You can take airport MRT train to main station, 40 minutes, 160NT$(US$5.50). By about 7PM. You have all evening all night to do whatever, best and busiest time.
Next morning get up and leave, take taxi to TSA airport, which is in the middle of city, short ride.
Thank you, MacJourney1. How long should we allocate for the trip between about Taipei Station and TSA? It's an international flight going to Tokyo, so we will probably have to be there by 5:45 am (LOL, by that time, our bodies won't know anymore whether we're coming or going!).
Thanks so much for further advice! :)
Find TSA airport on the map, book Airbnb or hotel not far from it. Main crossroads is Nanking East Road and Tunhua North Road. Or anywhere nearby. Taxi ride would be just 10-15 minutes, leaving 2 hours before ETA is plenty of time. You can sleep on airplane. TSA is a very small airport.
The best part about TSA airport is that it is right in the middle of the city.
I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your reply! We are so excited to get to see Taipei, even for such a short amount of time, and knowing that we have the time makes for a more relaxed and enjoyable layover.
Definitely take the MRT from TPE to Taipei Main Station. Be sure to change some money in the arrival hall. After you get through baggage claim and immigration just follow the signs to the MRT station. Your can buy tokens for the MRT from vending machines at the station. Take the Express train to save about 10-15 minutes on the trip.
No need to pick a hotel close to TSA, It is a short ride from Ximending (the area around Taipei Main Station). There is lots of entertainment, shopping, and places to eat in the area. Or you can take the Red line MRT up to Shilin Night Market, the biggest in Taipei.
You can even take the MRT to TSA, but it would require a change of from Red line to Brown line at Daan station. Taxi would probably be faster, and they are plentiful and inexpensive in Taipei. Just be sure to have your destination (Songshan Airport and Terminal number) written in Mandarin to give the driver, most do not speak English.
Hope you enjoy Taipei!Edited: 10 May 2018, 08:14