Booking Train Tickets

2015年8月9日 星期日

        Compared with other transportation tools, train is more reliable for foreign travelers since foreign travelers can the find train lines on maps and  find the timetables easily. Some train stations are also transfer center at which you can take shuttle bus or metro. Here is some information about train in Taiwan you may need when you travel in Taiwan. 



Taiwan Railway Journey
Taiwan Railway Journey
        In Taiwan, there are 2 railway systems in Taiwan, Taiwan Railway Administration(TRA) and Taiwan High Speed Railway(HSR). Along the way of HSR, some stations are connected with TRA and Metro stations. Be noted that the same stations of TRA and HSR  may have different names.

Taipei Main Station:
HSR/TRA Taipei Station /Metro Taipei Station

Hsinchu
HSR/TRA Liujia Station, branch line

Taichung
HSR/TRA Xinwuri Station

Tainan
HSR/Salun Statin, branch line

Zuoying (Kaohsiung)
HSR/TRA Xinzuoying Station/Metro Zuoying Station


  • HSR
Taiwan HSR, Non-Reserved Car is 10(9)~12
        HSR connects major west cities, including Taipei, Taohuan, Hsinchu, Taichung, Chiayi, & Kaohsiung. HSR has only one train type and 2 kind of train schedules: stops only at Taichung or stops  at all stations. The fastest HSR train can finish the 350 KM within 90 minutes.
      Yon need to wait in the queue of car 10(9)~12 if you buy the non-reserved tickets, which is only  sold on spot.

  •  TRA
        TRA has a round island network and includes some branch lines, ex Pinxi line, Jiji line, Alisan line etc. Like most countries,  it takes time  to understand the railway system and book the ticket. You can follow the steps mentioned below to book TRA tickets easily.
TRA Official Portal Site
      Most foreigners  ask how to book the trains tickets. Booking implies booking reserved tickets with seats number. But you can also take TRA train with non-reserved tickets which you can buy at the ticket vending machine or ticket window in the railway stations.  You can also use EasyCard as well.



Step 1: Portal Site
         The official portal site of TRA is http://www.railway.gov.tw. There are 3 choices. Please select "Timetable" first.
         In "Timetable" function, you  can check all timetables that cover 200 TRA train stations. You can also book the train ticket in "Timetable" function directly if tickets are available



 Step 2: Searching Timetable
Searching Timetable
         Choose your initiating station, then your destiny station. Before clicking searching, remember to click "All Types" in "Train Types" section. Since the default in "Train Types" section is "Express", you may find only a few trains or even no train if you forget to change the "Train Types".


Step 3: Train Types
         The most frustrating part of reading the timetable is to identify the train types. Most guides books introduces that TRA  has some different train classes and can classified into 2 level: Express Trains(Tze-Chiang, Fu-Shing, Chu-Kuang Trains) and Ordinary Train(including Ordinary and Local Trains). For a local Taiwanese, sometimes he/she may be also confused about these train types .For a foreigner traveler, I would suggest an easier way to identify these trains.
         The following picture illustrates the timetable from Luodong to Hualien. Taroko and Puyuma Express only sell reserved tickets and you must book in advance. Ordinary train only sells non-reserved ticket and the non-reserved tickets are sold on spot (you can use EasyCard instead at most TRA stations ).

Searching Result
         EasyCard is acceptable in the west train lines. You can also use EasyCard instead of buy non-reserved ticket for Ordinary and Other Express Express trains. You can enjoy 10% discount and don't need to wait in the queue in front of the ticket window/machine if you use EasyCard.
         Some people may be confused with the Origin-Dest. It meas the first stop and last of the train and is nothing to do with your journey.

Inquire Available tickets 

TRA Booking Online
       Sometimes, it is difficult to book the train you prefer but you may change your itinerary if train tickets of other trains are available .You can use "Inquire Available tickets" in the Booking Online function from the TRA official portal site.          "Inquire Available tickets" can check whether tickets are available given that you have input the date and the number of passengers. As mentioned at the beginning, you can only inquire reserved-tickets here. This is not timetable function. The result won't show all train in the timetable. You cannot find the Ordinary Train and Express Trains that reserved tickets are sold out but non-reserved tickets are available.
        Since the train stations is order by the geography order, the following codes are useful when you book train tickets.

      051 Hualien
      054 Xincheng(Taroko)
      070 Luodong
      073 Yilan
      089 Ruifang
      098 Songshan
      100 Taipei




Booking, Payment, Collection
       There are lots of methods to book, pay, and collect your HSR/TRA tickets. Booking, payment and collection are independent. You can choose the most convenient methods.

HSR/TRA Tickets Booking Payment and Collection
       If you book HSR/TRA ticket at convenient stores or train stations, you can finish payment and collection at the same time. However, most people book train tickets  in HSR/TRA official website. You will get a series number after booking online. You can pay with your credit card online at the the same time.
      If you have paid TRA tickets, you can collect your TRA ticket until the last 30 minutes before departure time. THSR has different regulation. If you have paid HSR ticket, there is no regulation when you should collect your ticket. Passengers can change the HSR booking once without charge before 30 minutes prior departure.
    Kiosk at Convenient Store.
          For a foreign traveler, finish booking and payment online at the same time would be better . You can collect your ticket at convenient stores. Just show the staff of convenient stores your ID and ticket SN and they can help you to operate the kiosk. There are over 10,000 convenient in Taiwan. It costs only extra  NTD 10(HSR)/NTD 8(TRA) for each ticket.  Don't collect your ticket at the train station at the last minute since there could be a long queue in front of the ticket window.

    HSR Booking Record

    TRA Booking Record
    HSR/TRA Non-Reserved Tickets
          Since you cannot take Taroko/Puyuma express unless you have bought reserved tickets and local train sells only non-reserved tickets, what we talk in this section is the non-reserved tickets for TRA other express. TRA non-reserved tickets, in fact, are no-seat tickets.
    TRA No Seat Ticket
          Because  a TRA express train may stops over 20 stations, the tickets for some sections may not be sold. In the following examples, you can sit on the vacancy seat between Hualien and Taitung
    TRA ticket example

          Although the name form HSR/TRA non-reserved tickets are similar. the rules for HSR/TRA non-reserved tickets are different. The following table compares the difference between HSR and TRA non-reserved tickets.
    Non-ReservedHSRTRA
    CarsOnly between 10(9)-12 carsNo Constraints(Taroko/Puyuma sells only reserved tickets)
    SeatsFirst come, first getYou can sit until someone claims with his reserved ticket
    Discount5%20% only for Fuxing,Chu-Kuang Express, over 81 KM




    TRA Booking Tips
          Since there are over 200 train stations and lots different classes of train, there are some trips you may need when you books TRA tickets.

    • Taipei<->Hualien/Taroko

          It is always hard to book the train tickets between Taipei and Hualien/Taroko. Combo ticket is a solution. It is cheaper(about NTD 200, about 50% off comparing to Tze-Chiang class), flexible, and always availble. For more information, please refer to Transportation Between Taipei And Hualien (Taroko).
    Combo Ticket. 
    Upper:From Hualien to Luodong by train(Left Part) and Luodong to Taipei by Kamalan Bus (Right Part)
    Lower:  Upgrade to Tze-chang Express with fare difference NTD 73
          By the way, if you want to go to Taroko, the cloest train station is Xincheng(Taroko) Station, Hualien Station is 20 KM south of Xincheng(Taroko) Station. It may waste you up to 2 hours if you book the train to Hualien. Since fewer trains stop at Xincheng(Taroko) from Taipei, Combo ticket also provide a better solution for this problem.


    • Intermediate Stations

          Along 1,100km  TRA rail, there are some train garages next to train stations. Since the garage statons are also the original station final station, yo can find more trains available if you take these garage station as your intermediate (transfer) stations. For example, if you chekc the train between Kaohsiung to Hualien, there are only 10 trains available. But if you check Kaohsiung<->Taitung, <->Hualien, you will find 16  and 23 runs. That's also the one of the reason why combo ticket provide more runs of trains since there is a train garage at Yilian stations.


    64 則留言 :

    1. What does the ticket taking due time refer to?

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      1. If you have paid, you can collect your ticket until the last minute.

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    2. Looking at the train time table above (from Luodong to Hualien), what does the thrid column ("Via") refers to? As I check the timetable, there are certain trains that appeared "Mountain Line" and some is blank. Is there any difference?

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      1. The information is not related to your itinerary. There is no difference for the train between Luodong to Hualien.
        Via means go by. If you check the northwest side of the map "Taiwan Railway Journey", you will find there is a loop. The west line is coast line and the east line is mountaion.

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    3. but how to booking japanese train ticket?, like a shinkansen or other train? :)

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      1. Booking Japanese train ticket is out of the scope of "Taiwan Itinerary"

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    4. oh im so sorry i commend in wrong place :)
      thank you..
      Nice to meet you :)

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    5. nice blog! Get online Train Ticket Booking ! thankyou for shearing online train ticket

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    6. nice blog! i am very happy for use this blog! fastest all types ticket booking . thankyou for shearing. tatkal ticket booking

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    7. Hi,
      I'm arriving at Taoyuan airport on 28 June and my hotel that night is at Hualien.
      I want to take the TRA (not combo) to Hualien. Am I right to say that I have to go to the TRA official site - http://railway.hinet.net/net_eng.htm to book my tickets?

      When I go into the website, I am not able to book my ticket for 28 June, is it because it is sold out already?

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    8. Hi.. please advise me about booking codes. As I tried to book online for train tickets, how can I get booking codes? Thank you

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    9. I understand that for children under 115cm its free but do they get a seat as well? If I want a seat do I pay for a child seat?

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      1. If you need a seat for your child, you need to buy a ticket. The price of a child ticket is half of a normal ticket.

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    10. Hi, please help me,
      I'd like to book return ticket from Taipei to Chiayi (01/12 - 03/12) but I can not do on website, they always said you can not book more than 6 tickets/day but I even cannot book for one or 2

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      1. Do you mean TRA tickets? Try to book again. You can book the TRA tickets of 3/12 since 18/11

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    11. Hi Sullivan :) thank you for sharing this.. 1 question - will it be a problem if I don't have the credit card that I used to pay for my ticket with me when I collect the ticket?

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      1. You have to paid within the deadline, normally by the end of 2nd day.
        If you are at Taiwan, you can pay and collect convenient stores.

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      2. Thank you again :) Happy New Year!!

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    12. How many days out can you book...on the website looks like it is less than 1 month out...is that correct?

      Thanks

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      1. You can book TRA tickets 14+2 days in advance.

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    13. Are there too overcrowded on Lunar new year? Should we buy ticket online first to have a reserved-seat since we have 3 years old kid. Thanks!

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    14. Hi Chen,

      If i want to use TRA from Taipei main station to Ruifang station on Monday, 3rd April 2017 around 7AM, do i need to book the ticket online in advance?

      Basically, can we purchase the ticket on the spot and get a seat inside the train?
      Does the train has a "non-reserved seat" coach?
      Also, do you know about the TRA timetable from Taipei to Ruifang station?

      Thanks :)

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      1. You don't need book online in advance since local train does not have reserved seats.
        Since that's the direction off the city in the office hour, it is easy to finds seats available in local trains..
        You can use easycard to take any train except Taroko express and Puyuma express and the it is much flexible
        Timetable http://twtraffic.tra.gov.tw/twrail/English/e_index.aspx
        http://twtraffic.tra.gov.tw/twrail/English/e_index.aspx
        You can input Station Name directly.

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      2. Hi, thanks for your reply!

        Is it necessary to purchase Tze Chiang TRA ticket one week in advance (Taipei Main Station -> Ruifang Station)? I am planning to purchase the reserved seat one if possible as the journey might be 50minutes.

        Also, is it easy to get the train back to Taipei Main Station from Ruifang station at night (around 8PM) ? Do i need to book the ticket in advance or just straightly go to whichever train comes around that time as long as it is going to Taipei Main Station?

        Thanks ya!

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    15. Will it be cheaper if I buy the ticket online?

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    16. Dear Chen,

      You are so nice to make a very detail guide for oversea tourist to book Taiwan Train ticket online. I also have a question would like to ask you. After finishing booking train ticket online, can I get my real ticket at 7-11 or at ticket counter in Taiwan before the departure time 1 day or sooner ?
      Thank you very much for your assistant in advance.

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      1. Sure, you can. Remember to keep your booking code and ask the staff of converient stores to operate the Kiosk

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    17. Dear Chen Sulliwan,

      Thank you for your kindly help. I have already booked and paid our 2 train tickets online from Taichung to Taipei. We will travel Taiwan next week for 6 days.
      Just a few more questions would like to ask for your assistant is :
      - Do I need to show the " Ticket Pick Up Form " if I want to take the ticket at 7-11 or Family Mart ? ( The Taiwan train website to say that I must fill up and show this Ticket Pick Up Form if I will take my ticket at the ticket train counter )
      - Could you kindly drop some Chinese words for us to show the Shop Attendant at 7-11/Family Mart to help us operate the Kiosk ? Because I afraid that we maybe misunderstand by communicate by english!

      Once again, many thanks for your help !

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      1. Pick up form is not necessary. Booking code & your ID is enough.
        English is useful in Taiwan and ticket collection service is popular in Taiwan. Say "train ticket" and show them your booking code and ID to the staff, they will know how to help you. If you are afraid of misunderstanding, print the pick up form.

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    18. Hi there, I did a booking but forgot the booking code. Have yet to make online payment.

      What can I do? Thks

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      1. Try this website
        http://railway.hinet.net/OrderTicketOperation/efind.htm

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    19. Hi. If i were to order and make payment online, will I still be able to collect it as the kiosk or I can only collect it over the counter at TMS? Also, does all the convenient shops have the kiosk available? many thanks.

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      1. Yes, you can collect your tickets at TMS. However not many people will collect their tickets at TMS since long queue in front of the ticket window.
        Not all, but I think the possibility is less than 1/10000. I met one that didn't provide Kiosk in the remote area in the past 10 years.

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    20. My staying place is near Xi Men Ding. Will the Kiosk be available at convenient shops such as 7-11, Family Mart etc? Or only available at 7-11 etc? Thanks!

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      1. You can take your tickets at 7-11, familymart, hi-life, OK.
        Over 30 shops in XMD have kiosk

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    21. Hi Chen, regarding the Taroko Express, does it have intermediate stations from Taipei to Xincheng (Taroko)?

      And can I book the tickets online in advance and pay at convenient stores a few days before departure using cash?

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      1. Yes, Taroko Express will stop at some intermediate stations. Each Taroko will stay at different station.BTW, Xincheng(Taroko) Station is a small station and not many Taroko Express stop there.
        You need to pay within 2 days after booking

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    22. Hi!

      Is it necessary to purchase Tze Chiang TRA ticket one week in advance (Taipei Main Station -> Ruifang Station)? I am planning to purchase the reserved seat one if possible as the journey might be 50minutes.

      Also, is it easy to get the train back to Taipei Main Station from Ruifang station at night (around 8PM) ? Do i need to book the ticket in advance or just straightly go to whichever train comes around that time as long as it is going to Taipei Main Station?

      Thanks ya!

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      1. What's the different between this question and your previous question?
        Flexibility trip is important to me since I'm always changing itinerary. If comfort is important to your trip, just book the Tze Chinag.
        My opinion may not be useful to you.I would come home one hour earlier rather than wait one hour in the train station.
        (There are 19 runs of train to Ruifang and only 4 of them are Tze Chiang.)
        The same when you come back. If you are worried, just book the reserved tickets.

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      2. Oh i see, because i will go with my 50 Y.O mom, i just worried she might need to stand for an hour during the trip to Ruifang station.

        So, basically if i go directly to Taipei Main Station without booking any ticket to Ruifang, i can go to any train boarding to Ruifang station right?

        I noticed that 3rd April is public holiday in Taiwan, would it be okay if i just go straight to Taipei Main Station and purchase the ticket to Ruifang station straightly?

        Thanks ya :D

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      3. You can take any train except Taroko/Puyuma Express. If you take other express train, check with the staff whether the express train will stop at Ruifang or not.
        3rd April is a 4-day holiday.Try to go to Jiufen/Shifen at other days
        BTW, you can use easycard/ipass instead of buying train tickets.

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      4. hi! thanks so much for your detail information ya! i will try to go on 1st april (saturday) then :D hehehe

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    23. Hello Chen,

      Please can you explain if I can book a ticket to travel from Tainan to Kenting by train and kenting express bus online?
      Do I need to get the train to Zuoing to then pick up the kenting express bus? Can I book my return kenting express ticket online?Which is the best bus to get and I need to return to Fangliao to get the train to Ruisui?

      Many thanks

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      1. You can book train(Tainan->Xinzuo Train Station, not HSR Zuoying station) from TRA website and bus(Xinzuoying Train Station->Kenting) from http://ticket.fun2tw.com/
        In fact, I don't think it is necessary to book the bus/train since the frequency is hight
        p.s. HSR Zuoying station and Zuoying Train Station is in the same building but different track systems.
        From Kenting to Ruisui, you can follow the itinerary examples here
        http://taiwan-itinerary.blogspot.tw/2015/10/KentingHualien.html

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    24. Hi,
      i would like to know what are the differences between taiwan railway vs HSR, as right now from what i know the differences is, 1 is slower and cheaper than the other 1. but are there any other more reasons for me to take taiwan railway like much more sceneries that will help to make the ride interesting. Plus taiwan railway is available from taipei to kaohsiung right? coz right now at the website what i am seeing is Taipei→Hualien but Departure Taipei @06:12 and Arrival Kaohsiung 11:21.

      Thanks a lot.

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      1. I cannot catch your question. If you are comparing the view between Taipei & KS, I would say no much difference.

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      2. oh i am comparing the view by taking HSR and the normal train by taiwan railway.

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      3. I know. But I cannot catch your standard.What is more sceneries?
        If I compare the railway view of west coast and east coast, I can say east coast is more scenearies since it go through villages, rice field,cliff, valley.
        Between Taipei & Zuoying, HSR is 400KM and railway is 363KM. Does meanS HSR is more sceneries?

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    26. Hi, just to ask if one Easycard can be used in different cities like Taichung too?

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      1. Yes, you can. Almost all public transportation accept easycard.

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      2. Thanks for your reply 😊😊

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    27. Hi Sullivan, you are a life saver!

      Just want to double confirm, I have booked my TRA tickets from Taipei to Chiayi for 5 Apr. If I pay by credit card now, can i collect after I arrive in Taipei on the 2 Apr? The ticket taking due time is confusing me as it says 2017/03/19 00:00. What does the ticket taking due time mean? I can collect it at train stations on the 2nd Apr right?

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      1. The deadline is for payment.If you have paid before the deadline, you can take your tickets before departure.
        I would suggest collecting your tickets at convenient stores when you arrive Taiwan. You won't know how long is the queue in front of the ticket window.

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    28. What is the difference between Toroko and Puyuma? Is it just different views, but they both bring me from Taipei to Hualien and vice versa and takes the same time (about 2 hrs)? If so, is it advisable for me to travel by Toroko from Taipei to Hualien then take Puyuma from Hualien back to Taipei to enjoy the different scenery during the train rides?

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      1. Both are highest class train but provide by different manufactures. The duration is 2h~2.5h, not all Taroko/Puyuma stops at the same stations.
        The scenery is the same. If you can book Taroko/Puyuma Express, take them for your trip. However, the tickets of Taroko/Puyuma Express are difficult to book. You can try combo tickets if no tickets are available.
        http://taiwan-itinerary.blogspot.tw/2013/04/HualienTaipeiTransportation.html

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    29. Hi Chen, good morning.

      I know my question is out of the topic here. But may i know is the train from Taoyuan Terminal 1 to Taipei Main Station has been done? So, i dont need to take 1819 bus and save more time to stroll around Taipei Main Station :)

      I mean not the HSR, but the normal train which will go directly from terminal 1 to Taipei Main Station?

      Thanks so much for your kind help ya :) Hope to get the reply from you soon.

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      1. Airport MRT is in service now
        https://www.tymetro.com.tw/eng/index.php

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      2. wow! this really helps me a lot! one more thing to question, can we purchase easycard at Taoyuan airport terminal1? or the easycard only can be bought at 7-eleven store, etc once we reach taipei main station?

        thanks so much for your info ya! you really help me in deciding what transport to use and public transport schedule :D

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      3. Yes, you can buy easycard/ipass.
        There are also convenient stores at the airport.

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