Last Updated January 2021

Having lived in Taipei for the last few years, I’ve used many of the pre-paid SIM cards here and believe I’m very well placed to write a guide on them.

The most important thing you should know is this:

By far the best deals are found at the airports. All these deals come with unlimited internet data

Phone stores in Taipei city usually don’t have good English speakers, and many of these SIM cards come with a capped internet usage.

It is possible to find these deals in the city however – please refer to the this section.

Both terminals at Taoyuan airport have a number of booths with SIM card offers, or you could order one from Klook and pick it up from one of their booths in the arrivals halls.

Songshan airport is more limited, and only has a Chunghwa Telecom booth. This can also be used to pick up Chunghwa Telecom SIM cards and WiFi routers ordered on Klook.

SIM Cards Taiwan

Pre-ordering your Taiwan SIM Card from Klook will generally cost less, and the Klook booth will remain open after the others have closed.


Taiwan SIM Card Airport Price Comparison

Below is a summary of all Taiwan SIM card airport prices.

If you need more detail (such as number of voice minutes), please refer to the Mobile Operators section below.

CT = Chunghwa Telecom; TM = Taiwan Mobile; T-Star = T-Star; FET = FarEasTone

Length Price NT$ (Klook Price in brackets)
C T * T M T-Star FET
3 days 300 (280) 280 280 300 (270)
5 days 300 (285) 300 (270) 290 300 (270)
6 days 390
7 days 500 (470) 500 (470) 420 450
8 days 450 (405)
10 days 500 (470) 500 (470) 500 500 (450)
15 days 700 700 (630) 650 700 (630)
30 days 1,000 920 1,000
60 days 1,500
90 days 2,000
6 months 3,800
12 months 6,500

Click here to get a Chunghwa Telecom SIM from Klook
Click here to get a Taiwan Mobile SIM from Klook
Click here to get a FarEasTone SIM from Klook

Jump to: Klook booth locations and opening hours


Mobile Operators

The mobile operators offering tourist Taiwan SIM cards are:

If you are staying in Taiwan for 60 days or more, then T-Star has the only long term SIMs available.

If you’re thinking of travelling to more remote regions of Taiwan, then I would recommend using Chunghwa Telecom as they have by far the best coverage in rural places such as the mountains.


Chunghwa Telecom

Chunghwa Telecom

Chunghwa Telecom is the largest service provider in Taiwan, and I would recommend getting their SIM if you’re staying in Taiwan for 10 – 30 days, purely because their coverage is the best and the connection speeds are lightning fast.

Their internet download speeds average around 50mb/s.

Chunghwa Download Speed
Speed Test for Chunghwa

Chunghwa is also recommended if you’re travelling to more rural parts of Taiwan, as they have very good coverage in all areas.

Airport Prices

LengthPrice (NT$)Klook (NT$)Comments
3 days300280NT$100 free voice + text
5 days300285NT$50 free voice + text
7 days500470NT$150 free voice + text
10 days500470NT$100 free voice + text
15 days700NT$250 free voice + text
15 days700 NT$100 free voice + text
30 days1,000980NT$430 free voice + text

Click here to get a Chunghwa Telecom SIM from Klook

Airport Locations and Opening Hours

All these deals are available from both Taoyuan and Songshan Airports.

Taoyuan Terminal 1

Opening Hours
Monday – Sunday 07:00 – 24:00

Chunghwa-Telecom-airport-locations-taoyuan-terminal-1
Taoyuan Terminal 1
Taoyuan Terminal 2

Opening Hours (Arrivals)
Monday – Sunday 07:00 – 22:00

Opening Hours (Departures)
Monday – Sunday 07:00 – 19:00

Chunghwa-Telecom-airport-locations-taoyuan-terminal-2
Taoyuan Terminal 2
Songshan Airport

Opening Hours
Monday – Sunday 07:00 – 23:00

Chunghwa-Telecom-airport-locations-songshan

City Locations

If you’re unable to obtain a SIM from any of the Chunghwa stores at the airports, there are a small number of city stores that have the exact same deals as the airport booths, although it doesn’t mention on their website which ones do.

The ones that I personally know have this offer are:

Ensure that you take two forms of identification, including your passport.


Taiwan Mobile

Taiwan-Mobile

Taiwan Mobile has the second best network coverage and speed, although their website claims that in Taipei they actually have the best download speeds:

Taiwan Mobile had the best 4G Internet download speed in Taipei and Taichung which had been tested and reported by Apple Daily in Mar. 2015

Either way, they’ll still a very good option.

Speed Test Taiwan Mobile
Speed Test for Taiwan Mobile

Airport Prices

LengthPrice (NT$)Klook (NT$)Comments
3 days280NT$50 free voice + text
5 days300270NT$50 free voice + text
5 days500470NT$300 free voice + text
7 days500470NT$150 free voice + text
10 days500470NT$100 free voice + text
15 days700630NT$100 free voice + text

Click here to get a Taiwan Mobile SIM from Klook

Airport Locations and Opening Hours

These deals are only available from Taoyuan Airport.

Taiwan-mobile-airport-locations

City Prices and Locations

LengthPrice (NT$) Comments
3 days 300NT$100 free voice + text
5 days500NT$300 free voice + text
7 days700NT$350 free voice + text
10 days800NT$400 free voice + text
15 days1,000NT$400 free voice + text

Again, you can only get the city deals from a select few stores in Taipei.


T-Star

T-Star

Generally slightly cheaper than Chunghwa, although the coverage and speed are the worst of all network operators in Taiwan but it will be fine for Taipei.

T-Star is a good option if you require a SIM card for 60 days or more, with 6/12 month SIMs available also.

Airport Prices

LengthPrice (NT$)Comments
3 days280NT$50 free voice + text
5 days290NT$50 free voice + text
6 days390NT$50 free voice + text
7 days420 NT$50 free voice + text
10 days500NT$100 free voice + text
15 days650NT$100 free voice + text
30 days920NT$100 free voice + text
60 days1,500NT$100 free voice + text
90 days2,000NT$100 free voice + text
6 months3,800NT$100 free voice + text
12 months6,500NT$100 free voice + text

Klook deals are not available for T-Star.

Airport Locations and Opening Hours

These deals are only available from Taoyuan airport.

Opening Hours (Terminal 1)
Monday – Sunday 07:00 – 24:00

Opening Hours (Terminal 2)
Monday – Sunday 07:00 – 22:00

T-Star-airport-locations

City Prices and Locations

There are no deals available from branches in the city.


FarEasTone

fareastone

FarEasTone has good network coverage in Taipei but lacks coverage in the mountains and more remote parts.

Speed Test FarEasTone
Speed Test for FarEasTone

Even though the speed test is the fastest I’ve tested, I found the speed worse the all the other networks, probably due to the slow ping rate (latency).

Airport Prices

LengthPrice (NT$)Klook (NT$)Comments
3 days300270NT$100 free voice + text
5 days300270NT$50 free voice + text
5 days500NT$300 free voice + text
7 days450NT$100 free voice + text
8 days450405NT$50 free voice + text
10 days500450NT$100 free voice + text
15 days700630NT$100 free voice + text
30 days1,000NT$430 free voice + text

Click here to get a FarEasTone SIM from Klook

Airport Locations and Opening Hours

These deals are only available from Taoyuan Airport.

Taoyuan Terminal 1

Opening Hours
Monday – Sunday 07:00 – 24:00

FarEasTone Taoyuan-Terminal-1
Arrivals Hall
Taoyuan Terminal 2

Opening Hours
Monday – Sunday 07:00 – 22:00

FarEasTone Taoyuan-Terminal-2
Arrivals Hall

City Prices

LengthPrice (NT$) Comments
3 days 300NT$100 free voice + text
5 days500NT$200 free voice + text

The city deals, as with all network operators, are only available from select stores. However, I’m unable to find any information about which stores.


Klook Airport Locations

klook

If you have pre-ordered a Taiwan SIM card or WiFi router from Klook, you can pick it up from one of the locations below.

Airport Locations and Opening Hours

Taoyuan Terminal 1

Opening Hours
Monday – Sunday 05:30 – 01:00

Klook Taoyuan-Terminal 1
Taoyuan Terminal 2

Opening Hours
Monday – Sunday 05:30 – 01:00

Klook Taoyuan-Terminal 2
Songshan

You can pick up Chunghwa Telecom SIM cards or WiFi Routers ordered from Klook via the Chunghwa Telecom booth.

Opening Hours
Monday – Sunday 07:00 – 23:00

Chunghwa-Telecom-airport-locations-songshan

WiFi Routers

If you are travelling as a group, a pocket-sized WiFi router is a great way to save as you’ll only require a single SIM card.

You can hire one via the Klook website for NT$50 per day, although it’s advised to book early as these often get snapped up. These can be picked up from either airport. Don’t forget you’ll need a SIM card for this too.

Click here to get a WiFi router from Klook

You can also get one directly from Taoyuan airport that comes with a SIM pre-loaded, although availability is not guaranteed. Prices are as follows.

LengthPrice (NT$)
3 days450
5 days700
8 days1,050
10 days1,280
15-30 days1,800

i-Taiwan

iTaiwan

i-Taiwan is a free indoor wireless hotspot scheme set up by the Taiwanese government.

With over 5,000 locations all over Taiwan (although mainly in urban areas) it’s a great way to get connected for free.

If you already have a Taiwan mobile number, then registering for it simply a case of entering your mobile number, then entering the code shown on the text message you receive.

You then need to find one of the i-Taiwan hotspots and follow these instructions to complete the process.

If you don’t have a Taiwan SIM, you can still register for the service, although it’s slightly more complicated:

  1. Register for the service. You’ll need to enter your country, passport number and date of birth.
  2. After going through immigration in Taiwan, connect to the airport’s free WiFi (or any i-Taiwan hotspot) and activate the service. You’ll need to re-enter your country and passport number.
  3. Present your passport to the Travel Service Center at one of the following locations and say it’s for the i-Taiwan service.
    • Airport
    • MRT
    • Train Station

Then you’re registered and can enjoy free WiFi for 30 days!


SIM Card Requirements

  • You must be at least 20 years old to purchase a Taiwan SIM Card
  • You will need to show them your passport. These deals are only available for non-Taiwanese passport holders.
  • Some operators will only accept cash, so make sure you’ve exchanged some beforehand.
  • You’ll also need an unlocked phone.

Sometimes you will be required to show them another form of identification (especially if you’re getting a Taiwan SIM card from the city). These vary between operators but include Driver’s Licence or Visa permit (if you need one for Taiwan).


Conclusion

Try to get a Taiwan SIM Card from the Airport when you arrive, or pre-order one from Klook before you arrive for further savings.

If you arrive when the booths are closed, it’s still possible to get a SIM Card airport deal from the city. Your best option here is to visit one of the Chunghwa Telecom stores.


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