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How to Find the Best Flights to Taiwan

When it comes to Southeast Asian destinations that have it all, it’s hard to beat Taiwan. The home of bubble tea and a number of famous night markets, Taiwan’s capital of Taipei boasts some of the best food in the region.

If you’re in the mood for a more culture-centric vacation, the city also houses some of the most beautiful temples in Asia.

So if you’re planning a trip to Taiwan, check out our guide on flights to Taiwan.

 

What Are The Best Flights To Taiwan?

China Airlines

China Airlines

Taiwan’s national carrier and its largest airline. Headquarters are located in Taoyuan International Airport.

Things To Know:

  • Airport route: Flies from Manila’s NAIA Terminal 1 to Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport.
  • Aircraft: Airbus A330-300
  • Seat pitch: 32 inches
  • Entertainment: China Airlines’ Economy class comes equipped with in-flight entertainment to make your two-hour flight to Taipei fly right by (no pun intended). Passengers can watch movies, TV shows, play games, or listen to music on the 9-inch LCD touchscreen that’s positioned in front of each seat.

In-flight Meals:

The airline has collaborated with Michelin star chef Albert Tse to create inflight meals for its Business and First class passengers, so expect some world-class food options. But don’t worry, Economy passengers can expect some good meals too.

Additional Perks:

Get exclusive deals and perks when you become part of the Dynasty Flyer Program. Perks include a dedicated airport check-in counter, VIP lounge access, and priority baggage handling.

Book your China Airlines flights to Taiwan here

 

Philippine Airlines

Philippines Airline Flight

The flag carrier of the Philippines, PAL operates to 41 international destinations and 31 domestic destinations. Though a little bit more expensive than budget airline rates, what you get in terms of quality of service can’t be beat.

Things To Know:

  • Aircraft: Airbus 321
  • Seat pitch: 31 inches
  • Entertainment: When flying PAL, you can enjoy a wide selection of movies and TV shows with myPAL eSuite, the airline’s entertainment system.

In-flight Meals:

Thanks to PAL’s Food Festivals in the Sky, the airline’s collaboration with renowned chefs to develop delicious meals for its flights, you can enjoy world-class dining at 40,000 feet.

Additional Perks:

Before you start your Taiwan journey, purchase PAL’s pocket WiFi service myPAL Roam, which offers affordable Internet packages (for as low as PHP 200/day) when you go overseas.

Book your PAL flights to Taiwan here

 

Hong Kong Airlines

Hong Kong Airlines Flight

Established in 2006, its main hub is at Hong Kong International Airport. The airline flies to over 30 cities, including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

Things To Know:

  • Airport route: Flies from Manila’s NAIA Terminal 1 to Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport.
  • Aircraft: Airbus A330-300
  • Seat pitch: 32 inches
  • Entertainment: Enjoy a wide selection of movies and TV shows to be enjoyed right in the comfort of your seat. Each seat also comes with Hong Kong Airlines’ inflight magazine, so you can brush up on local culture and get the lowdown on what’s happening in the region.

In-flight Meals:

The airline prides itself in promoting traditional cuisine, so expect Chinese cookies and traditional Hong Kong-style tofu desserts with your meal.

Additional Perks:

Avail of the airline’s AirPass for up to 50 percent off when you purchase three to five sets of roundtrip tickets. Definitely something to consider if you’re a frequent flyer.

Book your Hong Kong flights to Taiwan here

 

Eva Air

Eva Air Flights

A Taiwanese airline based in Taoyuan Airport in Taipei, it flies to over 40 international destinations in Asia, Europe, North America, and Australia.

Things To Know:

  • Airport route: Flies from Manila’s NAIA Terminal 1 to Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport.
  • Aircraft: Airbus A321
  • Seat pitch: 31 inches
  • Entertainment: In-seat power and connectivity is available for all passengers, as well as Eva Air’s Star Gallery, the airline’s entertainment system, which features movies, TV shows, games and an inflight magazine.

In-flight Meals:

Eva Air’s inflight meal options are highly rated and offer a range of choices from Western to Eastern cuisine. Similar to other airlines, if you have any dietary restrictions, contact the airline at least 24 hours before your flight to notify them and choose special meal option.

Additional Perks:

Get a range of benefits when you avail of the airline’s Infinity MileageLands membership, from class upgrades to increased baggage allowance.

Book your Eva Air flights to Taiwan here

 

What To Know Before You Go?

Person Taking Travel Notes

  • Visa-free travel for Filipinos is set to expire in July. No news about whether it will be extended yet, so if you can, there’s no better time to visit the country than now. 
  • Taiwan’s public transport system is incredibly efficient, so be sure to purchase an EasyCard. You can use it for everything from the MRT, Youbikes, to paying for items at convenience stores and supermarkets.
  • The weather in Taiwan is known to be fickle, so make sure you check the weather situation before you go so you can pack accordingly.

 

How To Know Your Way Around Taoyuan Airport?

Taoyuan International Airport

Now that you’re up to speed on the best way to get there, here are a few tips on how to make the time you spend at Taoyuan International Airport as hassle and stress-free as possible.

  • Opened in 1979
  • Located 40 km west of Taipei, in Dayuan District, Taoyuan
  • Considered Taiwan’s largest and busiest airport
  • Terminal 1 is the original passenger terminal
  • Currently has 18 gates
  • Accommodates over 15 million passengers a year
  • Terminal 2 opened in 2000, featuring 40 gates divided into South Concourse and North Concourse
  • A free shuttle bus can be used to go from Terminal 1 and 2
  • The Skytrain can be used to travel between terminals

Pro-Tips:

Taoyuan International Airport offers a range of activities and amenities to make the time you spend there worthwhile.

  • For USD 40, you can get three-hour access to The More lounge, which has an all-you-can-eat Taiwanese buffet, resting lounges, massage chairs, and other amenities that’ll make airport transit a little less stressful.
  • If your budget is tight, check out the Unforgettable Yummy Lounge which is free and has an e-Library Lounge where you can rent iPads and other e-readers that come loaded with books.
  • Don’t forget to check out Chun Shui Tang food court where amazing local dishes such as Shrimp Wonton Soup and Pork Congee can be had.

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