A Taipei Guide on the Taiwan High Speed Rail (aka 台灣高鐵 , Gāotíe, THSR, HSR, Taiwan bullet train, Taiwan shinkansen). Ticket pricing, tourists discounts, routes, seats, and everything you need to know when using the THSR.

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What is the THSR in Taiwan?

The THSR is Taiwan is the “Taiwan High Speed Rail” ( 台灣高鐵 ) that runs from Nangang to Zuoying. For reference, Nangang is near Taipei and Zuoying is near Kaoshiung.

The Taiwan High Speed Rail ( 台灣高鐵 , Gāotíe) line is approximately 345km (214mi) in length and runs along the west side of Taiwan. It has been operating since 2007 and is incredibly convenient for traveling throughout Taiwan for tourists and locals.

If you’ve ever used a shinkansen (bullet train in Japan) before, the Taiwan High Speed Rail experience is exactly the same. Everything is very clean, organized and easy to understand. Best of all, using the Taiwan bullet train is significantly cheaper compared to Japan. Even better, discounts are available for tourists.

If you’re looking for regular Taiwan Trains (TRA), that is much cheaper and slower than the THSR, but gives you more access to the rest of Taiwan.

thsr station platform

Getting To A Taiwan High Speed Rail Station 台灣高鐵

If you’ve just arrived in Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) and plan on directly using the Taipei High Speed Rail, you’ll need to get to the high speed rail station.

From TPE Airport, your best option is to take the airport MRT commuter line to the Taoyuan HSR station which takes approximately 20-minutes.

I’ve written up a detailed guide on How To Get From Taipei Airport to Taoyuan HSR station.

If you’re still in the process of planning your trip to Taiwan, check out this guide on Where To Stay In Taipei.

Taiwan High Speed Rail Stations (THSR)

The Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) is the super fast Taiwan bullet train that takes you to:

1. Nangang5. Hsinchu9. Yunli
2. Taipei6. Miaoli10. Chiayi
3. Banqiao7. Taichung11. Tainan
4. Taoyuan8. Changhua12. Zuoying (Kaoshiung)

Taiwan High Speed Rail Station Map:

This Taiwan bullet train map shows each of the high speed rail stations in Taiwan. On Google Maps, they are all named differently making it confusing to find the right one.

Taiwan HSR Stations Can Be Far Away!

Be sure to look up your destination from the Taiwan bullet train stations because the city train station can be a different location!

Be aware that when going to a Taiwan High Speed Rail Station, it might be very far from the actual city. Not all cities in Taiwan have Uber so you’ll have to use a Taiwan taxi or bus.

Taiwan High Speed Rail Ticket Price

The Taiwan bullet train ticket price depends on where you’re traveling and if you want a business class seat, standard reserved seat or standard non-reserved seat.

THSR Standard Reserved Seat Prices | Taiwan High Speed Train Business Class Seat Prices
THSR Standard Reserved Seat Prices | Taiwan High Speed Train Business Class Seat Prices
THSR Non-Reserved Seat Pricing
THSR Non-Reserved Seat Pricing

Taiwan HSR Ticket Price Difference Between Reserved Seats and Non-Reserved Seats

Free Taiwan High Speed Train Tickets For Children Under 6

50% off Taiwan High Speed Rail Tickets For Children under 12

Where can I buy HSR Tickets in person?

You can buy Taiwan HSR tickets at any high speed rail station and at these convenience stores: 7-ELEVEN, Hi-Life OK Mart and Family Mart.

Where can I buy HSR Tickets online?

Taiwan bullet train tickets can be purchased online from the official site or for 20% off for tourists on Klook for multiple one-way trips or a multi-day Taiwan Rail Pass.

How To Get Your Taiwan High Speed Rail Pass From Klook

Even though you select a specific day on Klook for your Taiwan High Speed Rail Pass, the date doesn’t really matter since it’s a voucher. So if you planned to travel on August 5 but ended up wanting to use your pass on August 9, you can redeem your pass for that date.

To redeem your Taiwan High Speed Rail Pass from Klook:

  1. Print out your voucher or bring up the voucher on your Klook app.
  2. Bring your Passport
  3. Go to any of the High Speed Rail Station and go to the HSR Tickets window. There will be a specific section for [Periodic Ticket / Multi-Ride Ticket] where you can exchange your voucher for a Taiwan High Speed Rail Pass.
  4. Show them your voucher and your passport and they will then provide you a Taiwan Rail pass (or standard ticket if you bought that from Klook).

Be sure to reserve a THSR seat at the same time you redeem your Taiwan Rail pass voucher. This will save you a lot of time. You can make multiple reservations if you know your schedule and the train station staff will help you find the fastest trains.

taiwan rail pass

Where Can You Use The Taiwan Rail Pass?

The Taiwan Rail Pass is ONLY eligible for travel on the Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR). Your Taiwan Rail Pass will not be valid on the Taipei MRT, Taipei Subway, Taipei Taxi, Taiwan Rail (TRA) and Taoyuan Airport MRT.

How Do You Use The Taiwan Rail Pass?

When you get your Taiwan Rail Pass you can use it to reserve seats in advance or you can just show up and ride in any of the non-reserved seat cars.

Finding the Right Taiwan High Speed Train

Be sure to check the THSR Departure Times before going to the THSR station. Travel times can vary for the same destination because some trains are express, limited express or commuter.

THSR schedule
The Train leaving at 09:31 gets to your Zuoying faster than the train departing at 09:11

Entering/Exiting Any Taiwan High Speed Rail Station

To enter/exit any Taiwan HSR station, you need to show your Taiwan rail pass to the station attendant. SOMETIMES, they will ask to see your passport to verify your Taiwan rail pass. They will then open a gate to let you enter/exit the HSR station.

If you’ve use the Japan rail pass before, it works just like that! It’s the Taiwan Shinkansen.

After passing through the gates, you then board the train. If you’ve made a reservation, you ticket will show what time your train is and which car.

taiwan rail pass

Boarding The Taiwan High Speed Train Without Reserved Seats

For those of you who did not make a Taiwan High Speed Train reservation, you can go directly to the cars for non-reserved seats #10, 11 and 12.

When the train arrives, just get on and find an empty seat.

Keep Your Taiwan Rail Pass and Passport Ready

While on the train, make sure to keep your Taiwan rail pass and passport ready. The THSR staff will periodically come by to check your tickets throughout the ride.

taiwan rail pass

How To Reserve Your Taipei THSR Seats In Advance

To reserve your Taipei THSR seat in advance, you will need to go to the THSR service window available at any high speed rail station. You can make multiple reservations in advance so if you want to a ride from [Taichung to Taoyuan HSR Station] for a Monday and want to return from [Taoyuan HSR Station to Taichung] on a Wednesday, you can book both rides!

Why Should You Reserve Your Taipei High Speed Rail Seats in Advance

You should absolutely book your Taipei High Speed Rail seat in advance! You might unknowingly be traveling during a Taiwan holiday and end up having to use the non-reserved seat car.

I’ve been on the Taipei THSR in the non-reserved seat car around a holiday weekend, the seats fill up! I’ve seen people having to stand in the non-reserved seat car from Taipei to Kaoshiung! That’s about 2 hours!

If you’re using the high speed train Taiwan rail pass, you can book reserve seats in advance for no additional fee. There is no penalty even if you don’t use your reserved seat, but it is polite to go to the station and cancel the ticket. Someone may want that seat on the Taipei high speed rail!

The Taiwan Bullet Train Experience

Seat Configuration on the Taipei Shinkansen

thsr seats

Seat Amenities On The Taiwan Shinkansen

thsr seats
Please use the luggage racks so you don’t inconvenience other passengers. The aisle is blocked by luggage right next to the door

Additional High Speed Train Taiwan Information

How Fast Is The Taipei THSR Bullet Train?