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Travel From Taipei To Hualien

  • By on November 13, 2009 | 16 Comments

    Looking for information on how to move or travel from Taipei to Hualien? You are in the right place as today I am going to share my amazing race experience on boarding different transportation available on the planet to reach Hualien from Kuala Lumpur.

    My journey starts in 10am by departing from Kuala Lumpur LCCT and fly 3214 km to Taipei via Air Asia X for RM358 a way.

    You should able to get ticket cheaper than RM358 especially during the Air Asia promotion period 😀

    The 2 hour and 40 minutes flight lands on Tao Yuan International Aiport and we bought bus ticket for 30NTD per person to bring us to HSR (High Speed Rail) station.

    The journey from Tao Yuan International Airport to the HSR station is around 30 minutes via bus transport.

    HSR To Taipei Train Station


    Here I am in the HSR station and we bought the ticket for 160NTD per person in order to reach Taipei train station within 20 minutes.

    Initially we plan to stop at Banciao instead of Taipei to take train to Hualien, but the staff who sold us the ticket advise us to stop at Taipei train station as the train schedule is more over there.

    Did you ask me if there’s flight from Taipei to Hualien? Sure there is but you can’t get any from Tao Yuan International Airport but from Taipei International Airport.

    I know this from Hualien County Driver and it will cost you around 2000 NTD to fly you to Hualien in 40 minutes time 😀

    Taipei Train To Hualien


    When we reach Taipei train station around 4pm, we felt lucky to follow the HSR staff’s piece of advice as we found there’s lots of train schedule to Hualien.

    But not a good news when we found there’s no more available seating ticket until 8pm at night.

    We knew the train needs 2 hours and 40 minute time to reach Hualien and we knew that it will be hell late at night 😀

    So when we saw there’s available ‘standing’ ticket on screen, we SNAP! it immediately without question 😀

    The ‘standing’ train ticket to Hualien cost 441 NTD per person and we book our transport link on Friday peak hour.


    So what’s this ‘standing’ ticket means? If you can find a seat at first then today is your lucky day.

    The train will stop in few station and if there’s any new passenger on board bought the seat you are borrowing right now, then you have to move away 😀

    We switch several seat at first as there’s new passengers on board bought the seat, felt embarrassed to borrow seat not belongs to me 😉


    Funny thing is we found the best seat in the train at last on the back corner with worry free.

    Feel so good to have a seat back then and Giraffe and I discovered that there’s better way to reach Taipei train station from Tao Yuan International Airport 😀

    Instead of switching two different transport bus (30 NTD) and HSR (160NTD) as mentioned earlier, you can take bus (国光号) from Tao Yuan International Airport to Taipei train station with the cost 125 NTD for 50 minute journey.

    Travel from Kuala Lumpur – Taipei – Hualien cost us around RM430 with the routing summary as below.

    • Travel 3214 km from Kuala Lumpur to Taipei via Air Asia X
    • Travel 232 km from Taipei To Hualien via Bus, High Speed Rail and Train


    Okay, the journey to the heart of Taiwan will continue with interesting places and good foods monkey-tarzan

    ah hong

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  1. #1 CaryL
    February 18, 2010 8:04 pm

    What a good tips of advice. If I have the chance, will follow your guide 🙂

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  1. #2 jeson
    April 15, 2010 9:09 am


    I’m going Taiwan coming 21st April. What to do in Hualien? Any nice homestay recommend? Thks

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  1. #3 ah hong
    April 15, 2010 9:33 am

    I will recommend Ah Jie Min Su as the homestay in Hualien – http://www.ah-hong.com/travel/min-su-homestay/

    Places that you must visit in Hualien:
    1. Seven Star Lake
    2. Qingshui Cliff
    3. Taroko National Park
    4. Shihtiping in East Coast (around 1-2 hour drive from Hualien City)

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  1. #4 Luz Tan
    August 10, 2010 3:04 am

    It seems like I can not get to any website that allows me to book/buy train tickets from Taipei/Hualien and back. You see, my husband and I will be travelling to Taipei on Sept. 18 and we plan to visit Hualien (Taroko Gorge, etc.) on Sept. 20 staying only for a night. Can someone pls. help me find where to buy train tickets online?

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  1. #5 giraffe
    August 11, 2010 7:34 am

    Luz, have you try this Taiwan Railway

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  1. #6 Pearl
    May 31, 2011 12:26 pm

    Hello, I will be travelling to Taipei this 21st to 26th July. Do you think we should go go Hualien from 21st to 23rd? Will 2 days there be enough to cover the scenic spots and tour the area briefly? Also, for the driver that you engaged to bring you around the different scenic spots, how much was the total cost?

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  1. #7 ah hong
    June 1, 2011 6:42 am

    Hi Pearl, two night stay in Hualien will be a bit rush. But I would suggest you to visit Seven Star Lake, Qing Shui Cliff and Taroko National Park on the 22nd of July before heading back to Taipei on the next day.

    For the driver fees, you can refer to my Hualien driver post. Feel free to drop by Ministry Of Taste & Travel to view my Taiwan trip summary 🙂

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  1. #8 KKK
    June 27, 2011 7:28 pm

    Hi. Would you recommend taking the coach or the train from Taipei to Hualien? And which is more expensive?


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  1. #9 ah hong
    June 28, 2011 7:26 am

    Hi KKK, I would recommend you to take train as faster alternative though I am not sure on the coach fare 😀

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  1. #10 KKK
    July 12, 2011 1:54 am


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  1. #11 AJ
    August 3, 2011 4:30 am

    I am planning a trip to Taiwan soon. Your writings have helped me a lot! Thank you!!!

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  1. #12 Rita
    February 18, 2012 1:30 am

    We are planning to go to Taiwan on 22-08-2012. We have 6 person all together, from Taoyuan airport we would like to goto hualien (our flight from KL and arrive in tai pei at 14.40), can you give suggestion, what is the best way (cheaper & enjoyable). Thank you!!!

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  1. #13 Germaine Chan
    May 28, 2012 2:05 am

    Hi, which is the fastest route from Taoyuan airport to Hualien? By bus to Taipei main station then transfer to railway or by your method via HSR?

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  1. #14 ah hong
    May 29, 2012 9:26 pm

    Hi Germaine,

    It’s better to take bus to nearby HSR station (30 minutes from Taoyuan airport) and then take HSR to Taipei station (20 minutes). We just afraid of the Taipei traffic if travel by bus to Taipei station directly.

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  1. #15 Vertien
    July 7, 2012 2:50 am

    what a very informative post. we will be arriving in Taipei airport in the midnight. could you advice what is the earliest schedule to go to hualien? please do assist to email me. thank you.

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  1. #16 vivi
    April 22, 2014 8:27 am

    Hi, send Ah Jie an email but no avail. Does Ah Jie read English or Mandarin?

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