When you’re traveling in South Asia, Taipei is a popular place for a layover — which means that as a lounge user, you’re probably wondering about Priority Pass in Taipei. A few weeks ago, I had a late-night layover in TPE, and I had quite the adventure trying to find the Priority Pass lounges.
To start, I was connecting from Australia and transiting through Taipei. When you do this, you alight into a transit area — which, at 2 AM, is totally deserted. With no one around to ask, I wandered about for a while, confusing various security workers with my questions about lounges. Learn from my mistake: if you’re transiting, you need to go through security again before you get to the main gate area! The door to the security line isn’t well-marked; I only found it because I cornered a China Airlines employee. The door I used was across from the China Airlines transit desk.
Once you’re through to the main gate area in Taipei, it’s easy to find the Priority Pass lounges. Just follow the signs, which are plentiful. The lounges in TPE are up a set of stairs and down a hallway, within seconds of the gate areas. (No need to rush when the plane starts boarding.)
Using Priority Pass at Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone D) at TPE’s Terminal 1
Since I was at TPE in the middle of the night, I chose the Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone D) in Terminal 1. It accepts Priority Pass, and it’s open 24 hours a day. If you’re in Terminal 2, there’s another 24-hour Plaza Premium lounge there, too.
I was surprised to find that when I arrived at 3:30-4:00 AM, the lounge was buzzing! The front desk staff were friendly, and I was in the door quickly. If you’re traveling alone, you can use the honeycomb seating for a little bit of privacy; they were mostly full, and I didn’t love that they were near the door, so I opted for one of the quieter areas.
After sitting by some super chatty people (who is that loud, that early?), I decided to move. And then’s when I discovered this Priority Pass lounge’s best-kept secret — if you’re facing the kitchen area, look to the right. There’s a little opening/door. Go into it and turn right, and you’ll find a secluded little seating wing. It’s near the kitchen, but it’s far from the other seating areas, so it’s quieter. It was such a nice respite from the early-morning crowds in the rest of the lounge.
Food at the Priority Pass Lounge in Taipei
In terms of food, the Taipei Plaza Premium Lounge in Zone D was nothing special. There was a window where you could order four or five dishes a la carte, but they were all noodles and savory porridge — typical Asian fare, but not what I wanted at 4 AM! There was also a small hot buffet with more noodles, and a tiny fridge with yogurt. Not great, but not the worst.
Most importantly, though, there was a coffee machine that made a selection of coffee drinks. That’s all I need! When the lounge is busy, however, you might need to wait in line a while to get to the machine. Since the lounge isn’t really designed for this, it’s a little inconvenient — but not the end of the world.
Overall, Priority Pass at Tapei is just fine — at least in the middle of the night!