Living since a long time in Taipei I know how to make use of its great MRT subway system, but I often need to rely on taxis to get from the A to B due to time constraints or areas which aren’t well covered or remote. Its possible to hail taxis on the street in most parts of Taiwan but you may want to consider using one of the following apps or options to get a save and reliable ride.
Taiwan Taxi (台灣大車隊) — 55688
One of the major taxi companies in Taiwan, Taiwan Taxi(台灣大車隊 ) often simply referred to as 55688 (pronounced in Mandarin Chinese as wǔ wǔ liù bā bā) has probably the cleanest taxis. Their fleet, which seems to be mostly composed by Toyota Wish cars, also supports payment by popular credit cards and mobile payment methods such as Google Pay, Apple Pay.
The drawbacks of this app are that it only comes in Chinese and needs a lot device permissions which include: Identity, Contacts, Location, Phone (including call log), Access to files, Camera (probably for scanning QR codes), Microphone (makes no sense I think), Wi-Fi connection information, Device ID & call information. However its easy to use and I never had any issues with it.
FindTaxi by SleepNova
SleepNova is an app development company in Taiwan with experience to develop apps for large Taiwan enterprises. This app also requires a lot of permissions but nicely explains why it does so at the start of the program. Unfortunately it requires the use of a Google or Facebook account to login so you are sharing the email associated with your Facebook or Google account. The greatest advantage of this app is that it is completely in English. You can also select to book a taxi with specific features, ranging from Female, English or Japanese Speaking drivers over taxis which support wheelchairs. Sadly only one option can be selected at a time though.
JKOS — 街口支付
This is also a mobile payment (or wallet) app and I really recommend this app if you consider to stay in Taiwan for a long time or if you have a local bank account. The app provides cashback for shopping or paying taxis. Paying for a taxi is as simple as entering the full amount to pay and confirm when you arrive at the destination; provided that you have linked your credit card or bank account. The taxi service is done in cooperation with above mentioned TaiwanTaxi / 55688 company.
Another option — FamilyMart and 7–11
Should your phone ever run out of battery or if you are not carrying it with you then you can also visit the FamilyMart or 7–11 convenience stores. You are able to call a taxi with the help of the clerk using the iBon or FamiPort machines.
How do you master your taxi trips in Taiwan? Let me know your comments!