Taiwan is a fascinating and diverse country, filled with bustling cities, breathtaking natural landscapes, and rich cultural heritage. However, traveling to a different country can be overwhelming, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the language and culture. Luckily, there are a couple of travel apps for Taiwan that can help you have a smoother trip and ultimately make the most of your time in Taiwan!
In this blog post, I’ll share the best Taiwan travel apps – from navigation and translation apps to food and transportation apps. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or visiting Taiwan for the first time, these apps will help you navigate the country and discover all it offers!
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12 Must-Have Apps for Traveling in Taiwan
Google Maps is a must-have app for any traveler, and it’s especially useful in Taiwan. The app provides accurate and up-to-date information on public transportation (bus, train, and metro), walking, and driving directions for both cars and scooters.
It also has a feature that allows you to download maps for offline use, which is great for travelers who don’t want to use their data while exploring Taiwan.
Although Google Maps is pretty accurate with its directions across Taiwan, it can sometimes take you on a detour, but that can also be part of the adventure!
Chinese is the official language of Taiwan, and while most locals can speak some basic English, the language barrier in Taiwan can impact your trip. The easiest way to avoid getting lost in translation is to download Google Translate to your phone. While you could easily use the text function, instantly scanning text with the camera function to translate it and the simultaneous speech translation function are other bonuses.
Make sure you set the translation to traditional Chinese and not simplified Chinese, which is used in China. Also, if you’re not going to buy a local sim card, make sure to download Chinese beforehand on the app so that you can translate without an internet connection.
Taiwan has an extensive railway network, which can be confusing for first-time visitors. Luckily, the Taiwan Railway app can help you check timetables, train numbers, delays, traveling time, and ticket prices.
The app is super easy to use, but you need to know exactly where you’re traveling from and which station you’re headed to. Luckily, that can quickly be figured out with the help of Google Maps. Once you have the exact deets, go into the app and select your departure and arrival stations and date of travel. All the trains that travel on that specific day will pop up with their train numbers, duration, and cost.
The only downside is that you cannot actually book train tickets on the app. With that said, it’s still a great planning tool and will undoubtedly come in handy if you’ve missed a train.
The high-speed rail is the most convenient (and fastest) way to travel between the north and south of the island’s western coastline. And chances are you will need to use it sometimet during your Taiwan itinerary.
While you can book tickets directly at any station or even on their website, having the app on your phone will make your travels much easier. Not only will you be able to book tickets anywhere, anytime, but you’ll never have to stand in long lines again!
The app’s main features include easy-to-understand timetables & fares, instant payments, cancellations, and even modifications. However, the best perk about this app is that you can purchase tickets up to 5 minutes before a train departs. Another awesome feature is that you can opt to get a mobile ticket, which you simply scan at the gates. That way, you’ll save even more time and do your bit to help minimize paper usage!
You’re probably already familiar with this one, but Uber is another super useful app when traveling in Taiwan.
Whether you’re going from Taoyuan Airport to Taipei or just quickly want to get from A to B in the bigger cities, you can easily request a ride with the tap of a button. The great thing about Uber is that you’ll know exactly how much the ride will cost you upfront, and since you can connect it to your bank card, you won’t need to worry about carrying cash around with you.
While Uber is generally a bit cheaper than a yellow taxi, that is not always the case if you travel long distances. If you want to travel to less touristy spots, comparing prices on other apps like FindTaxi or 55688 might be worthwhile..
If you’re looking for a great travel app that allows you to book sightseeing tours and must-do activities while in Taiwan, you’ll want to download Klook.
This travel app offers a variety of tours and experiences in Taiwan – from food tours and cultural activities to day trip excursions and even multi-day trips!
The best part? The app also provides instant confirmation on selected bookings, and you can easily cancel or amend your booking if your plans change. Just remember to read the fine print carefully, as some excursions require a minimum number of participants to proceed.
You probably already have a hotel booking app on your phone, but if you’re traveling in Taiwan, Agoda is the go-to app for the best accommodation deals.
Their prices are generally lower than other platforms like Booking.com and Hotels Combined, and the app even features better deals than their actual website. Also, you won’t need to worry about hidden costs as the quoted price usually includes taxes.
Like other booking platforms, you can manage bookings right in the app and communicate with your hotel.
Go! Taipei Metro
If you’re going to spend a few days in Taipei, you’re definitely going to need the Go! Taipei Metro app.
It provides the entire route map of the Taipei metro system, but it also has a bunch of added features to help you travel more easily. These include station exit information, schedules for the next train, transfer information for buses, parking, and even nearby YouBike stations. Another great feature is the journey planner, which helps you calculate the fastest route to your destination.
While most people around the world use Whatsapp to communicate with friends and loved ones, Line is the go-to messaging app in Taiwan.
Like other communication apps, Line allows you to make voice and video calls and send voice notes or text messages. However, what really sets Line apart from other messaging apps is that it has a whole host of cool icons, animated stickers with sound, and even customizable templates that allow you to change the app’s background and display.
Uber Eats & Food Panda
Taiwan is a mecca for foodies! So you should definitely visit its famous night markets and sample as much as possible at local restaurants, eateries, and cafes. With that said, there might be days you want to skip going out or bother with translating menus.
Uber Eats and Food Panda takes care of this by allowing you to order food from a myriad of restaurants and grocery stores in just a few clicks. Both apps allow you to link your card to the app, so you never have to worry about having the exact amount for the driver.
Xe Currency Converter
When visiting a different country, having a currency converter on hand is always useful to help you keep travel of your finances.
XE Currency Converter takes the guesswork (and math) out of trying to figure out how much money you’re actually spending. The app is easy to use and converts exchange rates from roughly 130 currencies.
The YouBike 2.0 app is another great useful app when visiting Taiwan. YouBike is Taiwan’s official bike-sharing system, and you’ll find dozens of stations in all major cities like Taipei, Taichung, Hsinchu, Kaohsiung, Tainan, Chiayi, Pingtung, and Miaoli.
The app has an interactive map making it easy to locate bike stations near you and see how many bikes are available at each station. The app will even show you if any electric bicycles (the orange and white bikes) are available and how fully charged they are.
Another perk about the YouBike 2.0 app is that it is available in English, making it super easy to use. The app also lets you view rental info, rates, and much more in just a few clicks.
You don’t necessarily need to register for the app to use it, but you will need to register at the docking station to rent a bike. Make sure you have an Easy Card and a local number to do this. Otherwise, you’ll need a credit card to sign the bike out. The holding fee is TWD 2000 for YouBike 1.0 and TWD 3000 for YouBike 2.0.
Taiwan Travel Apps in Conclusion
Taiwan is an amazing destination, and with a little help from the travel apps mentioned above, you’ll easily navigate the cities, communicate with locals, find the best tours and get the best deals on places to stay!
Well, that wraps up this quick guide to the best travel apps to use in Taiwan! If you have any other suggestions for must-use travel apps in Taiwan, let me know in the comments below!
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