So you’ve book your trip to Taiwan, and now you’re wondering how to plan your Taipei 3-day itinerary? Well, you’ve come to the right spot!
Taipei in 3 days is just the right amount of time to spend 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. With so many awesome things to do in Taipei, it’s important to map your days out carefully.
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 a day-trip for day #3. Here are some of the best Taipei day trips, and I’ll mention my favorites at the end of this article.
Just so you know, I’m not just some traveler who passed through and then wrote up my itinerary. I’ve been living here for 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, so this is really my thing!
Before we get into all the details, here’s how I broke it down:
Taipei 3-Day Itinerary Summary
- Day 1: Longshan Temple, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Ximen, Taipei 101 or Elephant Mountain
- Day 2: National Palace Museum, Beitou Hot Springs, Guandu Temple, Fisherman’s Wharf, Shilin Night Market
- Day 3: Maokong Gondola, Huashan Creative Arts Park, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Songshan Cultural and Creative Park
- Day 3 (option 2): Day trip!
Some Taipei Travel Essentials
WARNING: This 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
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
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 it 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.
Taipei in 3 Days: Day 3
Day 3 (option 2): Day Trip from Taipei
Trains from Taipei to Houtong take about 1 hour and run roughly every 30 minutes. From Houtong to Sandioling, it only takes 4 minutes, also with regular trains, but do confirm your train times on the Taiwan train site to make sure you get on the right one.
Taipei Day Trip Option 2: Jiufen and Jinguashi
You can visit Jiufen, the Golden Waterfall, and Pingxi on this full day tour. The easiest way to get to Jiufen is to take this shuttle bus from Ximending. On your own, from Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT exit 1, take bus 1062 to Jinguashi, which stops first at Jiufen. It takes about 1 hour and costs about 90NT with your EasyCard. You can also take a 15-minute bus ride from Ruifang train station.
Taipei Day Trip Option 3: Jiaoxi Hot Spring Town
There are buses to Jiaoxi from Taipei Main Station, MRT Technology Building Station, and Taipei City Hall Station, which take about an hour. We like the one from Taipei City Hall because it gets out of the city the fastest, and seldom has a line. Go up the escalator from the MRT to find the bus station on the main floor.
If you are going around rush hour (for example, Saturday morning leaving Taipei, or Sunday afternoon/evening coming back to Taipei) the bus can take 1.5 hours or more, so you can consider taking the train to Jiaoxi. The train takes 1-2 hours depending on which one you choose, but at least the train has a toilet, and you won’t have the feeling of sitting still in a traffic jam.
Where to Stay in Taipei
Quiet, Convenient, 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)
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