Going To Taiwan?  In this installment of our Taiwan Travel Guide Series, follow us on a step-by-step guide on how to get from Taipei Taoyuan Airport to Taichung by High Speed Rail (HSR).

Taipei to Taichung HSR

There are currently no direct flights from Singapore to Taichung.  The best way to get to Taichung is to take a flight to Taipei and travel to Taichung from there.  Taking the High Speed Rail (HSR) from Taipei to Taichung is your best transport option as it is the quickest and most hassle-free.

Before the advent of the Taoyuan Airport MRT, those who are planning to take the HSR will have to take a shuttle bus from Taoyuan Airport to Taoyuan HSR Station.   However, the Airport MRT which is in operation now links the airport directly to the HSR Station.  This provides a seamless experience for those who are traveling from Taipei Taoyuan Airport to other parts of Taiwan.

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Step-by-Step Guide on how to get from Taoyuan Airport to Taichung

Step 1 : Follow the signage at Taoyuan Airport for directions to the Taoyuan Airport MRT Station.

Step 2 : Take the Airport MRT from Station A12 (from Terminal 1) or A13 (from Terminal 2) towards A18 (Taoyuan HSR Station).

You can buy the MRT tickets from the ticket booth at the Taoyuan Airport MRT Station. You can also use the Easycard(悠遊卡) if you already have one.

Taoyuan Airport MRT Ticketing Booth
Taoyuan Airport MRT Ticketing Booth

There are two MRT services which alternate with each other:

  • Express Service (Purple) and
  • Commuter Service (Blue)

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What is the difference between the Taoyuan MRT Purple and Blue Line?

The Express Service (purple) skips many stations while the Commuter service (blue) stops at every station. They both run at a fixed timing which you can check online.

Service Lines from Taoyuan Airport MRT
Two service lines runs from the Taoyuan Airport MRT

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For the short distance from Taoyuan Airport to the Taoyuan HSR Station, there is little difference between taking the commuter (blue) or the express (purple) line. We therefore recommend that you board whichever comes first.

Express MRT Service from Taoyuan Airport
The Express Train caters specifically for travellers and has designated luggage racks for large pieces of luggage, charging stations and complimentary WIFI for mobile devices.
Commuter Service from Taoyuan Airport
The Commuter Service Line is built like the MRT in Singapore and actually has more space for luggage in front of you.

Step 3 : Purchase HSR Tickets to Taichung

HSR tickets can be purchased at the HSR ticketing counter on the day of travel.   However, it will be subject to availability.

You can get early bird HSR tickets at a discounted price if you buy them online at the THSR website up to 28 days before your date of travel.  However, these tickets are limited in quantity and may be sold out quickly once they are released. Your tickets will also be for a specific train timing and this may pose a problem if you arrive earlier and will like to take an earlier train.

How to buy Taiwan HSR Tickets at a Discounted Rate

Alternatively you can purchase a discounted HSR ticket voucher from KKDay and redeem it for the train timing of your choice at the HSR ticket counter.  For those who are planning to purchase a HSR ticket from KKDay, here’s a step by step guide on how to purchase, collect and use your HSR tickets.

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Step 4 : Board the South Board High Speed Rail (HSR) towards Zuoying which will take you to Taichung within 36 minutes.

Taiwan High Speed Rail Train to Taichung
High Speed Rail Train to Zuoying via Taichung

Step 5 :  Reach Taichung HSR Station.

If you are planning on using the bus, follow the signage to the underground bus bay where buses depart for various destinations in Taichung, including long haul journeys to the Sun Moon Lake .

If you are going to Fengjia Night Market and its vicinity, the bus to take is Ho-Hsin Bus 160 to Feng Chia University (Fuxing Road).  Alight at Bus Stop 12 which is 7 stops away.  The journey takes about 50 mins.

Taichung HSR Station
At the Taichung HSR Station, various public and privately-operated buses are available

High Speed Rail from Taipei city to Taichung

If you are planning to visit Taipei city before heading to Taichung, you can take the HSR directly from Taipei Main Station.  Purchase your discounted HSR tickets online.

We hope you find this article useful in your trip planning.  We love to hear from you.  Please drop us your comments in the comments box below.

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