In this installment of our Taiwan Travel Guide Series, we show you the best way to go from Taipei to Hualien (Taroko Gorge).  

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Map of Taiwan

How to get from Taipei to Hualien

  • Train (TRA)
  • Public Bus
  • Car Pool via Jiufen
  • Car (Self-Drive)
  • Plane

Taipei to Hualien by Train (TRA)

The best way to get from Taipei to Hualien is to take the train from Taipei Main Station.  Reservation of train tickets online is recommended if there is a specific train you want to take.  We have encountered instances where tickets are sold out soon after they open for reservation.

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 Puyuma train from Taipei to Hualien
Taking the Puyuma train (TRA) is the best way to travel from Taipei to Hualien

With this option, you can make your visit to the Taroko Gorge a day trip from Taipei.  You can either:

Both options are available only 14 days before the departure date.

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Taroko Gorge (太魯閣國家公園) Tour Part 1 – Qingshui Cliff (清水斷崖), Hualien

Taroko Gorge (太魯閣國家公園) Tour Part 2 – Shakadang Trail (砂卡礑步道), Hualien

Taroko Gorge (太魯閣國家公園) Tour Part 3 – Eternal Spring Shrine (Chang Chun Si 長春寺), Hualien

Taroko Gorge (太魯閣國家公園) Tour Part 4 – Swallow Grotto (Yan Zi Kou 燕子口), Hualien

Taroko Gorge (太魯閣國家公園) Tour Part 5 – Buluowan Recreation Area (布洛灣), Hualien

Taroko Gorge (太魯閣國家公園) Tour Part 6 – Seven Stars Lake (七星潭), Hualien

Taipei to Hualien by Public Bus

You can get from Taipei to Hualien by public bus.  However, there is no direct bus service.  You need to take a bus to Luodong on the east coast, and change to a bus that goes to Hualien.  This is too inconvenient and is not recommended.

Taipei to Hualien by Carpool via Jiufen

Tour operators have started to offer a carpool service that goes from Taipei Main Station to Hualien.  This carpool service stops at Jiufen and other scenic places along the way.  This will take you the entire day, but you get to visit Jiufen and the east coast of Taiwan while traveling to Hualien.

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Qingshui Cliff
Pass by Qingshui Cliff, part of the Taroko National Park

Taipei to Hualien by Car (Self-Drive)

Take the Suhua highway.  However, this highway is a cliff-hugger and can be treacherous if you are new to it.  Drive really carefully if you must take this option.  On the other hand, you get rewarded with magnificent views of the eastern coast of Taiwan.

Suhua Highway
Suhua Highway, one of the most scenic routes in the world

Taipei to Hualien by Plane

Domestic airlines depart from Taipei’s Songshan Airport several times a day for Hualien.  However, you need to factor in time for check in and security checks.  This will increase your traveling time substantially.  Most people will not consider this form of transportation.  Explore one of the above options instead.

Guide on how to go from Taipei to Hualien

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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