Taipei MRT Rapid Transit Subway (台北捷運)

Taipei MRT Rapid Transit Subway (台北捷運)
Taipei MRT Rapid Transit Subway (台北捷運)

What is the Taipei MRT?
As the largest metro subway system in Taiwan, the Taipei MRT serves about 2 million riders daily. It is fast, convenient, and, most importantly, CLEAN! The subway system is very easy to navigate, and is both bilingual in Chinese and English (including the Chinese languages of Mandarin, Taiwanese Hokkien, and Hakka). Transfers between lines are relatively close to each other, and the stations serve most areas of Taipei.

MRT Transit Lines
One important thing to note in the Taipei MRT is that lines are rarely referred to by color name, instead they are referred to by their terminal station. This naming convention is a bit confusing for visitors who are not familiar with the city, so we will use line colors and numbers for simplicity.

Brown Line 1
This line is unique in that it is entirely above-ground and is a driverless system. Of interest to visitors along this line is Taipei Songshan Airport, Miramar Entertainment Park and Ferris Wheel (美麗華, Meilihua), Muzha District, Taipei Zoo, and access to the Maokong Gondola. Make sure to get a spot at the very front or very rear of the train to get a better view of the city. As a side note, the escalators connecting the brown and red interchange at Da'an Station are uniquely designed with a flat section in the middle.

Red Line 2
This line travels the entire north-south distance between Tamsui north of Taipei City and Xinyi District. Please check the destination name of the train as it arrives at the station. If you wish to travel to Tamsui, board a Tamsui train instead of a Beitou train (as this train terminates a few stations before and you will have to change). Same for Xiangshan- and Da'an-bound trains. Taipei Main Station is the main interchange station for red and blue. Beitou Hot Springs are located around Xinbeitou station. Interesting destinations around Line 2 also include Yongkang Street, Taipei 101, and Taipei Expo Park (花博).

Green Line 3
This line travels from Songshan Railway Station and Raohe Night Market looping the city down through Ximending, Shi-Da Night Market, and Gongguan to Xindian District and Bitan (碧潭) riverside area, with a bus connection to Wulai Atayal Aboriginal Village and Hot Springs (烏來).

Orange Line 4
This line is primarily for commuters living in New Taipei City, and travels from Nanshijiao in the south to both Xinzhuang and Luzhou Districts in the west, looping through downtown Taipei. The orange line branches at Daqiaotou station, so if you wish to travel past this station, please be aware of which train you are boarding. Huilong (迴龍) trains travel south towards Xinzhuang, and Luzhou (蘆洲) trains travel north towards Luzhou.

Blue Line 5
This line travels from the southwest edge of Taipei to the east through Banqiao, Ximending, Taipei Main Station, and all of Taipei City's downtown areas past Dongqu (East) and Xinyi Districts nearby Taipei 101 (Taipei City Hall Station) out to Nangang District. This line, along with red, will be the most frequently utilised by travellers visiting Taipei, and is frequently congested due to its role as the main line in the city. West-bound trains terminate either at Far-East Hospital or Dingpu, however, generally visitors will never travel that far out into the suburbs, so it's not really necessary to focus on which specific train you are boarding, unlike Red Line 2.

Maokong Gondola
This line is a gondola cable car service that runs from Taipei Zoo Station (Brown Line 1 terminus) up the mountain to the top of Maokong, a mountain-top tea destination.

Light Colour Lines
The light colour lines are temporary, short-distance branch lines, hence the light colour. These lines are of limited interest to visitors except possibly the Xinbeitou Branch of the red line to visit hot springs.

Where are the Best Attractions?

Destination MRT Station
Ximending Youth Shopping District Ximen
Raohe Night Market Songshan Station
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall CKS Memorial Hall
Taipei 101 Taipei 101 Station
Taipei Bus Station, Q-Square Taipei Main Station
Fine Arts Museum Yuanshan Station
Shilin Night Market Jiantan Station not Shilin Station!
Beitou Hot Springs Xinbeitou Station
Tamsui Old Street Tamsui Station
Dongqu (East District) Zhongxiao Dunhua Station
Guanghua Computer Market Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station
Xinyi Shopping Area Taipei City Hall Station
Wufenpu Clothing Market Songshan Station, Houshanpi Station
Elephant Mountain Xiangshan Station, Taipei City Hall Station
Yongkang Street Dongmen Station
How to Purchase a Ticket

There are multiple ways of buying a ticket for the MRT: The most popular being single-use Token and the recommended EasyCard.

  • Single-use Token

    If you don't ride the MRT or bus too often, then the token is probably more convenient for you. Just walk up to the ticket machine, look upwards at the map to find your destination, and buy a ticket for that amount (from NT$20-NT$65 depending on distance). The machine is in English and is quite easy to use. Be sure to hold on to your token to deposit it at the gate when you exit the station.

  • EasyCard

    Using an EasyCard is highly recommended due its ease of use and convenience. Using the EasyCard on the MRT gives a 20% discount, and saves travelers some headache while figuring out fares (especially on busses to places like Jiufen, Wulai, or when the fare varies). Just put a bunch of money on it, then refund it when it comes time to leave at any MRT station. For more information about the EasyCard, how it works, where to get one, and why you absolutely need one in a city like Taipei, click here. Remember to swipe on both entry and exit.

  • One-Day Pass

    This ticket is valid for unlimited travel on the Taipei Metro until the end of the current day for one passenger. Available at all metro stations for NT$150.

  • 24HR Taipei Metro Pass

    This ticket is valid for unlimited travel on the Taipei Metro for 24 hours of usage for one passenger. Available at all metro stations for NT$200.

  • Group Tickets

    These tickets provide a discount of 20% off for groups of 10 or more, and 30% off for groups of 40 or more.

  • One-Way Bicycle Fare

    Passengers carrying a bicycle should purchase an NT$80 ticket including bicycle and passenger for all distances. Bicycle access available on weekends and national holidays, 6AM to closing. No access available at Tamsui, Taipei Main, and all Brown Line 1 stations.

Destination MRT Station
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall CKS Memorial Hall
Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall SYS Memorial Hall
Taiwan Science Education Center Shilin
National Taiwan Museum NTU Hospital
Taiwan Arts Education Center CKS Memorial Hall
National Museum of History CKS Memorial Hall
National Palace Museum Shilin then transfer to bus
Taipei Zoo Taipei Zoo
Taipei Fine Arts Museum Yuanshan
Taipei Astronomical Museum Shilin
Puppetry Center of Taipei SYS Memorial Hall
Discovery Center of Taipei Taipei City Hall
Taipei Eye Minquan West Rd
Ketagalan Culture Center Xinbeitou
Shungye Museum of Formosan Aborigines Shilin then transfer to bus
Miniatures Museum of Taiwan Songjiang Nanjing
Tittot Glass Art Museum Guandu
Taiwan Nougat Museum Yongning
Museum of World Religions Dingxi then transfer to shuttle bus
Suho Memorial Paper Museum Songjiang Nanjing
Destination MRT Station
Museum of Contemporary Art Zhongshan
Taipei Story House Yuanshan
SPOT-Taipei Film House Zhongshan
The Red House (Honglou) Ximen
Beitou Hot Spring Museum Xinbeitou
Museum of Drinking Water Gongguan
C.K.S. Shilin Residence Shilin
Bopiliao Historical District Longshan Temple
Tsai Jui-yueh Dance Institute Shuanglian
Futai Street Mansion Ximen
Grass Mountain Artist Village Jiantan then transfer to bus
Taipei Artist Village Shandao Temple
Treasure Hill Artist Village Gongguan
Zhongshan Hall Ximen
Guling St. Avant-garde Theater C.K.S. Memorial Hall
Fort San Domingo Tamsui
Lin Family Mansion and Garden Fuzhong
Luzhou Lee Family Historic Estate Sanmin Senior High School
Destination MRT Station
Taipei Arena Taipei Arena
TWTC Exhibition Hall 1 Taipei 101 World Trade Center
TWTC Nangang Exhibition Center Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center
Taipei Cultural Center Nanjing Fuxing
Novel Hall Taipei City Hall
National Concert Hall CKS Memorial Hall
National Theater CKS Memorial Hall

Hours of Operation
Opening Time: The first trains leave from their respected terminal stations around 6AM.
Closing Time: The last trains leave from their respected terminal stations around 12AM midnight.

Route Peak (7-9AM, 5-7:30PM) Off-peak After 11PM
1 Wenhu Line Every 2-4 mins Every 4-7 mins Every 12 mins
2 Tamsui-Xinyi Line Every 2-4 mins Every 4-7 mins Every 12 mins
3 Songshan-Xindian Line Every 2-4 mins Every 4-7 mins Every 12 mins
4 Zhonghe-Xinlu Line Every 2-4 mins Every 4-7 mins Every 12 mins
5 Bannan Line Every 2-4 mins Every 4-7 mins Every 12 mins
Xinbeitou Branch (Red Line 2 - Beitou) Every 7-8 mins Every 10-12 mins Every 12-15 mins
Xiaobitan Branch (Green Line 3 - Qizhang) Every 10-20 mins

To view specific information about each station (times for first/last train), and to visit the MRT Website, click here.