In this installment of our Taiwan Travel Guide Series, we show you the best way to go from Taipei to Hualien (Taroko Gorge).
How to get from Taipei to Hualien
- Train (TRA)
- Public Bus
- Car Pool via Jiufen
- Car (Self-Drive)
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.
With this option, you can make your visit to the Taroko Gorge a day trip from Taipei. You can either:
- Book the train tickets via the official TRA website and make separate arrangements for a day tour component for Taroko Gorge or;
- Book a comprehensive day tour that incorporates train tickets and a day tour to Taroko Gorge.
Both options are available only 14 days before the departure date.
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.
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.
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.
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