Tainan High Speed Rail Station

Tainan HSR Station

Tainan HSR Station quickly connects you with the west coast of Taiwan.

Tainan High Speed Rail Station

Traveling along Taiwan’s west coast is a quick and easy affair due to the high speed rail. The Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation started service for their high speed trains in January of 2007, and the Tainan HSR Station has been part of that route since the beginning. Traveling at up to 300 km/h (186 mph), the trains make the trip from Taipei to Tainan in about an hour and fifty minutes. Trains from Taoyuan Station (near Taipei International Airport), make the trip in about an hour and twenty minutes.

Tainan HSR Station interior

Tainan HSR Station interior

The Tainan HSR Station is well outside of the city limits in amongst the vast plains of Tainan County. It is technically in a township called Guiren, though its also close to Rende, which is a suburb bordering Tainan city to the east. The station is surrounded by its own parking lots, broad highways, and open fields, making it feel more like a small airport instead of a traditional train station. It is a very clean and modern, glass and steel, two story structure with an elevated platform. The interior is both compact and open, with daylight offering much of the illumination. Facilities in the station include a 7-Eleven, Mos Burger, Sushi Express, and a cafe. Additionally, there are car rental services, Taiwan Fast-Link, and taxi service counters inside the terminal. Parking costs NT$30 per hour for cars and NT$10 for motorcycles (though there’s nothing stopping you from parking your motorcycle on the sidewalk outside) with a maximum daily fee of NT$180/$50 respectively. Free shuttle buses into Tainan City are available right outside of the terminal.

HSR train on Tainan Station platform

HSR train on Tainan Station platform

The HSR trains are a very clean and comfortable mode of transport. There are two types of cars: standard and business class. The standard class is perfectly comfortable and spacious, but the business class compartments have better equipment, including larger seating, personal audio entertainment systems, and power outlets for portable electronics at each seat. In standard class you also have the option of traveling in reserved or unreserved cars. Unreserved is a little cheaper compared to a full-priced ticket, but you might be standing if all the seats are full. All compartments are equipped with air-conditioning and restrooms. A snack cart makes its rounds throughout the train offering affordable snacks, beverages and lunch boxes.

A standard ticket from Taipei to Tainan on the HSR is about NT$1350. Discounts are also available depending on when you travel. Off-peak hours will get you either a Blue discount (15% off) or an Orange discount (35% off) depending on the time and day of the week. Check the Timetable and Fare Search for current ticket prices. Tickets can be purchased at the station, online, or at 7-Eleven or Family Mart convenience stores.

parking bay for the free shuttles

parking bay for the free shuttles

Taiwan’s High Speed Rail (THSR) complements the Taiwan Rail Association (TSR), but their services are not interconnected and their stations are far apart. While the traditional Tainan Railway Station services TSR trains and is in the heart of the Tainan City, the HSR Station is a long journey from the city. Supposedly a connector train run by TSR is in the works, but for now, the best options for getting to and from the HSR Station are to take a taxi, take the free shuttle service, or drive yourself. Taxis cost about NT$400 or $500 from Tainan City, making them a pricey option. The free shuttle service is a great choice. There are four routes offered on comfortable buses. View routes and schedules here (click on the services tab and choose bus routes starting with H). There are many routes you could take if driving yourself, but the simplest way is to drive east on Dongmen Road. Once you leave the city, Dongmen becomes Zhongshan Road. Continue along it until you come to Highway 39. You will see the raised HSR track running along the median of this highway. Turn right and continue until you get to the station. You can’t miss it.

Operation Hours: 06:20 ~ 24:00

Phone: (06) 600-9000

Location: No. 100, Guiren Blvd, Guiren Township, Tainan County

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26 Responses to “Tainan High Speed Rail Station”
  1. Sarah Williams says:

    Love this website, I’m also an american living in Tainan city right now with my whole Family, andyour site is helping me a lot. I plan on going to Janfusun soon, do you think taking the train to Douliou and then cabbing it to the amusement park is the easiest way to go there?? the regular train of course not the HSR. Any suggestions??

    • tainancity says:

      I’m glad my site has been a help to you. As far as going to Janfusun goes, though, I can’t help you. I haven’t been out there. Your plan sounds good to me. I imagine most of the visitors to the Douliou train station are heading out there, so there will be line-ups of taxis offering flat rates. There’s probably shuttle buses as well, but I really don’t know.

  2. tainancity says:

    There is now no longer a shuttle bus running from the HSR station to the downtown train station. Instead, these two stations are now linked by a train. The new train station is adjacent the HSR station and the train schedule is coordinated with departures and arrivals of HSR trains.

  3. ROB WALKER says:

    I will be visiting in June and staying at Shangri-la Hotel. What is best/cheapest way of getting there from high speed train station?

    • tainancity says:

      If you’re going to the Shangri-la Hotel from the High Speed Rail Station, you just need to take the local train from the High Speed Rail Station to Tainan Railway Station (regular train). It costs very little and leaves from a station that’s part of the High Speed Rail Station. From the Tainan Railway Station, exit to the east side and walk one block east to the Shangri-la. If you have a lot of luggage, you may want to just pay the NT$450 (US$13) cab ride.

  4. S.C. says:

    Which terminal is the HSR shuttle bus located? I am traveling from Tainan HSR station to Tainan City Hall to visit family friends. I have heard that the shuttle itself is not very direct as in it makes many stops, how long would the ride from the HSR station to City Hall take? I greatly appreciate the help

    • tainancity says:

      The shuttle buses congregate outside of the station. They shouldn’t be hard to find. The one going to city hall takes about 30 – 35 minutes. It doesn’t make that many stops. You might cut that down to 25 minutes by taxi, but it will cost at least NT$400.

  5. George says:

    I plan to leave Tainan city direct to Taipei international airport to catch my flight out at 3.00pm. What is the best way for me to do so? Will the HSR take me to the airport directly. Would really appreciate your advice.

    • tainancity says:

      Taking the HSR straight to Taoyuan Station. From there you can take a shuttle for NT$30 to the airport (30 min.). If you’re flying China Airlines or Eva Airlines you can even check in at the Taoyuan HSR Station. You should have no trouble. I even let my parents do it themselves and they aren’t seasoned international travelers.

  6. Joseph says:

    Hi,

    How much would a taxi ride from HSR station to Queen Hotel in Yongkang?
    Thanks.

    Regards,

    Joseph

  7. Ravi
    I have my buisness meet at Tainan city and I have my flight to Bangkok at 7am so how can I reach the TAIPEI airport in time

  8. pitiya says:

    I want to go to Taiwan Shoufu university. How can I go from Tainan High Speed Station?
    Thank you

    • tainancity says:

      You should check with the university, because I haven’t a clue. It is quite far to the north of Tainan City and would be an expensive taxi ride. They might suggest taking the train line from the HSR station to the regular train station and then catching a local train a few stops north.

  9. tainancity says:

    I want to know, how can go to Tainan HSR station? My location is Dawan Road near Kun Shan University. Thank you!

  10. Steven says:

    I am puzzled. So is there a shuttle bus running from HSR to Tainan City? Earlier tainancity mentioned that the service was stopped, but later period, mentioned there is. I am not sure which is which? Can any kind soul clarify on this?

    • tainancity says:

      As far as I know, there are still 3 or 4 routes going for the free shuttles. I think they may have stopped service to the central rail station in the heart of Tainan City so that the buses didn’t conflict with the new rail service that runs from the HSR to Tainan Main Station. That train ride is cheap and will get you into the heart of the city faster than the buses, but the buses are faster if you’re going to certain places on their runs. It all depends on where you’re going.

      • Glenn says:

        I’ll be taking the HSR from Taipei to Tainan in a couple of weeks. Is there any place to get current information on the rail link to the main train station in the city? Are the trains synchronized to the HSR arrivals?

      • tainancity says:

        The trains are synchronized with HSR arrivals. I’m not sure how long they leave after arrival. Maybe ten minutes? Anyway, I’d imagine the most you’d have to wait is 20 minutes.

  11. Roy Yong says:

    Hi

    Besides visiting tainan which is famous for snacks, is nearby chiayi, zhanghua and taichung also a good choice to visit?

    Comparing to taipei…tainan or taipei better?

    If I decides on tainan, is it easier to arrive at kaoshiung airport and travels to tainan, chiayi or even taichung or fly to taipei and travel all the way to tainan?

    Your advise much appreciated.
    Thanks.

    • tainancity says:

      I greatly prefer Tainan to Taipei, but I can’t speak for everyone. Tainan is more cultural and historic and is much smaller and easier to get your head around when visiting for a few days. The other areas of the south such as Taidong, Kenting, and Lugang are definitely worth visiting and Tainan makes a good hub for exploring the south. The Kaohsiung airport is more convenient and cheaper to access than the Taipei airport, but taking the HSR from the Taipei airport isn’t a bad option. You have to factor in flight schedules and cost differences when choosing the different airports to fly into. If it makes no difference in flight schedules and costs, and you only plan to visit the south, flying into Kaohsiung will save you time and money. Supposedly, there are now flights from Hong Kong directly to the Tainan airport three times a week which would be an even better option if you can make that connection. I hope that helps.

  12. wanqi says:

    hi, how do i get from taitung to tainan? is there a direct train, or do i need to get to kaoshiong then transfer? how long does it take?

    • tainancity says:

      There are fast trains on the TSR that run between the two cities and take about 3.5 hours. If you have to take local trains and transfer it would be a lot longer.

  13. Rchel says:

    Hi,
    I would like to ask the journey from taipei to tainan take how many hour? Can u advise the best place to visit in taiwan because i planing to go taiwan on dec for 10 days? We are in quite big group (8 adult and 2 children)? Can u suggest the accommodation also?

    • tainancity says:

      As it says on this page, the trip from Taipei to Tainan on the high speed train is an hour and fifty minutes. As far as where to go and where to stay in all of Taiwan, I suggest you buy a guide book or search online as that is far too broad a question than I can answer.

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