Taiwan High Speed Rail (台灣高鐵)

Taiwan High Speed Rail (臺灣高鐵)
Taiwan High Speed Rail (臺灣高鐵)

Taiwan High Speed Rail (also known as THSR, HSR, or Gāotíe) is a high-speed rail line approximately 345KM in length running along the west coast of Taiwan from Taipei Main Station in the north to Kaohsiung in the south.

The line opened for service in 2007, using trains with a top speed of 300KM/H covering the journey in as short as 96 minutes.

As of December, 2015, fares have decreased and 3 new stations were opened: Miaoli, Changhua, Yunlin. Nangang Station is scheduled to open for HSR service on 1 July.

The HSR is most commonly referred to as Gaotie (prounounced Gāotíe), and is generally the preferred method of transit for travellers to cross the island due to its simplicity and speed.

Many visitors ask how much does the Taiwan High Speed Rail HSR cost? The price of a standard full fare HSR ticket from Taipei to Kaohsiung (Zuoying) is NT$1490. Discounts are available for senior citizens, children, through promotions such as early bird sales when purchased in advance, or various credit card promotions. The table below shows the fare structure for tickets between all stations. Reserved Seat tickets have a seat number while Non-Reserved Seat tickets are discounted, and passengers are free to find a seat or stand in cars 10 through 12.

Reserve tickets online and enjoy a 20% discount!

One-Way Ticket Best for those with a set schedule, reserve a one-way ticket and hop on any HSR train for 20% discount

Reserve a ticket travelling to/from:

Taipei 台北, Taichung 台中, Kaohsiung 高雄, Taoyuan Airport to/from Kenting (Zuoying)


3 Day Pass - Unlimited Rides 3 Day Pass allows for 3 consecutive days unlimited rides

5 Day Joint HSR and Standard Train Pass - Unlimited Rides 5 Day Joint Pass allows 5 days of unlimited rides on Taiwan Railways,
and 2 days can be chosen within this time window for unlimited HSR rides.
Purchasing tickets with our partner Klook allows you to save 20% off the price of the standard ticket, and can be used on any train by simply exchanging the voucher for an entry ticket at the station ticket booth. This is the best promotion available online. Choose your stations under the Select Package option, and USD, SGD, HKD, PHP, GBP, EUR, as well as many other currencies are available.

HSR Fare Table - Standard Car: Reserved Seat Non-Reserved Seat

Station Nangang Taipei Banqiao Taoyuan Hsinchu Miaoli Taichung Changhua Yunlin Chiayi Tainan Zuoying Kaohsiung
Nangang 35 65 190 320 465 725 840 940 1,085 1,345 1,480
Taipei 40 35 155 280 415 675 795 900 1,045 1,305 1,445
Banqiao 70 40 125 250 385 645 765 870 1,015 1,280 1,415
Taoyuan 200 160 130 125 270 520 645 755 890 1,150 1,290
Hsinchu 330 290 260 130 135 395 520 620 765 1,025 1,160
Miaoli 480 430 400 280 140 260 375 485 620 890 1,025
Taichung 750 700 670 540 410 270 125 220 365 630 765
Changhua 870 820 790 670 540 390 130 105 240 510 645
Yunlin 970 930 900 780 640 500 230 110 145 405 540
Chiayi 1,120 1,080 1,050 920 790 640 380 250 150 270 395
Tainan 1,390 1,350 1,320 1,190 1,060 920 650 530 420 280 135
Zuoying Kaohsiung 1,530 1,490 1,460 1,330 1,200 1,060 790 670 560 410 140

Fares are subject to change and accurate as of 1 July, 2016

From North to South, the HSR stops at the following locations:

Station Connecting Services
Nangang 南港 TRA Western Line - Nangang
Taipei MRT Blue Line 5 - Nangang
Taipei 台北 TRA Western Line - Taipei (Main Station)
Taipei MRT Red Line 2 and Blue Line 5 - Taipei Main Station
Banqiao 板橋 TRA Western Line - Banqiao
Taipei MRT Blue Line 5 - Banqiao Station
Taoyuan 桃園 Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Shuttle Bus - NT$30
Taoyuan Airport MRT (桃園捷運機場線)
Local Busses to Taoyuan and Chungli (Jhongli/Zhongli)
Hsinchu 新竹 TRA Liujia Line - Liujia
THSR Free Shuttle Bus
Miaoli 苗栗 TRA Western Line - Fengfu (豐富)
THSR Shuttle Bus
Taichung 台中 TRA Taichung Line - Xinwuri
THSR Free Shuttle Bus
Busses to Nantou - Puli, Sun Moon Lake, and Qingjing Farm (清境農場, Cingjing)
Changhua 彰化 THSR Shuttle Bus
Yunlin 雲林 Local Bus
Chiayi 嘉義 Chiayi Bus Rapid Transit
Tainan 台南 TRA Shalun Line - Shalun
THSR Free Shuttle Bus
Zuoying
(Kaohsiung)
左營 TRA Western Line — Xinzuoying
Kaohsiung MRT Red Line - Zuoying/THSR

A common question is where can I buy HSR tickets. High Speed Rail tickets are sold directly at the station, at convenience stores 7-ELEVEN, FamilyMart, Hi-Life and OK Mart, and also online with Klook (20% discount), up to 28 days in advance.

For advance ticketing and to see the schedule, please visit the HSR's website.
Information accurate as of 1 July, 2016.