The Sun Moon Lake is one of the reasons why most visitors go to Taichung, because it is the nearest city from which to travel to this great attraction.  In this installment of our Taiwan Travel Guide Series, we show you how to get from Taichung to the Sun Moon Lake.

Getting to Sun Moon Lake from Taichung

If you do not have private transport, then there is only one way of getting to the Sun Moon Lake from Taichung by bus.  Here’s how:

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Step 1:   Get to the Taichung HSR Station

If you are staying near Fengjia Night Market, board Ho-Hsin Bus 160 from opposite McDonald’s at Fengjia Night Market.   If you are staying at Beacon Hotel, this bus stop is just opposite the street from the hotel.  This journey can take up to an hour depending on traffic conditions, so do plan your time carefully.

Bus to Taichung HSR
The bus stop opposite Beacon Hotel where the public bus 160 to Taichung HSR Station stops at

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Step 2:  Buy Tickets for the Sun Moon Lake Route A Taiwan Tourist Shuttle Bus

At the Taichung HSR Station, purchase tickets for Route A Taiwan Tourist Shuttle Bus at the ticket booth at Exit 5.

Exit 5 at Taichung HSR to board bus to Sun Moon Lake
Exit 5 at the Taichung HSR

Because of limited seats on the bus, it is recommended to purchase round trip tickets.  At the same booth, you can opt to buy a Sun Moon Lake pass which is a package consisting of:

  • Round trip bus tickets from Taichung to Sun Moon Lake
  • Ferry tickets for the lake
  • Scenic cable car ride on the Ropeway (cable car) to Nine Aborigines Cultural Centre
  • One day pass for the round-the-lake bus.  The round-the-lake bus is most useful if you plan on visiting other attractions around the perimeter of the lake, such as the Wenwu Temple (文武庙) and the Ci-en Pagoda (慈恩塔).
  • Shuishe-Xiangshan bus (one way)
  • 15% discount voucher for bicycle rental at the listed shops and discount vouchers for selected F&B shops.
Sun Moon Lake Pass
The pass is of great value if you intend to cover the best of this attraction within a day

This package cost NT790 (about SGD$34.70) at the time of writing.  For more information, refer to the official website.

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You may want to take a day tour from Taichung instead of public transport. In this tour, you will enjoy a fun-filled Sun Moon Lake experience while cruising around Taiwan’s largest lake on a mountain bike, soaring over the vast body of water in a cable car and discovering the tiny island of Lalu. Click here for more information.

Step 3:  Take Sun Moon Lake Route A Taiwan Tourist Shuttle Bus

This is a 1.5 hours bus ride from Taichung HSR Station with one stop at Puli.  You can check the Sun Moon Lake website for the bus schedule.

Bus from Taichung HSR to Sun Moon Lake
The bus that goes from Taichung HSR to the Sun Moon Lake

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This same bus passes through Taichung Gancheng Station and Taichung Railway Station before it reaches the Taichung HSR Station.  You may wish to purchase tickets and board at these stops if it is more convenient for you.

Step 4:  Visit Sun Moon Lake

The bus will drop you directly at the Sun Moon Lake Boat Ticket office.  From there, you can follow the signages and make your way directly to Shuishe Pier (水社碼頭) to take the ferry across the lake to Ito Thao Pier where the Ropeway and the Ito Thao Shopping Street is.

If, however, you are looking to hire bicycles for a hike, the walk towards Shuishe Pier is one of the best points to do so.  If you have not purchased a Sun Moon Lake pass, then you will need to purchase ferry tickets from one of the operators at Shuishe Pier.

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Step 5:  Return Journey to Taichung

From the same drop-off stop at the Boat Ticket office, wait for the return bus to Taichung HSR.   Refer to the printed bus schedule that comes with the purchase of the tickets.

Getting back to Taichung from Sun Moon Lake
Bus stop back to Taichung

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To save time and money, you may want to consider a three-day tour of Taiwan’s top attractions: Alishan, Sun Moon Lake, and Cingjing Farm. Wander through ancient forests and and pastoral landscapes. Enjoy stunning views of the country’s largest body of water. Click here for more information.

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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