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So you’ve booked your trip to Taiwan, decided on the best time to travel to Taipei, and now you’re wondering how to plan your Taipei 3 day itinerary? Well, you’ve come to the right spot!
Spending three days in Taipei is just the right amount of time if you’re visiting Taiwan for 1-2 weeks. It’s also a good amount of time if you’re just here for a stopover, so this article also serves as a Taiwan 3 day itinerary.
In this Taipei travel itinerary, I cover the main tourist attractions. If you’ve got more time in Taipei, see my 4-day or 5-day Taipei itinerary, and if you want more ideas for off-the-beaten-track Taipei attractions, check out my favorite 50 things to do in Taipei.
Planning to explore Taiwan beyond Taipei? Also have a look at my articles on 50 Unmissable Things to do in Taiwan and how to plan your Taiwan itinerary. For those visiting as a family, see my article on Taipei with kids.
For this Taipei itinerary, I’m going to give you two options. One is an itinerary for three whole days in Taipei City. The second is that you can see my 2-day Taipei itinerary, and then add one of my recommended Taipei day trips for day 3.
Just so you know, I’m not just some traveler who passed through and then share what I did in my three days in Taipei. I’ve been living here for over 10 years, I’m the author of Taiwan in the Eyes of a Foreigner, and I’m a regular contributor to travel magazines about Taiwan. Still, I know everyone is different and enjoys different things, so if you disagree with my recommendations or what to add anything, please let me know in the comments at the end!
Some Taipei Travel Essentials
WARNING: This Taiwan 3 day itinerary packs in a lot! If you are coming in on a long flight, or you prefer to travel slowly, then you may want to considering cutting out a thing or two. But I’d rather give you too much info than not enough!
Taipei in 3 Days: Day 1
If you happen to visiting Taipei during Chinese New Year, Longshan Temple is a great place to see crowds of devotees praying for a prosperous year on New Year’s Day.
You’re probably starving by now, so walk or take the MRT 1-2 stops to Xinyi Anhe Station, where you can find Tonghua (Linjiang Street) Night Market. Surprisingly laid-back and local considering the proximity to the ritzy Taipei 101 area, this is a great place for your first Taipei night market venture, the essential Taiwanese eating experience. Taiwanese won’t forgive you if you don’t try the stinky tofu!
Taipei in 3 Days: Day 2
There’s also the Shung Ye Aboriginal Museum next door. See here for a more detailed writeup about visiting the National Palace Museum and Taipei 101.
If you prefer the outdoors to museums, then skip to the next stop, Beitou, and spend more time there. Beitou is my personal favorite neighborhood in Taipei and I could easily spend a whole day there! Although its hot springs are perfect for beating the cold in winter in Taipei, it’s still great to visit any month of the year.
Next, continue north on the MRT red line to Guandu station, from where it’s a 10-minute walk to Guandu temple, my favorite temple in the greater Taipei area.
I like Guandu Temple because, besides the usual ornate features of all Taiwanese temples, it features an 80-meter tunnel through the mountain with 28 gods that leads to a lookout point and impressive Guanyin statue, as well as a lovely exterior that you can admire from the stairs leading up behind the temple.
Take a bus or 10-15 minute river ferry to Fisherman’s Wharf, a pretty harbor with a lovely walking bridge that is famous for its amazing sunsets, or to the riverside promenade on the other side of the river, called Bali Old Street.
Taipei in 3 Days: Day 3
Day 3 (option 2): Take a Day Trip from Taipei
Where to Stay in Taipei
Like any major city, there are tons of great Airbnbs in Taipei too. Here’s a link to sign up for Airbnb if you haven’t yet and get NT1100 off your first booking.
Mid-Range and Good for Families
Taipei Main Station Homestay (Star Hotel): Only two minutes from Taipei main station, guests here rave about the super friendly hosts, bright spacious, rooms, and amazing location. Car hire also available. (read reviews / check prices)
W Hotel: Where did Lady Gaga stay in Taipei? At the W, of course. This is Taipei’s newest, funkiest, and most fashionable luxury hotel. Even if you don’t stay, come for a fancy drink at their 10F pool or try to get seats for their awesome weekend brunch buffet! (read reviews / check prices)
I never travel without a guidebook! I recommend these (for Amazon Singapore users, click here!)