DebConf18/Getting Around

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The venue is:
國立交通大學 電子資訊研究大樓
National Chiao Tung University, Microelectronics and Information Research Center

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[edit] How to get to the venue

[edit] High Speed Rail + Local Bus

The nearest international airport to Hsinchu is Taoyuan International Airport (codenamed TPE). Then follow these steps (NT$165, US$5.6)

  1. Take Taoyuan Airport MRT (機場捷運) to Taoyuan HSR Station (桃園高鐵站) (A18) (NT$35)
    (Trains every seven minutes on 05:57-23:55. Travel time five minutes.)
  2. Then take HSR (高鐵) southbound to Hsinchu (新竹) (NT$130)
    (06:49-23:21, trains every ~20 minutes. Travel time 11 minutes.)
  3. Finally leaving Exit 4, if:

[edit] Taxi / Uber

Taxi / Uber from Airport to venue cost around NTD $1500 in 45 mins.

You can find Taxi stop at Airport Terminal.

Uber driver will meet you at a specific meet point our of terminal lobby. Suggest getting off of the terminal and text the meet point number (big lightbox with numbers above your head) to the driver.

[edit] Getting Around Hsinchu / Taipei

[edit] Taxi / Uber

The price of local Taxi is around $70 for first 1.25km, and $12.5 every 0.5km more. (slightly different on each city.) Uber is about the same price.

Local taxi may not speak English, and not always accept credit card. If you need Taxi, install "55688" on phone apps store to get best quality Taxi service.

Uber is working across Hsinchu / Airport / Taipei and easier for the English-speaking visitor. Suggest pre-installed it in-case you need to hail a ride back or getting lost.

[edit] Traffic card

You can consider purchasing contactless traffic cards EasyCard (悠遊卡) (pronunciation: Yo-yo-card) (price in NT$100), which should be available right in the arrival hall of the airport and the convenient stores. It can go through most of the public transport services (rail, bus, metro) except High-Speed Rail.

You can also top-up and pay with the card at any convenience stores and many local shops.

Transit and stores always accept cash, but note that change is not available on the bus lines.

Note that please swipe the card both when getting on and getting off the bus!

[edit] From Hsinchu to Taipei

If you want to visit Taipei city, the most convenient way is walking 20 mins to the bus station at the entrance of Tsinghua University (清華大學) (map from venue to bus station) and taking the freeway bus (route 1728/1822/2011/5500/9003). The bus cost NT$ 100~150 in 60~90 mins depends on routes and traffics. You can pay by EasyCard or pre-purchase at the ticket booth.

The most easier way to check which route and when to ride is with Google Map, otherwise ask the students at the bus stop should be fine.

The other way is by High-Speed Rail (30 mins taxi ride / 45 mins bus to HSR Hsinchu station, and 30 mins to Taipei) and TRA railway (30 mins Taxi ride to Hsinchu Station and 60 mins to Taipei Main Station).


[edit] Visas

Please refer to the visa information webpage from MeetTaiwan to decide if you need a visa to visit Taiwan.

[edit] Flexible Mechanism

If you need a visa, and cannot apply for an eVisa, you can choose to apply for an eVisa using a special code issued by the government to DebConf18, thanks to the Flexible Mechanism.

Note that this does not apply to visitors from Mainland China.

Please contact visa at debconf.org for more information.

[edit] Notes

[edit] Offline Maps

If you consider not to purchase cellular internet access, but you have a smartphone device, you can consider downloading offline maps before leaving for Taiwan. There are several FOSS apps supporting offline maps, including MAPS.ME and OSMAnd. See OpenStreetMap wiki article for details.

[edit] SIM Cards

Before leaving the airport, consider getting a local SIM card, and/or at least signing up for Wi-Fi with your passport at the tourism desk.

[edit] External links

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