How to move around Taiwan:In our Taiwan Travel Route we will indicate for each excursion and trip what is the best way to do it.
In general, in Taiwan you can move without problems by rental car, train, bullet train and in some cases by bus. Even the towns closest to Taipei can be reached with the same metro network from the capital. In each case we will tell you the best option.
Taiwan is a very special island from an orographic point of view that determines the way of moving.
Two tectonic plates collided creating a vertically elongated island with a large north-south mountain range with more than 100 peaks above 3,000 meters. Taipei is to the north and the most important cities are arranged on the west side, one after the previous one, all linked by a high-speed train and by highways. All major cities have airports with connections to Taipei, but you will see that if you are tourists it is more practical to get around by rental car. On the east coast, despite having the country's main attraction (Taroko park), there is no major city. That is why there is no high-speed train and, as the mountains reach to the sea, there are no highways either.
The central mountain range causes that crossing from one side of the island to the other is a nightmare of curves and more curves. That is why the best way to go around it is to go all the way around the outer perimeter. And for all this too, the best way to get around is with a rental car.
You will have more freedom, you will not depend on the complicated combinations of public transport to reach some parks and you will be able to reach some more unknown waterfalls that we will find on our Route to travel to Taiwan.
Of course, for some of the islands that we will recommend you visit on our Taiwan itinerary, it will logically be necessary to go by boat or even by plane. In each case we will explain the best option and how to book the tickets at the best price.
Here we give you our recommendations for touring Taiwan by car and, on the first day of the route where you need a vehicle, we will indicate the best car rental company and also the cheapest one.