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2.5 Star Rating: Fair
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Taiwan Taoyuan International customer review :  3 April 2014 by R Hsiao    (Taiwan)

Rating : 10/10

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Just arrived T1 last month and the overall feels better after upgrade, more cleaning and lighting than the old one. Very convenient with e-Pass. Took 2 minutes for immigration.



Taiwan Taoyuan International customer review :  26 March 2014 by Yee Yean Lim    (Malaysia)

Rating : 9/10

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It was my 1st time visiting Taiwan. Luckily, the staff from, volunteers, security guards, tourism staff and others were very friendly and helpful. I wanted to go around Taipei City, and was advised by staff where to get the bus tickets. I had a very early flight in the next morning, and was able to sleep overnight there without many problems. The toilets and washrooms were very clean, there is even a small lounge for hot/warm water. Check in was ok, security checks were quick too. However, I am a vegetarian but the airport does not much offer much for this. Overall, it was a great experience.



Taiwan Taoyuan International customer review :  12 February 2014 by K Hayes    (Taiwan)

Rating : 7/10

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Taipei is Asia's sleepiest airport. While capable of handling major airlines and large jets it somehow feels very relaxed by comparison to say HK, Bangkok and Singapore. However, the terminals are smart, clean and I don't have too many complaints. Some suggestions. Some of the eateries in the food court could also have a presence airside. Like Singapore and its wonderful but more expensive sister airport Songshan (in Taipei itself) it makes use of interesting themes in some of the terminals alcoves, about aviation in Taiwan, nature of Taiwan, relax zones etc which are a nice touch. Ironically it's Songshan that is connected by metro and not as yet Taoyuan - it seems to be taking an eternity to finish the metro link and the high speed rail is miles away and costs a fortune! That and the excruciatingly slow immigration are really the only two problems. When it's finished the metro will be a nice alternative to viewing an industrial wasteland (as seen from the bus in and out of the airport). The free wifi is good too.



Taiwan Taoyuan International customer review :  7 February 2014 by Warner Hsieh    (China)

Rating : 5/10

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I visited terminal 2 last month and I can say many facilities were improved compared to years ago when I visited. Still, no matter how new it looks on terminal 2 's departure or arrival, many details of this "H" shape terminal structure (same with terminal 1) shown ages which base on the fact this airport is over thirty years old. So I do see progresses that something is changing in this airport but if recover of this old terminal structure can be made than it would be better.



Taiwan Taoyuan International customer review :  14 January 2014 by Steven Cao    (China)

Rating : 5/10

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Really painful travel to/from to Taipei Taoyuan airport, every time need to spend at least 1 hr for immigration. Very old terminal, no metro or rail to city, taxi over priced while the bus will take at least 1 hr for sure.



Taiwan Taoyuan International customer review :  25 September 2013 by Morris Goh    (Singapore)

Rating : 7/10

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Used terminal 1 of TIA recently when I flew on TransAsia airlines this month. It looks more rejuvenated after the upgrade. Better lighting everywhere, toilets are a joy to visit unlike some airports in Asia. Shops leading to the B gates in terminal 1 are nowhere exciting compared to HKG and SIN but they are slowly and gradually catching up. The high prizes at the restaurant near to B4 puts me off and I avoided it despite my hunger pangs. Improvement overall. Expected to use terminal 1 for my forthcoming trip again.



Taiwan Taoyuan International customer review :  27 August 2013 by Morris Goh    (Singapore)

Rating : 7/10

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Last used Taoyuan airport terminal 1 last month when I flew with Tiger. Arrival into Taipei was not during peak times so did not encounter a long queue. The duty free shops leading to the immigration has no shop front and looked rather odd from my point of view. After the recent facelift terminal 1 looks better, toilets are very clean, as good as Singapore Changi. The signage to the food court needs to be placed more strategically. I could not locate it at first but found that it was at one end of the departure hall.



Taiwan Taoyuan International customer review :  20 May 2013 by Jeremy Chan    (Hong Kong)

Rating : 7/10

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Visited Taoyuan airport in mid-May, and I can say, it has been much better than 4 years ago. The terminal has obviously been renovated, and is comfortable and clean. Sufficient facilities in both departure and arrival hall. Ground crew were fine, but not the most efficient ones I've experienced. Overall a very pleasant visit to Taoyuan Airport.



Taiwan Taoyuan International customer review :  18 April 2013 by M A Davies    (Australia)

Rating : 10/10

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Arrived and departed through Terminal 2 recently and it was a satisfactory experience on both occasions. The Terminal is very clean, Security/Immigration/Customs staff are friendly and processing is a relatively quick and stress-free experience. Baggage service on arrival was relatively quick and there is good signage in both the Arrival and Departure Halls with bus/taxi/bus-train access to Taipei and other areas of Taiwan readily discernible. Seemed to be a good range of shops and service outlets, we were able to change currency (on arrival and departure) and find a light meal without any problems. The Terminal is large but has plenty of comfortable seating available before you need to go to your departure gate. Free wireless internet is available but we didn't bother trying to use it before departure. Our only unusual experience was on checking in for our departing flight; after collecting our boarding passes we had to proceed to the end of our airline check-in counters and watch our checked baggage pass through an x-ray machine before we could head off to Security/Immigration.



Taiwan Taoyuan International customer review :  12 December 2012 by A Maile    (Indonesia)

Rating : 8/10

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I went through terminal 1 which is still under renovation (as of November 2012) but it wasn't too bad. There was a long walk (and a lift ride) needed to get to the CAL Dynasty lounge. On arrival, immigration was efficient and quite friendly. Transport links from the airport to the city are very good - quick, inexpensive and easy to catch an express bus to the city centre. On the day I departed there were several large groups being deported which slowed things down a bit at immigration/security but it was still quite fast. Decent duty free with very helpful staff.



Taiwan Taoyuan International customer review :  3 December 2012 by C Wajsberg    (Israel)

Rating : 7/10

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Decent airport, clean with all necessary services available. Airport is partly very modern and older part of airport is a throw back to the 1970's. Lounge in new terminal is large and cold , old part smaller with older seats. Queuing time is ok and check in procedure is fine. Duty free is available but not really interesting compared with by ex Hong Kong airport.



Taiwan Taoyuan International customer review :  5 November 2012 by P Lee    (USA)

Rating : 10/10

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Check-in was very fast, everything was quick. Staff at the airport were really nice too. However, the selection of shops and restaurants are not enough, well I travel late at night, typically, so they are usually closed. Arrival at the airport, customs and immigration were really great. I have also transferred through the airport before. There are many signs and staff to help you get through the airport. I would definitely come back to the airport again.



Taiwan Taoyuan International customer review :  11 October 2012 by R Oussalah    (Taiwan)

Rating : 9/10

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I travel through this airport 2 to 3 times per month. Mainly through terminal 1 but sometimes through terminal 2. The terminal 2 is a fairly new airport with all the facilities offered by Asia's largest airport. However it lacks he spaciousness you feel when you visit the other main airports in the area. Terminal 1 on the other hand, and although its renovation is not completed looks great. There is a lot of space and light, the checking happens without any delays and the same goes for security and immigration. I heard however that if you travel through the airport at certain time of the day, when many flights from mainland China land or depart at the same time, things can get crazy as far as crowds and queues. Overall, I am very happy with this airport and its staff is very helpful and professional.



Taiwan Taoyuan International customer review :  13 August 2012 by T Patrick    (Hong Kong)

Rating : 5/10

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Fast at arrival and immigration. Works fine but arrival area 1 is dingy and dirty looking. Only 1 bathroom. Nothing in airport arrivals, 1 ATM machine and no shop. Needs to be seriously renovated.



Taiwan Taoyuan International customer review :  7 June 2012 by J Tung    (UK)

Rating : 7/10

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Last time I used TPE airport was 2 years ago. I tend to use the old terminal 1 and was very disappointed by the facilities. Arrived at the end of May this year, the arrival hall was just day from being handed back from the renovation. The place is dirty, dusty and has no soul. Its just like a temporary bus station. The immigration process was perhaps the best in the world. There was no queue and the immigration officers were extremely friendly and approachable. The luggage, as usual, didn't come out quick enough considering how empty the airport was. Then its a hassle to get to the taxi rank – again it had the feeling of a temporary bus station rather than an international airport at a capital city. Leaving the airport was another experience. I assume that the check-in area has been refurbished and the lighting was great. It might have difficulty dealing with large quantity of passenger though as the luggage belt at the check in area wasn't properly designed. After checking in I proceed to the immigration on the second floor. Again the wall and ceiling was covered by plastic for the renovation. Immigration and security again was no hassle. Once I passed the security I could feel the difference of a new airport – beautiful wall with art work, nice duty free area with helpful staff, a new small library, plenty of plants on the wall and super deluxe toilets. Despite the low ceiling the airport was spacious and spotless and its so much better than other big airports. Free Wifi worked perfectly!



Taiwan Taoyuan International customer review :  22 March 2012 by S Tang    (USA)

Rating : 9/10

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T1 somewhat inconvenient and dusty as it was under renovation. Baggage claims was relatively easy and the waiting time reasonable; I was not impressed with the bathrooms. The newer T2 seemed better, the food court at departure area was great and free Wi-fi was available. T1 is being upgraded so hopefully the renovation will help to improve the overall airport facilities.



Taiwan Taoyuan International customer review :  19 March 2012 by Gary Greene    (USA)

Rating : 2/10

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Attractive, modern airport but no place you want to spend time between planes. Lots of shops but very poor selection of food and no place to buy a drink, unless you're a member of an airline club. Poor lighting at the waiting areas.



Taiwan Taoyuan International customer review :  5 January 2012 by Miguel Salcedo-Gomez    (Japan)

Rating : 9/10

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Nice airport with wide spaces and is being remodelled. Immigration is fast and courteous, so is the customs area. Transportation facilities to downtown Taipei are readily available. It is a big airport but never crowded. I used terminal two which is huge, arrived around 5.30 am and shops were open. My only complaint is that places for eating are not abundant, whilst souvenir shops are. Prices are ok, higher than downtown but it pays off if you want to spend those extra NT$.



Taiwan Taoyuan International customer review :  10 December 2011 by Y Fung    (USA)

Rating : 8/10

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Felt clean and fresh in Terminal 2. Pleasant staff member greeting everyone with a warm smile and gave us map/information we needed. Went through all the check points without any problem. The only thing to complain about is the airport itself, nowhere close to what I expected from an international airport, not many places to shop or eat, maybe because it is being remodelled - it really seems to lack facilities.



Taipei Taoyuan Airport customer review :  12 October 2011 by Y Zhan    (Taiwan)

Rating : 8/10

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I use Taoyuan Terminal 2 almost every month and the security and immigration officers here are courteous and helpful, even when there are crowds and queues. There is plenty of airside shopping, though prices for souvenirs and edible gifts are higher than in downtown Taipei stores. Wifi speeds are better airside than at the landside. Airside toilets are clean but landside toilets are sometimes dirty.



Taipei Taoyuan Airport customer review :  11 September 2011 by W Osborne    (USA)

Rating : 9/10

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LAX to TPE. When we got off our plane we made our way to immigration where there was virtually no wait. When I got to the officer she stared straight at me and checked my passport and gave it back without a word. After that we proceeded to baggage claim and again got through quickly. It's nice that they have shuttle service to the high speed rail station. However, if you have a long layover there then there is virtually nothing to do. One tiny food court and a small exhibit for the national palace museum. If you're staying overnight, I would recommend spending 40 mins and staying overnight in downtown Taipei.



Taipei Taoyuan Airport customer review :  6 August 2011 by S Williams   (USA)

Customer Rating :  3/5

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Nice Airport, but could use some work. Terminal 2 awaiting international flight. Do not come with a long delay expecting to be able to get food and drink unless you want to pay ridiculous prices. All the shops are "duty free" and you can buy things in bulk but are unable to get single items like sodas, water etc. Over all, nice, clean airport, certainly promotes Taiwan and shopping for duty free, however, if you are a frequent traveler you will be restricted by the limited amenities.


Taipei Taoyuan Airport customer review :  1 August 2011 by L Ralte   (India)

Customer Rating :  4/5

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It took about an hour to reach the airport from Danshui, north Taipei. It was an early morning flight to Bangkok, it was already crowded but not chaotic. The airport though small and congested is clean and things go about in an orderly manner. Check in for various airlines are easy to find and immigration though very long was quick and friendly. Duty free was ok, free wifi at the airport helps kill the time. Nice view of the airport and various airlines from the departure area.


Taipei Taoyuan Airport customer review :  21 July 2011 by William Babao   (USA)

Customer Rating :  4/5

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LAX to Manila via Taoyuan. Fairly efficient airport, only had 1 hr 20 mins to transfer from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1, but we still had time to look around the airport. Not a bad airport to transit, not as good as Hong Kong or Incheon, but it definitely beats LAX or Manila.


Taipei Taoyuan Airport customer review :  13 June 2011 by A Beadle   (Australia)

Customer Rating :  3/5

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Used TPE Terminal 1 for arrival and departure as we were flying Cathay Pacific. Terminal 1 is currently undergoing a major renovation as the facilities are old and tired. Airport is easy to navigate but there is not a major amount to do once you've cleared immigration. Not the best airport in the world but also not the worst. Will be interesting to see how T1 improves after the renovations are finished.


Taipei Taoyuan Airport customer review :  22 September 2010 by Tara Noir   (Australia)

Customer Rating :  1/5

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Terrible airport. There is nowhere decent to eat (only about 3 fast food joints with terrible food and ridiculous prices), there are no ATMs - too bad if you have no cash, no bars or restaurants except for the VIP lounges. What about the people without an invitation who are willing to pay for a decent meal and a drink? Pretty much all you can buy is a designer handbag - they are everywhere (not much else). I was stuck in this airport for 16 hours after 2 delays by China Airlines and there is nothing to do. The gate reeked of cigarette smoke. Terminal 1 is stuffy - feels like there is not much oxygen in there. The airport is an hour from the city. They offer a free half day tour but it looked boring. I booked into the transit hotel in Terminal 2 which was decent and worth doing if you are going to be waiting there for 3hours+. Despite this, the airport staff were very helpful (China Airlines staff were not, despite the fact that we were flying with them).


Taipei Taoyuan Airport customer review :  27 August 2010 by J Schmerker   (USA)

Customer Rating :  3/5

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While airport is serviceable main problem is distance from the city. A dedicated bus from the main train station took more than an hour to reach the airport. Formalities on all levels are efficient and straightforward. Best feature of the airport is the help desk at arrivals, where we were booked in a hotel of our choosing and pointed toward a bus.


Taipei Taoyuan Airport customer review :  15 August 2010 by Tom Foley   (Australia)

Customer Rating :  5/5

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The thing that needs to be improved is the small exit into the arrivals hall after baggage collection. There is only one double door exit for 8 or so immigration gates which leads to bottleneck during peak arrival times. Great selection of duty free on departure, and two external smoking lounges. Arrival hall is spacious after quick immigration and baggage collection. Free wi-fi point and vending machines before you go to meet your transport. I went via Taipei as a transit point to LHR from SGN. in retrospect I should have just got a flight to BKK and saved myself 2 flights and 2 hotel stays.


Taipei Taiwan Taoyuan Airport customer review : 23 January 2010 by J Peters

Customer Rating : 3/5

3 Star Rating

It was very clean and aesthetic looking. Unfortunately, I couldn't find my next flight! None of the electronic info kiosks weren't working. I wandered around trying to find a departure board and took us nearly 30 minutes and none of the people we asked knew anything. It was morning when we got there and we were hoping to find a coffee shop or something to grab something to wake us up. There was nothing in the common area. Despite the fact that it was after 8am, none of the few places we did see were open. There was nothing until I went through another security check and found my gate, finally!, did I find some places to eat. By then, it was too late for me to get anything. I found the whole thing very strange. Score: 3


Taipei Taiwan Taoyuan Airport customer review : 20 March 2009 by Eric Shee

Customer Rating : 3/5

3 Star Rating

I frequently fly into Taoyuan International airport from Australia, via Hong Kong. I must say compare the two airports, it is clear which is the better one. Terminal one is a disgrace, very dated and looks run down and tired. Despite it's lack of modern fittings, I find it easy to navigate. Terminal 2 is more up to date with modern design and aesthetics, but still in my opinion, T2 still lags behind airports like Singapore's Changi and numerous other newer one around the world.


TAIPEI TAIWAN TAOYUAN AIRPORT customer review : 12 February 2009 : by Vincent Wang

Customer Rating : 4/5

4 Star Rating

I always travel using Terminal 2 since China Airlines flights to Australia depart and arrive at Terminal 2. Since flights to Australia depart at night, security and immigration did not take long at all. Over the years, the terminal has developed and expanded and there are now quite a few eateries (Starbucks, Burger King, Subway just to name a few) and shops. One noticeable improvement was free wifi, as well as numerous free internet terminals throughout the airport.


TAIPEI TAIWAN TAOYUAN AIRPORT customer review : 9 February 2009 : by Oscar Thach

Customer Rating : 4/5

4 Star Rating

Arrived in terminal 2 during the evening after a 9 hour flight. Very clean, tidy and comfortable feeling as soon as I stepped off the plane. The terminal was quite big and peaceful (no crowds at the time) and the long walk to passport control was needed after a long flight. Huge passport control area, good for processing large amounts of people. Process was quick, signage was clear and baggage collection was quick. Extremely convenient bus system into Taipei city, also quite affordable (roughly a third of the price of a taxi). Overall a well managed airport, always a delight to visit.


TAIPEI TAIWAN TAOYUAN AIRPORT customer review : 13 January 2009 : by Maria Mercedes

Customer Rating : 4/5

4 Star Rating

Taoyuan is my stop ver on my way to Manila and coming back from MNL to SEA. The only thing is, sometimes it's hard to find an outlet if your laptop is running out of battery. Also, it can be crowded there. Other than that, it's very tidy. I always have 7 hour stopover.


TAIPEI TAIWAN TAOYUAN AIRPORT customer review : 11 July 2008 : by M Branham

Customer Rating : 4/5

4 Star Rating

I just had a short layover here in the morning. It was very easy to transfer from one terminal to the other. Just follow the signs. I was there at 6 am so it was very quiet, but it was very easy to get around. Terminal 1 is a little old, but I didn't think it was bad.


TAIPEI : Taiwan Taoyuan Int'l Airport review by J Atkins

15 April 2008   Customer Rating : 4 Star Rating

I was recently in Taipei for two layovers, one for an entire day, so i got to know it pretty well. My initial thoughts about the old Terminal 1 was that it was old, cold and smelt quite odd, but after a while you get past that and it is a nice change from more busy airports where there are constantly announcements, crowds and salespeople. Terminal Two, which is much newer, strikes a good balance and I found it really warm, comfy and well signed. The service I found in Taipei was great and no one hesitates in helping you. It's also a relatively unknown fact that you can walk between the two terminals, so you can walk on over to terminal two and enjoy the shopping or whatever. Although I have noticed that passport control is distinctly understaffed in both terminals at nearly every time of the day. Also if you're in the airport for more than seven hours you're eligible for a free four hour tour, which is well worth it.

TAIPEI : Taiwan Taoyuan Int'l Airport review by Sasun Vartanyan

14 March 2008   Customer Rating : 4 Star Rating

The following comments pertain to the older Terminal 1 which I happened to use. It is older looking, but very efficient and user friendly. No crowds, plenty of seating and huge windows to check out the tarmac. On an additional note, the personnel, from the check-in to the immigration officers (who even pointed out the direction of my gate!) were extremely polite and nice, ( a total opposite of our officers at LAX).


TAIPEI : Taiwan Taoyuan Int'l Airport review by Kenneth Cheng

7 December 2007   Customer Rating : 4 Star Rating

Used Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Terminal Two for a flight to Singapore. Journey to the airport from our hotel, Howard Plaza Taipei - located in the city - took 45 minutes. Staff at the check-in counter was affable and helpful. Immigration officer courteous and chatty. Airport was clean, albeit run-down. There's also quite a variety of retail outlets.

TAIPEI : Taiwan Taoyuan Int'l Airport review by P Bancroft

14 November 2007   Customer Rating : 4 Star Rating

Long walks in the Terminal, but that's what they are all like now. I was impressed by cleanliness, good shopping selection, innovative lounges, clean bathrooms, sense of security and ease of use. Could use a few more gate monitors though. Overall, a world class airport and I left impressed.

TAIPEI : Taiwan Taoyuan Int'l Airport review by Mike Kwan

20 September 2007   Customer Rating : 4 Star Rating

En-route stopover in Taipei airport. There are two termini, T1 is old and T2 is new and they are connected by skytrain and walkway. Airlines transit desks are good and the staff is friendly. If you are transiting between termini, it's better to allow 2 hours or more. Children playground and Hello Kitty play area are available in T2. Although T1 is an old one, it is acceptable. Things are clean and tidy with plenty of seats. Medium range and variety of shops and the food court is quite expensive.

TAIPEI : Taiwan Taoyuan Int'l Airport review by Stuart Walker

7 February 2007   Customer Rating : n/a

Taipei International Airport is divided into two terminals. Both are massive so there are long walking distances. Facilities are good although duty free shopping, although extensive, is dominated by whisky. Immigration was very slow and not very well organised.

Taipei CKS Airport review review by Arnold Long

2 November 2006

Overnight in Taiwan on transit and a full day on the return. Fantastic terminal found the staff so helpful and friendly, used the showers in the terminal, wonderful after a long flight, did the 1/2 day tour of the city which was also excellent. Definitely one of the best international airports in the world for ease of use, plus such wonderful, helpful staff at every turn, customs, baggage, passport checkin, shops, tourist information, etc great to travel through such a friendly efficient place, especially after the lack of service at US airports.

Taipei CKS Airport review by Pauline Pearse

28 August 2006

Flying with China Airlines from BNE to YVR return. On route to Vancouver there was no connecting flight on same day so airline put me up at Miramar Golf Country Club Hotel in Taipei (very nice! also gives you a chance to see a bit of Taipei, as it's about 30mins shuttle from airport). Actually thought I'd be put up in the Transit Hotel (located inside Terminal 2) but for some reason, was not. Miramar was so lovely that I'm definitely not complaining. Wasn't so lucky on the way back (7 hour stopover in Taipei) Tried to get into the China Airlines lounge, but was informed it's only for Business and First Class - and they won't even let you pay to try it. My hopes of getting a shower were quickly diminishing. Was directed to the Transit Hotel, up an elevator past this "dragons in the clouds" wall display. Honestly, just follow the signs to the transit hotel, there are plenty. If you get lost, just ask someone, their english isn't always good, but they understand "transit hotel" and will happily point you in the right direction. The transit hotel charges US$10 for a shower, which also gives you the use of their lounge for 2 hours (where you can help yourself to some coffee or tea, or jump on the internet for free). The shower facilities are minimal, with a small locker made available for your stuff, a towel, shower cap, toothbrush and toothpaste provided. There are about 6 shower cubicles and a sauna (which costs marginally extra) in this one room, with shower gel and "conditioning shampoo" (not the best quality by a long shot, but it will suffice) provided. For US$36 you can have the use of a hotel room for 3 hours (US$12 for every hour over that). Another thing worth mentioning, is that CKS has no ATMs inside the terminal, you actually have to go out past security if you want to find one (which isn't really worth it). And Subway doesn't do EFTPOS (nor do they take coins!) So make sure you have at least US$20 cash on you (in notes preferably), and eat first, before you spend your last $10 on a shower.

Taipei CKS Airport review by Henry Osserman

28 April 2006

Terminal 2 with EVA. Easy to find where one is going First, Business and economy check in areas well seen when entering the building under the airlines signage above doorways. Passport control is also very easy and then you are right in the middle of the main part of the Terminal building. Many shops to visit and plenty of seating everywhere. Go upstairs for more seating and the wonderful lounges offered by EVA (including their many code-share partners) & Singapore airlines. There is also a pay full service lounge with meals, showers, and business facilities. Gate areas are large but can be crowded when trying to board a 747. Pay attention to announcements and look for signage regarding your cabin (First, Business & economy). Don't be shy to move up if you are in one of the premium cabins. You won't get dirty looks from the other passengers!

Taipei CKS Airport review by Melody Church

12 February 2006

I was pleasantly surprised by Taipei airport. Sure terminal 1 is old but not too bad and it is clean. I didn't encounter any shouting sales people - everyone seemed very subdued. The check in counters in terminal 1 were chaotic but it was only 1 week before lunar new year - everyone was travelling but most people were friendly. They seemed slow to check in at the China Airlines counter however. We did one of free city tours. Well worth your time - if you have a stopover that fits in with the timetable. See the information desk in the airport for more info. Terminal two has heaps of shops - selling mostly Taiwanese food and goods duty free of course. I found them reasonably priced. The food in the noodle bar near gate D3 was also very tasty as was the bakery beside it. One thing I didn't realise and no web site seemed to mention - you can walk from terminal one to terminal two and vice-versa. Unless you have mobility issues it isn't very hard. In terminal two just keep on walking past gate D1, go down a short ramp, turn a corner and you will find yourself in terminal one - you don't even need to go outside. If you have plenty of time during transfer you may as well walk from one terminal to the other - depending on what gate you are at it could take you less than 5 minutes! The toilets in terminal two are great. The baby change rooms are also plentiful. What may also be useful is to parents is the nursery near the children's playground in terminal two. It has a couple of cots in it and where your infant could have a nap while you read a book or something. Beats carrying them on your shoulder while they sleep. They also supply free lotion, wipes and nappies if you need them! Frankly this is better baby service facilities than I find in Australia.

Taipei CKS Airport review by Tien-Lun Yao

8 February 2006

If you ever have a chance to stay at TPE Terminal 2 CI-Lounge you will see what a nice lounge is. The way of seating is efficient like you they would have organised an army unit, but the noodle kitchen which is operated between 6 am and 11 pm make a stay very comfortable. Nice noodle soups, hot dumplings and biscuits. Good variation of drinks. And if you have the time: have a use of the shower facilities. The best was good enough in the personal shower cabins with own personal toilet. A real possible to relax in any way after a long distance flight - even you do not have any toiletries yourself with you - which you will not need as you get a nice basket of towel and other bath supplies.

Taipei CKS Airport review by Travis Benson

5 July 2005

I have travelled through CKS airport a numerous amount of time. I must admit that terminal 1 is very old, and reminds you of the times of the propeller planes. However I would say that it still is allot better than American airports. Terminal 1 is very peaceful and has a reasonably old but decent facilities. Most of the people here wrote negative comments of this airport but I am guessing they haven’t seen terminal 2. Terminal 2 looks allot better than terminal 1. Terminal 2 has good facilities, however it is smaller than terminal 1. Never the less CKS airport is not a bad airport. Most people here are exaggerating just because one of its terminals is old.

Taipei CKS Airport by Nicholas Lang

30 November 2004

I have travelled into CKS T1 recently and found it a bit too old. Before arriving at the immigration counters, you have to walk a long way before you see some duty free shops. You will be shocked that this is an airport and not a night market as all the sales girls were shouting all the way to promote their products, an unusual way for an airport to do so? There were a lot of immigration counters but they only opened 5 of them, therefore immigration was slow. The baggage claim was okay, just like any other airports in the world, nth to complaint. Here comes the real problem, once you leave the arrival gate it is very confusing. They have three exits, you can turn left, right or walk straight. It took us 15 min to find our tour guide. I think that CKS should adopt the same system as Changi by make the baggage claim area visible to the people outside at the meeting point. Overall, nth more to complaint as you must understand this airport is 20+ yrs old!

Taipei CKS Airport by Darran Thomas

30 September 2004

I have used CKS airport several times during my 2.5 year stay in Taiwan. You can keep terminal 2. Terminal 1 is my preference. Arriving at CKS makes you feel very alone. The atmosphere is very sterile. People are not rude but not friendly either. The only sign of being welcome is a few ladies saying "welcome to Taiwan." Departing from CKS is a more pleasent experience. I'm an experienced traveler yet it takes me 5 to 10 minutes to discover which counter I need to visit because they use small, paper signs. The counter staff are always friendly and helpful, however, after check-in, you're on your own. I think CKS should be more comfortable and less sterile.

Taipei CKS Airport by Hiroshi Murata

12 September 2004

Used Terminal 1 last week for our first trip to Taipei. Arrival and immigration went quite smoothly, immigration line for less than thirty minutes. Meeting point was kind of confusing due to dozens of waiting signs. It took us two end-to-end walk before we found our tour operator. Departure was more comfortable. Check in staff at Cathay Pacific was quite friendly and kind, they even provided me some vinyl tape to bend my instable cart strongly. Immigration went quite smooth, waiting line was as short as four passengers before our turn. Shopping and dining need to be added, especially because most passengers know there're quite a number of nice cafe and restaurants in city centre of Taipei. All in all, I liked the place and will come again in near future.

Taipei CKS Airport by George Roberts

13 August 2004

Terminal 1 is still my favorite, even if it is older. I am not sure what Terminal 2 trying to be, but world-class it ain't. Once flying to the States the security guards thought that a bunch of nicotine patches in my suitcase were condoms, and kept making loud jokes, thinking I couldn't understand what they were talking about. Wireless Internet access in both airports is a plus, though.


 

 


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