27 March 2017

How to get to Taichung (台中)?

Getting to Taichung is easily accessible with Taiwan transportation!

From Taoyuan Airport
1) Take the Taoyuan Metro (MRT) to Taoyuan HSR Station (NT$18, 20 mins). Alternatively, Shuttle Bus 705 is available from Taoyuan Airport Terminals (Arrival lobby) at NT$30 from UBus service counters (20 mins trip).
Next, take the High Speed Rail from Taoyuan HSR Station to Taichung HSR Station (NT$540, 40 mins).
Last, take railway from Xinwuri Railway Station to Taichung Railway Station (NT$15, 10 mins).

Taoyuan Metro (Officially opened on 2 Mar 17)
Xinwuri Railway Station
Taichung Railway Station
2) Take bus no. 1860 (Kuo-Kuang), 5503 (Free Go) or 1623 (UBus) to Taichung Bus Terminal which is located behind Taichung Main Station. Bus fare ranges from NT$240 to NT$300, takes 2 hours 30 mins to reach.

Buses at Airport Terminals (Arrival lobby)
Check with the bus service counters for the buses to Taichung
Kuo-Kuang tickets to Taichung (NT$240 per pax)
You'd be given the baggage tag for each luggage
Wait at the platform for Bus no. 1860 to Taichung
From Taipei
1) Take High Speed Rail from Taipei HSR Station to Taichung HSR Station (NT$700, 1 hour).
Next, take the railway from Xinwuri Railway Station to Taichung Railway Station (NT$15, 10 mins).

2) Take railway from Taipei Railway Station to Taichung Railway Station (NT$241-375, 2 hours 20 mins to 3 hours)

How to purchase High Speed Rail tickets online?
Go to Taiwan High Speed Rail website - www.thsrc.com.tw
Click on "24h Online Booking"
Select the departure location, destination, date, time and number of passengers
Enter verification code and click "Search"
Select the preferred timing and click "Confirm"
For foreign passengers, enter the Passport No. (if last 4 digits of passport no. is not numeric, input your birth date (mmdd) at the end. For eg. ABC1234B1015.
Enter local phone no. of residence; I've entered the hotel number.
Next, enter email (you'll receive the email confirmation once payment is completed).
Reservation Completed!
But this is not yet completed until you make the payment. Click "Pay Online".
 Enter your card details for making payment online. Click "Pay Now"!
Payment Completed!
Keep a copy of your confirmation, especially your Reservation number and Passport number.
You'd need them to collect the tickets at the HSR.
 
How to collect HSR ticket?
Collect the HSR ticket from the Ticket Vending Machine
 Touch the screen
 Click on standard collection
Enter the last 4 digits of Passport Number and click confirm. Eg. 1015.
 Enter the 8 digits of Reference Number.
 Confirm your details of your purchased tickets.
 HSR tickets collected!
Take note of your Car number, wait behind the line and queue when train is approaching.
 The seat area is spacious to have a medium luggage in front of you but you can also place them at the designated area at the back of the Train Car.
Enjoy your HSR ride!

Other useful websites of Taiwan Transportation
Taiwan High Speed Rail - www.thsrc.com.tw
Taiwan Railway Administration website - www.railway.gov.tw
Taoyuan Metro - www.tymetro.com.tw
Taoyuan Airport - www4.taoyuan-airport.com
Taichung Buses (Getting Around) - citybus.taichung.gov.tw/iTravel

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