IATA Code: TPE – Taoyuan International Airport

International Air Transport Association (IATALocation Identifier uses a 3-letter code to identify locations of airports throughout the world.

Taoyuan International Airport is an international airport serving the capital city of Taipei, Taiwan and the northern parts of the island. It is located in Taoyuan, Taiwan and is the largest and busiest airport of the country. It was previously known as Chiang Kai-Shek International Airport.


Welcome to Taiwan Sign at TPE


A 12-hour flight from LAX to TPE

TPE has 2 terminals and serves as the main international hub for China Airlines and EVA Air. It also serves flights of Asiana Airlines, Korean Airlines, Air Japan, and etc. It is a busy airport but no reports of delays when I stayed there for a whole day.


Flight Board Status

Once traveler deplane the aircraft, the first is the quarantine. Observing every passengers for signs of increase body temperature or infection.


Directions to the Quarantine, Immigration, Customs Check and the Arrival Hall



Next to the Quarantine, passengers have to turn right and will see the immigration and passport control. It is well manned that will take the immigration processing less than 15-20 mins from the time you lined up for the queue. The counters have been split to non-citizen, ROC resident with multiple entry visa and citizen.


Immigration and Passport Control

After immigration and passport control, it will be customs check and clearance.


Customs Check

Once getting out of the customs check, travelers will enter the arrival hall. Arrival Hall is well equipped able to help tourists in their needs. It has the airport MRT service, tourist service center, maps and directions.


Universaide Taipei 08/19 to 08/30


Arrival Hall


Taoyuan Airport MRT Service


Terminal 2 Arrival Hall Map


Arrival Hall Wall Decor

Taoyuan International Airport is too spacious. It is wide with a lot of stores, amenities and services.


Gadget Store

It is also linked to different modes of transportation. It can be reached by bus by riding the Bus 1819 from Taipei Main Station or thru MRT express link also from the main station. It is very accessible that traveling in and out of the airport is a breeze.


Bus 1819 to City just outside of Terminal 2


MRT Taoyuan Airport Rail

It also has charging stations for mobile devices and the best service they offered is from the Tourist Service Center for they offered a free half day tour.


Charging Stations for Mobile Devices


Tourist Service Center

Getting off at terminal 2, the tourist service center is just located the arrival lobby. The free half day tour offered by the government of Taiwan has been provided for layover tourists to see the beautiful and rich history of the said country. Giving options for the tourists to sight-see if their layover is more than 6 hours. Tours offered are morning tours and afternoon tours. If an individual wants to take advantage of the said service, he/she can visit this site by clicking here. But transit passengers need to meet the requirements though, just read the information at my previous post, Visa to the Republic of China (Taiwan).

TPE Terminal 2 has 4 floors. 1st floor is car park and ground transportation, 2nd is arrival hall, 3rd is the departure hall, and lastly, the 4th floor is the food court.


3/F Departure Hall


3/F Departure Counter


4/F Food Court


4/F Japanese Restaurant

In summary, Taoyuan International Airport is indeed one of the best airports I have been. It is the main hub of a progressive first world country of Taiwan with too many flights going in and out but it is well planned, avoiding congestion. They also made sure that layover tourists or travelers will enjoy their stay in Taiwan even if it was just for hours. TPE looks on the travelers’ perspective and it’s a plus. Kudos to Taoyuan Internationa Airport and the government of Taiwan.


The Beach View within the Boarding Gates


IATA Code: YYZ – Toronto Pearson International Airport

International Air Transport Association (IATALocation Identifier uses a 3-letter code to identify locations of airports throughout the world.pt5baag6c

YYZ or famously known as Toronto Pearson International Airport is an airport hub serving the biggest city of Canada, Toronto. It is the largest and busiest airport in the country. It is the main hub for Air Canada and is one of eight Canadian airports with facilities for United States border preclearance. Over 75 airlines operate from Toronto Pearson to more than 180 destinations across all six of the world continents.

Toronto Pearson International Airport has two active terminals, Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. Both terminals are designed to handle all three sectors of travel from domestic, transborder to international.


Terminal 1 Check-in Hall

Terminal 1 is the largest terminal at Pearson Airport and is among the largest buildings in the world. It has 58 gates that serve airline companies for both U.S and international flights. For international departure in Terminal 1, passport control checkpoints and immigration checks are located in Pier F.


In boarding gates with Foreign Exchange Automated Machine

The arrival area is wide and grandiose. Upon de-planing the aircraft, it took about few minutes to get to immigration counter. Since it is not allowed to take photos in immigration counters, I will describe how it looks. The counters are divided into two. The Canadian and US passport holders are on a queue for first group of counters and the other line is for non-Canada and US passport holders. It only took about half an hour including from the queue until I got to pass the immigration officer. It was easy since I am a US permanent resident so, the officer just asked me some questions such as how long I’m staying in Canada, where I’m staying and do I have relatives who live in Canada. After that, I got my customs declaration stamped and went directly to baggage claim area.After I got my baggage, I went out to the arrival area. In Toronto  Pearson International Airport, there are a lot of modes of transportation to get to downtown Toronto.img_4950img_4948One of those is thru taxi or limousines. Taxi and limousines offer either flat rate or fixed rate. A passenger needs to ask the driver though, if he chose the latter. You can also even pre-arranged a pick-up service so when you arrived in the airport, the driver is waiting for you.img_4949Other option is thru renting a car. Within the arrival gate, rental car companies are visible. There are also local bus services, just check this site by clicking here to view and know the route and loading areas within the airport. And lastly and the most affordable ground transportation to and from the airport is through the use of UP Express or Union Pearson Express. UP Express is a direct air-rail link that speeds travelers from YYZ to downtown’s Union Station. I took the UP Express. I just followed the signs to get to Train to City.Finally, I got to this gate to Union  Station. I just needed to get to the train for me to see the city. Union Station is the heart of downtown Toronto.I was already in the UP Express station in Terminal 1 and I saw a vending machine to purchase ticket. It cost me CA$12.00.img_4954I got inside the train and waited for it to start its engine and I was en route to downtown Toronto.img_4955The ride was fast and the trip took about 25 minutes passing two stations of Weston and Bloor. Train runs between 0530H and 0100H with 15-minute interval. To know more about UP Express, visit their site for Toronto airport or UP Express itself. It is really convenient to ride the UP express train since it offers free wi-fi connection and has charging outlets in every seat. It is a great way to get around Greater Toronto Area and the airport.

As a summary, YYZ or Toronto Pearson International Airport is a well-planned and spacious major hub in the country of the north, Canada. Even though it is miles away from downtown city but it can be accessed easily. It is labeled as the busiest airport in Canada but it is big that it is not crowded. Toronto Pearson International Airport is indeed a great airport with stunning architectural design and incredibly friendly hub.