Traveling to Taitung – By Train

No matter where you are in Taiwan, taking the train to Taitung should be the fastest land transportation method. In addition to being fast, it’s also a great way to enjoy the beautiful sceneries of the mountains and oceans along the way. It’s a perfect excuse to take the train to Taitung!

Everything You Need to Know About Taking a Train to Taitung!

Since the fastest and most punctual means of transportation from northern Taiwan to Taitung and Hualien is by train, it has become the mainstream choice for travel.
On holiday weekends or peak tourist seasons, train tickets are especially hard to get. Please plan ahead and purchase your train tickets at least 14 days in advance.

How to Book Your Train Ticket

  • Two weeks before the departure date, the system will open for ticket sales (for example: assuming that the departure date is July 30, bookings for the same day will be accepted from midnight on July 16).
  • If traveling during off-peak hours on weekdays, it is best to purchase your ticket at least one week in advance by logging into the Taiwan Railways online booking system or go to the Taiwan Railways counter to buy tickets at Taipei Main Station. When utilizing the online purchase method, remember to enter your ID card/passport number, the name of the station, the number of the train, the number of people, and any other information.  You will then be able pay at most convenience stores.

How to Snap up Train Tickets

If you plan to travel on long weekends or holidays, please be prepared to purchase tickets in advance. (*Train tickets are only open for sale 14 days in advance.)

  • Before the system opens up for ticket sales, first use the Taiwan Railways train schedule query web-page, enter the departure station, arrival station, departure date and time, etc and make notes of the train number, and any backup options if needed.
  • At 11:30 P.M. on the day before the booking is accepted, log in to the Taiwan Railways online booking system, and enter the ticket purchase information first. Just as the time reaches midnight, hit the confirm button immediately. The success rate of ticket booking using this method is around 80%!
You need to pay attention to the travel time when selecting which train to take. Most passengers prefer not to spend too much time on transit. The Tze-Chiang Limited Express trains (Taroko and Puyuma) are the fastest train routes on the North Link Line. For example, Taroko is only 3.5 hours from Taipei to Taitung. But if you take Chu-Kuang Express, the price is relatively cheaper, but the travel time from Taipei to Taitung is about 6 hours.
  • The main areas of the train passing through Taiwan Provincial Highway No. 9 (Mountain Line) include Chishang, Guanshan, Luye, etc. However, please note that some trains do not stop at every stop, most of the trains use Taitung as the terminal, but some trains also use the Taitung South-Link (Sea Line) Stations as the terminal, such as Zhiben and Dawu. Passengers passing through Taimali and Jinlun and heading to the South Link area should pay particular attention to the train’s number arriving at these stations.
  • There is no direct train to Taiwan Provincial Highway No. 11 of Taitung’s East Coast (Changbin Township, Chenggong Township, Donghe Township).
  • Take the Eastern Mainline Line from Taipei to the north of the east coast (such as Changbin Township). The quickest way is to get off at Hualien Yuli, and then transfer by bus or rent a car to reach Changbin Ningpu area along Taiwan Provincial Highway No. 26.
  • To reach the sea-line areas closer to Taitung City in the south (such as Dulan, Donghe, Duli), you can take a train to Taitung, and then transfer by bus or rent a car.
  • Since Chenggong Township is located in the middle of Taitung County, the time required for the above two options of transportation is similar, so you can choose whichever route best suits you.
Take the South-Link Line train to Taitung Railway Station. You can then rent a car from Taitung Train Station to drive along Provincial Highway #11 to get to the East Coast area of Taitung. You can also take the Dingdong Bus from Taitung Railway Station to the East Coast area.

By Railway: South-Link or North-Link Railway

By Railway: South-Link or North-Link Railway

Take the North-Link Line south to Taitung or the South-Link Line north to Taitung.
The East Coast Taiwan Railway consists of the North-Link Railway and the South-Link Railway, passing through the East Rift Valley and Taitung to the south of Taiwan. Trains run along the coast with the high mountains on one side and the deep blue sea on the other. Traveling these lines gives you the chance to experience the stunning beauty of Taiwan.

Taipei Railway Station ←→ Taitung Station: 3hr 30mins
Hualien Station ←→ Taitung Station: 2hrs
Kaohsiung Station ←→ Taitung Station: 2hr 7mins

Taiwan Railway Ticket Order System

Taiwan Railways Timetable Information System

Taiwan Railways Administration

Taipei to Taitung (Direct Train)

Tze-Chiang Limited Express: $783/per person/one way, the travelling time ranges from about 3hr 30mins to 5hr 55mins
Chu-Kuang Express: $604/per person/one way, the travelling time ranges from about 7hr 10mins to 7hr 35mins

Hualien to Taitung (Direct Train)

Tze-Chiang Limited Express: $343/per person/one way, the travelling time ranges from about 1hr 30mins to 2hr 50mins
Chu-Kuang Express: $264/per person/one way, the travelling time ranges from about 2hr 30mins to 3hr 30mins
Local Train: $220/per person/one way, the travelling time is about 4hrs

Kaohsiung to Taitung (Direct Train)

Tze-Chiang Limited Express: $362/per person/one way, the travelling time ranges from about 2 to 3hrs
Chu-Kuang Express: $279/per person/one way, the travelling time ranges from about 2hr 20mins to 3hr 40mins
*The price and schedule above are for your reference only; please check the website for up-to-date pricing information.

Taiwan Railways Administration

Customer Service: 0800-765-888
City Phones Only 02-21910096

Taitung Railway Station

Customer Service: 089-229687
Services Time: 06:00~24:00
Address: No. 598, Ln. 101, Yanwan Rd., Taitung City, Taitung County 950, Taiwan (R.O.C.)