See the city your own way
Visit the city, let me show you the way.
We can use airport metro or airport bus, city metro/bus, or find a taxi, or car with driver.
That way I'll be with you the whole time as no precious moments are wasted in dropping you off, car parking and getting back by a driver/guide. You'll soon see that driving and parking a car in Taipei is a tense experience with so many motorcycles in traffic. So the metro is a quicker and convenient way to get around.
Usually, a regular 8 hours tour covers most of the spots to see during stopovers.
If you are here on a flight, or cruise for the day I'd recommend you have at least 6 hours between your arrival and departure.
If you'd like more or less time you may add or use one of my half day trips, or ask me for a custom tour.
Greater Taipei is home to more than 7 million people. The city has a lot to offer, and it is easy to get around by metro.
The regular spots most like to see are:
Taipei 101 (we can up to 89th floor with good viewing weather, total time spent about 2 hours), Chiang Kai-shek memorial (with changing of the guard on the hour), the busy Lungshan temple, Grand Hotel, night markets.
By metro and 'gondola' cable car (not operating on Mondays, or during unstable weather) we can reach the Maokong tea plantation to the East of the city for a distant view. To the North, visit the 17th century Dutch fort at Tamsui, the former British Consulate and walk along the waterfront.
Just let me know your special interests and I will do my best to show you as much as possible in your time in Taipei and recommend things to eat !
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: your hotel, Taipei train stations or airport bus terminals or Keelung harbor meeting spot
End location: your hotel in Taipei, train stations, bus stations for the airport, or Keelung harbor
Duration: 8 hours
metro, bus and taxi. Or by hired car with driver at local NT$ 4000 for 8 hours in the city. The driver can also deliver you to the airport at an additional fare of NT$ 1500.
If you are taking this trip as a ToursByLocals shore excursion from Keelung, then it's best to take this trip by private taxi for the day at additional local cost NT$ 4500 or equivalent in US$ 150
My guiding service from the meeting point in Taipei
Estimated Local Cash Needed
1000 NT Dollar - per person for food, drink, transport and souvenirs
Food, drink, shopping, transport and entry fees.
Taipei 101 observation deck entry at NT$ 600 (or double for the priority line), National Palace Museum at NT$ 350. Maokong gondola NT$ 240. Fort San Domingo NT$ 80.
Other places in Taipei have low fees or are free, like Chiang Kai-shek Memorial and temples.
I'm not a driver, but I can arrange a car so you can see more and save time.
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Michelle is a terrific guide. One of the best that we have ever had. First class. I can say no more