Continuing with our mission to facilitate travel planning for railway transportation in Asia, we are integrating online booking for train tickets and rail passes in Taiwan in cooperation with Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR).
Types of trains in Taiwan
There are two networks used for intercity railway transportation in Taiwan:
- Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR)
- Taiwan Railways (TRA)
Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR)
Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) is a high-speed railway operated by Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation, a private company under government concession.
The high-speed railway service commenced in 2007 with THSR 700T trainsets supplied by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Nippon Sharyo and Hitachi, Ltd. The design was derived from the 700 Series Shinkansen trainset used by JR Central and JR West, and it marked the first time Shinkansen technology was exported outside Japan.
In the present, THSR trains run at a top speed of 300 km/h along the West coast of Taiwan, connecting the capital Taipei with the southern city of Kaohsiung in less than 1 hour 45 minutes.
THSR trains are classified in different Series depending on the stop pattern:
- 1xx Series trains run the whole line stopping only at Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung stations
- 2xx, 12xx, 3xx, 13xx Series trains run the whole line stopping only at the major stations
- 5xx, 15xx Series trains run only half of the line, between Taipei-Taichung and Taichung-Kaohsiung
- 6xx, 16xx Series trains run the whole line stopping at most of the stations
- 8xx Series trains run the whole line stopping at all stations
3-digit numbers indicate that the service is daily, whereas 4-digit numbers indicate that the service operates on particular days of a week. Trains running southbound carry an odd number and trains running northbound carry an even number.
Each THSR train consists of 1 business car and 11 standard cars, offering two seat passengers classes:
- Reserved Seat, which can be booked in advance
- Non-reserved Seat, only sold on the same day as departure
Travellers with Reserved Seat tickets are required to take their booked seat in the standard cars 2-9. Travellers with Non-reserved Seat tickets are allowed to take any seat available in the standard cars 10-12. On these cars, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. When all the seats are full, passengers are required to stand on the corridor or the coach entrance without blocking the access to other passengers.
Taiwan Railways (TRA)
Taiwan Railways (TRA) is managed by Taiwan Railways Administration, an agency under control of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications.
TRA operates conventional trains on a network that forms a loop around the island and interconnects the major cities in the West coast and the East coast. The West Coast line, the Yilan line, the North-link line and the Taitung line have electrified double-track, whereas the South-link line and the railway branches have non-electrified single-track.
Taiwan Railways (TRA) operates several types of train services with different stop patterns:
- Taroko Express and Puyuma Express trains running long distances at faster speed stopping only at the major stations
- Tze-chiang Limited Express trains running long distances stopping only at the major stations
- Chu-kuang Express trains running long distances stopping at most of the stations
- Fu-hsin Semi Express trains running short distances stopping at most of the stations
- Fast local trains running short distances stopping at most of the stations
- Local trains running short distances stopping at all stations
- Ordinary trains with no air conditioning running short distances stopping at all stations
TRA trains offer two seat passengers classes:
- Reserved Seat required for Taroko Limited Express and Puyuma Limited Express, available for Tze-chiang Limited Express, Chu-kuang Express and Fu-hsin Semi Express
- Non-reserved Seat available for Tze-chiang Limited Express, Chu-kuang Express, Fu-hsin Semi Express, Fast local and Local
Getting around Taiwan by train
The train network in Taiwan consists of 1,560 kilometres, including 350 kilometres of high-speed railway tracks operated by THSR trains.
We support advance booking for the THSR line, which consists of 12 stations commencing in Nangang HSR Station, Taipei and ending in Zuoying HSR Station, Kaohsiung. To facilitate the access to other cities, some stations are connected to TRA lines.
- Nangang, interchange with TRA West Coast line
- Taipei, interchange with TRA West Coast line
- Banqiao, interchange with TRA West Coast line
- Hsinchu, interchange with TRA Liujia line
- Miaoli, interchange with TRA Taichung line
- Taichung, interchange with TRA Taichung line
- Tainan, interchange with TRA Shalun line
- Zuoying, interchange with TRA West Coast line
Passengers can travel on the THSR line by booking One-way THSR tickets as well as 2-Day, 3-Day THSR rail passes and 5-Day joint THSR/TRA rail passes, which are valid for unlimited rides on THSR and TRA trains.
Northern Taiwan comprises Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan and Hsinchu.
Train routes to Taipei
Central Taiwan comprises Miaoli, Taichung, Changhua and Yunlin.
Train routes to Taichung
Southern Taiwan comprises Chiayi, Tainan and Kaohsiung.
Train routes to Tainan
Train routes to Kaohsiung
How to book train tickets in Taiwan
Booking your train tickets in Taiwan is very quick and simple. Search for train routes between any two cities for your travel dates.
Select your route
After search, we will display the results for your itinerary.
Find the train services operated by Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) available for your itinerary and select the most convenient option.
Click to expand the details of the route, you will find the available fares. Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) offers various types of fares, divided in one-way train tickets and multi-day rail passes:
- One-way Ticket, valid for a one-way journey on a THSR train
- 3-Day THSR Pass, valid for unlimited rides on THSR trains for 3 consecutive days.
- 2-Day Flexible THSR Pass, valid for unlimited rides on THSR trains for any 2 days in a 7-day period.
- 5-Day Standard THSR/TRA Pass, valid for unlimited rides on TRA Chu-Kuang Express or TRA trains at lower price for 5 consecutive days + unlimited rides on THSR trains for any 2 days in that 5-day period.
- 5-Day Premium THSR/TRA Pass, valid for unlimited rides on TRA Tze-Chiang Limited Express or TRA trains at lower price for 5 consecutive days + unlimited rides on Taiwan High Speed Rail trains for any 2 days in that 5-day period.
Fill in the passenger and contact details
Next, provide the passenger(s) information.
Baolau currently does not support seat selection for THSR trains but you will be able to book your seat when you collect your train tickets or rail passes at the THSR station.
Don’t forget to provide the contact details of the person responsible for booking. We will send the booking confirmation by email.
Complete your payment
Select your payment method. We accept international credit or debit cards and Alipay.
Check your itinerary and price breakdown. Confirm that the booking information is correct. Before you proceed to payment, you must read and accept the terms and conditions of booking.
Receive your tickets by email
Once your payment is complete, your reservation will be processed.
In the following 24 hours you will receive the itinerary and booking confirmation by email with the electronic voucher issued by Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) attached in PDF format.
The electronic voucher is not a valid boarding pass and it cannot be used to board the train.
Passengers must present a printed copy of the electronic voucher at the ticket counter of the THSR station along with the passport (and passports from the accompanying passengers) to confirm the departure time, book the Reserved Seats and collect the train tickets or rail passes.
Passengers can exchange the electronic voucher at any THSR station in Taiwan anytime in advance. If you wish to collect your train ticket or rail passes on the same day of departure, we recommend that you arrive to the station 30 minutes to 1 hour in advance, since there may be queues at the ticket counters and you may risk missing your train.