The Best (and Worst!) Time to Visit Taiwan

The best time to go to Taiwan

When is the best time to go to Taiwan? Which months or seasons are best, and which should be avoided?

These questions are not easily answered, because it depends what you are looking for, and no month is perfect in Taiwan. According to tourist arrival numbers, there is no distinct “high” or “low” tourist season in Taiwan. In reality, the numbers go up and down every month, as do the price of flights (see my guide to finding budget flights to Taiwan on search for the best flight deals here).

However, based on a decade-plus of traveling around and living in Taiwan, I would say that the best months to visit Taiwan are October, November, and April. The busiest month is December. Pretty good months are December, January, February, and March, but avoid Chinese New Year if you can.

The worst months to visit Taiwan are May, June, July, August, and September. Read on to find out why!

The Best Season to Visit Taiwan

It’s tough to declare which season is the best for visiting Taiwan. It strongly depends on your personal climate preference and what you want to do in Taiwan. My personal favorite is autumn.

Here’s a summary of the ups and downs of each season in Taiwan.

SeasonProsCons
Autumn– Lovely weather
– Low chance of rain
– Autumn foliage viewing
– Perfect for hiking
– Few tourists in Oct/Nov
– Possibility of typhoons in Oct
– Huge tourist crowds in Dec
– Cool at night
WinterCherry blossoms
– Hot Springs
– Chance to see snow
– Damp/cold/gray in the north
– Crowds and closures for CNY
Spring – Good weather in April
– Concerts in April
– Low crowds
– Plum Rainy Season in May/June
Summer– Beaches and water activities
– Sunniest time of year
– Extremely hot and humid
– Typhoon season
– Summer crowds
Taiwan seasons compared

Autumn (October to December)

Yellow maple leaves with some palm trees in the background
Autumn foliage in Taiwan

In my personal opinion, autumn is the best time of the year to visit Taiwan. These three months have the lowest possibility of rain. The weather is pleasantly warm during the day and only a little cool at night.

October and November are crowd free, but December is the busiest month of the year in Taiwan for tourist arrivals. Christmas events start in late November, while NYE is one of the busiest times of the year. Book early!

November and December are the best time to see fall foliage, but you’ll need to travel a ways to one of the country’s National Forest Recreation Areas to see it.

See my guides to visiting Taiwan in October, November, and December.

Winter (January to March)

Nick Kembel on a snowy mountain peak in winter in Taiwan
That’s me near the summit of Snow Mountain in Taiwan

January and February are the coldest months of the year in Taiwan. Taipei, Yilan, and the north are especially chilly, but this is also the best time to see snow in the high mountains, like Hehuanshan.

Cherry blossoms start in late January, but come in February or March for the best displays. See my Taiwan cherry blossoms blooming forecast for more info. Winter is also the best time to experience Taiwan’s hot springs.

Chinese New Year is a week to be avoided if possible, due to crowds, higher prices, and closure of many restaurants and attractions. It usually comes in late January to late February. But the Lantern Festival, on the 15th day of the first month of the lunar new year, is awesome.

See my guides to visiting Taiwan in January, February, and March.

Spring (April to June)

Two kids wearing green rain jackets at a temple in Taiwan
My kids on a rainy day in Taiwan

While April is a good month to visit Taiwan, May and June are not. The Plum Rain season brings near constant rain and gray skies for weeks on end.

April’s weather is pleasant, and the April long weekend features several music festivals. However, May and June are all about the rain. In June, when the plum rains finally taper off, they are replaced with intense heat and humidity, signaling the start of summer.

Spring is, however, a good time to visit beaches or Taiwan’s small islands before the masses of Taiwanese do so in summer.

See my guides to visiting Taiwan in April, May, and June.

Summer (July to September)

A pedestrian bridge leading out to a thin strip of sandy beach called Fulong
Fulong Beach in summer

Summer is, according to most people, the worst time to visit Taiwan. Summer temperatures and humidity are oppressive, making it difficult to spend much time outside. 

Summer also comes with occasional typhoons, which can disrupt your travel plans for a few days (always make sure to have travel insurance for Taiwan just in case!) Summers are also more crowded, with students off school and more tourists due to the summer holidays in other countries.

If you don’t mind the heat, summer is a good time for beaches, swimming, and other adventure activities.

See my guides to visiting Taiwan in July, August, and September.

The Best Months to Visit Taiwan

The best time to travel to Taiwan is October, November, and April. I choose these months for their excellent weather, lower tourist crowds, and interesting events.

The below table will give you an idea of the average temperatures and rainfall in Taipei. Keep in mind that in the south of Taiwan, like Tainan, Kaohsiung, and Taitung, the weather is usually a little warmer than in Taipei, while the high mountains, like Alishan and Cingjing Farm, are colder.

MonthAverage HighAverage LowRainfall
January19°C (66°F)10°C (50°F85 mm
February20°C (68°F)14°C (57°F)170 mm
March22°C (72°F)15°C (59°F)180 mm
April26°C (79°F)19°C (66°F)180 mm
May29°C (84°F)22°C (72°F)235 mm
June32°C (90°F)25°C or 77°F325 mm
July34°C (93°F)26°C (79°F)240 mm
August33°C (91°F)26°C (79°F)320 mm
September31°C (89°F)24°C (75°F)360 mm
October27°C (81°F)22°C (72°F)150 mm
November24°C (75°F)18°C (64°F)85 mm
December21°C (70°F)15°C (59°F)75 mm
Taipei temperatures and rainfall by the month

October

A group of hikers sitting on the edge of a cliff with rope behind them
One of the best months for hiking in Taiwan

My personal favorite month of the year in Taiwan is October. In October, the weather can’t get any better. The oppressive heat of summer is finally gone, but it’s still pleasantly warm, even at night.

Most importantly, October has a lower chance of rain – it actually has the fewest rainy days of rain of any month of the year in Taiwan. The only reason it has a higher average rainfall than other months is due to the occasional typhoon.

In terms of tourist numbers, October is one of the least busy months of the year. Some fun events in October include Halloween and Pride Parade (usually the last Saturday of the month). 

However, even October is not perfect. On rare occasion, a typhoon can strike Taiwan as late as October, and late season typhoons tend to be strong.

November

Silvergrass in the foreground and a stream of hikers on a trail in the background
Silvergrass on Caoling Historic Trail

November has many of the same perks as October – fewer tourists, low chance of rain, and generally pleasant weather.

I only put November in the second place because it starts to get a little cold in Taipei and the north of Taiwan, especially at night. On the plus side, it is extremely rare for a typhoon to strike in November.

November is the start of autumn foliage viewing and silvergrass season in Taiwan. It’s also the start of hot spring season, but minus the big crowds of December.

April

A sea of white calla lilies with misty mountains behind
Calla lilies in Yangmingshan National Park

In April, spring and warm weather finally return to Taipei and the north of Taiwan, while the south can already be hot.

April is one of the less rainy months of the year, too, as the spring Plum Rainy Season doesn’t come until May.

With winter cherry blossom season and Chinese New Year holiday finished, April is once again less crowded. You can see a lovely display of calla lilies in Yangmingshan National Park in May.

The first weekend of April, usually a 4-day long weekend, is the unofficial music weekend in Taiwan. Some big ones that usually happen on this weekend include Spring Wave, Megaport, East Wave, and Organik.

Runner-Up Months

October, November, and April are not the only “good” months to visit Taiwan. Several other months also have many pros and few cons.

December

Red fireworks shooting from the sides of Taipei 101
NYE is the biggest night of the year in Taipei

December has long been the most popular month of the year to visit Taiwan in terms of tourist arrival numbers.

Visitors especially from nearby Asian countries flock to Taiwan at this time to see the NYE fireworks at Taipei 101, Christmas events, hot springs, autumn foliage, and strawberry picking.

December is the start of winter in Taiwan. It’s not as cold as January or February, but you’ll definitely need to dress warm for Taipei and the north. On the plus side, the chance of rain is just as low as in October and November.

Big crowds is the main downside of visiting Taiwan in December. The weekend of NYE, especially when it’s a 3-day long weekend, is one of the busiest weekends of the year in Taiwan, so book your accommodations and trains early!

January, February, and March

A large round temple visible behind some cherry blossoms
Cherry blossoms at Tian Yuan Temple in Tamsui

January and February are the coldest months of the year in Taiwan, while March is only slightly better. Taipei in particular tends to be bleak, with cold humidity that gets under your skin.

On the plus side, hot springs are great to visit when it’s cold. Cherry blossoms start blooming in late January, but the best displays of them are in February and March. Some people come to Taiwan in January or February specifically to see snow in the high mountains.

Lunar New Year, the biggest holiday of the year for locals, is not a good time to visit Taiwan. The 7 to 10-day holiday usually takes place from late-January to late-February. Many things in Taipei and other major cities close at this time, hotels fill up around the country, highways have traffic jams, train tickets are hard to get, and flights can be more expensive due to so many Taiwanese flying home from abroad.

On the other hand, the Lantern Festival, on the 15th day of the lunar new year, is one of the most impressive festivals of the year in Taiwan, so try to come for that instead!

The Worst Months to Visit Taiwan

While every month has its own pros and cons, the following months have bigger cons than others.

May

A scooter driving on a wet street in the rain, with temple lanterns in the background
A rainy day in Taipei

There’s only one reason you’ll probably want to avoid Taiwan in May, but it’s a big one. It’s called the “Plum Rain Season”. This mini-monsoon brings never ending grays skies and rains for weeks on end.

The timing of the Plum Rain season varies by year, but it usually starts sometime in May in the north of Taiwan and then works its way south into June.

Yes, the tourist crowds will be low in May, but personally I’d rather have clear skies with more people.

If you must visit Taiwan in May, not all hope is lost. There are several interesting events in May – find more info in my guide to visiting Taiwan in May.

June

Close up of the head of a dragon boat in Taiwan
The Dragon Boat Festival in in June

June has two strikes against it. Visit Taiwan in early June and the Plum Rains will still be pouring. Come in mid- to late-June, and the oppressive summer heat will have already begun. The extreme heat and humidity often results in late afternoon showers.

On the plus side, June is less busy than July and August, and typhoons never strike as early as June.

Dragon Boat Festival is one interesting activity that takes place in June.

July & August

Secret Beach on Xiaoliuqiu, shot from above, with three people in the water
Secret Beach on Xiaoliuqiu Island

July and August are the hottest months of the year in Taiwan. Expect temperatures in the mid-30s Celsius every day. The intense humidity makes it feel even worse. Going outside in the mid-day can feel like torture.

July and August are also the start of typhoon season in Taiwan. Anything from zero to half a dozen typhoons strike Taiwan every year. If one strikes during your visit, it will bring extremely heavy rain and wind. There may be a stay-at-home order for 1-2 days, so you might lose a day or two of your trip. It’s also dangerous to visit high mountain areas during typhoons.

However, July and August are NOT a “rainy season”. They are actually the sunniest months of the year in Taiwan, in terms of the total hours of sunshine per day. Besides typhoons, which are relatively rare, most of the rain will come as very short but intense downpours in the late afternoon, often for less than an hour.

Summer also has moderate crowds due to students being off school and holidays in other countries. Taiwanese flock to beaches and the offshore islands in summer.

September

Close up of two Taiwanese moon cakes in front of two glasses of tea
Try moon cakes during Moon Festival

September is not much different than July and August in Taiwan. It’s still extremely hot, humid, with the possibility of typhoons and late afternoon showers.

On the plus side, September sees far fewer tourists than July or August. So if you have the choice, visiting Taiwan is September is definitely better than July or August. If you don’t mind the hot and humid weather (plus the risk of typhoon), then September is actually a great month to visit Taiwan for this reason alone.

The Mid Autumn (Moon) Festival usually falls in September. It doesn’t have anything special for visitors, beside eating moon cakes, but watch out for domestic crowds if it results in a 3-day long weekend.

When to Visit Taiwan: Conclusion

If you have total flexibility, choose when to go to Taiwan based on your personal interests. 
Choose autumn for low crowds, balmy weather, hiking, fall foliage viewing, and low chance of rain.

If you mainly want to do flower viewing, hot springs, or try to see snow, go for winter, but just mind the holiday dates.

For the best music festivals and good weather, choose April, but try to avoid May and June due to the Plum Rains.

Last but not least, expect intense heat, humidity, sun & rain, and the possibility of typhoons messing up your travel plans if you come in summer.

2 thoughts on “The Best (and Worst!) Time to Visit Taiwan”

  1. Very detailed thank you. Which area will be best to stay if you need to get to the airport for work but you dont want to stay in the city. And you need to take local transport and i am a cyclist so i would like to get on the cycling tracks easily? Thank you

  2. Can you please clarify, which airport in Taiwan? And you will be living there or just visiting for a short time? You’re working at this ariport, or you mean flying to other countries for working?

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