Taiwan’s EasyCard; Essential Travel Item in Taipei

On August 19, 2013 by admin

Regardless of the length of your trip, when travelling in Taipei, the EasyCard (悠遊卡) is one item you won’t want to leave your hotel without.

Taiwan’s contactless smartcard, the EasyCard, can be obtained and topped up at any Taipei Metro (MRT) Station or major convenience store chain.  It is primarily used on the Taipei Metro (MRT), Taipei’s massive public bus system, taxis, designated TRA train lines, intercity buses, and public buses in other major cities such as New Taipei City, Keelung City, Taichung City, Yilan County, Matsu and Tainan City.  The card can be used to make purchases in convenience stores, as well as participating restaurants, department stores, and supermarkets.

It is also your ticket to partake in Taipei’s “YouBike” community bicycle sharing program.

The list of places at which the EasyCard can be used is extensive.  Not only does the card provide convenience by not having to search through your wallet for unfamiliar currency, it also saves time by eliminating the necessity of buying train tickets for each journey, or preparing exact change for the bus.  Furthermore, users receive discounted fares when riding the MRT.

And for collectors, EasyCards purchased at convenience stores come in various themed designs, making for a nice souvenir to take home.

The EasyCard requires a NT$100 deposit and the addition of a disposable value between NT$100-10,000.  Once your disposable amount is used up, value can be added at MRT Stations’ automated machines (interface in Chinese and English) or at convenience store cash registers.  The EasyCard will even allow to go into debt of up to NT$60 if your disposable amount is insufficient when riding the bus or metro.  However, once you have a negative balance, you cannot use your card again until you have topped up the amount.  Before leaving Taiwan, be sure to return your card to an MRT Station in order to reclaim the NT$100 deposit and any positive balance you having remaining.

11 Responses to “Taiwan’s EasyCard; Essential Travel Item in Taipei”

  • Michele

    Very helpful information, thank you! Is it easy to purchase the card at the MRT station if you only speak English and no Chinese?

    • admin

      Thank you for your comment. Yes, there is generally no problem communicating in English with staff at the MRT Station, so I don’t think you should have any issues purchasing a card. Have a great trip!

  • Sally

    Kindly to ask the card is it have any expiry date? I am from Malaysia will go travel to Taiwan this Oct. Just want to ask can I keep the card and used it when I travel to Taiwan again? May be next year or two three years later?

    • admin

      As far as we know, there is no expiry date on the card. One can even request transaction histories for up to 5 years. However, if you are not sure when you will use the card again, it is recommended to return the card for a refund of the deposit and balance before you leave, and you can always purchase a new card on your next trip. This way you don’t have to worry about misplacing your card between your trips.

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  • Very helpful! Thank you for the tips! Do you know if there are any taxis there that DO NOT accept payment by EasyCard? It’ such a hassle to handle cash you are not familiar with!

    • admin

      Most taxis in Taipei accept EasyCard, but not all taxis. This card was originally created for Taipei, so a lot of other regions do not accept it either.

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