Taiwan, officially called the Republic of China, has plenty of places to arrive at for overseas travellers. There are direct flights operating to and from the world’s major countries, making it a great choice for international visits.
A Taiwan airport code is a 3-letter sequence that identifies and differentiates each airport from other ones. The 3-letter codes are determined by IATA, the International Air Transport Association. For example, Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport has the code ‘TPE’.
Some IATA codes here are obvious. Others may look a little random when you first look at them. It is advisable to learn the code for any airport in Taiwan that you plan to visit.
Read on to learn the Taiwan airport code for where you’re flying into, plus some other key information about this East Asian nation’s biggest air hubs! Plus, to check you have all the required documents to enter the country, visit our dedicated Taiwan eVisa page.
- 1 What Are the Taiwan Airport Codes?
- 2 How Many Airports Are in Taiwan?
- 3 Do I Need a 3-Letter IATA Code to Fly Here?
- 4 Can I Fly Without Knowing an Airport Code?
- 5 What Is Taiwan’s Main Airport?
- 6 About Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (IATA Code ‘TPE’)
- 7 About Taipei Songshan Airport (IATA Code ‘TSA’)
- 8 FAQs About Taiwan’s Airports
- 9 Check the Latest Official Guidance About Travel Here
What Are the Taiwan Airport Codes?
It’s a good idea to learn the code for where you’re flying to. Among other things, this will make it much easier to research flights over the internet, and ensure you arrive at the correct destination.
As follows, here’s a list of Taiwan’s airports plus their respective 3-letter IATA code:
3-Letter IATA Code
|Taiwan Taoyuan International||TPE|
If you want to learn the airport codes for different destinations, they are easy to find. When booking a flight, you should always search by IATA code rather than by city name. You are much likelier to end up in the right place this way!
How Many Airports Are in Taiwan?
For a relatively small island, Taiwan has a lot of airports! Currently, there are 19 international and domestic air hubs in this East Asian country.
Some airports you may not need to consider if you are planning on flying to the largest and most well-used ones in the country. That said, it’s useful to get an overview so you can be fully informed ahead of your journey.
Do I Need a 3-Letter IATA Code to Fly Here?
Most travel websites and tickets list the 3-letter IATA code, rather than the full name of the airport. If you are flying to an area that contains multiple airports, as is often the case even in a small territory like Taiwan, looking for the IATA code is a good way to tell each airport apart. Using the 3-letter code helps to cut down on confusion.
Can I Fly Without Knowing an Airport Code?
Yes, it’s possible to fly here without knowing the code, but it’s much easier to get where you need to if you learn the information. By doing so, you will ensure you fly to the right airport. Also, by learning the designated code, you can search for flights directly to the airport that you need.
What Is Taiwan’s Main Airport?
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) is the biggest in Taiwan and the one that welcomes the most international visitors. Most visits begin in Taipei, the capital and largest city. As such, if you are flying into Taipei, you’ll most likely arrive at Taoyuan International.
About Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (IATA Code ‘TPE’)
As we’ve mentioned above, Taiwan Taoyuan is this East Asian country’s main international airport. If you’re flying here from abroad, chances are you’ll be arriving to and departing from here.
Transport on Arrival/Departure
Outside the terminals, you can take the following modes of transport to reach your destination:
- Taxi, which is charged according to the meter reading. The highway toll is charged separately.
- Bus, which has a journey time of 50-60 minutes.
- Taoyuan Metro (commonly known as the Taiwan Airport MRT), which serves the Taoyuan City area.
- Rental car service.
Shops and Facilities
Regarding money and exchange facilities, there are bank branches including ATMs and currency exchange services in both terminals.
There are a number of places to eat here, both before and after the security screening. Expect to find a mix of Taiwanese, Chinese and Western restaurants, as well as fast food outlets, cafes and bars.
If you’re travelling on business, you’ll be pleased to know that the More International Business Centre & Premium Lounge is found on the top floor departure areas of both terminals. VIP and airline lounges are also accessed on this level.
Wi-Fi access is available throughout the airport, so you don’t have to worry about missed emails if you’re waiting for a while!
About Taipei Songshan Airport (IATA Code ‘TSA’)
Taipei Songshan is Taipei’s second international airport, so it’s possible that you’ll be flying here, rather than to Taiwan Taoyuan, depending on where you’re departing from.
Transport on Arrival/Departure
Outside the terminals, you’ll find the following modes of transport available:
- Taxi – metered taxis can be found at the taxi rank located outside of Arrivals, which can take you to Taipei city centre in approximately 10 minutes.
- Bus (city and intercity buses).
- The metro, which links Songshan Airport with the city centre areas.
- Rental car service.
Shops and Facilities
If you need cash, you’ll find ATMs available in both terminals. Fees may apply, so be sure to check before you withdraw.
The dining options consist mostly of fast-food outlets and coffee shops, with a Taiwanese cuisine restaurant in the international terminal. Shopping facilities include a convenience store in the domestic terminal, plus boutique shops and a duty-free shop in the international terminal.
You’ll also find an observation deck on the roof of the domestic terminal, which provides avid plane-spotters with a good view of the runway!
FAQs About Taiwan’s Airports
If you’d like to know more about the airports ahead of your trip to this top East Asian destination, read our Frequently Asked Questions section below.
What Is the Process of Arrival and Departure at Taiwan Airports?
For foreign nationals, the arrival/departure process is the same as at most other international airports around the world.
For departures, go to the check-in counter of your airline 2 to 3 hours before your flight departure time to complete check-in. You will need to present your passport, boarding pass and possibly your travel visa during your journey.
What Are the Facilities Like at Taiwan Main Airports?
At the larger international airports that serve as the main travel hubs for Taiwan, you will find the environment to be modern and comfortable.
At Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE), the larger of the 2 Taipei airports, you will find many food and drink outlets, lounges where you can relax and pass the time if you have a layover, shops like duty-free areas, shower facilities and even places to get a massage!
I Do Not Speak Chinese – Are There English-Speaking Staff?
Most of the major airlines and representatives are bi-lingual and able to speak English. It’s usually not a problem to speak and have conversations in English, or at the very least make yourself understood.
Check the Latest Official Guidance About Travel Here
Before your trip, it’s a good idea to check out the current regulations and information for Taiwan. Travel guidelines change frequently, and so it’s advisable to get the most up-to-date details and information.
Remember that if you plan on visiting China before Taiwan and flying between the 2 nations, China is a huge country. Depending on where you’re flying from, it can take several hours, and you may be required to change flights. You can make travel to and from Taiwan, including flights from China, much easier by researching in advance.
You can find more useful travel information about this East Asian nation in our Top Taiwan Travel Tips for Tourists, So, Where Is Taiwan on the Map? and All About Embassies in Taiwan pages. We hope you enjoy your trip!