Taipei to Hualien!
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Mar 5, 2013 11:17 PM Last Post By: treybien
Feb 19, 2013 1:47 AM
I am well aware that we need to get a bus(kuo kuang bus) from tao yuan airport to Taipei main station to get HSR tickets to Hualien.
question 1: is it really necessary to buy HSR to Hualien in advance? We will be arriving Taiwan at 540am on a saturday morning. Most probably might reach taipei main station at 7.40am latest?
question 2: I do not see Taroko Express HSR train tickets available online though, why is that so? I only see Tze-Chiang Express.
Question 3: We are going in March, what will the weather be like? Will it still be winter? What clothes should i be preparing? Is raincoat and umbrella a necessity?
Feb 20, 2013 9:20 AM
1There are lots choices to go to Hualien from Taipei:
There are two kinds of HSR and there are marks in the column of Train Type
Tze-Chiang Express has lots series and Taroko & Puyuma are two of them (Same price).
HSR takes about 2 hours from Taipei to Hualien and costs NTD 440.
In fact, there are other choices. For example: Fu-Hsing Semi Express 684 take about 2.5h but costs NTD 200 only.
Therefore, you don't have to take HSR to Hualien.
The only difference is that you have to buy ticket reserved seat for HSR.
But you can take other type train with non-reserved ticket.(You can sit on any seat without people sitting on it)
How to buy a reserved ticket:
(1) Pay on TRA website with credit card
(2) Booking on website and pay within 2 days (You can pay in Railyway stations or 7-11, There are over 5,000 7-11 in Taiwan)
There is a kind of union tickets.
Take Bus to Luodong(or Yilan) from Taipei (near Taipei Railway Station)+ Take train to Hualien from Luodong(or Yilan)
Cost about NTD 222.
But a little complex.
(1)Pay with credit card 14 days in advance
(2)Booking 2 days before arriving and pay in 7-11 in airport
(3)Buy non-reserved ticket (20% discount)
You can check the weather forecast in Central Weather Bureau
And there are special weather forecast for National Taroko Park
It's almost sunny day in Hualien and over 20 C in Hualien.
There are 7-11 everywhere. You can buy cheap raincoat and umbrella there if necessary.
Feb 20, 2013 3:57 PM
2Almost everything has already been said very well above, but one thing to be aware of is that express train tickets to Hualien from Taipei are apparently notoriously hard to get these days because demand is very high. If you don't mind taking extra time, the slower trains are a lot easier.
Thee are also flights from Songshan airport (on the MRT line) in Taipei to Hualien with Trans Asia Airlines (which can be booked online through their English language website), although a good deal more expensive of course, although online fares can be bought for around NT$1,100.
Feb 25, 2013 11:20 PM
3Hey there, thanks both of you for the additional information. I did not know that there are other options instead of just tze chiang express and taroko express that i can take. Great information here, and i guess you are right, everyone is making a trip to Hualien, hence and thereby causing tickets to sell out fast. But knowing that i can go via Luodong, so thats fine. I will check up on that.
Thanks for the information. !
Mar 5, 2013 11:17 PM
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