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.
Taipei to Taichung or Kaohsiung to Taichung
By Public Bus (Click Me)
By HSR (Click Me)
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.
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.
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||
|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|
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.
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.
|Taichung→Puli Station–(Transfer)–Puli Station→Cingjing Farm|
|Taichung Gancheng Station||HSR Taichung Station||Puli Station||Transfer||Puli Station||Wushe||Cingjing Farm||Songgang||Cuifeng|
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.
|Cingjing Farm→Puli Station–(Transfer)–Puli Station→Taichung|
|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|
|6658||09:35||09:45||09:55||10:15||11:05||Puli to Taichung every 20~30min|
|6658||16:20||16:30||16:40||17:10||18:00||Puli to Taichung every 20~30min|
|6659||–||18:15||18:25||18:45||19:35||Puli to Taichung every 20~30min|
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.
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.
Where to Buy?：Nantou Bus『Taichung, Gancheng Station』、Nantou Bus『HSR Taichung Station(the first-floor fifth exit)
Book Via http://www.cingjing.com.tw/cja/newscj/newsview.asp?nsid=888
Book Via http://taiwanbus.emmm.tw/
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