Tainan City travel guide

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You're Going to Love Tainan City

Think New York is the only city that doesn't sleep? Tainan will make you seriously reconsider. With its thriving night markets, incredible street food, one-off finds in boutique stores, and historical monuments, a Tainan adventure has a little bit of everything to experience.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Tainan City

1. Celebrate Every Day at the Night Market

From the Flower Night Market to the Da Dong Night Market, this is one of the locals' (and travelers') favorite ways to pass the evening. Sample from fresh food stalls, bargain with street vendors, and enjoy the game booths.

2. Get Back to Nature at Taijiang National Park

The Sicao Green Tunnel in Taijiang National Park allows campers and park-goers to take boat rides to observe aquatic and bird life in the mangrove.

3. Bask in the Sacred Temples

Shrines and temples provide a true sanctuary for those looking to step away from the city. The gardens are serene and well planned, and the gates retain their historic majesty.

4. Visit the Anping Fort

Known also as "Taiwan Castle", this historical fort is also, coincidentally, the best place to take in ocean views and sunsets.

5. Check out Chihkan Tower

Built in 1653 by the Dutch and then developed further by the Japanese, this beautiful tower is best visited during twilight hours, when it's well lit and its interesting architecture is highlighted.

Where to Eat in Tainan City

What can you expect in the "City of Snacks"? Check out eats like Dan Zai Mian and or coffin bread at Chihkan Peddler's Noodles, a family-owned, home-cooked restaurant. Dishes cost between NT$151-800.

When to visit Tainan City

Tainan City in January
Estimated hotel price
£36
1 night at 3-star hotel
Tainan City in January
Estimated hotel price
£36
1 night at 3-star hotel

When visiting Tainan, note that November and December, as well as the months of March and April, are the best times to visit. Temperatures at this time are a pleasant 73. Winter is mild and dry.

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How to Get to Tainan City

Plane

For international flights, travelers will land at the Kaohsiung City Airport or the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport in Taoyuan. Use the Taiwan High Speed Rail (HSR) to get into Tainan for NT$1350.

Train

Tainan HSR Station is a major stop on the Taipei - Kaohsiung City line. Fares cost NT$1500. You can also use the regular railway train from the Shulin station. First-class fares from Taipei cost NT$758.

Car

Driving from Kaohsiung to Tainan, use Freeway 1 (also called Sun Yat-sen Freeway). It's a straight drive along this route north and the journey takes around an hour.

Bus

From other cities like Taipei and Kaohsiung, use premium bus services from Aloha, Ho-hsin, and Ubus. Buses arrive at the Beimen Station.

Airlines serving Tainan City

Air Canada
Good (25,041 reviews)
ANA
Excellent (4,703 reviews)
Thai Airways
Excellent (2,381 reviews)
Japan Airlines
Excellent (4,642 reviews)
Korean Air
Excellent (4,987 reviews)
Asiana Airlines
Excellent (4,299 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Excellent (6,313 reviews)
China Airlines
Good (3,710 reviews)
Vietnam Airlines
Good (1,325 reviews)
FlexFlight
Excellent (4 reviews)
AirAsia
Good (1,197 reviews)
EVA Air
Excellent (6,190 reviews)
VietJet Air
Okay (245 reviews)
THAI Smile
Excellent (364 reviews)
Bangkok Airways
Excellent (1,449 reviews)
Philippines AirAsia
Okay (506 reviews)
Air Busan
Good (65 reviews)
HK Express
Good (204 reviews)
XiamenAir
Good (582 reviews)
UNI AIR
Excellent (74 reviews)
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Where to stay in Tainan City

Book a few nights at Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel and you'll stay in luxury. The popular Sendale Yong Fu Hotel is a great mid-range accommodation, and budget travelers will be able to rest easy at FuQi Hostel.

Popular neighbourhoods in Tainan City

West Central District - is home to the Chihkan Tower. It's also close to the Hayashi Department Store.

Anping District - within this district is the beautiful Lin Mo-Niang Memorial Park and Anping Old Street, which is a prime street market.

North District - the Tainan Flower Night Market is this neighborhood's main attraction. Don't miss the bright lights and wafting smells of street food.

Where to stay in popular areas of Tainan City

Most booked hotels in Tainan City

U.I.J Hotel & Hostel
Excellent (9.2, Excellent reviews)
£21+
Fuward Hotel Tainan
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
£44+
Hotel Tainan
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
£42+
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How to Get Around Tainan City

Public Transportation

Bus routes start at the main Tainan train station. There are also sightseeing buses on the weekends that are marked 88 and 89. A one-way ticket costs NT$18 and a monthly pass is NT$700.

Taxi

Taxis in Tainan start at a flat rate of NT$85 and it's NT$12.4 per mile thereafter.

Car

Book car rentals from major companies like Avis, starting from NT$2687.69 for an economy, four-seater. You can also grab a scooter rental for a self-drive option for around NT$600 per day.

Car hire agencies in Tainan City

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The Cost of Living in Tainan City

Shopping Streets

For those who love malls and department stores, make sure to check out the variety at Shin Kong Mitsukoshi. South of the main Tainan Railway Station are several smaller boutique stores.

Groceries and Other

A quart of milk costs NT$85 and a dozen eggs will run you around NT$60.

Cheap meal
£2.17
A pair of jeans
£70.51
Single public transport ticket
£0.49
Cappuccino
£1.86