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. Xindian Station, (for Bitan Scenic Area), for example, has no 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. 

Luggage storage at Taipei Station, however, is convenient, safe and affordable, both lockers and the carry on baggage centre, so if you are exploring Taipei it's best to leave your bags there.  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

Types of Lockers

There are two main types of lockers: electronic and key-operated. Electronic ones work by providing a pin number on a small printed piece of paper, which is entered upon re-entry to the locker. The older lockers work with a key. In 2018, however, the key-operated lockers are being replaced with electronic ones, with few remaining, a pity since they are cheaper and easier to use (albeit possibly less secure).

These electronic lockers are best for short periods. Don't lose the slip of paper, or take a photo of it in case! 

Electronic Lockers charge per three hours, so are cheaper for shorter times, while key-operated lockers charge per day (until 22:00). Also, electronic lockers have a limit of 72 hours / 3 days, while key-operated lockers allow up to six days.

Most electronic lockers give a small receipt with a pin number to open the locker. Don't forget to take it, or anyone can open your locker. And always remember your pin number! I recommend also taking a photo of it in case you lose the slip of paper. If you forget the pin number, a staff member will come and (after some security matters) open your locker, but this service can take time, and usually costs NT200.

These key-operated lockers are better for longer periods (up to six days) but they are being replaced with electronic ones.

Location

Most of the lockers are located one floor beneath the ground floor of Taipei Main Station. 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 except at the busiest times.

Golden Rule: Location, Location, Location

The B1 floor of Taipei Main Station is quite a maze, so to remember where your locker is use the ground floor as a reference. For example: "From East Exit 2, walk down the closest stairs and turn right." The basement floor of Taipei Main Station is very confusing - even to locals - and it's easy to lose a set of lockers.

Largest Locker

The largest lockers are electronic ones, for which the smallest dimensions are 82cm high * 85cm deep * 38cm wide. They cost 50NT 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. A boxed bicycle from Jhongli to Taipei cost me about NT200, plus NT20 per day until I collected it.

The centre will also, however,  store suitcases for NT70 per day (ignore older websites promising 17NT - it's clearly seen some inflation of late, but still good value). A sign (August 2014) notes that due to space limitations they no longer accept bicycles (except as checked baggage on the trains).

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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