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Flights San Francisco (SFO) - Taipei (TPE) with China Airlines

About the flight

All Flights San Francisco (SFO) to Taipei (TPE) with China Airlines leave from San Francisco's eternally stylish San Francisco International Airport. The second-busiest airport in California, San Francisco International distinguishes itself from other airports with its unique personality, including an on-site Museum and Yoga studio. China Airlines fly once a day to Taipei from San Francisco and have an exclusive luxury lounge at the airport. Passengers can easily reach the airport from San Francisco city center on the Yellow BART line.

China Airlines flights from San Francisco arrive at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, the headquarters of the airline. Taoyuan International Airport is Taiwan's busiest airport, in the Taoyuan province, near the capital Taipei. The airport can easily be reached from Taipei with regular bus and train services.

San Francisco is 6,432 miles away from Taipei. Flights take approximately 13 hours and 55 minutes. Expect only direct flights San Francisco (SFO) - Taipei (TPE) with China Airlines. On average one flight departs each day, with an additional service on Wednesdays, so passengers can choose between eight departures each week. September is low-season for flights, whereas December's Christmas period is the busiest time for departures.

About the airline

China Airlines is the national airline of Taiwan. They distinguish themselves with their attention to providing a high-quality, environmentally friendly service with a specific focus on traveler's comfort.

Flights San Francisco (SFO) to Taipei (TPE) with China Airlines is among the quickest services on this route, taking only 13 hours and 55 minutes. An overnight service, which departs a little after midnight each evening, means that passengers can sleep while flying to reduce the chance of jetlag. In addition to the departure after midnight each evening, on Wednesdays, an additional service is provided shortly before 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon. China Airlines fly an Airbus A350 XWB on this route.

Frequent-flyers can benefit from a Star Alliance card, which not only accrues points on China Airlines flights but also for flights with 26 other airline providers. Cardholders can enjoy skip-the-line access at airports and for boarding, alongside lounge access.

Before flying, Business Class passengers and Star Alliance cardholders can relax in San Francisco International Airport's Polaris Lounge. Passengers can choose between buffet and à la carte dining options, take a drink at the bar or check their emails at one of the work stations. At Taoyuan International Airport, China Airlines Business Class passengers and Star Alliance cardholders can visit their impressive flagship lounge, with stunning modern interior design and a huge buffet serving an astonishing variety of authentic Taiwanese cuisine.

Onboard, China Airlines passengers can choose between Economy, Premium Economy and Business Class. All passengers will enjoy a Taiwanese meal and a traditional tea service during the course of their flight. A paid WiFi plan is available. All passengers are entitled to two pieces of luggage, with a maximum weight allowance of 77lb in the hold.

Transportation, transfers & car rental

Passengers will find it easy to reach San Francisco International Airport from the city center on the Yellow BART line, which has an average journey time of 35 minutes. For those who want to drive, car parks are available at the airport, for short-term and long-stay parking.

At Taoyuan International Airport, passengers will find parking spaces at Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. For those who want to rent a car during their trip, travelers will find international provider Avis, and local car rental services Hotai, iRent, and Rentcar. As in the United States, cars drive on the right-hand side of the road. For those who prefer public transport, they are advised to take a shuttle bus to Taoyuan Station, before boarding the high-speed train to Taipei. All in all, the journey should take approximately 55 minutes.

Practical information

Travelers from the United States do not need a visa to enter Taiwan if they intend to stay less than 90 days. However, a passport is required for all instances of international travel. Travelers should be advised that, if their passport will expire in less than 90 days, they must have a return flight scheduled before their passport's expiry.

The time in Taipei is 16 hours ahead of San Francisco. The rainy season in Taipei coincides with the summer period in San Francisco, so travelers should be conscientious of the potential for typhoons if they travel in the summer and early fall.

The currency in Taiwan is the Taiwan dollar. Exchange rates currently sit at 30.55 Taiwanese dollars to one United States dollar, as of November 2019. As in America, the most common way to greet someone in Taiwan is with a handshake. People speak Mandarin Chinese in Taiwan. However, one key difference is that it's more polite to look at the ground when making a greeting than smiling.

Top travel tips

In Taipei, there are many fantastic sights and attractions for the curious traveler to discover. Here are our top tips for getting the most out of a trip to Taipei:

National Palace Museum

Taipei's National Palace Museum is a veritable treasure-trove of Chinese art and culture. Inside the Museum, there are over 700,000 artifacts. Noted among them are some early examples of Chinese bronze art, from 1,000 BC.

Taipei 101

Climb the Taipei 101, a supertall skyscraper that was the world's tallest building (before the Burj Khalifa took its crown). A high-speed elevator to the 89th floor complements the experience, getting to those dizzy heights in an astonishing 37 seconds.

Shifen Waterfall

Only a short way away from the city center of Taipei is the beautiful Shifen Waterfall. The Shifen Waterfall is a beautiful cascading waterfall with a height of 40 meters, but travelers should be conscientious that they can't swim in the water.

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