I need to go from Taipei to Nuannan tomorrow on the "Fuxing/Shuttle 4178"

The website is down and if it doesn't have an English or Spanish version, it wouldn't help me anyway. (http://www.railway.gov.tw)

  • DuckDuckGo says they do have English (railway.gov.tw/en) but that link also fails. Tried 'es' but got the same error (server dropped connection). – WGroleau Jan 10 '18 at 11:03

Not really. What I did last month, on the way out, was to go to Taipei station the evening before, and I bought a ticket for the next morning. On my way back, since I didn't know exactly at what time I would finish my meeting, I just showed up at Zuoying and bought a ticket for the next train.

  • Thanks. Someone told me it was hard to get tickets, which is why I went to their website. Or tried to. – WGroleau Jan 10 '18 at 13:48
  • Not only was it no problem to get a ticket, the train had plenty of empty seats. – WGroleau Jan 12 '18 at 10:21

No need indeed.

If you travel for short distance, saying just city-to-city level like Taipei - Nuannuan(in Keelung) or Taipei-Banqiao, you can take Fuxing(Local Train), which is the shuttle-level train type in Taiwan.

If you travel for long distance like Taipei - Taichung, or Kaohsiung - Hualien. It's highly recommended to book tickets 2 week ago before your trip, with the train type Tze-Chiang, including general Tze-Chiang, Puyuma and Taroko, and train type Chu-Kuang. These are for longer distance transports. (It would take way longer time if you get on Fuxing train.)

  • So you say if you don't 2 weeks in front you won't get any tickets when you show up. – Steven Nov 2 '18 at 8:17

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