Find your treasure in Taiwan! There are several transportation options to get to the National Forest Recreation Areas. Besides public transportation, visitors can drive or rent a charter service to get there. However, please be reminded if you are going to take public transport, most National Forest Recreation Areas are located in mountainous areas, some of which are not easy to reach due to transportation limitations, so they can only be visited at limited times.
Times to reach other areas of TaiwanIntroduction to transportation
Taiwan High Speed Rail
Northern Taiwan（Taipei）to Middle Taiwan（Taichung）about 2 hr
Middle Taiwan（Taichung）to Southern Taiwan（Kenting）about 4 hr
Southern Taiwan（Kenting）to Eastern Taiwan（Hualien）about 5.5 hr
Eastern Taiwan（Hualien）to Northern Taiwan（Taipei ）about 3 hr
Taiwan High Speed Rail serves the major cities on the west side of Taiwan, including Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung, Chiayi, Tainan and Kaohsiung. It travels along the western part of Taiwan at the highest speed of 300km per hour, saving a lot of time when traveling from city to city.
Taiwan Railways (Train service)
Taiwan Railways offers train services connecting all big and small cities around Taiwan with a network of railway lines. Though train tickets are cheaper than the high speed rail, trains are somewhat slower. It’s a convenient option for certain areas, including the Limited Express services of the Puyuma Express, Taroko Express, Tze-Chiang Limited, Chu-Kuang Express, Fu-Hsing Semi Express, Fast Local Trains and local trains, all of which offer different classes of travel.
MRT (Mass Rapid Transit)
The MRT is the most convenient form of inner-city public transportation. So far, MRT systems are only available in Taipei, Kaohsiung and the route from Taipei city to Taoyuan International Airport. Most of the tourist spots in Taipei can be visited by taking the MRT directly.
EasyCard is the most convenient way to pay so you don’t need to keep buying tickets. However, please be reminded that eating or drinking is not allowed in MRT stations or in the cabins.
City Bus Services
City bus services are available in all cities of Taiwan. City buses run unusually with intensive shifts but please check the bus schedule first before you visit the mountain area as schedules and routes to those areas may be limited.
Alishan Forest Railway
This railway line was originally built for transporting wood and living supplies in the old days. Now it has been transformed into a tourist train for forest tours. It starts from Chiayi station in Chiayi City and terminates at Shizilu station in Alishan Township, Chiayi County.
There are also three lines available: the Shenmu line, Zhaoping line, and Chushan line.
Taiwan Tourist Shuttle
Taiwan Tourist Shuttle is designed to provide exclusive services for tourists on trips around Taiwan.
It passes through all the key tourist attractions in Taiwan and stops at key stations of Taiwan Railways and the Taiwan High Speed Rail. It can fulfill tourist's needs when traveling extensively with good ticket fares and a convenient bus schedule.
Long Distance Bus Services
There are buses for traveling long distances that run between the cities with busy time schedules. They are convenient, and some popular routes run 24 hr a day. Buses are cheaper than trains and are comfortable, so they are a commonly used method of transport in Taiwan.
This is a flexible way to travel as you can plan your tour based on your preferences and available time. With the help of a professional driver, you can visit any places you like. The charter service is a relaxing and easy option if you don’t want to drive yourself or take public transportation.
In addition to public transportation, a self-driving tour is another good choice. If you want to visit the mountains or remote areas in Taiwan, driving by yourself may be more convenient for you. If you would like to rent a car to drive, please ensure you have your international driving license, domestic driving license and passport to rent a car legally.
Take mass transit to the National Forest Recreation Area
Hehuanshan National Forest Recreation Area
● Nantou bus Route 6658A / Tel:886-49-2984031
Take the Qingjing Farm-Wulin-Mt. Hehuan route and get off at the Song-Syue Lodge.
Dasyueshan National Forest Recreation Area
● Fengyuan Bus Route 90, 206, 207, 208 / Tel: 886-4-25234175
Take the west exit of Taiwan Railways Fengyuan station (Chungcheng Road) and walk to Fengyuan Bus Route 90, 206, 207, 208 (5 mins). Get off at Dongshi stop, transfer to Route 252 (runs on Saturdays and Sundays) to Dasyueshan National Forest Recreation Area.
● Fengyuan Bus Route153 / Tel: 886-4-25234175
Take Exit No. 6 of Taiwan High Speed Rail Taichung Station to platform No. 21 of the bus station, then get on Fengyuan Bus Route 153. Get off at Dongshi stop. Transfer to Route 252 (runs on Saturdays and Sundays) to recreation Area.
Aowanda National Forest Recreation Area
● Nantou Bus Aowanda Maple Shuttle / Tel: 886-49-2984031#23
Every Saturday and Sunday during the hot season of maple viewing (October to March), the Nantou Bus provides shuttle services by reservation only and departs from the Nantou Bus Gancheng Station.
● Nantou Bus DRTS / Tel: 866-49-2984031#32
Year-round service between Puli and Ren’ai Township is available by reservation. Please visit the official Nantou Bus website for more details.
Kenting National Forest Recreation Area
● Pingtung Bus Route 8239 / Tel：886-8-7237131
Take the Hengchun line to Hengchun transfer station, then take any bus going to Kenting (please check with the staff at the Hengchun transfer station) to get off at Kenting archway stop, then take a 4km walk along Gongyuan Road (mountain road) to reach the reacreation area.
● Kuokuang Bus Route 9188 / Tel：0800-010-138
Departure from Zuoying High Speed Rail station and get off at Kenting archway stop, then take a 4km walk along Gongyuan Road (mountain road) to reach the reacreation area.
● Kaohsiung Bus Route 9117 / Tel：886-7-7480551
Departure from Zili station in Kaohsiung and get off at Kenting archway stop, then take a
4km walk along Gongyuan Road (mountain road) to reach the reacreation area.
Alishan National Forest Recreation Area
● Kuokuang Bus Route 1835 / Tel：886-8-00010138
Get on the bus at Taipei Bus Station and get off at Alishan transfer station.
● Chiayi Bus Rapid Transit Route 7322、7329 / Tel：886-5-2243140
Take the bus from Chiayi and get off at Alishan transfer station located before the Alishan entrance gate.
● Yuan Lin Bus Route 6739 / Tel：886-49-2770041
Get on the bus at Alishan entrance transfer station; the scheduled daily start times are 13:00 and
14:00. Please make a reservation in advance.
● Taiwan Tourist Shuttle 7329A Alishan -Route A, 7322C Alishan -Route B / Tel：0800-011765
Take 7322C Alishan -Route B at Chiayi train station or 7329A Alishan -Route A at Chiayi High
Speed Rail station and get off at Alishan transfer station located before the Alishan entrance gate.