Is it easy to ride the Maokong Gondola?

The Maokong Gondola

Maokong Gondola is a gondola system in Taipei, Taiwan connecting Taipei Zoo and Maokong. The gondola system spans 4.3 km and it is part of the public transportation system in Taipei. If you ask us whether it is easy to ride the Maokong Gondola, the answer is simple. It is very easy to ride the Maokong Gondola!

It is very easy to ride the Maokong Gondola

Before you ride the Maokong Gondola, you must know where it is

Maokong Gondola starts its service from the Taipei Zoo station and its last stop is the Maokong station. Despite its station’s name, Taipei Zoo station is not situated right beside the zoo. Instead, it is a five-minute walk from the entrance of the zoo. However, if you are coming from the Taipei Zoo MRT station, you just have to turn right to ride the Maokong Gondola.

At the Taipei Zoo MRT exit, turn right to ride the Maokong Gondola

How do you buy the ticket?

There are several ways where you can buy the ticket to ride the Maokong Gondola. You can either walk-in to the ticket counter and buy the ticket there or from the vending machines.

Another way is by using your EasyCard. Since the Maokong Gondola is part and partial of Taipei’s public transportation system, EasyCard can be used to ride the Maokong Gondola.

We redeemed our ticket here to ride the Maokong Gondola

You can also buy the ticket from Klook like us! We bought our ticket via Klook and apart from the Gondola ticket, we also got a deal to ride on the Hop on Hop Off Bus at night! Upon reaching the station, just go to the dedicated ticketing counter for Klook ticket redemption. Easy peasy!

The view from the gondola cabin

How much does it costs?

The price for Maokong Gondola (as at 2020) are as follows:

  • 1 stop = NTD 70
  • 2 stops = NTD 100
  • 3 stops = NTD 120
We had fun : ride the Maokong Gondola

So, how is the ride on the Gondola?

While we have been on the Langkawi Skycab which definitely is steeper and scarier, the Maokong Gondola feels longer. The whole journey that we took was around 30 minutes from Taipei Zoo to Maokong station.

Go ride the Maokong Gondola. It is fun!

However, the view going up is astonishing. Along the way, we could see the lush jungles, busy roads with tunnels cutting into the hills and of course, the Taipei 101!

Taipei 101 from afar

So, if you have the time, we strongly suggest you to ride the Maokong Gondola after your visit to the Taipei Zoo!

Tips if you plan to ride the Gondola

The Maokong Gondola has two types of cabins – the normal cabins and the glass floor cabins. There are no separate tickets for the glass floor cabins, thus the line can be long if you opt to ride the glass floor cabins during the ascending journey.

Taken from the normal cabin

So, it might be a good idea to just get on the normal cabin during ascending journey and queue for the glass cabin during your descend.

Otherwise, you can be like us. Just ditch the glass cabins and ride on the normal ones. It is much faster and the wait is very short.


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We are Khai and Amira, Malaysian travel bloggers behind Kaki Jalans. Our travels have taken us to almost all the countries in Asean and several countries in Europe. We are still actively travelling and adding to this list.

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