Luggage Storage at Taipei Main Station

Taipei has a dire shortage of lockers, so it's much safer to store your bags at Taipei Main Station than to hope you'll find lockers at your destination. For example, Xindian Station, beside thea beautiful Bitan Scenic Area has no coin lockers, despite being a hiking destination far from the city. Lockers at Beitou and Tamsui are also often all in use, causing problems for hikers and cyclists. 

There are, however, several options for Luggage storage at Taipei Station which are convenient, safe and affordable. I've never heard of anyone having their bags stolen or any problems other than users losing their receipts with the re-entry pin.

Coin Lockers

Electronic Lockers

Lockers inside Taipei Main Station are now all electronic. The simple, multilingual interface makes it easy to store and retreive your luggage. After storing luggage the machines print out a small receipt with a pin number. Don't lose the receipt! I recommend taking a photo of it as soon as you get it. If you do lose it, there is a call-out fee of NT$200 to retrieve your luggage. In my experience it doesn't take long.

Lockers charge per three hour time slot, with a limit of 3 days / 72 hours. Prices start at NT$30 / hour.

Locker Locations

Most of the lockers are located one the B1 floor of Taipei Main Station. From the ground floor, walk towards the edge of the building (any direction or exit) and take any flight of stairs down.  Walk around the main corridor in either direction and you'll soon find lockers. There are usually some available.

Location, Location, Location

The B1 floor of Taipei Main Station is very confusing, even to locals, and it's easy to lose a set of lockers. It's common to see tourists walking around and around the B1 maze looking for their locker. I recommend using the ground floor as a reference. For example: "From (ground floor) East Exit 2, walk down the closest stairs and turn right."

Largest Locker

The largest lockers are electronic ones, for which the smallest dimensions are 82cm high * 85cm deep * 38cm wide. They cost NT$50 dollars for three hours.

Carry-On Baggage Centre (台北車站行李託運中心)

The Carry-On Baggage Centre is officially a storage centre for items which are too large to carry on the train, such as boxed bicycles. They must be checked in (via a separate building or section of each train station) and then they are brought up on separate freight trains and can be collected from this centre. Sending a boxed bicycle from Jhongli to Taipei cost me about NT$200, plus NT$20 per day until I collected it.

The centre will also, however,  store suitcases for NT70 per day. Due to space limitations they do not store bicycles unless they are in boxes (like any other luggage).

Location

The Carry-On Baggage Centre is a few minutes walk from Taipei Main Station. Take East Exit 3, cross the taxi stand, keep walking and follow the road around to your left. The centre is on your right. Walk straight in and follow instructions. You'll need to pay 70NT for that day, and any remaining days when you return to collect it.

Hours

Open: 8:00 - 20:00




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Taipei Main Station has had a face-lift over the last few years. Seats have been removed  to produce this new waiting area. It also acts as an overflow for when all seats are taken in the nearby busy cafes and restaurants, and is often used by the Muslim community (of mostly foreign labourers) to hold large social events, especially during Ramadan.

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