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Upcoming trip to Taipei – Advice welcome on things to do, transport, food and accommodation options

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To assist anyone in the future:

I checked in at the airport 5 hours before the flight at terminal 2. Seems the China airlines desks are open all the time (at least for F and J passengers) similar to QF desk at SYD.
Which lounge did you end up using?
 

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The one in T1. It was a long walk from T2, espcially as I went the wrong way around. Multiple staff assured me:

1) That I couldn't later go to the lounge in T2.
2) That the lounges in T1 and T2 were virtually identical.
 
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Any thoughts on the best/cheapest way to get currency? Will need at least a little bit on arrival for transportation.
 

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There was an ATM in the foyer of terminal 2 once you pass through customs. One thing I noticed is they aren't scared to charge ATM fees - 100 TWD per withdrawal was common. Make sure you've got your ING card to waive those fees!
 

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Any thoughts on the best/cheapest way to get currency? Will need at least a little bit on arrival for transportation.
No great advice from me. I usually use theperfectgift cards in Australia, so at least I earn points.

Do get an Easy Card or I Pass before you leave the airport. They are essential. And can look rather wacky!

This was mine:
 

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I withdrew cash from Citibank ATMs around Taipei...
 

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Taiwan has a good rail system. You can travel completely around the island.
Railway.gov.tw
 

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Yep so would I and very affordable. Also Air China Business class is pretty good as well
I presume you mean China Airlines who have an excellent J product?
Air China is pretty average IMO
 

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