How to travel from Taipei to Hualien is the most frequently asked questions as an online tour consultant. Here are the answers listed for travelers who may need this information to get to Hualien (Taroko Gorge).
Train (highly recommended)
Taking train is the most convenient way and cost saving for most travelers. But the only disadvantage is not easy to reserve the tickets especially close to the departure date. The train type “Taroko Express” or “Puyuma Express” are recommended due to high speed without extra charge. It also would be fine to book “Chu-Kuang Express” or “Tze-Chiang Limited Express” if you cannot find any seat on the Taroko Express or Puyuma Express. You only bear a little bit longer time on the train.
How to book the train ticket?
Go and book on TRA Official Website! Remember that the tickets are only available to reserve 14 days ahead of the departure date. For example, if today is 1st Jan, we only can book tickets on 15th Jan. Next, You just follow the booking process, then complete the online payment by cards. For more details, please refer to the video below. It includes the process, problems, and tips during booking tickets. It is completely not difficult to book on your own. If you have trouble on transportation between Taipei and Hualien, we can help reserve the train tickets. Please choose this extra option when booking the tour.
How to Retrieve Your Tickets?
You can retrieve your tickets from any train station or 7-11 convenient store in Taiwan. 7-11 stores are recommended because the stores spread over Taiwan and easy to find one. You only insert the booking code and passport ID used to book into the ibon Kiosk machine in 7-11 stores, then get your tickets on the 7-11 counter.
Flight (the fastest)
Flight is another choice if you fail to get the train ticket. One way ticket (Taipei to Hualien or Hualien to Taipei) costs from NT 777 to NT 1,479 and the flight duration is only 40 min. Although it would not be too fast with security check and check-in time, you can take a best birds-eye view of the mountains covered with green forests. It is also a good experience. Book flight tickets here!
Departure airport: Songshan (TSA) in Taipei
Arrival airport: Hualien (HUN)
Bus and Train Transfer (if train tickets are sold out)
If you cannot get the ticket from Taipei to Hualien and also don’t want to spend too much on flight ticket, bus and train transfer may be another good option. First, you have to go to Taipei Bus Station which is 5-minute walk away from Taipei Main Station. Please buy tickets to Luodong at the counter of Kamalan Bus at 1F and board the bus at 4F. Here is bus timetable, and refer to Route 1917 or Route 1917A to Luodong Station. Then transfer train from Luodong Tain Station to Hualien Train Station.
Car Drive (Time-Consuming and Unstable Road Condition)
Su-Hua Highway is the most beautiful coastal road in Taiwan and is the shortcut to get to Hualien from Taipei by car, as well. Although it is a scenic drive, there is a risk potential because of falling rocks, mudslides, and road constructions along the way. Moreover, it would take at least 3 and a half drive time from Taipei to Hualien city. So train or flight are the vehicles recommended for the tour with a short stay in Hualien (1~2 days). If you would like to do the multi-day private tour (more than 4 days), please make your inquiry at our online customer team.