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Train travel is as iconic to Taiwan as its vibrant lantern festival or the sweeping views from Taipei 101. Hop on a train to circumnavigate the entire island – from the north end to the southern tip and everything in between. Whether you’re looking to tour the island’s largest cities or marvel at its natural wonders and stunning beaches, Taiwan’s rail service can transport you there. With a variety of car classes available, you can sit back in complete comfort and enjoy exclusive bento boxes while taking in all the picturesque scenery throughout your journey.
Trains have an extensive history in Taiwan, with some dating all the way back to the 1920s. You can learn about the island’s astounding culture of transportation at either the Takao Railway Museum, descending from the very first railway station in Kaohsiung City, or while exploring the interactive displays and 19 themed exhibitions within the Taiwan High Speed Rail Museum in Taoyuan City.
Taiwan offers a variety of different railway experiences for passengers depending on their needs. The famed High Speed Rail is all about speed and efficiency, taking you from northern Taiwan to the southern tip in about 90 minutes at an average of CAD$65. Conventional trains are known for convenience as well as scenic routes – navigating effortlessly between major tourist destinations and smaller, regional sites. Railways make various stops along Taiwan’s breathtaking coastline so you can elevate your journey by hopping off and enjoying the allure of sun-drenched white-, golden-, or black- sand beaches.
Train stations across Taiwan are known for their helpful, friendly customer service and online ticketing capabilities in both English and Chinese. Signage across stations is in English to simplify navigation for tourists visiting Taiwan from near or far. Trains also offer accessibility for special needs passengers, providing a seamless experience for all to explore the vast beauty of this celebrated island.
For more information, visit go2taiwan.net.