Tainan High Speed Rail Station
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.
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.
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.
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