How to Get From Tainan to Taipei // Taking the High Speed Rail in Taiwan (and local train)

Here is a video we made about HOW TO GET FROM TAINAN TO TAIPEI

We woke up at 7:00am, and I made us a breakfast with the eggs, toast and mushrooms we had bough at the local grocery store. We then packed up and headed to the local Tainan train station. I had read that you can take a shuttle bus to the High Speed Rail from the bus station adjacent to the Tainan train station. We asked so many people, but this bus did not seem to exist. A gentleman at the bus station expressed that me might be able to take a local train to the High Speed Rail station. We crossed the road to the train station and asked at the information desk about this local train. We were told to buy a ticket to “Shalun” in order to get to the High Speed Rail Station.

Local train station in Tainan Taiwan

We walked up to a random ticket desk and asked for a ticket to Shalun. I believe that the ticket cost us 25 NTD, but I am not certain, because the lady told us we had only two minutes to catch the train. We ran to the platform (2B), but just missed the train.

Taking a local train at Tainan station to get the High Speed Rail in Tainan

Not really knowing where to go, we noticed that there was another local train to Shalun in 10 minutes, but on a different track? Uncertain, we jumped on this second train. The ride took about one hour, but it arrived exactly where we wanted to go!

Chiang Kai-Shek memorial hall

We then headed to the ticket counter at the HSR and handed in our KLOOK vouchers (that we purchased online a few days before) in order to get seats on the next direct train to Taipei (11:48am I believe).

Chiang Kai-Shek memorial hall

We then got some food drinks to take with us on the train. [Side note: High Speed Rail in Taiwan is the ONLY train you can eat or drink on. It is illegal to eat or drink on a local train or metro train.]

Jives wears Chiang Kai-Shek memorial hall as a hat

The bullet train took about an hour and a half, and we arrived in a sunny Taipei at about 12:30pm.

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