Maokong Gondola
Maokong Gondola
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  • Mae C
    Philippines109 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great view of Taipei from above
    A must experience when going to Taipei. You can actually book tickets online in advance. Lines can get long but moving. Great view of Taipei city from above and you can see some tea fields and temples. Last stop at Maokong station where you can enjoy other activities and try their tea flavored ice creams.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 14, 2023
  • Linda Y
    Frisco, Texas5,693 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Scenic ride
    The gondola takes you up, up, and away, providing a picturesque view of lush mountain scenery and Taipei. We enjoyed the ride more than the top destination which consists of shops and cafes. There are also hiking paths, but it was a warm day so we passed. The Maokong Gondola entrance is located near the zoo, at the end of the MTR Brown line. EasyCard accepted (make sure you get an EasyCard because Taipei is a snap with one).
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 4, 2023
  • MelissaL0715
    Tampa, Florida905 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice, but would recommend only daytime rides
    We had the gondola on our list, but did not make it until the sun had just set. We decided to purchase tickets since they were quite a few people getting on. Although the view was nice, it would have definitely been better and we would have been able to see a lot more if we had gone during the day. Definitely recommend a daytime ride.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 18, 2023
  • Roger L
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool views
    Easy to get to from the Metro and worth the trip. No queue to get on at about 10am in October. Got some lovely views and it's quite a long trip so have plenty of different views. At the top there are places to visit via bus or longer walk, but we just had some tea at one of the tea shops and headed down again on the gondola.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 23, 2023
  • Jonas L
    Manila, Philippines257 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    nice view
    Went their with family and 8 year old son. took the glass floor going up and the ordinary cabin going down. If you've ridden a cable it would not be quite exciting maybe except for the glass floor. If you haven't then definitely I would recommend and take the glass floor. You'd be waiting a bit but would be worth it.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 29, 2023
  • Karen P
    West Wickham, United Kingdom34 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to spend a morning or afternoon. If following a walk allow extra time.
    Having read reviews, we waited for the glass bottom gondola. Wouldn’t do that again, long wait, view only tree tops.The views out of the windows were awesome, well worth it. First time we went straight to the top. Although we were high up and great views, Maokong is rather commercial lots of tea/coffee shops, expensive. We didn’t manage any of the walks, lack of time. We did have a coffee in a balcony with a fantastic vista. On our next visit, we stopped off at the temple, worth a visit and then continued up. It took about 20 minutes from bottom to top, we enjoyed it.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 4, 2023
  • wombatdavid
    Hobart, Australia2,618 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do
    You must do this is Taipei. An easy metro ride to Taipei Zoo station on the BR line and then change. We bought a one day fun pass which included return gondola and metro all day. This was good value as we were staying out of the centre. The ride is fun and we enjoyed some walks at the top. Highly recommended.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 27, 2023
  • hitman531ph
    Quezon City, Philippines332 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great way to get to Maokong
    There are two types of gondolas (not the boat, this isn't Venice). The cable car with a transparent floor or regular floor. We took the transparent one going to Maokong Mountain and took the regular one going back. A real cool experience
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 28, 2023
  • armani123sg
    Singapore, Singapore313 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just ok
    Nt50 to go up from the zoo and nt100 to go all the way down. Nice ride with many cafes on top byt most of them are really expensive with not much spevial food. Not too bad a place a visit just for the calm vibes and the view.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 27, 2024
  • pillowsofwanderlust
    Pasadena, California2,970 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pleasant getaway from the city
    The Gondolas are a pleasant getaway from the city, and quite close and easily accessible. You just take the MRT to the Taipei Zoo Station, then walk a bit to the Gondola entrance, which accepts your Easycard. My food tour guide from the day before recommended I ride all the way to the top, then make stops on the way down. There are 2 types of cabins, Regular and Crystal. Crystal cabins cost more and usually have a longer wait; they have clear plastic bottoms. Frankly I don't think you see much through the floor except for trees and other vegetation; most views are through the side windows. There are 3 stops. The top stop is Maokong Station. Many folks come up here to walk/hike. There are numerous tea shops around also, plus I think a tea farm. The next stop down is the Zhinan Temple stop. There is a photogenic pagoda just outside the station; the temple is a short distance away. Alas, I did not have time to visit the temple. The other stop is the Taipei Zoo South Station, where I did not get off. I boarded the gondola shortly after opening and there was no wait. By the time a returned to the base, there was a huge line on the boarding level that extended down to the entrance level. It was a beautiful Sunday, plus the gondolas were to be closed for over a week for maintenance starting the next day. A nice experience, but time your visit to avoid long waits.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written February 19, 2024
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Mondalo
Seattle125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is relatively inexpensive for comparable gondolas throughout the world - and you can use the MRT card for payment.

The glass bottom cars require a longer wait. It seems to be easier to get one on the way back down. There are taxi touts at the bottom scaring people about the long lines, but the lines move quickly enough that even on the days with the largest crowds, you shouldn't need to wait more than 20-30 minutes.

There are a number of places to eat and hang out at the last stop. It's a great place to view New Years fireworks too, I was told.
Written January 3, 2020
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Jolieeeeee
Singapore, Singapore19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Arrived when the Taipei Zoo station opened in the morning, a bit of a queue for Crystal cabins (<30 minutes), no queue for normal cabins.

No need to buy tickets upfront if paying by EasyCard (悠游卡) -- Just tap in at the gantry.

Walked the paths at Maokong pretty quickly, not much people were walking (possibly due to the time). Signs were quite clear. View was nice, may be different during different times of the year.

Went back down quite early (~11am). No queue at all. Took the crystal cabin alone.
Written January 9, 2020
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HBR
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The Maokong Gondola was an affordable and beautiful way to visit the mountain-top teahouses. The queue was not long (not even outrageous for the Crystal Cabin), and the ride offered beautiful views and a quiet trip in both directions. If you are visiting Taipei and are looking for a way to spend a day outside the city on a budget, this is for you!
Written January 7, 2020
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Alex H
Port St. Mary, UK2,601 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
For $NTD 120, you can ride the cable car the whole way (one way) and experience lovely views of the countryside and Taipei, and over the zoo. We didn’t see any animals but I imagine if you were lucky you may be able to. The total journey is over 4km and lasts approximately 20 mins or so, and makes for a peaceful ride. It was very busy when we came which meant we had to be seated with others in our cable car, but we didn’t mind this too much.
Written January 28, 2023
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Talitha M
Arnhem, The Netherlands1,995 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
It takes 20-30min to go all the way up and I thought it went super slow...it's also NT120, I took a bus back down which was only NT15. I walked to the tea promotion centre, in the rain!!, only to find it was closed till april..if you've never been on a gondola and its not busy, sure, go. But otherwise, the bus was fine too :)!
Written February 10, 2020
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ronS0521
Vancouver, Canada101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
It was great to ride down the gondola. Most people ride up it but we decided to take the bus up to the top (which takes less time + cheaper than the gondola), visiting the eateries at the top, then ride the gondola down to the zoo. It makes it funner and less time waiting.
Written March 26, 2024
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pillowsofwanderlust
Pasadena, CA2,970 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
The Gondolas are a pleasant getaway from the city, and quite close and easily accessible. You just take the MRT to the Taipei Zoo Station, then walk a bit to the Gondola entrance, which accepts your Easycard. My food tour guide from the day before recommended I ride all the way to the top, then make stops on the way down.

There are 2 types of cabins, Regular and Crystal. Crystal cabins cost more and usually have a longer wait; they have clear plastic bottoms. Frankly I don't think you see much through the floor except for trees and other vegetation; most views are through the side windows.

There are 3 stops. The top stop is Maokong Station. Many folks come up here to walk/hike. There are numerous tea shops around also, plus I think a tea farm.
The next stop down is the Zhinan Temple stop. There is a photogenic pagoda just outside the station; the temple is a short distance away. Alas, I did not have time to visit the temple.
The other stop is the Taipei Zoo South Station, where I did not get off.

I boarded the gondola shortly after opening and there was no wait. By the time a returned to the base, there was a huge line on the boarding level that extended down to the entrance level. It was a beautiful Sunday, plus the gondolas were to be closed for over a week for maintenance starting the next day.

A nice experience, but time your visit to avoid long waits.
Written February 19, 2024
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Cynfully
Singapore, Singapore49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
We met Steve at the Maokong Tourist Centre and I cannot thank him enough for all his advice and help. His warm hospitality and truly great service has blown out expectations away, Steve is a true gem and wonderful service staff. He goes above and beyond to help as travellers do require assistance most of the times for their vacation planning. He is the reason we would visit Maokong again, he goes over and beyond to assist us, thank you so much. We took so many photos at the fun photo booth and downloaded it to our phone
Written October 21, 2022
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LazyBee88
Palo Alto, California, USA23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We took my toddler on the ride up and she was so excited. We did NOT wait for the glass floor (Crystal) gondola because the wait was ridiculous and the view was still lovely. It was a weekend day and busier so we had to share with another family and we rode all the way to the top and got some food before heading back. They take the IC card and costs NT120 each way. There was no wait for a crystal gondola going down. The temples were pretty but we didn't make other stops as the zoo was still a bit of a trek from each of the stations.
Written February 11, 2020
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX5,693 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
The gondola takes you up, up, and away, providing a picturesque view of lush mountain scenery and Taipei. We enjoyed the ride more than the top destination which consists of shops and cafes. There are also hiking paths, but it was a warm day so we passed. The Maokong Gondola entrance is located near the zoo, at the end of the MTR Brown line. EasyCard accepted (make sure you get an EasyCard because Taipei is a snap with one).
Written October 4, 2023
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