Shanghai is served by two international airports, both of which fly
direct to Taipei. The busier of the two is Shanghai Pudong International
Airport (PVG). The airport is located 30 km from Shanghai's city center
and consists of two passenger terminals. The following airlines all fly
non-stop to Taipei:Phuket to Shanghai flights
No matter which airport you choose, you should arrive at your terminal at least three hours before flight departure. Canadians will need to present their valid passport but do not need a tourist visa for stays up to 90 days.
Direct flights from Shanghai Pudong International Airport all fly into Taipei's Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE). The airport is located 40 km from Taipei and consists of two terminals. TPE is connected to many transportation links. There are public transit bus stops and rail stations at each terminal. The Express Train connects airport passengers to downtown Taipei in under forty minutes. Taxis and car rental service counters are also available. A taxi from TPE to downtown Taipei will cost approximately $50 CAD.
Direct flights from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport all fly into Taipei's other international airport, Taipei Songshan International Airport (TSA). Unlike TPE, which has airlines flying worldwide, TSA's international routes are limited to destinations within China, South Korea and Japan. International flights use Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 is used for domestic flights.
Like TPE, TSA offers many transportation options. Multiple public transit bus routes have stops at both terminals. The metro system is also easily accessible via an underground pedestrian tunnel. Car rental service counters are also available and taxis are always waiting at the curb outside of the arrivals lobby. Since the airport is only located about 5 km from Taipei's city center, taxi rides are relatively inexpensive and take about 15-20 minutes.
Shanghai and Taipei are in the same time zone, so you won't need to adjust your clocks when travelling this route. Cost-wise, you'll find that prices for things like restaurant meals, souvenirs and entertainment are lower in Taipei than they are in Shanghai.
While Shanghai's year is split into four distinct seasons, Taipei experiences just two: a long, hot summer and a short, warm winter. The summers are also very humid. From May to September, rainstorms and typhoons are possible. Shanghai generally has a couple days of snowfall in the winter, but in Taipei, snow will only be found high in the mountains.
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