No matter you are planning to stay in Taiwan for a long term or just visiting this charming island for a few days, here are 7 useful apps I strongly recommend you to download. With these apps, your life will become more colorful and more convenient. They can help you easily make friends with Taiwanese, effortlessly take public transportation, quickly get delicious food, simply do online shopping, and efficiently decide where to travel. In short, these apps can help you deal with most of problems you might meet here in Taiwan.
Uber Eats is a food delivery platform which started from 2019 in Taiwan. You can simply order food online or in-app and pay by card or cash, the delivery driver will get you the food in a short time. Numerous restaurants have already joined Uber Eats, including several international brands, such as Starbucks and McDonald’s. No matter you are looking for fast food, brunch, authentic cuisine or dessert, they can all be found on Uber Eats.
By the way, actually Uber Eats is from the same company as Uber. However, due to the policy issue, Uber is not so popular in Taiwan. Taxi is still the main approach for people who needs a ride. That is why I will not recommend you to use Uber in Taiwan. Simply call a taxi will be more efficient.
Foodpanda is another food delivery app which is popular in Taiwan. In fact, its operation system is extremely similar to Uber Eats, consumers can also choose to pay online by cards or in person by cash. The only difference may be the co-operative restaurants. Some food that Uber Eats doesn’t have can be found in Foodpanda. In addition, some people say that the delivery range of Foodpanda is relatively large, and it offers more discounts.
Bus+ is a Taiwanese public transit tracker app. The most friendly thing for foreigners is that Bus+ is available in English. It supports information on all buses, subways, YouBike (public bicycle rentals), and railway. Sometimes it is challenging for foreigners to read Taiwanese bus routes and even find bus stops. Now with Bus+, it can help you find the nearby bus stop according to your current location and give you information about bus arrival time.
The pronunciation of 雙鐵時刻表 is “shuang tieh shih ko piao”. It is similar to Bus+ but with tickets booking system and information of high speed railway. However, it does not provide English version. If you can not understand any Chinese, this app may not suit you.
Line is a free messaging app which is similar to WhatsApp and WeChat. It is the leading communication platform in Taiwan. If you want to make friends with Taiwanese, you cannot miss this app. Besides the main messaging service, Line even offers various additional services, including digital wallet as Line Pay, news stream as Line Today, and video on demand as Line TV. It is definitely the app that can help you blend into Taiwanese life.
Shopee is the leading E-commerce website in Taiwan, which is similar to Amazon and eBay in the US or Taobao in China. You can get clothes, accessories, gadgets, electronics, cosmetics, and almost everything you want on this platform. However, because it is a consumer-to-consumer (C2C) website, you should always be aware to the existence of fake goods. Buying with sellers who have higher rate will always be a wise decision.
In addition to online shopping, physical retail is also well-developed in Taiwan. If you are interested in where to buy grocery, please have a look on another article which talked about 3 best convenience stores to buy grocery in Taiwan.
JKos is a mobile payment app which is popular recently. After linking bank accounts to JKos wallet app, consumers can not only pay by phone, but also transfer funds with each other. Moreover, the app often provides cashback for shopping and paying. It even offer several additional services, such as hailing taxi, making restaurant reservation, and paying the bill. If you are going to stay in Taiwan for a long term, you can really consider having this app.
Have you downloaded these useful apps? It is time to start your amazing life in Taiwan.