Travellers can book online trains in Taiwan and pick up the tickets at the station before travelling.

We support advance ticket booking for trains for Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) connecting Taipei, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung.

Types of trains in Taiwan

There are two networks used for intercity railway transportation in Taiwan:

  • - Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR), high-speed rail
  • - Taiwan Railways (TRA), conventional rail

Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR)

High-speed railway services in Taiwan are operated by Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR), 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. 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.

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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 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.

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THSR trains are powered by electric multiple units and consists of 1 business car and 11 standard cars.

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Business Seats

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Standard Seats

THSR trains offer two passengers classes: Reserved Seat for Business Seats and Standard Seats, which can be booked in advance, and Non-reserved Seat for Standard Seats, only sold on the same day as departure.

Travellers with Reserved Seat tickets are required to take their booked seat in the cars 2-9. Travellers with Non-reserved Seat tickets are allowed to take any seat available in the 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.

Getting around Taiwan by train

The train network in Taiwan consists of 1,560 kilometres, including 350 kilometres of high-speed railway tracks used by THSR trains.

We support advance booking for the Taiwan High Speed Rail line connecting Taipei, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung.

The whole line consists of 12 stations commencing in Nangang HSR Station at Taipei and ending in Zuoying HSR Station at Kaohsiung. To facilitate the access to other cities, some stations are connected to TRA conventional rail lines.

  1. Nangang, interchange with TRA West Coast line
  2. Taipei, interchange with TRA West Coast line
  3. Banqiao, interchange with TRA West Coast line
  4. Taoyuan
  5. Hsinchu, interchange with TRA Liujia line
  6. Miaoli, interchange with TRA Taichung line
  7. Taichung, interchange with TRA Taichung line
  8. Changhua
  9. Yunlin
  10. Chiayi
  11. Tainan, interchange with TRA Shalun line
  12. Zuoying, interchange with TRA West Coast line

Ticket sale is available from 1 month in advance.

Northern Taiwan

Northern Taiwan comprises Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan and Hsinchu.

Central Taiwan

Central Taiwan comprises Miaoli, Taichung, Changhua and Yunlin.

Southern Taiwan

Southern Taiwan comprises Chiayi, Tainan and 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 high-speed rail services operated by THSR available for your itinerary. Select the most convenient option.

We accept reservations from 1 month in advance up to 1 day before departure. For departures in the same day, tickets must be reserved directly at the station.

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Click to expand the details of the route, you will find the available fares. THSR offers various types of fares:

  • Business Seat, arranged in 2+2 row configuration
  • Standard Seat, arranged in 3+2 row configuration

Fill in the passenger and contact details

Next, select your seats.

You can indicate your seat preference in the THSR train: window or aisle.

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Please provide the passenger information and the contact details of the person responsible for booking. We will send by email the booking confirmation and the electronic ticket with the code to pick up the physical tickets.

How to book train tickets in Taiwan

Complete your payment

Select your payment method. We accept international credit or debit cards.

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.

How to book train tickets in Taiwan

Receive your electronic ticket 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 ticket attached in PDF format.

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You can also access to Manage your booking via web and download the electronic ticket to your device.

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How to use the train e-ticket?

The electronic ticket received by email is not a valid boarding pass and it cannot be used to board the train.

Passengers travelling with Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) are required to use the electronic ticket to pick up the physical tickets at the station or the nearest 7-eleven or Family Mart convenience store before departure.


RECEIVE YOUR E-TICKET BY EMAIL

Receive your electronic ticket by email in PDF format. Print a copy of the e-ticket in advance or carry it in your mobile phone.


PICK UP YOUR BOARDING PASS

Head to the station or the nearest 7-eleven or Family Mart convenience store. Input the reservation code included in your electronic ticket at the ticket vending machines and print your boarding pass.


BOARD THE TRAIN

At the station, cross through the gates using your boarding pass, locate the platform and wait for the boarding call to board the train.

Pick up the tickets at the station

How to book train tickets in Taiwan

Tickets can be picked up at the ticket vending machines installed in all the HSR stations.

How to book train tickets in Taiwan

To pick up the tickets, touch the screen of the terminal and select Ticket Pick Up. Follow the instructions and input the last 4 digits of your passport / ID card. Next, input the reservation code included in your electronic ticket.

After input the code, select your reservation and the ticket vending machine will print the physical tickets, which are boarding passes valid to pass through the ticket gates and board the train.

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Pick up the tickets at 7-eleven

How to book train tickets in Taiwan

Tickets can be picked up at the automatic machines installed in 7-eleven convenience stores.

How to book train tickets in Taiwan

To pick up the tickets, touch the screen of the terminal and select 台灣高鐵 THSR.

How to book train tickets in Taiwan

Follow the instructions and input the last 4 digits of your passport / ID card. Next, input the reservation code included in your electronic ticket.

After input the code, select your reservation and the automatic machine will print the ticket receipt.

How to book train tickets in Taiwan

With the ticket receipt, collect the physical tickets at the counter (after paying a 10 TWD printing fee). The printed tickets are boarding passes valid to pass through the ticket gates at the station and board the train.

How to book train tickets in Taiwan

Pick up the tickets at Family Mart

How to book train tickets in Taiwan

Tickets can be picked up at the automatic machines installed in Family Mart convenience stores.

How to book train tickets in Taiwan

To pick up the tickets, touch the screen of the terminal and select 台灣高鐵 THSR.

How to book train tickets in Taiwan

Follow the instructions and input the last 4 digits of your passport / ID card. Next, input the reservation code included in your electronic ticket.

After input the code, select your reservation and the automatic machine will print the ticket receipt.

How to book train tickets in Taiwan

With the ticket receipt, collect the physical tickets at the counter (after paying a 10 TWD printing fee). The printed tickets are boarding passes valid to pass through the ticket gates at the station and board the train.

How to book train tickets in Taiwan