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Chiayi Transportation – Taxi, Train, Bus & Airport Tips

Chiayi Transportation

Chiayi is a city known for being a key location for both Japanese and Chinese rulers throughout the centuries. Find out more about how to get around if you’re looking for taxi, train or bus tips in Chiayi.

THSR Railway Station in Chiayi

The THSR railway station is the place to catch a variety of transportation. Take the high-speed train to different places in Taiwan as this station connects the northwest and southwest parts of the country. It’s a thoroughly modernized station where you can find bathrooms, lockers, vending machines, ticket counters and souvenir shops. Buying tickets in advance can get you a hefty discount off the total fare for the high-speed line. Or find the Alishan Shuttle Bus Terminal to get to Alishan National Park. The terminal is on the right-hand side of the main railway station, and people rave about the efficiency and frequency of the schedules. You shouldn’t need to buy tickets in advance as the buses are unlikely to sell out. Most people get to the National Park via tour bus. You can catch a free shuttle from THSR to downtown Chiayl too.

Getting Downtown and Around Chiayi

The Chiayi Railway Station is the other major area to catch the highspeed line, and has a free shuttle bus that will take you to THSR too. You’ll find the bus terminals upstairs and across a bridge. Once you’re in the major shopping sections of downtown, you can rent a scooter to save your feet the hassle. You can get around practically everywhere in Taiwan via scooter, and you won’t have to worry as much about traffic.

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about transportation in Chiayi.

By Christine Sarkis

There's a 95 percent chance Senior Editor Christine Sarkis is thinking about travel right now. Follow her on Instagram @postcartography and Twitter @ChristineSarkis.

Christine Sarkis is an SATW-award-winning journalist and executive editor at SmarterTravel. Her stories have also appeared on USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler, Huffington Post, and Business Insider. Her advice has been featured in dozens of print and online publications including The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, and People magazine. She has also shared travel tips on television and radio shows including Good Morning America, Marketplace, and Here & Now. Her work has been published in the anthologies Spain from a Backpack and The Best Women's Travel Writing 2008. She is currently working on a travel memoir.

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