InStride247 wrote:Thanks for both replies.
Gryphon: I'm sure thankful that Google Translate exists. I am very excited for my new adventure to begin. I am arriving at Taipei International Airport Wednesday, Oct . 15 early in the morning. So a good morning I hope to have, indeed!
antarticbeech: You work in the same building! Great! I'm so glad you posted. The first thing I noticed is I will not have immediate access to the MRT from this far out. What will be the cheapest and timeliest way to connect to the MRT and consequently have access to all of Taipei's awesome transportation?
It's within a short walk from Danfeng Station on the Xinzhuang line of the MRT, less than 10 minutes for me, anyway. If you don't want to walk there are many buses that travel along the nearby Minan Road that will take you to the MRT. The nearest bus stop is about 150 meters from the school and is called 'Minan Road'. (Taiwanese are very hospitable and I'm sure someone from the school will show you to the bus stop. Another thing you can do is print out the address of the school in Chinese so that you can show it to taxi drivers, or have it handy on your smartphone, or whatever). Anyway, each bus stop is announced inside the bus in English. Bus numbers 99, 235, 802, 842 and 639 will all take you to Furen University Station in about 10 minutes. The 802 takes a slightly different route and stops at Danfeng Station after about 5 minutes. Just make sure you catch them in the correct direction otherwise you'll end up at a depot, like one of my colleagues.
Oh, get yourself an Easycard at the first opportunity. Every MRT station sells them, just ask at the desk. Then you won't need to mess around with coins for the buses (the drivers don't give change) and buying a token from the machines every single time you enter the MRT. If you transfer between buses and MRT expeditiously you also get a discount with an Easycard. And you can buy stuff at all the convenience stores with it. Oh oh, and some buses are 'pay on boarding', others 'pay on alighting'. The easiest way to tell is to let others board in front of you and watch what they do. But above the driver (and also opposite the rear door) is an electronic sign with Chinese characters on it. If you see 上 illuminated it means pay when you get on (it looks a bit like a person with a hand out paying, kinda, so when I see it I think 'Pay now!' ). And if you see 下 it means pay when you get off. You'll see Taiwanese screw it up quite often and it doesn't matter much anyway, as long as you do pay. 99 and 235 are pay on at the Minan Road stop, 802 is pay off, can't remember the others. If you catch a bus like the 235 from Xinzhuang all the way into central Taipei you will have to pay twice, firstly when getting on and secondly when getting off - at some point along the route the sign will change from 上 to 下. The good thing about the Easycard is that if you are a bit absent minded like me and try to pay twice unnecessarily the sensor will just buzz at you to say you've already paid.