Is the Taipei FunPASS Worth Getting in 2024?

Learn more about the Taipei FunPASS. Figure out what they do to determine whether it’s worth getting.

I’ve lived in Taiwan and have traveled to many places. Meanwhile, I love to save money. I made this guide to help you determine whether the Taipei FunPASS offers value.


Important Information

The Taipei FunPASS works best for those who have the following plans during their Taiwan visit:

  • Stay in Taipei for 1 – 4 days
  • Wants to visit many Taipei tourist attractions
  • Intends on using the Taipei Metro A LOT
Refundable?* No
Types of PassesClassic, Transport, Explore, Unlimited
ValidityVaries by pass type (1, 2, or 3 calendar days)
Customer Service[email protected]
Where to BuyOnline, Taipei MRT stations, or EasyCard Service Center

* If you have not used it, email [email protected] with the subject “Taipei FunPASS Refund Application of Taipei FunPASS.” From there, will out the application and pay a 10% processing fee. There’s a NT$30 handling fee for refunds through LINE Pay.

They won’t process refunds or returns on used cards.

Important: The FunPASS is valid for ONE visit to each attraction within the specified time period. For instance, you could use the Explorer card to enter the Ju Ming Museum ONCE.


Current Specials

Read through the information I provide carefully. Then double-check everything on the links that I provide.

Free Shot Glasses with Unlimited Pass Purchases


Everrich x FunPASS

  • Passes Accepted: Explorer and Unlimited
  • Expires: December 31st, 2024
  • Conditions: Present a FunPASS at the Ever Rich Neihu flagship store
  • Perks:
    • Free 1 GB eSIM
    • NT$200 Uber ride credit
    • Up to a 15% discount on some items
  • Link to promo

Different Pass Prices Compared

Taipei FunPASS prices are as follows:

Taipei FunPASS Type1-Day Price2-Day Price3-Day Price4-Day Price5-Day Price
ClassicNT$950NA
ExploringNANT$650NT$850NT$1,050NA
UnlimitedNT$1,500NT$1,900NT$2,200NANA
TransportationNT$180NT$310NT$440NANT$700
Maokong GondolaNT$350NA

Taipei FunPASS prices compared.

Don’t pay attention to the “discounted price” on their website.

If you look at their website, you’ll likely see crossed out pricing like this:

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Notice how the original price for all 3 Exploring passes are the same?

It also says “Hot Sale” as one of the tags on their product pages:

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It’s safe to assume these are the permanent prices. I went to the web archives and pulled up their product pages from January 2021.

Same prices [1].

On to the different types of passes.


Types of Passes Available

Fontrip offers the following Taipei FunPASSes:

Taipei FunPASS TypeCostUnlimited MRT & Bus RidesDoubles As EasycardNumber Of Attractions
ClassicNT$950NoYes2
ExploringNT$650 – NT$1,050NoYes23
UnlimitedNT$1,500 – NT$2,200YesNo25
TransportationNT$180 – NT$700YesNo0
Maokong GondolaNT$350YesNo0

Taipei FunPASS types compared.


1. Taipei FunPASS Classic: Best for Loose Itineraries

The Taipei Classic FunPASS saves NT$50 on trips to the Taipei 101 Observatory and the National Palace Museum. It also gives you an EasyCard (NT$100 in savings) and discounts on various goods and services.

Again, I can’t find details on the services. Refer to the link from earlier and see whether there are any places you like.

The Classic FunPASS doesn’t have a strict duration. While it doesn’t offer entries into a million tourist attractions, it saves you money on 2 big tourist hotspots. And gives you more flexibility to explore Taiwan.

Get this pass if you’re not spending your Taiwan trip in Taipei, New Taipei, or Keelung. And if you’re visiting Taipei 101 or the National Palace Museum.

By the way, if you go to Taipei 101, visit one of the highest Starbucks on Earth. I have a guide that’ll tell you how to get in.


2. Taipei Transport FunPASS: Best for Tourist Shuttle Bus Rides

Perks and experiences included:

  • Discounts at partner stores

The Explore Pass’ value comes from the unlimited free bus and tour bus rides. It works best for anyone who wants to take shuttle buses to beaches, along Taiwan’s northern coast, or to mountains.

Or if you want unlimited bus rides in Keelung City. Because the Taipei Metro isn’t in Keelung.

Don’t use this card strictly for Taipei’s MRT, though. You’re better off getting one of the other passes. I compare these in another piece.


3. Taipei Exploring Pass: Best for 2–4-Day Taipei Trips

Best for: Having an EasyCard and exploring Taoyuan City.

Perks and experiences included:

  • Special edition EasyCard
  • NT$400 discount on a single Window On World ticket
  • NT$10 – 160 discount for a single Xpark ticket
  • * “Gift sets” from: Dadaocheng, Yongkang, Maokong, and Ximending
  • Discounts at partner stores

* The wording is misleading (or a bad translation). They’re not gift sets, they’re a bunch of “specials” at stores where you spend a certain amount, present your FunPASS, and get freebies or discounts. Regardless, it’ll save you a bunch of money.

The Explore Pass serves as the best option for anyone who wants to visit any of the 23 supported tourist destinations. And to have an EasyCard.

It doesn’t have unlimited MRT or bus rides. To determine whether you’d want the Unlimited or Explore passes, check your itinerary. Then download the Go! Taipei Metro and check the fare between MRT stations you’ll ride to.

Taking the city bus?

You’ll pay NT$15 for a 1-segment, NT$30 for a 2-segment, and NT$45 for a 3-segment trip [2]. Shuttle bus prices have too many variables for me to give you an accurate pricing estimate.

Get it cheaper on KLOOK

4. Taipei Unlimited FunPASS: Best Overall Value

Best for: Traveling around New Taipei, Taipei, and Keelung cities. Also great for the freebies.

Perks and experiences included:

  • Master A-Tsung Pineapple Cake OR Taro Pastry: Claim at Taipei Main Station or Songshan Airport
  • Jiufen A-Po’s Taro Balls
  • Maokong Tie Guanyin Tea Bag DIY: Claim in Maokong Mountain.
  • Pingxi Sky Lantern Experience
  • 2 shot glasses (available for a limited time): Claim in Ximending; they’re pretty cool souvenirs.
  • Jiufen Red Lantern Experience
  • Discounts at partner stores

Any of the Unlimited passes saves you NT$970–NT$1,500 on admission fees you would have spent on these tourist attractions. Plus, you get unlimited MRT and bus rides.

Getting this could save you hundreds more New Taiwan Dollars.

However:

You’ll only get value from all these plans if you visit enough of the tourist hotspots to equal the cost of your card. Plus, you’d have to shove as many tourist attraction visits into a few days. You’ll be exhausted.

If you stay in Taiwan longer than 4 days, you’ll want to consider getting an EasyCard. It’ll cost NT$100 (a deposit).


How To Use it

I’m going to be honest, FunPASS’s website does a much better job illustrating how to use the card better than I could.

Follow this link to learn how to use the FunPASS at every tourist hotspot. You’ll use every card in the same way.

You can also register your card on the FunPASS app (will provide links to it later), which’ll show you how to redeem your free entry or discount at various locations. However, it only supports the Unlimited Pass…

And you can only register physical cards. You can’t use digital codes to activate it.

If you’re using the FunPASS to enter the Taipei MRT, city and tourist shuttle buses, or the Maokong Gondola, tap your card against the IC card sensor. You’ll see these at gates that block you from entering the platform areas.

To claim discounts or get into tourist attractions with the FunPASS, present your card to the cashier.


Where To get it

Tell an information counter representative at any Taipei Metro station you’d like to buy “X” FunPASS. Or visit the EasyCard Service Center at the Taipei City Hall Bus Station.

The EasyCard Service Center’s address is as follows: No.6, Sec. 5, Zhongxiao E. Rd., Xinyi Dist., Taipei City (1F of Taipei City Hall Bus Station near MRT Exit)

Customer service at these places usually speaks English. If not, show them a picture of the pass you want. Then hand them cash that correlates with your card’s cost.


Where to Directly Buy it

Warnings about going this route:

  • Hours can be inconvenient
  • The Taoyuan counters don’t allow refunds.
  • Lion Travel stores have limited inventory.

These locations allow you to buy the FunPASS in person:

LocationAddressHours
MRT Taipei Main Station (Blue Line West)49 Zhongxiao West Road Section 1, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City 100416 am – 12 am
MRT Taipei Main Station (Blue Line East)
MRT Taipei Main Station (Red Line)
Ximen MRT StationB1., No.32-1., Baoching Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City 10042
Lion Travel-Taipei Main Station StoreNear the North Gate No.2 on the ground floor of Taipei Main Station.06:00 am – 6:00 pm
Mon – Fri
Lion Travel – Taoyuan International Airport Terminal 21F in Arrival Hall of Taoyuan International Airport Terminal 28:00 am – 5:00 pm
Lion Travel – Taoyuan International Airport Terminal 11F in Arrival Hall of Taoyuan International Airport Terminal 18:00 am – 5:00 pm
Taoyuan Metro A12 Terminal I Station Inquiry CounterB1, No. 17-1, Hangzhan South Road, Dayuan District, Taoyuan CityUnspecified
Taoyuan Metro A13 Terminal II Station Inquiry CounterB2, No. 9-1, Hangzhan South Road, Dayuan District, Taoyuan City
Taoyuan Metro A18 Taoyuan HSR Station Inquiry CounterNo. 5, Section 1, High-Speed Rail North Road, Zhongli District, Taoyuan City

The MRT station locations that I’m referring to are the information counters. They’re little booths with staff that usually speak English.


Pickup Counters

Don’t want to risk running into someone who doesn’t speak English?

Pre order your card online by following these steps:

  1. Visit funpass.travel.taipei
  2. Click or tap Taipei FunPASS on the top menu
  3. Select the card you want
  4. Choose ‘Buy Now,’ create an account, & go through the transaction
    1. Pay with LINE Pay or debit/credit card
  5. Pick up your card at a pickup counter

You can also buy it from Klook, KKday, or GetYourGuide.

The pickup counter locations are as follows [3]:

LocationAddressHours
Taipei Main Station Visitor Information CenterNo. 3 Beiping Road West, Taipei, Taiwan8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Songshan Airport Visitor Information CenterNo.340-10, Dunhua N. Rd., Songshan Dist., Taipei City8:00 am – 5:00 pm
MRT Taipei 101/World Trade Center Station Visitor Information CenterB1F., No.20, Sec. 5, Xinyi Rd., Xinyi Dist., Taipei City10:00 am–7:00 pm
MRT A1 Taipei Main StationB1F., No. 8, Zhengzhou Rd., Datong Dist., Taipei City 100, Taiwan10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Lion Travel – Taoyuan International Airport Terminal 21F in Arrival Hall of Taoyuan International Airport Terminal 28:00 am – 5:00 pm
Lion Travel – Taoyuan International Airport Terminal 11F in Arrival Hall of Taoyuan International Airport Terminal 18:00 am – 5:00 pm
Taoyuan HSR Station Visitor Information CenterNo. 6, Section 1, High-Speed Rail North Road, Zhongli District, Taoyuan City9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Where to pickup pre ordered Taipei FunPASSes.

The above hours are inconvenient. Especially for anyone who lands later in the day. Plus, they require you to venture deep into Taipei. It’ll likely save you more time to get your cards from the MRT stations.

Check out places that accept these cards as entry tickets.


Where Can You Go With the Taipei FunPASS?

The following sections will compare tourist attractions you can use each FunPASS at. I’ll also talk about the admission price without the Taipei FunPASS.

As I develop this blog, I’ll add reviews and guides to each attraction I list.


1. New Taipei City

Tourist hotspots you can use the Taipei FunPASS at in New Taipei City include:

Attractions* Original PriceUnlimitedClassicExploring
Tamsui Historical Museum (Fort San Domingo)NT$80
Ju Ming MuseumNT$350
Gold MuseumNT$80
Yehliu GeoparkNT$120
The Lin Family MansionNT$80
Sky Lantern Police StationNT$150
Lover’s TowerNT$220
Chi Po MusemNT$150
Shihsanhang Museum Of ArchaeologyNT$80
Wu Dengyi Art MuseumNT$200

List of attractions in new Taipei City you can use the Taipei FunPASS at.

* Prices can change at any time and may not be accurate.


2. Taipei City

Use the Taipei FunPASS to enter the following attractions in Taipei:

Attractions* Original PriceUnlimitedClassicExploring
Taipei 101 ObservatoryNT$600
National Palace MuseumNT$350
Chiang Kai-Shek ResidenceNT$100
Taipei ZooNT$60
Maokong GondolaNT$240
Taipei Children’s Amusement ParkNT$200
Miniatures Museum of TaipeiNT$200
Taipei Fine Arts MuseumNT$30
Beitou MuseumNT$120
Museum of Contemporary Arts TaipeiNT$50
Miramar Ferris WheelNT$200
Taipei Music CenterNT$390
Yang Ming Oceanic Culture & Art MuseumNT$160
National Taiwan Museum (NTM)NT$30
NTM Natural Historic BranchNT$30
NTM Nanmen BranchNT$30
NTM Railway Department ParkNT$30
Taipei Water ParkNT$100
Ching-kuo Chi-Hai Cultural ParkNT$100
List of attractions in Taipei City you can use the Taipei FunPASS at.

* Prices can change at any time and may not be accurate.


3. Keelung City

Keelung allows you to use the Taipei FunPASS to enter the following places.

Attractions* Original PriceUnlimitedClassicExploring
Heping Island ParkNT$80
National Museum of Marine Science & TechnologyNT$200
List of attractions in Keelung city you can use the Taipei FunPASS at.

* Prices can change at any time and may not be accurate.


4. Taoyuan City

Attractions* Original PriceUnlimitedClassicExploring
Daxi Tea FactoryNT$150
Tomita Garden FarmNT$200
Hengshan Calligraphy Art CenterNT$100
Hakka Tea Culture MuseumNT$160
Pushin RanchNT$300
Shu Shin Bou KIRIGAKURENT$200
List of attractions in Taoyuan city you can use the Taipei FunPASS at.

* Prices can change at any time and may not be accurate.


Other Discounts You Get With the Taipei FunPASS

The Taipei FunPASS supposedly offers discounts for various restaurants, services, and parks. The website they initially had which focused on the discounts seems useless. As it appears they’ve diverted their resources toward their app.

FunPASS’s website recommends downloading their app (of course) to find stores that offer discounts:

The app is actually pretty useful. You tap on the Discount tab, select a store, then under Explanation, you’ll see what the discount is and how to claim it.

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I’ll keep an eye on this page and check in with some vendors.


Taipei FunPASS vs. Taipei EasyCard

If you opt for the Exploring or Classic FunPASS, those double as EasyCards. Thus, there’s no decision. Otherwise…

Opt for an EasyCard if:

  • Paying for parking.
  • Want a cashless experience.
  • Only take the MRT or city bus.
  • Want to avoid tourist traps.
  • Travel outside Northern Taiwan.
  • Want more flexibility over where you travel.

Opt for the Transportation FunPASS if:

  • You will frequently use shuttle or city buses.

Consider one of the MRT passes if you intend on only taking the Taipei MRT during your stay. I compare them in my Taipei Metro guide.

Hope all this information helped you decide whether it’s worth getting a FunPASS.


What Is Taipei FunPASS?

The Taipei FunPASS (or Fun Pass) is a type of card that provides benefits based on the pass type you buy. All FunPASS types give you free entry into various popular attractions throughout Taipei, New Taipei, and Keelung cities.


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