[Help] Taiwan- Getting a prepaid sim card in Taoyuan Airport (Update: 2018)

Getting connected to a country in the modern society is an essential part of our travelling now. And once you have touched down at the Taoyuan International airport, what are the telecommunication service provider that we can choose from, their plans or operating hours.

This serves as a guide for travellers planning to get a prepaid card in Taiwan.

Location of Prepaid sim card Sales counters:

**Highlight in red **

Terminal 1, 1st floor

Terminal 2, north side of the 1st-floor Arrival Passenger Reception Area.

Follow the Telecommunication service sign:

The whole stretch of Telecommunication service provider can be found here:

To apply?

**Applicable to all telecommunication service provider**

-Original copy of your passport and secondary form of ID

-Secondary ID may be one of the following: Entry Permit issued by Taiwan National Immigration Agency, Visa, Tourist Visa, AR, or International Student Card. If none of the above is available, the subscriber may use his/her official Photo ID (such as Social Security Card, Identity Card, or Driver’s License).

-Aged 20 and over. For those who are under 20, please visit their service centre with your legal representative (parent or custodian), presenting both parties’. Primary and Secondary ID for the application.


FarEasTone

   

Cost + Data plan:

Far EasTone
Plan3 Day5 Days5 Days7 Days8 Days10 Days15 Days30 Days
Includes voice call
and SMS Credit (NTD)
1005030010050100100430
Cost (NTD)$300
$300
$450$450
$450
$500
$700$1,000

**For unlimited data usage **

Operating Hours:

Terminal 1

Monday to Sunday

08:00- 24:00

Terminal 2

Monday to Sunday

08:00-22:00

2 cents opinion:

Connection and speed of FarEasTone were good in Taipei city and all. And it is the cheapest option among the other telecommunication service there, for its 7 days plan.

However, when we went to Taichung I couldn’t connect to the internet, as the place we stayed was covered by Chunghwa mobile. In the end, I have to use my travel partner mobile as a hotspot or to walk out of the lodge to use the internet, which was too ridiculous.


Chunghwa

Cost + Data plan:

ChungHwa
Plan3 Day5 Days5 Days7 Days10 Days15 Days15 Days30 Days
Includes voice call
and SMS Credit (NTD)
10050300100100100250430
Cost (NTD)$300
$300
$500$500
$500

$700$800$1,000

**For unlimited data usage **

Operating Hours:

Terminal 1

Monday to Sunday

08:00- 24:00

Terminal 2

Monday to Sunday

08:00-22:00

Another option 

Buy here from your country and collect at Taiwan Taoyuan Airport, it is cheaper than the official sales counter.

Opening Hours:

05:30~25:00

Collection counter:

Follow the bus to city sign turn to your right. (Airport Terminal 2)

To note:

Passport name and voucher must be the same.

Other requirements are the same as all other official telecommunication service provider in Taiwan. (Shown above)

2 cents opinion:

The queue at the airport can be quite long. There are a total of 3 counter available in Terminal 1 and 2 counter in Terminal 2, try to get to the one that has a shorter line.

If you are to planning to go out of the city area Chunghwa mobile is a good choice, as it is widely used in Taiwan.


Taiwan Mobile

Cost + Plan:

Taiwan Mobile
Plan3 Day5 Days5 Days7 Days10 Days15 Days15 Days30 Days
Includes voice call
and SMS Credit (NTD)
10050N.A100100100N.A430
Cost (NTD)$300
$300
N.A$500
$500

$700N.A$1,000

**For unlimited data usage **

Operating Hours:

Terminal 1

Monday to Sunday

08:00- 24:00

Terminal 2

Monday to Sunday

08:00-22:00

2 cents opinion:

The connection is the second best in Taiwan, and it doesn’t really matter if you get this or Chunghwa as their price rate are the same. See which queue is shorter and get your sim card.


T-Star

A new additional telecommunication service provider, T- STAR. However, even though the data plan list and price are quite tempting it was quite difficult to find it at the airport. Because of its location and operating hours, it was not convenient at all.

Update:

The counter that you can get the T- Star prepaid sim card is now easier to find it is at Level one upon arrival. It is at a different area from the rest of the telecommunication service counter. Once exit from the arrival hall turn to your right where you will see the bus to city sign. 

To note:

At terminal 2, this is not the direct T- star counter but the 3rd party seller, under easiwifi.

http://www.tstartel.com/static/twcard/en/index.htm

Cost + Plan:

T-star 4G3G
Plan3 Day5 Days7 Days10 Days30Days5 Days30 Days
Includes voice call
and SMS Credit (NTD)
$100$50$120$100$300$300$500
Cost (NTD)$250
$250
$450$450
$950
$450
$750

**For unlimited data usage **

Operating Hours:

Terminal 1

Monday to Sunday

10:00~20:00

Terminal 2

Monday to Sunday

07:00~24:00

Suggestion:

It doesn’t really matter which service provider you choose if you were in Taipei, queue at the shortest line will do. However, if you are planning to go out of Taipei or other urban cities I would suggest you get the Chunghwa prepaid sim card as it is more well covered in Taiwan.

Tips:

Get your prepaid sim card at the airport as it is cheaper and have more plan than the stores outside. If your flight reached later than the operating hours,  you will have to get it at the store in the city area, otherwise, visit the convenience store located in the airport.

Here are the Store locations:

Taiwan Mobile

ChungHwa Mobile

Far EasTone

T-star

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. hi, i will arrive in taoyuan airport around 130AM. where else can i buy prepaid sim card as all counters is close by that time?

    1. hello Jepay,

      Thank you for your message.
      You can visit the 7-11 store at Taoyuan Airport Terminal 2, B2, which is operating 24 hours. To purchase the ibon prepaid sim card.
      You can visit their website to know more: http://www.7-11.com.tw/ibonmobile/english1_1.html

      Otherwise, you will have to go down to the respective telecommunication service provider store in the city.

      Hope this answer your question.

      1. thank you for the prompt response.

        1. I’ll be arriving at terminal 1. is there a 711 there?

          1. Hello Vida,

            Thank you for your message.

            Unfortunately, there is no 7-11 store in Terminal 1.

            Hope this information helps you.

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