Why Tamsui

  • You can easily reach Tamsui on the Red Line of the MRT from Taipei in less than 1 hour.
  • Try seafood based street food local specialties like fish balls.
  • Visit the Fort San Domingo historical site to learn about the cultural influences in the area.
  • Watch a beautiful sunset with a bubble tea on Lover's Bridge.
  • It is a great day trip from Taipei for a budget traveller, all you need to pay for is an MRT ticket !
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If you are visiting Taipei for a few days, you are probably considering taking a day trip outside the city and Tamsui is the perfect destination for anyone traveling on a budget because you can reach Tamsui easily using the Taipei MRT Metro system!

Often, taking a day trip can require a long journey or a complicated bus ride but visiting Tamsui is extremely simple as it is the last stop on the Taipei MRT Red Line, so you just ride until the very end of the line in the direction of Tamsui. It will take about 40 minutes from Taipei Main Station and you can’t miss the last stop!

You can embark on the Red Line at any of the stops throughout Taipei, or you can easily switch from another MRT line in the city. Consult the Taipei MRT map to find your nearest connection to the Red Line and you will soon be on your way to Tamsui!

Once you arrive in Tamsui, you can spend the entire day visiting this charming seaside district, which has a history as a fishing town, a Spanish settlement, and a major port.

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Some activities you might enjoy in Tamsui are visiting the Fisherman’s Wharf in the waterfront area and taking a boat cruise. Another attraction is touring Fort San Domingo, which was established by the Spanish in 1628 and was later used by the British.

If you are looking for food, there are lots of seafood options given the oceanfront location. There are also food market choices for the budget traveler and many restaurants as well.

Some popular local street food specialties include ‘Ah-gei” which is fried tofu with noodles and fish paste or fish balls, which can be fried or served in a soup. One more fun snack option is an ice cream ‘tower’, a super-tall soft serve in a cone. If you are vegetarian, have food restrictions, or just don’t enjoy seafood, don’t worry as there are many options for noodle dishes and sweet snacks that are suitable for those who don’t want fish or seafood.

For the rest of the afternoon, you might simply enjoy wandering down the waterfront or the Old Street and checking out the little shops and markets, and enjoying the ocean breeze. Don’t forget to pick up some bubble tea!


Depending on how long you plan to stay, a final fun ( and free !) activity is to enjoy the sunset from the waterfront or the ‘Lover’s Bridge’ pedestrian bridge in the Fisherman’s Wharf area. This could also be a good time to enjoy one last bubble tea before you start the journey back to Taipei.

Tamsui is a great budget day trip destination to visit from Taipei because it is so easy to reach on the MRT Red Line and there are activities to fill your entire day to fit any budget.

Bubble Tea in Tamsui Old Street

Bubble Tea in Tamsui Old Street

Portuguese egg tart on Tamsui Old Street food market area.

Portuguese egg tart on Tamsui Old Street food market area.

Tamsui, Taiwan Harbour Waterfront Area

Tamsui, Taiwan Harbour Waterfront Area

Decorative Art at the Tamsui Waterfront Walk

Decorative Art at the Tamsui Waterfront Walk

Village Scene with flower in Tamsui, Taiwan

Fishing Village of Tamsui in Taiwan

When you are ready to return to Taipei, simply hop back on the Red Line of the Taipei MRT and you will be back in the city in under an hour.

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Hey ! I'm Claire from Canada, I have a collection of over 700 souvenir travel pins and I share helpful reviews of travel experiences like tours, day trips, and festivals on my website at clairepins.com

One Reply to “Tamsui Budget Day Trip from Taipei”

  1. It looks like a really nice place to visit! 🙂

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