eSIM, SIM card, and rental Wi-Fi in Taiwan

I will introduce smartphone SIMs and rental Wi-Fi that can be used when traveling in Taiwan. In Taiwan, there are some places where you can use free Wi-Fi, but they are limited. My impression is that it’s difficult to survive on just free Wi-Fi alone while traveling.
I recommend getting a SIM or rental Wi-Fi before your trip in order to check Google Maps, web searches, and social medias.
Additionally, if you can use a smartphone in Taiwan, you can also use discount e-tickets for the National Palace Museum and Taipei 101 Observatory.
Now, I will outline the advantages and disadvantages of my recommended eSIM, SIM card, and Wi-Fi rentals.



The easiest to use is an eSIM, which can be used by simply changing the settings on your smartphone. Only SIM unlocked and eSIM-enabled smartphones can be used. eSIMs are convenient, can be purchased online, and can be used on the same day. You can purchase the amount of data you and the number of days you need. KKday‘s eSIM, which I will introduce this time, is cheap and has stable communication, so I highly recommend it. However, it is important to note that hotspot (other devices connecting to the internet through your smartphone) is not available.

Pros of eSIM

  • Easy to change just by settings.
  • No need to pick up at the airport.
  • Cheap price.

Cons of eSIM

  • Some smartphones have a SIM lock or don’t have eSIM available.
  • No hotspot sharing, so it cannot be shared within your group.
  • There may be a problem with the settings.

I have used KKday’s eSIM. I used it on iPhone and Google Pixel. It’s convenient because you can set it up at your departure airport and start using it as soon as you arrive in Taiwan. If you follow the manual, you can set it up in less than 5 minutes, but if you have any trouble, you can receive support on how to set it up via email, which is convenient.
I used it not only in Taipei, but also in Jiufen and Shifen, and the connection was stable.

Recommended eSIM

I recommend KKday’s eSIM because I actually used and found it to be cheap and had a stable connection.


500MB is USD $0.60 per day! It’s inexpensive. I was able to set it up in less than 5 minutes. Connection was stable and had good speed in Taipei, Jiufen and Shifen. I was able to use it without stress. Since you cannot share a hot spot with other devices, you will need one for each device.

  • Data limit: 500MB, 1GB, 2GB, 3GB
  • Data Transmission Speed: 4G
  • Compatible Devices: Click here
  • Available immediately after purchase!

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SIM card

If you cannot use eSIM and have a smartphone that does not have a SIM lock, a SIM card is convenient. Some also allow tethering, so you can share them with friends and family. You can select and purchase the amount of data and number of days you need.

Pros of SIM cards

  • No need to carry a Wi-Fi router.
  • Cheaper than Wi-Fi router.
  • Some SIM cards have hotspots available, so you can share it with friends and family.

Cons of SIM cards

  • Only available for smartphones without SIM lock.
  • Must be purchased in advance before departure and picked up at the arrival airport.

When I use a smartphone that does not have eSIM, I usually purchase a SIM card.
It is convenient to apply for a SIM card before your trip and pick it up at the Taiwan airport.

SIM card pick-up at Taiwan airport

Unlimited Data!

This is a prepaid SIM card that can be picked up at an airport counter in Taiwan. You can choose the usage period from 3 or more days. Phone call charges are included and high-speed data is unlimited, so you can use it without worrying about data capacity. You can also use hotspot to share with family and friends. Please note that plans vary depending on the receiving airport.
Click here to pick up at Taoyuan Airport, or click here to pick up at Songshan, Taichung, or Kaohsiung Airports.

  • Data limit: Unlimited
  • Data Transmission Speed: 4G

Taoyuan airport

Taipei Songshan

Chunghwa Telecom

This SIM card can be picked up at Taipei Songshan, Taichung International, Taoyuan, and Kaohsiung Airports. It is a SIM from Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan’s top telecommunications company, and has a large number of users and reviews, so you can use it with confidence. The validity period varies from 3 to 30 days, making it easy to use for business purposes.

  • Data limit: Unlimited
  • Data Transmission Speed: 4G

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Wi-Fi Rental

If you want to share with multiple people, or if you want to connect a tablet or PC, mobile Wi-Fi rental is convenient. Although you need to be careful not to run out of charge on your Wi-Fi router, it can be less expensive if you share it with multiple people.

Pros of Wi-Fi rental

  • Can be used with smartphones that have a SIM lock.
  • Can be shared in a group.
  • Can connect not only smartphones but also tablets and PCs.
  • Easy to set up.

Cons of Wi-Fi rental

  • Have to be picked up and returned at the airport, etc.
  • Charge doesn’t last long.
  • Have to carry a Wi-Fi router with you

I have rented Wi-Fi routers for group and family trips. It can also be used on tablets and PCs, making it suitable for business use. You don’t have to worry too much if you have just one smartphone, but if you connect multiple devices, the battery may not last all day. It is safe to use a mobile battery or turn off the power when not in use.

Recommended Wi-Fi rental

Good price!
Pick up at airport

Klook’s Wi-Fi rental is recommended for those who want to keep their costs low. You can rent and return Wi-Fi at the airport. Although it has high specifications such as unlimited data, can connect up to 5 smartphones, and can be used throughout Taiwan, it is reasonably priced. However, the Wi-Fi router battery won’t last long if you use it for a full day, a mobile battery is essential.

  • Data limit: Unlimited
  • Data Transmission Speed: 4G

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Please pick the SIM and Wi-Fi rental that suits you, depending on the number of users and whether or not you want hotspots.
Once you have your SIM ready, let’s get ready for sightseeing!

Discount tickets for sightseeing attractions

I will introduce discount tickets to famous tourist destinations in Taiwan such as the National Palace Museum and Taipei 101 Observatory. Please check it out as it is available at a discounted price and available same day. It is very convenient because you can enter without lining up at the crowded ticket counter.

National Palace Museum
discount tickets

Discount tickets for the National Palace Museum. You can easily use the voucher by simply exchanging it at the automatic ticket vending machine. It’s convenient because you can purchase without lining up at the counter.

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Taipei 101 Observatory
discount tickets

Tickets to the observation decks on the 89th and 101st floors. Available instantly. Ticket counters can get crowded, so it’s best to purchase tickets in advance.

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