How To Travel Comfortably On A Budget From Taoyuan Airport To Taichung City 从桃园机场到台中市省钱便捷的交通方式

Many travellers who want to explore Taiwan beyond its capital city Taipei will usually take the Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR for short) to other cities. Perhaps the main reasons for choosing this transport option is because it is a highly publicized option & thus deemed a fuss-free & convenient choice. But is it really the best option to take?

许多想游览台北以外的游客一般都会选择乘搭台湾高铁到其他县市。或许是因为高铁是广为人知的公交方式,所以普遍被认为是最为便捷的交通方式。但事实真的如此吗?

In my most recent almost-round-island-trip to Taiwan that ended just a few days ago, instead of opting for the popular THSR to Taichung by default, I checked out other viable transport options, including bus and rail. Below is what I found:

我前几天才刚到台湾“半环岛”游了两个星期。这次,我决定上网查寻除了高铁以外其他可行的公交方式,包括客运及台铁。以下分享我所搜寻的结果:

1. Travel by THSR 乘搭台湾高铁

Taiwan High Speed Rail 台湾高铁列车 (source: Wikipedia Commons)

A ride on the THSR from Taoyuan HSR station to Taichung HSR station is fast, as it only takes 36 min. However, from Taoyuan International Airport, you will need to take a 25-min shuttle bus ride from the airport to the HSR station. The standard fare for an adult HSR ticket costs 540 TWD (~S$24.40). Early bird discount for tickets purchased 5 to 28 days before departure date ranges between 10 & 35%, depending on the time-slot you wish to purchase.

顾名思义,高铁的速度超快,所以从桃园高铁站到台中高铁站仅需36分钟。但是,桃园国际机场与桃园高铁站有一定的距离,需要搭乘约25分钟的公车才能抵达,票价为30台币。高铁全票为540台币,如在搭乘日提前5至28天上网预订,可享有10到35%的早鸟优惠。

In case you didn’t know, Taichung HSR station is away from the city area in Xinwuri, i.e. away from the famous Fengjia Commercial District & Night Market [foodies must read: Fengjia Night Market: 8 Must-Try Foods In Taichung’s Foodie Heaven]. You will need to take a free shuttle bus provided by THSR at Taichung HSR station to Fengjia. If you are travelling with big luggage in tow, it may be more worthwhile to grab a cab to Fengjia instead. See below for the time & cost summarised in a table:

也许你还不晓得,台中高铁站在新乌日,不在市中心,也就是说离著名的逢甲商圈及夜市【延伸阅读:台中市吃货篇:逢甲夜市不可错过的8大美食有一段距离。从高铁站到逢甲可以乘搭高铁提供的免费公车。但,如果你像我一样,在台湾比较久,有大件行李,或许搭乘计程车(不超过300台币)更方便。

Therefore, total travelling time via HSR will take about 80 to 100 min from Taoyuan Airport to Taichung city, & cost 570 TWD (~S$25.75) each if you take the free shuttle bus for the final journey to Fengjia. If you are travelling in a small group & decide to take a cab, the cost will increase slightly as you need to factor in the cab fare too.

总的来说,乘搭高铁从桃园机场到台中市,以免费高铁转乘公车为准,需要花大约80到100分钟的时间,570台币。如果你有同伴,或许可考虑最后一段搭乘计程车更方便,但这也会让费用稍微提高。

2. Travel by Taiwan Railway 乘搭台铁

Taiwan Railway 台铁火车

Another option is via the Taiwan Railway (TR for short) which is cheaper but takes a longer time compared to THSR. Similar to THSR, Taoyuan Railway station is not next to the airport, so you need to travel by bus to the railway station which takes around 40 to 50 min. There are various trains that will bring you to Taichung railway station from there, with the fastest being Puyuma at around 1.5 hours. After that, get a cab to bring you to Fengjia which will take about 10 to 15 min. See below for the time & cost summarised in a table:

第二个交通方式是乘搭台铁,比较便宜但比起高铁,乘车时间会更长。桃园火车站并不在机场附近,需要搭乘公车(票价53台币)到达,约40至50分钟的车程。到了火车站,有多趟班车可到达台中火车站,而最快的是普悠玛列车,大约一个半小时,票价308台币。之后,可乘搭计程车前往逢甲,约10到15分钟,价钱应在250台币以内。

Therefore, total travelling time via TR will take about 2 hour 15 min from Taoyuan Airport to Taichung city. The cost is approximately 611 TWD (~S$27.60) if you are travelling alone, & slightly lower if you travel in a small group with 2 or 3 others to share the cab for the final part of the journey.

所以,搭乘台铁的总时长为2小时15分钟,费用约611台币(如无同伴)。如果与2至3人同行的话,计程车费用就能共同分担啦。

3. Travel by Express Bus 乘搭客运

Free Go Bus 建明客运

There are several express bus services at Taoyuan Airport that will bring you to Taichung city directly, without the need for any transfer. Upon exit from immigration area, just turn right & walk towards the end of the terminal & you will see the ticket counter manned by various bus companies.

从桃园机场,有好几家客运公司的服务可直达台中市,无需转乘。客运站就在抵境厅的右方。走到底就会看到各公司的售票柜台。

Express bus ticket counter at Terminal 2 机场第二搭客大厦客运售票柜台

The nearest bus stop to Fengjia Night Market is Taichung Chaoma station, & Kuokuang Line, Free Go Bus & UBus all have services to this stop. When we were there on a weekday afternoon, the earliest bus that would depart for Taichung Chaoma station was Free Go Bus, hence we bought tickets for Free Go at 280 TWD (~S$12.65) each. Probably because it was off peak period, traffic was pretty smooth & the entire journey only took us 2 hours, faster than we expected, as I had read that it may take up to 2 hours 30 min.

要到逢甲商圈,最靠近的公车站是台中朝马站,而國光客運 (國光號)、建明客運 (飛狗巴士)以及統聯客運都有到达。我们抵达桃园机场的那一天是个星期二下午,最早启程往台中的客运是建明客運,所以就购买了两张车票(一张280台币)。也许是因为是平日非繁忙时段,交通很顺畅。整个车程只花了我们2小时的时间,比预期还快。印象中看到别的部落客说可能得花上2个半小时。

Inside Free Go Bus 在建明客运里

This was my first time on an express bus in Taiwan, but I was pleased to have tried the service, as the bus was spacious with only 18 seats. That means plenty of space for the long journey. It was also a comfortable smooth ride, although the bus interiors felt a bit dated. 😛 Heard from my brother in-law that he took a ride on another bus company before & the interiors were newer. Nonetheless, this was really a hassle-free ride without the need for any transfers, as the hotel we stayed in [read this article for a honest review of Hotel Mapp, Taichung: Quiet Cosy Stay In Popular Xitun District] was just within an easy 10-min walk from Taichung Chaoma station. Even if you are staying near Taichung Railway station, it is worthwhile to take the bus as that is the terminal station with just about 15 min additional travel time.

虽然是第一次搭乘台湾客运,但我庆幸这次选择这交通方式。客运很宽敞舒适,只有18座位。整个车程也很顺畅,虽然客运的装潢好像有点老旧。听姐夫说,他上次搭乘的客运装潢较新。不过,这次的车程还是很愉快,至少不必转乘其他交通服务,而且台中朝马站离我们住的旅店【延伸阅读:希堤微旅:台中市西屯區鬧中取靜的住宿選擇只是约10分钟步行就到了,超便利的!如果你住的旅店在火车站一带,也可以搭乘客运,因为客运的终站即台中火车站,离朝马站约15分钟的车程而已。

For more information on the various buses at Taoyuan Airport to Taichung, you may refer to the airport website: https://www.taoyuan-airport.com/english/Buses

想知道更多桃園機場到台中的客運服務詳情,可以上機場網站查詢:https://www.taoyuan-airport.com/chinese/buses

Thus, the next time you want to make your way to Taichung city directly from Taoyuan Airport, I would strongly recommend you to take a ride on the express bus. Not only is it more direct without any need for transfers, it is also much cheaper yet does not take too long to reach. Buses leave Taoyuan Airport quite frequently at 20 or 30 min interval (depending on which bus company you take), so try it for your next trip to Taichung! 🙂

因此,下次你如果想从桃园机场直达台中市的话,我会推荐搭乘客运。除了是因为客运是直通之外,也相对的较其他方式便宜,也不会太耗时。客运的服务班次也相当频密,约20至30分钟就有一趟。下次有机会可以试一试哦!

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