Purchasing an Easycard is probably the best thing you can do during your visit to Taipei.

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What is an Easycard?

easycard Taiwan
Taiwan Easycard

An Easycard is a contactless smartcard you can top-up with money and can be used on most types of transportation.

Many places also accept Easycard for purchasing goods.

It is commonly referred to as the ‘yoyo’ card by Taiwanese.


Where can Easycards be Used?

Easycards can be used on the following types of transport:

They offer a 20% discount for standard MRT travel (not including Taoyuan Airport MRT).

They also offer a 20% discount for using the Maokong Gondola on weekdays only.

Easycards can also be used to gain entry to Taipei Zoo, and can be used to buy goods from many shops, convenience stores and vending machines. They can even be used to gain entry to Sports Centre Gyms.

Look out for the Easycard symbol at these places to confirm if they are accepted.


Where can Easycards be Purchased?

Easycards can be purchased from

  • Airport MRT Service Desks
  • MRT Stations
  • Convenience Stores

Airport MRT Service Desks

Taoyuan Airport

You can purchase these from one of the Taoyuan Airport MRT service booths in either terminal. Visit the following section on the Public Transport page for locations.

You could also order an Easycard from Klook and pick it up at either airport terminal (see SIM Card Klook section for locations). These can also be purchased with either NT$200 or NT$400 credit included.

Klook.com

Songshan Airport

Songshan Airport does not have an MRT service booth. However, you can purchase an Easycard from a machine directly before the MRT turnstiles (see below).

MRT Stations

Most MRT stations have machines you can purchase Easycards from.

Note that there are also machines used solely for topping up, so make sure you find the ones pictured below

Easycard Sales and Top-up Machine
Easycard Sales & Top-up Machines

You only need to insert a NT$100 note to purchase one from here, but you’ll need to add credit to use on the MRT. No change is given here so ensure you don’t insert a larger note!

Easycard Taiwan

Convenience Stores

Otherwise, you can purchase them from convenience stores, including:

  • 7-11
  • Family Mart
  • Hi-Life
  • OK Mart

These normally have Easycards on display near the counter. Just choose your favourite design and pay for it.


Easycard Price

Easycards cost NT$500 (about USD$16), but that includes NT$400 to spend on the card, with the remaining NT$100 refundable on return (along with any remaining balance) at any MRT station or the Taoyuan Airport MRT service booth at either airport.

If you purchase an Easycard from a machine (see above), they will only cost you NT$100 but won’t come pre-filled with any credit.

If you’re in Taipei for an extended period, you could purchase an All Pass. This gives you unlimited travel for 30 days and costs NT$1,280. It can be added to your Easycard from the top-up machines.


Easycard Top Up

Easycards can be topped up at:

  • MRT Stations
  • Convenience Stores

Note that you are allowed to go NT$60 in credit on your Easycard. This is taken from the deposit held on the card.

MRT Stations

All MRT stations are equipped with top-up machines.

Easycard Top Up
Easycard Top-up Machine

You simply have to place your Easycard on the pad, insert your money, and then tap the Next and Confirm buttons on the screen.

Topping up can be done with notes or coins. If you have a lot of loose change, this is a good place to lighten your pockets.

If you only have large notes and need change, you can also top it up at one of the MRT Information Desks (see Refund section below for picture).

Easycards cannot be topped up with credit or debit cards.

Convenience Stores

Convenience Stores are another simple way to top up your Easycard. Just ask the person behind the counter to add money to your card. You can just point to the money and the card if they don’t speak English and they will understand this.


Easycard Refund

Easycards can be refunded at any Information Desk within MRT stations. They will only refund up to NT$3,000 and will charge a NT$20 fee.

Easycard MRT Information Desk
MRT Information Desk

If you’re travelling to either airport, you’ll probably need to use your Easycard to get there. Return it to the Information Desk immediately after exiting the MRT at either airport.

If you’re travelling to Taoyuan airport, you also have the option of returning your Easycard to the Taoyuan Airport MRT service booth. See the following section on the Taoyuan Airport MRT page for locations and opening hours of the booths at both terminals.


Easycard vs Fun Pass

Instead of purchasing an Easycard, you could get a Taipei Fun Pass.

The Unlimited and Transport variants include free travel on the MRT and City Buses, and also include free use of the Tourist Shuttle Buses (which the Easycard doesn’t).

The Classic and Exploring Fun Passes can also be used as an Easycard.

Click here to read more about the Taipei Fun Pass

So, which is better?

  • I would only recommend getting a Transport Fun Pass if you are going to be travelling a lot. The 5 day version is the best value, which works out at NT$147 per day. This equates to about 8 short/medium trips on the MRT with an Easycard.
  • The Unlimited Fun Pass, which includes travel and free entry to a number of attractions, is definitely worth the money if you plan to visit many of them.

It really does depend on your circumstances, but I hope I’ve given you enough to make an informed choice!


I’ve also created some detailed guides on the following:

Taiwan SIM Cards – 2019 Price Comparison & Deals

Taipei Public Transport – Full Guide