On our first trip to Taiwan, we didn’t prepare our SIM card, pocket WiFi, and even our EasyCard ahead since we thought we could easily secure them upon arrival. But we regret not doing so. The outlets were already closed so we had to wait the next day to get these Taiwan travel essentials. So, learn from us and make sure to have them ready before your Taiwan trip.
Now, you might be wondering, is it better to get a SIM card or pocket WiFi in Taiwan? We’ll break down the details and give our recommendations so you can make the right choice for your Taiwan trip.
Taiwan SIM card
What is a Taiwan SIM card?
A Taiwan SIM card is a tiny chip inserted into your phone so you can call, text, or use the internet with mobile data while in Taiwan. SIM cards are provided by telecommunications companies (telcos) and internet service providers (ISPs) in the country.
Which is the best tourist SIM in Taiwan?
Here are some of the best Taiwan SIM cards foreign travelers can buy online:
This 4G SIM card is offered by Chunghwa Telecom, the largest telco and the best network in Taiwan. It features unlimited 4G data which you can use for 3 to 30 days, depending on your length of stay in Taiwan. It is also inclusive of at least NT$100 credit you can use for local and international calls.
We used the Chunghwa SIM card when we traveled to Taiwan. We must say that the connection was fast and reliable, and we were able to share it via mobile hotspot without issues.
Price: NT$270 (US$8.59) for 3 days validity
This 4G/5G SIM card is offered by Far EasTone, the third largest telco in Taiwan. It features unlimited 4G/5G data, which is usable across Taiwan for 3 to 30 days, depending on your preferred validity. It also includes a voice credit, which means you can use it to call in Taiwan.
Price: NT$240 (US$7.65) for 3 days validity
This 4G SIM card is powered by TripRoaming, a telco headquartered in Hong Kong but has international coverage including Taiwan. It features unlimited 4G data all over Taiwan, which you can use for 3 to 14 days. This Taiwan SIM card will also be delivered to your address in Taiwan, Macau, Hong Kong, or Mainland China.
Price: NT$123 (US$3.90) for 3 days validity
This 4G/5G eSIM by Chunghwa Telecom is one of the most reliable eSIMs in Taiwan. It features unlimited 4G/5G data which you can use for 3 to 30 days anywhere in Taiwan. It also includes NT$100 local and international call credit.
What’s great about this eSIM is that you don’t have to insert another physical SIM card to your mobile phone. You just need to download the digital SIM and follow the eSIM setup instructions.
Price: NT$300 (US$9.55) for 3 days validity
How much is the SIM card in Taiwan?
A Taiwan SIM card could cost an average of NT$123 (US$3.90) to NT$300 (US$9.55) for 3 days, depending on the network provider. See a summary of Taiwan SIM card costs below:
Taiwan SIM card prices 2023 (online rates)
|Service Provider||3 Days||7 Days||30 Days|
|Chunghwa Telecom eSIM||NT$300||–||–|
|Taiwan Star Telecom||NT$250||NT$450||NT$950|
*Do note that Taiwan SIM card prices are correct as of publication date and may still change. Check their respective plan listings prior to your Taiwan trip for the most updated prices.
Where to buy a Taiwan SIM card?
Learn from us and buy your SIM card before your Taiwan trip to avoid the hassle. After paying online, you can just claim the actual Taiwan SIM card at designated areas in Taoyuan Airport, Taipei Songshan Airport, Kaohsiung Airport, and Taichung Airport. You may also pick up your Taiwan SIM from the telco outlets in the city.
If you really failed to buy your Taiwan SIM card ahead like us, you may still buy your SIM card at airport counters and mobile centers of network providers including Chunghwa Telecom, Far EasTone, Taiwan Mobile, and Taiwan Star Telecom.
Taiwan pocket WiFi
What is a Taiwan pocket WiFi?
A Taiwan pocket WiFi is a small wireless device where your gadgets including phones, tablets, laptops, and active watches can connect to for internet usage. A SIM card from a mobile network is usually inserted to the pocket WiFi device to provide the coverage.
What is the best pocket WiFi for Taiwan?
Here are some Taiwan pocket WiFi options you can consider renting ahead:
This pocket WiFi from Unite Traveler is a reliable pocket WiFi device with unlimited 4G WiFi across Taiwan. It has a battery life of up to 4 hours and can be shared by up to 5 devices.
Price: NT$99 (US$3.15) per day
This pocket WiFi from GoWiFi is one of the portable WiFi devices in Taiwan offering unlimited 4G WiFi. It has a battery life of 12 hours and can be shared with up to 5 devices. What’s good about this device is that it’s also a power bank in case your gadgets get drained while traveling in Taiwan.
Price: NT$62.51 (US$2) per day
How much is pocket WiFi in Taiwan?
Taiwan pocket WiFi could cost from NT$62.51 (US$2) to NT$99 (US$3.15) per day, which can be shared with up to 5 devices. See a summary of Taiwan pocket WiFi rentals below:
Taiwan pocket WiFi prices 2023 (online rates)
|Service Provider||Battery Life||# of Devices||Cost Per Day|
|Unite Traveler||4 hrs||5||NT$99|
*Taiwan pocket WiFi prices above are accurate as of publication date. Check the respective listings for the latest Taiwan pocket WiFi rates.
Where can I rent pocket WiFi in Taiwan?
We always recommend that you prepare your Taiwan pocket WiFi before your arrival. Same with Taiwan SIM cards, after paying your pocket WiFi online, you may get the pocket WiFi device at designated counters in Taiwan airports such as Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei Songshan Airport, and Kaohsiung International Airport.
Some pocket WiFi devices can also be delivered to you at an additional fee.
Taiwan SIM card vs Pocket WiFi
Now, you might ask, is it better to get a SIM card or pocket WiFi in Taiwan? The answer to that largely depends on factors including your budget, number of people, and travel period.
Which one is cheaper?
Comparing both costs, say for 3 days, the cheapest Taiwan SIM card costs NT$123 (US$3.90) and a pocket WiFi costs NT$188 (US$6). With those amounts, you can immediately say that a SIM card is cheaper. However, you should consider that you may share the pocket WiFi with up to 5 devices. So, if there are 5 travelers using the device, it would only cost NT$37.6 (US$1.20) per person for 3 days as opposed to NT$123 (US$3.90) for 1 SIM card for 3 days.
This means if you are traveling in groups of up to 5 people, it’s more cost-efficient to get the pocket WiFi since you can share and divide the cost.
So, the questions to ask are: how many people will use the internet and how long will you stay in Taiwan? That will already give you a rough idea on which one is better to use for your trip.
What are the pros and cons?
Taiwan SIM Card
- No more separate device
- It’s more practical for those traveling solo or as a couple
- No hassle of returning the SIM card
- The physical SIM may take time to set up
- Potential phone compatibility issues
- Dependent on your phone’s battery life
Taiwan Pocket WiFi
- Faster to use since no more set up needed
- Shareable with up to 5 devices
- Cheaper for those traveling in groups of 3 to 5 people
- Extra device to carry and charge for battery
- Battery life could be limited
- You need to return the device and make sure there are no damages
What do we recommend to use in Taiwan as travelers?
If you’re traveling solo or as a couple, it would be wise to get a SIM card in Taiwan. But if you’re traveling in groups of 3 to 5 people, it’s more practical to rent a pocket WiFi in Taiwan since it would cost less when you split the bill, especially if budget is a concern for you.
We actually experienced traveling to Taiwan as a couple and in groups, and in both instances, we decided to get a SIM card. Why so? As a couple, only one person had to use the internet to navigate in Taiwan. And as a group, we decided to get multiple SIM cards since there were times when we had to go our separate ways.
Now that you know all these things, would you use a SIM card or pocket WiFi in Taiwan? Hope we enlightened you to make the right decision.