I bought a plane ticket which is cheap because it has a 10-hour night transit (from midnight to 10am) at Taipei International Airport (Taoyuan) in Taiwan.

I don’t really mind waiting, but I am still wondering:

1) Am I allowed to leave the transit area? I mean, go through immigration, leave the airport, and come back a few hours later to catch my next flight (going threw security and immigration again). NB: my nationality can enter Taiwan visa-free.

2) If I do so, is there anything: worth seeing, easily accessible from the Taipei Airport, that I can visit for 6-7 hours during the night? Or is there any reasonably priced hotel near the airport?

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    Right now is about the time you would be arriving. I don't see much open in the area according to Google maps, unless you find a 24-hr McDonald's attractive. It might be interesting (and it is relatively safe) to walk around. There is a smallish night market ~10km away but it won't be open for you. A bus to/from Taipei (too late for trains) takes about 1 hour. There is more 24-hour stuff in Taipei. Aug 2, 2017 at 16:36

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For your entry questions, as long as your nationality can enter Taiwan visa free, then yes you can leave during your layover. But you may have to pay a departure tax when you return in the morning. Departure tax would not have been included in your airfare because you were not "originating" from Taiwan, but once you pass immigration into Taiwan, your outbound flight becomes an "originating" departure thus subject to the tax. You will need to stop by the airline's check in counter to check on procedures, I believe the tax is T$300 ~ US$10.

I am not aware of anything interesting to do in the middle of the night in Taipei (others may chime in to prove me wrong ;-). I personally would seek out a hotel and get some rest. If you search on Agoda, Hotels.com, etc there are quite a few options in the Taoyuan area. Perhaps you can find one that fits your definition of reasonably priced.

  • There is no need to pay the departure tax. You are still considered a connecting passenger.
    – Doc
    Jan 19, 2019 at 17:20

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