Taiwan is a place that should be explored not just with public transportation (as convenient as it is). If you only take public transportation everywhere you go, you are missing out on a huge part of Taiwan. You could take taxis everywhere to see these sights, like a rich Mainlander, or you can take the cheaper option and rent a vehicle. Many of the scenic and rural sights of Taiwan can’t be experienced except by hiring your own vehicle.
Renting cars or scooters in Taiwan:
Taiwan is the scooter capitol of the world. Driving a scooter is dangerous, but scooters are fun. They are also pretty easy to learn how to operate; if you can already drive a car and/or ride a bike, picking up riding a moped shouldn’t be that hard. There’s not much better of way to experience Taiwan than cruising down the streets like everyone else with the wind blowing in your face. However, if you are afraid that scooters are dangerous, I would suggest renting a car.
Scooter Rental Fast Facts:
Where? Scooter rental places are next to most all train stations in Taiwan. Some scooter repair shops also rent them.
Pricing? Cheapest is 100 NT a day, average is about 500 NT, expensive is 800 NT.
What should I bring? Maybe raingear. Usually they will provide raingear for you. They will definitely give you helmets. Some will siphon the gas out before you ride.
Do I need a Scooter License? Maybe, it depends on where you go. If you go to an outer island, usually they don’t care. If you go to a more rural part of Taiwan, most likely they will accept an International Driver’s Permit (IDP). If you go to a place such as Taichung, no one will let you rent a scooter unless they see your Taiwanese license. For more information, please see our blog post about getting a Taiwanese driver’s license.
Cities that require a local Taiwanese Scooter License: Taichung, Taipei
Places that only have a few shops that will let you rent with an IDP: Tainan (北門租車）, Hualien (Pony leasing and Rental Group 小馬租車集團)
Places that accept an international driver’s permit: Tainan (北門租車）, Chiayi, Kaohsiung, Nantou county (Sun moon lake and Jiji) , Taitung, Hualien (Pony leasing and Rental Group 小馬租車集團), Ruisui, Kenting, Jiaoxi, Nanzhuang, and offshore islands
Places that do not require a license: Offshore islands (Xiaoliuqiu and Green Island) and Chiayi (some)
(please feel free to comment if you have an update to the list above)
Car Rental Fast facts:
Where? Car rental places can be found next to most airports and in all major cities. Don’t expect them next to every train station.
Pricing? Cheap would be $1000 a day, average would be $2000+ a day, and expensive would be $3,000 a day. Discounts are given for multiple day rentals.
Do I need a local license? No. However, you should get an international driver’s permit. If you don’t have an international driver’s permit there is no guarantee. Check with the rental agency and make necessary preparations.
Do you have any recommendations? Yes! We have rented before with Good Cars-省錢租車. They are so far the cheapest car rental company we have found. Their rates start at 880 NT on weekdays: http://www.goodcars.com.tw/. We are not getting paid by advertising for them by the way. Also be aware they are not English capable.
Alternatively, you can check out Avis Taiwan: https://www.avis.com/en/locations/tb
How much is the price of gas? As of December 15th, 2017 it is around 27 NT per liter.
Anything else I should be aware of? Yes, driving on National Highways will incur a fee of about 1.5 NT per kilometer, so don’t be surprised when the rental company throws this extra fee at you.
Feel free to contact us with any specific questions about car or scooter rental in Taiwan.
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