Getting there & away
Taxi tours to the gorge are easy enough to arrange – cabbies will come looking for you, rather than the other way around. A return trip through the gorge with stops will cost around NT2500 from Hualien. Another option is to have your driver take you through the gorge and drop you off at Tienhsiang, which will cost about NT1500.
The Hualien Bus Company runs frequent buses every day from Hualien to the park headquarters at Taroko Gorge (NT77, one hour) from its train station branch. There are eight buses a day to Tienhsiang (NT155, 90 minutes). Check the visitor centre at the Hualien train station for the latest schedule. The earliest bus leaves Hualien at 5.30am, the last at 9.30pm. Note that not all buses go to the visitor centre.
Hsincheng (Sincheng) Station (; fast/slow train NT409/315, 2½/3½ hours from Taipei) is quite close to the park entrance and preferred by travellers who don’t want to go to Hualien. All buses to Taroko NP stop here.