Wanderlust

I met new friends in Taiwan who share the same passion as mine— traveling. And as an avid traveler, we share the places we’ve visited through our photos, they visited the colorful gardens of Yangminshan while I showed them the rustic yet charming sheep farm of Nantou called Cingjing. As we part ways, I promised that I’ll write a blog about the farm and at the same time the ways on how to get to Nantou without the hassle and of course without breaking the bank.

There are several ways on how to get to Nantou and like what I always advise choose what’s best for you and consider your time and budget. If you don’t mind spending money then you can charter a car/taxi, it will definitely cost you more but if you can why not? However, if you’re on a tight budget, conscious spender, a little bit adventurous and want to save money then there are two possible options for you.

Do-It-Yourself

For us, we researched a lot and it requires our patience. Lucky for you just sit back, relax and follow the easy steps on how to travel to Nantou DIY. Traveling to Nantou takes effort as you need to transfer several times, switch buses and follow a rigid timetable. But if you’re aware of it, then there’s no reason for you not to try it. In fact, we enjoyed this DIY trip.

SMILE 1. Get to Taichung

Taipei to Taichung or Kaohsiung to Taichung

By Public Bus (Click Me)

Whether you’re in Taipei, Taoyuan Airport or in Kaohsiung, you need to get to Taichung before you can reach Nantou unless you rent a car. You can get to Taichung via Bus through the Taipei Bus Station, Kaohsiung Bus Station and even directly from Taoyuan airport. Fare starts from NTD230 and up. We traveled to Kaohsiung by Ubus and same way with Taichung, you can hop on a bus to Taichung via this huge terminal. For reference, you can checkout this blog for details.

Along with the Kuo

If you’re in Taoyuan Airport – Along with the Kuo Kang Counters, you can find Ubus counter at the airport where you can take a direct bus to Taichung for NTD270 more or less.

At Taipei Bus Station

When you’re in Taipei – Checkout Taipei Bus Station

Ticket Counters

Ticket Counters

Bus Interior

Bus Interior

By HSR (Click Me)

Most travelers prefer HSR because it’s fast and convenient compared to Bus. Though same with buses, they also follow a strict timetable.

1) Zuoying Station in Kaohsiung

If you’re in Taipei, Get into Taipei Main Station and you can find HSR. In our case, since we’re in Kaohsiung we went to the nearest station—the Zuoying Station.

2) Find the Counter and Buy Your Ticket to Taichung.

You can also buy an online ticket, exchange and collect the actual ticket at the counter.

If you have a fixed schedule then its better to buy your ticket online for a cheaper price they sell sometimes up to 30% off actual ticket price. As for us, I book all my needs via KLOOK.

KLOOK-THSR

TSHR Discounted Price

If you don’t have any idea about Klook App, click this for a simple guide about it.

My Klook voucher exchange with the actual ticket.

Maria with the mighty trains

HSR Interior

SMILE 2. Taichung to Cingjing

When you’re in Taichung, Get to Nantou Bus Counter.  The address provided below, if you travel by bus then stop at Taichung Gancheng Station, when you travel via HSR you just need to go to the first floor and you’ll see Nantou Bus Counter.

Bus Station Information
Address
TEL
Taichung Gancheng Station No.35-8, Sec. 1, Shuangshi Rd., North Dist., Taichung City 404, Taiwan (R.O.C.) +886-4-2225-6418
HSR Taichung Station Taichung HSR station area on the first-floor fifth exit. +886-4-3601-8665

Nantou Bus Counter

You can buy a single ticket or buy the Cingjing Pass Package. It’s up to you but I suggest that getting a pass is still your best option for discounted rates.

Better ask for timetable printout for you not to missed any trips. ^_^

Waiting Area at HSR

Bus TimeTable

There’s actually 5 direct buses on weekdays and 6 on weekends that runs from Taichung to Cingjing, see the line in gray highlights for schedule.  If you can meet this time then there’s no need for you to transfer at Puli but if you miss this then you can hop on a bus to Puli and then transfer to another bus Puli to Cingjing.

NOTE: If you’ll stay in one of the GuestHouses in Cingjing ask for the exact bus stop.

TaichungPuli Station–(Transfer)–Puli StationCingjing Farm
Taichung Gancheng Station HSR Taichung Station Puli Station Transfer Puli Station Wushe Cingjing Farm Songgang Cuifeng
轉乘時間 路線編號/目的
06:00 6659 往松崗 06:50 07:10 07:20
07:10 6658 往翠峰 08:00 08:20 08:30 08:40
08:35 6659 往松崗 09:25 09:45 09:55
08:20 08:40 09:30 09:30 6664 往清境 10:20 10:40 10:50
10:20 6658 往翠峰 11:10 11:30 11:40 11:50
09:15 09:35 10:25 10:25 6664 往清境 11:15 11:35 11:45
09:55 10:15 11:05 11:05 6664 往清境 11:55 12:15 12:25
11:15 11:35 12:25 12:25 6664 往清境 13:15 13:35 13:45
12:15 12:35 13:25 13:25 6664 往清境 14:15 14:35 14:45
14:00 6658 往翠峰 14:50 15:10 15:20 15:30
14:15 14:35 15:25 15:25 6664 往清境 16:15 16:35 16:45
16:35 6659 往松崗 17:25 17:45 17:55

Bus Stop right in front of the counter.

Nantou Bus Interior

At Puli Station

Buy your ticket here, if you miss the direct bus. If not then no need for this stop and continue your journey to Cingjing.

Puli to Cingging cost NTD112

While waiting take a sip of their local coffee or better yet explore Puli if you have an hour.

Nantou Local Buses are similar in terms of interior.

On your way back 

You also need to follow this timetable on your way back to Taichung. So make sure to synchronize your time. Sometimes, the bus is late for 10 minutes while there are times when they are earlier so make sure to be there 10-15 minutes earlier than the scheduled time.

路線
編號
Cingjing FarmPuli Station–(Transfer)–Puli StationTaichung
Cuifeng Songgang Cingjing Farm Wushe Puli Station Transfer Puli Station HSR Taichung Station Taichung Gancheng Station
6659 07:25 07:35 08:20 09:10 Puli to Taichung every 20~30min
6664 09:00 09:10 09:30 10:20 10:30 11:20 11:40
6658 09:35 09:45 09:55 10:15 11:05 Puli to Taichung every 20~30min
6659 10:30 10:40 11:00 11:50 12:00 12:50 13:10
6664 11:00 11:10 11:30 12:20 12:30 13:20 13:40
6664 12:00 12:10 12:30 13:20 13:30 14:20 14:40
6658 12:50 13:00 13:10 13:30 14:20 14:30 15:20 15:40
6664 14:00 14:10 14:30 15:20 15:30 16:20 16:40
6664 14:30 14:40 15:00 15:50 16:00 16:50 17:10
6664 16:00 16:10 16:30 17:20 17:30 18:20 18:40
6658 16:20 16:30 16:40 17:10 18:00 Puli to Taichung every 20~30min
6664 17:10 17:20 17:40 18:30 18:40 19:30 19:50
6659 18:15 18:25 18:45 19:35 Puli to Taichung every 20~30min

SMILE Time & Money

Sunset at Cingjjing

TRAVEL TIME

Taipei to Taichung

Takes 2 and a half hour by Bus and 45 minutes byHSR.

Taichung to Cingjing

2 and a half hour by bus.

BUDGET

Taipei to Taichung

By Bus NTD230 and Up

By HSR NTD700 and Up

Taichung to Cingjing

One way Bus Ticket Cost NTD261. See Packages for Discounted Attraction and Tickets.

PACKAGES

Where to Buy?:Nantou Bus『Taichung, Gancheng Station』、Nantou Bus『HSR Taichung Station(the first-floor fifth exit)

Cingjing Farm PASS (NT230)

Includes COST
‧【Puli – Songgang(Cingjing Farm)】A round-trip bus ticket NT244
‧【Cingjing Guest House – Green green Grassland】A One-way bus ticket NT26
‧Green Green Grassland admission coupon (Weekdays NT120, Holidays NT160)
‧Cingjing Guest House accommodation coupon (Weekdays 40% off, Holidays 15% off)

 

Cingjing Farm PASS (NT600)

Includes Cost
‧【Taichung – Puli】A round-trip bus ticket NT278
‧【Puli – Songgang(Cingjing Farm)】A round-trip bus ticket NT244
‧Green Green Grassland admission ticket NT200
‧【Cingjing Guest House – Green green Grassland】A One-way bus ticket NT26
‧Cingjing Guest House accommodation coupon (Weekdays 40% off, Holidays 15% off)

Direct Bus

If you hate DIY trip then this scheduled e-go bus is your best way to Nantou. It’s actually easy to book, go to their website check their contact number and reserve. I tried to email and they pretty response to my inquiry immediately, the bus departs at Taipei East Station around 7 Am so you need to be there on point or better earlier to catch it. The websites are in Chinese and so you need to translate it using a free web translator. For a free website, translator click this.

Book Via http://www.cingjing.com.tw/cja/newscj/newsview.asp?nsid=888

SEASON One Way Return
Weekdays NTD750 NTD1200
Holidays NTD850 NTD1400

Book Via http://taiwanbus.emmm.tw/

SEASON One Way Return
Weekdays NTD780 NTD1260
Holidays NTD930 NTD1460

 

Watch out for more Taiwan entries in a few days and since we traveled DIY, I will be posting Taiwan Free and Easy guide after my travelogues. Feel free to use the comment area below for questions and or share your experience with me through the comment area. Also, I’m prepping my Youtube Channel so please do support by subscribing at RunawayMariaTV Don’t forget to follow my journey through my INSTAGRAM @runawaymaria and Facebook by tapping LIKE! See you in my next post.

Happy Travels

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