Free half-day tours available for foreign passengers with 7- to 24-hour layovers in Taiwan

For those with long layovers in Taipei, the Taiwan Tourism Bureau is offering free half-day tours

(By Wikimedia Commons)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwan's Tourism Bureau is offering free half-day tours for transit or transfer passengers with 7- to 24-hour layovers, who have valid Taiwan travel visas or come from countries eligible for visa-exempt entry. 

There are both morning and afternoon half-day tours. The morning tour includes visits to sites in Sanxia and Yingge. The afternoon tour includes visits to Taipei 101, Longshan Temple, and Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and Memorial Park, among other sites in Taipei. 

In addition to travel visa holders and those with visa-exempt status, citizens from India, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos who have applied for a "Travel Authorization Certificate," are also eligible. Registrants must print out this certificate, which is available on the Taiwan National Immigration Agency website

For the rest of eligible travelers, only a passport valid for at least six months and a completed immigration embarkation/disembarkation card is required. 

To book a tour, go to the Tourist Service Center in the Arrival Lobby of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 of the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. Up to six seats can be reserved 14 to 30 days in advance. For those that wish to book a tour in advance, please fill in the application form and e-mail it to

To avoid missing departure flights, passengers registering for the morning tour must be scheduled to depart after 3:00 p.m. on the day of the tour, and passengers registering for the afternoon tour must be scheduled depart after 8:30 p.m. on the same day.

Itinerary and Tour Schedules

Pick-up Location Terminal 1
Tourist Service Center
Terminal 2
Tourist Service Center
Return to Airport
Morning Tour Departure Time 8:15 a.m. 8:00 a.m. 1:15 p.m.
Afternoon Tour Departure Time  2:00 p.m. 1:45 p.m. 6:30 p.m.


2017 Free Half-Day Tours

The following are the official itineraries of the free morning and afternoon half-day tours as posted on the Tourism Bureau website. 

Daily Morning Sanxia-Yingge Half-Day Tour

Sanxia Old Street (Wikimedia Commons)

08:00  Leave Terminal 2 of Taiwan Taoyuan Int’l Airport for Sanxia
08:15  Leave Terminal 1 of Taiwan Taoyuan Int’l Airport for Sanxia
09:15 Sanxia Qingshui Zushi Temple 
09:45  Sanxia Old Street 
New Taipei City Hakka Museum 
10:15 Sanxia → Yingge
10:30  Yingge Ceramics Old Street 
11:30  Tai-Hwa Pottery 
12:15  Yingge → Taiwan Taoyuan Int’l Airport
13:15  Back at airport

Daily Afternoon Taipei City Half-Day Tour 

Longshan Temple (Wikimedia Commons)

13:45  Leave Terminal 2 of Taiwan Taoyuan Int’l Airport for Taipei City
14:00  Leave Terminal 1 of Taiwan Taoyuan Int’l Airport for Taipei City
15:00  Taipei 101 
15:20  Taking in sights of eastern Taipei from the bus
Songshan Cultural and Creative Park (pass by)
Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (pass by)
15:50  Longshan Temple
16:20  Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall & Memorial Park 
17:00  Taking in sights of western Taipei from the bus
Beimen (North Gate) (pass by)
Presidential Office Building (pass by)
Taipei Fine Arts Museum (pass by)
Grand Hotel (pass by)
17:30  Taipei City → Taiwan Taoyuan Int’l Airport
18:30  Back at airport


Contact information: 
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Tourist Service Center 
Service Hours: 07:00~23:30 (Terminal 1)/ 05:30~24:00 (Terminal 2) 
TEL: +886-3-398-2194, +886-3-398-3341 (or dial 12194 or 13341 on the airport’s courtesy telephone)
Should you have any queries about tour registration, please contact the Tourism Bureau by e-mailing or visit the Free half-day tour website