Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Airport transfer via Taiwan High Speed Rail @ Taipei

Taiwan High Speed Rail or THSR which runs on the west coast of Taiwan provides a great alternative for people to travel from Taipei to Kaohsiung in less than 2 hours. The cost of travelling on these train is also cheaper than taking flight. As for business passenger, travelling by train is more convenient as they don't have to go thru tight security checking and they able to reach the train station without much time in advance. Me as a tourist, I found this train is very smooth and comfortable. The train technology is fully imported from Japan. So if you have been to Japan, sure you know that taking Shinkansen train is very expensive. You can experience the 700 series Shinkansen train by taking THSR from Taoyuan to Taipei by only paying TWD160 ~ MYR16 for reserved seat and TWD155 for free seating. One complain that I have is on why there is no THSR station in the airport? Usually people would like to take the train from the airport to Taipei as its save time. Without the direct connection, passenger have to take a shuttle bus which cost TWD30 to travel from Taoyuan International Aiport to THSR Taoyuan station. The journey takes around 20 minutes. While the journey by train from THSR Taoyuan station to Taipei takes another 20 minutes.

Finally reached airport after 4 hours 30 minutes journey from Kuala Lumpur.

You need to take bus from platform 12 from the airport to THSR Taoyuan station. Cost TWD30.

Clean and new bus.

Cheaper way to experience 700 Series Shinkansen train.

Going north bound. Its just two stations away.

The train arriving.

Very long train and looks new. It can carry up to 1000 passengers.

Comfortable ride and smooth.

Finally reached Taipei station. On the way to Longshan temple station which is on blue line (Bannan line).


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