There are more than 400 bus lines distributed in the 272 square kilometers of Taipei City to serve 2.6 million residents. Thus, the density of bus routes is high in the municipal area. Most of the buses operate from 5:30 a.m. till 11:30 p.m. The average waiting time is about 10 minutes. Fares are charged according to the zoning of the individual bus line.
The bus fare can be paid by coins (exact amount needed, no changes) or an EasyCard. Thus, taking the bus is the most effective, convenient, and economic way of moving around in Taipei.
Coin: One-segment ticket, regular NT$15; Two-segment ticket, regular NT$30; Three-segment, NT$45. Most passengers will only need a One-segment ticket. The bus driver will notify you if you need to pay more for a Two or Three-segment ticket.
Note: Be sure to have the exact ticket amount as buses will not give change.
EasyCard, issued by Taipei Smart Card Corporation, is an IC ticketing system for the metro, buses and car parks. EasyCard can be used by one passenger only. When a passenger leaves through the gate, his or her EasyCard must be read by the sensor. The value of the trip taken will be deducted. If the balance is not enough to pay for the trip, the fare will be deducted from the deposit and the passenger may still exit the station. The value must be added to the card before it can be used again. When adding value to the card, the balance for the previous trip will also be debited.
The details of routes, business hours, and the time interval between two consecutive scheduled runs (i.e., the waiting time) can be found at the following website. https://ebus.gov.taipei/
Fourteen bus routes serve Academia Sinica (stop at Academia Sinica): 205, 212 (two routes), 270 (two routes), 276, 306, 620, 645, blue 25, S1, S5, S12, and Chih-Nan Bus #679.