipei 101 dominating the city's skyline.

HOW TO GET THERE: Take the MRT red line, alight at Xiangshan Station and take Exit 2. Walk and pass the park, and when you reach the end of the road, turn left going uphill until you see the entrance or start of the Xiangshan Hiking Trail (see photo here) on the left side of the road. The hike takes about 20-30 minutes depending on how fast you climb the stairs.

Top things to do in Taipei Taiwan Tourist Spots

National Palace Museum

Location: Zhi Shan Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan

The National Palace Museum is one of Taiwan's most popular museums. It has a permanent collection of nearly 700,000 pieces of ancient Chinese imperial artifacts and artworks, ans is considered as one of the largest of its type in the world.

HOW TO GET THERE: Take the MRT to Shilin station (Red Line – 2) and then take Bus R30 to the National Palace Museum.

Must-see tourist spots in Taiwan

Martyrs' Shrine

Location: Zhongshan District, Taipei, Taiwan

The Martyrs' Shrine is a shrine dedicated to the war dead of the Republic of China. The changing of the honor guards is also a must-see when visiting the Martyrs' Shrine.

HOW TO GET THERE: Take the MRT to Jiantan Station (Red Line 2) and take Bus 267, 556, or 902.

Taipei Taiwan Tourist Spots and Attractions

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

Location: No. 21, Zhongshan South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100

Chiang Kai-shek (CKS) Memorial Hall is one of the most prominent historical landmarks in Taiwan. It was built in honor and memory of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, the former President of the Republic of China.

HOW TO GET THERE: Take the MRT to Chiang Kai-shek (CKS) Memorial Hall station (Red Line 2 or Green Line 3).

Taipei Tourist Spots Travel Guide

Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall

Location: No. 505, Section 4, Ren'ai Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110

Completed in 1972, the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall was built in memory of Republic of China's National Father, Dr. Sun Yat-sen.

HOW TO GET THERE: Take the MRT to Sun Yat-sen (SYS) Memorial Hall Station (Blue Line 5).


For convenience in exploring Taipei, Taipei Sightseeing Hop on Hop off Bus Tour tickets can be purchased online via Klook.com. When you have your tickets, you can just show the printed copy of the voucher or an e-voucher from your smartphone before riding the bus. That's how convenient it is!


  • 4 Hour Pass - PHP 454.00
  • 1 Day Pass - PHP 1,059.00


What to do in Taipei at Night

Longshan Temple

Location: No. 211, Guangzhou Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10853

Longshan Temple was built in 1738 and is one of the most popular temples in Taiwan. It is also considered as one of largest and oldest temples in Taiwan. This is one temple in Taipei you should not miss when visiting Taiwan.

HOW TO GET THERE: Take the MRT Blue Line 5 to Longshan Temple, the temple is located just north of the station plaza, Exit 1.

Shilin Night Market Taipei Taiwan

Shilin Night Market

Location: No. 101, Jihe Road, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111

Considered the the "most popular and biggest night market in Taipei," the Shilin Night Market is a favorite go-to place among locals and tourists visiting Taipei. At Shilin Night Market, you'll find several streets lined up with stores, stalls, and food kiosks selling bargain goods and apparels, accessories, decors, and whatnots.

HOW TO GET THERE: Take the MRT to Jiantian Station (Red Line – 2). Then walk towards Shilin Night Market across the station.

And just outside Taipei...

Top Best Things to do in Taiwan Jiufen Old Village

Jiufen Old Village

Location: Jishan Street, Ruifang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 224

Jiufen or Chiufen Village is an old mining town that is now a popular tourist destination near Taipei. Located in the mountain area of Ruifang District in New Taipei City, Taiwan, Jiufen Village is a quaint village with rich history and culture to tell.

HOW TO GET THERE: From Taipei, you could book a Jiufen shuttle Bus service from Ximen to Jiufen Village. BOOK HERE!

Day tours near Taipei Taiwan Itinerary Travel Guide 2018

Nanya Rock Formations

Location: 224, Taiwan, New Taipei City, Ruifang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

These rock formations were created by erosion and weathering forming these amazing rock formations with beautiful striped pattern caused by oxidation reaction.

New Taipei City Taiwan Tourist Spots and Attractions

Bitou Cape

Location: Bitou Road, Ruifang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

Bitou Cape i one of the three Capes of Northern Taiwan, the other two being Fugui Cape, the island's northernmost cape, and Sandiao Cape, its easternmost cape.

Taiwan Tourist Spots near Taipei Travel Blog Guide

Ying Yang Sea

Location: 226 (ROC), Ruifang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

Known for its strange and quite a unique view where the water in the bay is a mix of yellow and blue!


For convenience, you can visit Jiufen Old Village, Bituo Cape, Nanya Rock Formation and Ying Yang Sea by booking a joining tour via Klook.com. The Jiufen and Northeast Coast tour package includes round trip coach transfers with hotel pick-up and drop-off from any hotel in downtown Taipei City, and an English-speaking tour guide from a local tour company with over 25 years of experience and excellent reputation.


Taipei Double Decker Bus Tour

Top Best Things to do in Taipei, Taiwan

There are many things to do and to experience in Taipei. Here are my favorites.

Sample Taipei Itinerary (5 days/4 nights)


Arrival in Taiwan
Check-in at the Hotel
City tour via Hop on Hop off sightseeing bus tour
Dinner and Taipei at Night Tour
Back at the hotel/hostel


Morning walk in Taipei
Jiufen Village and Northeast Coast Tour
Jingmei Night Market Tour and Dinner
Back at the hotel/hostel


Half day Explore Taipei City Tour
Visit Taipei 101 Observatory
Climb Elephant Mountain
Dinner at Tonghua Night Market


Free time. Explore.
Shop for pasalubong
Walk around
Dinner at Shilin Night Market


Prepare for departure
Check out of the hotel
Flight back to Manila

You can use this as your guide and adjust it depending on the things you want to do in Taiwan, places you want to visit, and how many days you plan to visit Taiwan.

Taipei Trip Budget and Expenses

Budget and expenses for a trip to Taiwan depends on your spending habits. It also depends on how many are you in the group, what is your preferred accommodation, where you want to eat, and the places you want to visit. Here's a list of basic expenses when traveling to Taipei.

List of Basic Expenses

  • Accommodation: PHP 1,000 - 5,000 per night
  • Food: PHP 500 - 800 per day
  • Transportation: PHP 300 - 400 per day
  • Taipei 101 Observatory Ticket - PHP 859 per person
  • Half-day Explore Taipei City Tour - PHP 1,704 per person (includes entrance ticket to the National Palace Museum)
  • Taipei at Night Tour - PHP 2,324 per person (includes dinner at Din Tai Fung)
  • Jingmei Night Market Tour - PHP 842 per person (includes tasting 12 local snacks)
  • Taipei Sightseeing Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
    • 4 Hour Pass - PHP 454.00 per person
    • 1 Day Pass - PHP 1,059.00 per person
  • Jiufen Village and Northeast Coast Tour: PHP 2,014 per person
  • 4G Pocket WiFi Rental: PHP 133 per day
  • Airport Transfers: PHP 1,390 per way good for 4 persons

Sample Expenses for 14,000 PHP Budget

If you will follow the DIY Itinerary above, stay in a hostel, and share some of the expenses with a travel buddy, here's a sample computation of expenses for a 5 days / 4 nights Taipei Taiwan Trip for 14,000 pesos.

Train to Taipei - 272.00
Hostel - 512.00
One day Bus Tour via Klook - 1,059
Food Expenses - 300.00
Dinner and Taipei at Night Tour via Klook - 2,324
TOTAL - 4,467

Hostel - 512.00
Jiufen Tour - 2,014.00
Food Expenses - 300.00
Jingmei Night Mrket Tour via Klook - 842.00
Transportation - 60.00
TOTAL - 3,728

Hostel - 512.00
Explore Taipei via Klook - 1,704
Taipei 101 Observatory Ticket via Klook - 859.00
Elephant Mountain - Free
Transpotation - 100.00
Food Expenses - 500.00
TOTAL - 3,675.00

Hostel - 512.00
Transpotation - 100.00
Food Expenses - 500.00
TOTAL - 1,112.00

Train to Taoyuan Airport - 272.00
Food Expenses - 500.00
TOTAL - 772.00

5 day WiFi Router Rental - 665.00 / 2 = 332.00 per person

GRAND TOTAL = 14,086.00

  • Round trip airfare Manila-Taipei-Manila
  • NAIA terminal fee and travel tax
  • Budget for pasalubong and tips
  • Food expense for snacks

Please note that ticket prices, airfare, hotel rates, and other expenses are subject to change and depend on the date of your booking.

I hope this Taipei Budget Travel Guide 2018 will help you in planning a memorable Taiwan Adventure! Enjoy and have fun!

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Anonymous said...

Hi my husband is working in taiwan for almost 4 years and i will visit him this may 2018...in this case do i still need to show in the immigration a hotel accommodation or is it enough to show to them the address where my husband is staying as my proof of accommodation?

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