Taipei’s underground public transportation system, the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is one of the most reliable and clean public underground services in the world.

Sometimes known as Metro Taipei, it is an efficient and convenient way to get around the city, with trains running frequently and serving a wide area.

The hub of the MRT is Taipei Main Station, a vast complex that connects the MRT to the Airport Express, the Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) and the Bus Station.

Taipei Main Station
Taipei Main Station

Map of Taipei MRT

Taipei MRT Map
Taipei MRT Map

I would recommend downloading this free app (Android / iPhone) for a useful map of the underground network on your phone.

Tapping on any MRT station will give you the approximate journey time to each station, and you can change it to show the cost instead.

MRT Cost

It is strongly recommended that you purchase an EasyCard, which is the easiest way to gain access to the MRT system, and also offers discounts of between 10% and 30% off fares (percentage based on the number of rides taken during the month).

The MRT has a distance-based fare system, which means that the cost of a ride increases as the distance travelled increases.

Min PriceMax Price
Standard TicketNT$20NT$65

Free use of the MRT and other public transportation comes as part of the Taipei Fun Pass
Click here to find out more

The following map shows prices from Nanjing Fuxing MRT station (circled in red).

Taipei MRT Cost
Example MRT Cost (from Nanjing Fuxing)

For all rides within central Taipei you’ll only ever pay NT$20 to NT$30 – with an EasyCard that’s only NT$16 and NT$24.

Children under the age of 6 or below 115cm can travel for free (with a paying adult). Your child must walk immediately in front of you when walking through the payment turnstiles.

MRT Operating Times & Frequency

The Taipei MRT operates from 06:00 to midnight every day, although at some stations trains can depart up to 1 hour after midnight.

Click here to find the first and last train departures from each station

Select the station name from the drop-down menu

Train Frequency

Peak HoursOff-Peak HoursAfter 23:00
Mon to Fri2 – 4 mins4 -10 mins10 – 15 mins
Sat, Sun & Holidays4 -10 mins10 – 15 mins

Peak hours are between 07:00 – 09:00 and 17:00 – 19:30 during weekdays only.

Trains will allow between 25 & 50 seconds for people to board.

MRT Lines

There are six MRT lines, all colour-coded for clarity.

Selected stations listed below are where you’ll find many of Taipei’s popular attractions.
Tap on a link to find out more about each attraction

Early terminal stations in brackets

Terminal StationsTamsui

The Tamsui-Xinyi (RED) Line is one of the busiest lines on the MRT. It passes through Taipei Main Station and is the line closest to Taipei 101. It travels the furthest distance from central Taipei, to the beautiful northern districts of Tamsui and Beitou.

MRT StationPopular Attractions
Taipei 101Taipei 101
Xinyi Shopping District
Din Tai Fung
Daan ParkDaan Forest Park
Flower & Jade Markets
DongmenYong Kang Street
Din Tai Fung
Yong Kang Beef Noodles
Chiang-Kai Shek Memorial HallChiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Jin Feng Braised Pork Rice
NTU Hospital228 Peace Park & Museum
Taiwan National Museum
Taipei Main StationAirport Express
YuanshanTaipei Expo Park
Fine Arts Museum
JiantanShilin Night Market
Chiang-Kai Shek Shilin Residence
Beitou (change here for Xinbeitou)Beitou Hot Springs

Terminal StationsTaipei Nangang Exhibition CenterDingpu
(Far Eastern Hospital)

The Bannan (BLUE) Line is another busy line as it travels through the heart of the city and past many top attractions.

MRT StationPopular Attractions
Taipei City HallXinyi Shopping District
Sun Yat-Sen Memorial HallSun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall
Songshan Cultural and Creative Park
Zhongxiao DunhuaTaipei East District
Taipei Main StationAirport Express
Zhongxiao XinshengTechnology District
Huashan 1914 Creative Park
XimenXimending Youth Shopping District
Longshan TempleLongshan Temple

Terminal StationsSongshanXindian
(Taipower Building)

The Songshan-Xindian (GREEN) Line is not as busy as the red or blue lines but has a few attractions close to MRT stations.

MRT StationPopular Attractions
SongshanRaohe Night Market
XimenXimending Youth Shopping District
Chiang-Kai Shek Memorial HallChiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Jin Feng Braised Pork Rice
XiaonanmenTaipei Botanical Gardens
Nanjichang Night Market
GongguanGongguan Night Market
National Taiwan University
Treasure Hill Artist Village

Terminal StationsHuilong Nanshijiao
Luzhou Nanshijiao

The Zhonghe-Xinlu (ORANGE) Line forks into two lines on the outskirts of Taipei. However, you will probably only ever need to use 6 or 7 stations that run through the centre of the city.

MRT StationPopular Attractions
DongmenYong Kang Street
Din Tai Fung
Yong Kang Beef Noodles
Zhongxiao XinshengTechnology District
Huashan 1914 Creative Park
Xingtian Temple StationXingtian Temple

Terminal StationsTaipei ZooTaipei Nangang Exhibition Center

The Wenhu (BROWN) Line is the only line in central Taipei that’s elevated above ground. When changing to or from the brown line, it will consequently take you longer to walk between the two lines.

MRT StationPopular Attractions
Songshan Airport Songshan Airport
Zhongxiao FuxingTaipei East District
Taipei ZooTaipei Zoo
Maokong Gondola

Terminal StationsNew Taipei Industrial ParkDapinglin

The Circular (YELLOW) Line is the newest line and is used largely by commuters so you’ll probably never use this line.

How to Use the MRT

  • Use the MRT app to see which MRT line(s) you need to travel on, and if you will need to transfer at another station
  • Ensure you have your EasyCard at hand and it has enough credit for your journey

Click here to see how to purchase and top-up an EasyCard

  • If the MRT station has multiple lines, ensure you are entering through the correct turnstile first
  • Tap your EasyCard on the right-side of the turnstile to enter
  • Ensure you know which direction you want to travel

When choosing your direction to travel, you will need to know the name of the terminal station. For instance, if travelling on the red line, the terminal stations are Tamshui and Xiangshan, so ensure you pick the appropriate direction to travel.

Be aware that trains will sometimes terminate before they reach the end of the line, so watch the displays to see the name of the terminal station. If you do accidentally get on a train that terminates early, you simply need to get off and catch the next train.

I have added the terminal stations and where trains can terminate early to the MRT Lines section above

  • Wait within one of the designated areas until the train arrives
  • Do not sit on the dark blue seating inside the train unless you fit the criteria (see Restrictions section below)

The trains get very busy during peak commuting hours so expect to be crammed in at times.

MRT Rush Hour
  • There are electronic displays on every train that will display the next station and destination station, and an English announcement will tell you the next station before it arrives there
  • Alight the train and locate the appropriate exit. There will be 3 information maps to help you (see MRT Stations section below for a picture of these)
  • Use your EasyCard again at the turnstile to exit.

The turnstile will play a tune as you swipe your card. It will play a different tune if your EasyCard is running low on credit.

Transfering between MRT Lines

You will sometimes need to use multiple MRT lines for your journey.

You simply need to alight at the station you are changing and then locate the next line. This can be done without needing to exit the MRT system, so you will not be charged extra.

There are some stations where the other line is situated directly opposite your line, so you can sometimes transfer in a matter of seconds.

For instance, the Chiang-Kai Shek Memorial Hall station has RED (south) and GREEN (south) lines, RED (north) and GREEN (north) lines opposite each other.

MRT Stations

All maps and notices have English wording, and there are English announcements on all trains.

Look out for the following sign when trying to locate an MRT station entrance.

MRT Sign
MRT Sign

All MRT stations have machines for topping up your EasyCard and MRT information desks which can also be used to top-up your card.

Click here to read more about topping up your EasyCard

Most stations will have public toilets, and will often have other facilities such as baby-changing rooms. Toilets are sometimes situated within the paid areas but you can enter and exit the area free of charge if you’re only using the toilet.

Additionally, each MRT station is equipped with facilities for disabled passengers, and access from the train to the street in a wheelchair is possible from every station.

Click here to see all available services and facilities at each station

Select the station name from the drop-down menu

All MRT stations have three information maps showing you the best exit to take when leaving. The maps don’t always point north however, which can be confusing.

MRT Exit Information Maps

All of my posts will tell you the appropriate exit to take for every attraction

Throughout the MRT stations are lockers should you wish to secure any belongings for a few hours. They cost either NT$10 or NT$20 per hour depending on the size of the locker you need.

Click here to see the available lockers at each station

You can pay for the lockers with cash or EasyCard.

Most MRT stations also have free WiFi available. Simply connect to TPE-Free on you phone. 

Restrictions on Taipei MRT

  • There is strictly no eating, drinking or chewing gum once you’ve entered through a turnstile (not even water)
  • The dark blue seating is reserved for the elderly, disabled or pregnant passengers. You will receive many disapproving expressions from other passengers if you sit on these but don’t fit this criteria
  • Always stand on the right when using escalators.

Taking Bicycles on the MRT

It is possible to take your bike with you on the MRT. However, there are some restrictions in place:

  • You can only enter and exit from certain stations
  • You may only use the MRT during weekends & holidays, or between 10:00 – 16:00 or after 22:00 during weekdays

Click here to see all the stations you are allowed to take a bike

There are extra wide turnstiles you can take your bike through when entering the MRT.

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