Taiwan High-Speed Rail (THSR) is a high-speed train service that runs along the West coast of Taiwan. THSR trains travel from Taipei to Kaohsiung in less than 1 hour 45 minutes, providing a quick and convenient way to cross the island from North to South.
Now you can easily book your train tickets in Taiwan with Baolau.
Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR)
Taiwan High-Speed Rail Corporation operates the high-speed service with THSR 700T trainsets manufactured in Japan capable of running at a top speed of 300 km/h. The model is based on the 700 Series Shinkansen used by JR, marking the first time the technology was exported overseas.
For this journey, we will be taking the THSR 109 train in a southbound direction. 1xx Series trains provide the fastest service, connecting Taipei Main Station to Zuoying HSR Station in Kaohsiung in only 1 hour 34 minutes and just a couple of stops along the way.
Departure from Taipei Main Station
Taipei Main Station is the main transport hub in the capital. It serves trains Taiwan High-Speed Rail (THSR), Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) and Taipei Metro (MRT). The train station is also connected to Taoyuan Airport MRT and Taipei Bus Station by underground passageways.
All THSR and TRA train platforms in Taipei Main Station are located underground.
Proceed to the ticket counters to purchase your ticket or, if you book your train tickets online with Baolau, present a printed copy of the electronic voucher issued by Taiwan High-Speed Rail (THSR) at the ticket counter along with your passport to confirm the departure time, book the Reserved Seats and collect your train ticket.
With your train ticket in hand, proceed to the departure hall and into the platforms. Trains heading South depart from Platform 1, whereas Platform 2 is used for trains heading to Nangang Station, the northern terminal station of the Taiwan High-Speed Railway line.
Make sure you board the right train number, as not all trains run the whole line or stop at all the stations.
- 1xx Series trains run the whole line stopping only at Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung stations.
- 2xx and 3xx Series trains run the whole line stopping only at the major stations.
- 5xx Series trains run only half of the line between Taipei-Taichung.
- 6xx Series trains run the whole line stopping at most of the stations.
- 8xx Series trains run the whole line stopping at all stations.
The information screens will show the next two trains that will arrive at the platform. Announcements in multiple languages will be played twice before the train arrives. Passengers should get ready to board the train after the second announcement.
Each THSR train consists of 1 business car and 11 standard cars. Reserved Seats can be booked in advance, whereas Non-reserved Seat tickets are only sold on the same day as departure.
The standard car in THSR trains consists of Soft seats arranged in 2+3 row configuration.
Travelers with Reserved Seat tickets should proceed to the designated car number and take their booked seats. Travelers 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.
Each seat in the Standard Car has a tray table and a coat hook. The coach map is printed on the reverse of the tray table, indicating the direction of the train and the location of the toilets and other onboard facilities.
Toilets are usually located in coaches with odd numbers 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11. Passengers can use urinal toilets and Western-style toilets on THSR trains.
THSR trains departing from Taipei run underground through Nangang Station, Taipei Main Station, and Banqiao Station.
After Banqiao Station, the train exits the underground section as it leaves Taipei Metropolitan Area and enters Taoyuan. From this point, Taipei Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) is seen from afar. Our express THSR train does not stop at Taoyuan but passes through the station. Taoyuan Station was popularly used to access the airport before the opening of the Taoyuan Airport MRT in 2018.
After Taoyuan, our train runs through the countryside of Taiwan in high-speed.
If you feel thirsty, at any time you can use the vending machines installed on-board selling cold drinks or simply wait for the push trolley cart to reach your coach offering snacks and drinks.
As we approach the city of Taichung in Central Taiwan, our train slows down the speed in preparation for arrival.
Being one of the important stops on the high-speed rail network, Taichung Station will be the only intermediate stop of our express THSR train. Some passengers will disembark here to interchange with slower THSR trains connecting with other stations in Central Taiwan, as this option is sometimes more convenient than taking slower trains for the entire journey.
More passengers are expected to board at Taichung as well since this train runs non-stop to Kaohsiung.
The train will continue southbound across the countryside passing by all the stations along the way.
When the scenery changes from green fields to industrial areas, that means we are approaching Kaohsiung.
Arrival at Zuoying HSR Station
The journey from Taipei to Zuoying HSR Station in Kaohsiung takes slightly over one hour and a half, making it the most efficient way to cross Taiwan island from North to South.
Zuoying HSR Station is the southern terminal station of the Taiwan High Speed Railway line, it provides access to the city of Kaohsiung.
Zuoying serves trains of Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) and Taiwan Railways (TRA), where it is known as Xinzuoying.
Passengers can connect with the TRA West Coast line to reach Kaohsiung Main Station in Sanmin District.
Or interchange with the Red line of Kaohsiung MRT that connects with Kaohsiung Main Station and Kaohsiung International Airport (KHH).
How to book your train tickets from Taipei to Kaohsiung
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.