Visit Taiwan

We often get this question from people: I want to go to Taiwan, but how do I get there? As Taiwan is an island, the most convenient way to get to Taiwan is by plane. Most international flights arrive and depart from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE, in Taoyuan, but usually labeled as Taipei by airlines). Currently there are 5 other airports operating regular international flights in Taiwan, most to destinations in Asia: Taipei International Airport (TSA, in downtown Taipei, also known as Songshan Airport), Taichung Airport (RMQ), Tainan Airport (TNN), Kaohsiung International Airport (KHH), and Hualien Airport (HUN).

The largest and busiest of all airports in Taiwan is the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. Formerly known as the Chiang Kai-shek International Airport 中正國際機場 or CKS International Airport, Taoyuan Airport is one of two airports that serve the capital, Taipei, and the rest of northern Taiwan. Before its opening in 1979, all international flights to Taipei were handled by the Taipei Songshan Airport. However, as TSA became overcrowded and could not be expanded due to limited space in its location near downtown Taipei, a new airport — Taoyuan International Airport — was planned and built and now serves as the main international gateway of Taiwan. If you are flying to Taiwan, and you buy your plane ticket to fly to Taipei (TPE), your plane will arrive at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, 40 km away from downtown Taipei City. Currently TSA only serves international destinations to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Japan, and South Korea. Taoyuan International Airport is the main international hub for China Airlines 中華航空, member of SkyTeam, and EVA Airways 長榮航空, member of Star Alliance.

Note: China Airlines 中華航空 is Taiwan’s flag carrier, and should NOT be confused with Air China 中國國際航空, PRC’s flag carrier.

Taiwan‘s international air carriers include:

China Airlines

EVA Airways

Far Eastern Air Transport

Mandarin Airlines

Tigerair Taiwan

UNI Airways

Mandarin Airlines is a subsidiary of China Airlines. Tigerair Taiwan, is a joint venue between China Airlines and Tigerair. UNI Airways is a subsidiary of EVA Airways.

Below we list the air carriers that operate direct (unless noted with via [insert city]) scheduled or *seasonal flights to Taiwan from different countries and territories:

Asia Pacific

From Hong Kong:
Cathay PacificChina Airlines, DragonairEVA Airways, Hong Kong Airlines

From Macau:
Air MacauChina AirlinesEVA Airways, Tigerair Taiwan

From Mainland China (PRC) (most major cities):
Air ChinaChina Airlines, China Eastern AirlinesChina Southern AirlinesEVA AirwaysFar Eastern Air Transport, Hainan Airlines, Juneyao AirlinesMandarin Airlines, Shangdong Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Spring AirlinesUNI Airways, Xiamen Airlines

From Japan (Asahikawa, Fukuoka, Hakodate, Hiroshima, Ishigaki, Kagoshima, Komatsu, Kumamoto, Kushiro, Miyazaki, Nagoya, Naha, Niigata, Obihiro, Osaka-Kansai, Sapporo, Sendai, Shizuoka, Takamatsu, Tokyo-Haneda, Tokyo-Narita, Toyama):
All Nippon AirwaysCathay PacificChina AirlinesDelta Air Lines, EVA Airways, Japan Airlines, JetStar Asia Airways, Mandarin Airlines, Peach AviationScoot, Tigerair TaiwanVanilla Air

From South Korea (Busan, Cheongju, Daegu, Jeju, Seoul-Incheon, Seoul-Gimpo):
Air BusanAsiana AirlinesCathay PacificChina Airlines, EastarJet, EVA Airways, Jeju Air, Jin AirKorean AirMandarin Airlines, Scoot, T’way AirlinesThai Airways International, Tigerair Taiwan

From the Philippines (Boracay-Kalibo, Cebu, Clark, Manila):
AirAsiaCebu PacificChina AirlinesFar Eastern Air TransportMandarin Airlines, Philippine AirlinesSpirit of Manila Airlines, Zest Airways

From Vietnam (Đà Nẵng, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City):
China Airlines, EVA AirwaysMandarin AirlinesUNI Airways, VietJet Air, Vanilla AirVietnam Airlines

From Cambodia (Phnom Penh and Siem Reap):
China Airlines, EVA Airways, Tonlesap Airlines

From Thailand (Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket):
China Airlines, EVA AirwaysThai AirAsia, Thai Airways International, Tigerair Taiwan

From Myanmar (Yangon):
China AirlinesEVA Airways

From Malaysia (Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Penang):
AirAsia (operated by AirAsiaX), China Airlines, EVA Airways, Malaysia Airlines

From Singapore:
China Airlines, EVA Airways, Jetstar Asia Airways, Scoot, Singapore AirlinesTigerair, Tigerair Taiwan

From Indonesia (Bali, Jakarta, Surabaya):
China Airlines, EVA Airways, Garuda Indonesia

From Guam:
China Airlines, Fly Guam

From Palau:
China Airlines, Palau Airways

From Australia (Brisbane and Sydney):
China AirlinesEVA Airways

From New Zealand (Auckland, Christcurch*):
China Airlines (via Brisbane or Sydney)

From India (Delhi):
China Airlines

Middle East & Eurasia

From Turkey (Istanbul):
Turkish Airlines

From the United Arab Emirates (Dubai):
Emirates

Europe

From Austria (Vienna):
China AirlinesEVA Airways (via Bangkok)

From the Czech Republic (Prague):
Czech Airlines (codeshare with China Airlines via Frankfurt)

From France (Paris-Charles de Gaulle):
EVA Airways

From Germany (Frankfurt):
China Airlines

From Italy (Rome-Fiumicino):
China Airlines (codeshare with Alitalia via Delhi, India)

From the Netherlands (Amsterdam-Schiphol):
China AirlinesEVA Airways (via Bangkok), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

From the United Kingdom (London-Heathrow):
China Airlines (via Bangkok to Amsterdam and codeshare with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines from Amsterdam to London), EVA Airways (via Bangkok)

North America

From Canada (Toronto-Pearson and Vancouver):
Air CanadaChina Airlines, EVA Airways

From the United States (Chicago, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, New York-JFK, San Francisco, Seattle-Tacoma):
China Airlines, Delta Air Lines (via Tokyo-Narita), EVA AirwaysUnited Airlines (San Francisco). (Note: Delta Air Lines has extensive networks serving the United States to and from Tokyo-Narita, those cities are not listed here.)

Ilha Formosa – Taiwan will touch your heart!!

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