Hi there anon! Well, Taipei is very convenient, here are some key points to take note of!
- MRT: The MRT is the metro system in Taiwan, and it is very crucial for getting around Taipei and New Taipei City. I suggest that you get familiar with locations by MRT stations. It’ll also help when you’re taking buses in Taipei, because you can always use the MRT stations listed on the bus stops as guides. We have expanded a few more lines to the MRT, but it’s nowhere near as complicated as Japan, so no worries!! All the information and signs in MRT stations or on the MRT have English translations, and some stations that are located near popular tourist sites include tourist centers.
- Bus: There are a lot of buses in Taipei and New Taipei City. A lot. It can get a bit overwhelming. Buses are good for getting to specific locations or streets as well as a lot of MRT stations along the way. Also, the buses here are very modern and comfy and some even provide wifi.
- Easycard (悠遊卡 aka yoyo card): Firstly, the transportation fare in Taiwan is CHEAP. The Easycard is widely used for all the buses and MRT in Taipei and New Taipei City, as well as some long distance buses. There is a slight discount for when you transfer from MRT to buses or vice versa, which I think is awesome. This card can also be used to pay for things at the many convenience stores (7-11, Family Mart) in Taiwan.
- Taxis: As far as I know, the taxi fare in Taiwan is also very cheap in comparison to many countries. But not all taxi drivers know English, and they might try to get a bit more money out of foreigners, so be careful with that. If you’re in a hurry and you have the exact address, taking the taxi can be a life-saver.
- U-Bike: In Taipei and New Taipei City, there are bikes available outside some MRT stations. If you’re familiar enough with an area and you don’t want to take a bus or walk, you can rent a U-Bike. The U-Bike system also uses, wait for it, the Easycard. You have to register the first time by the machine (called the Kiosk, I think) that is set up near the bikes. After that, you just have to swipe your card at where the bike is parked and you’re good to go. The bikes can be returned at any other U-Bike spots; again, it’s advised that you be a bit more familiar with the area that you’re gonna go biking at. The first 30 minutes is free, afterwards the charge is only NTD 10 (roughly USD 30 cents???) for every 30 minutes.
These are what I could think up right now. I hope this helps. :)