We wrote this guide on how to get to Sun Moon Lake from the Taichung Train Station after we stayed in Taichung for a few days. We previously wrote about Taichung night market which is worth checking out if you are staying in town. If you are catching the HSR train our guide will still help you with the bus leg of the journey.
We also have a handy guide if you need to know how to get from Taipei to Taichung although if you are trying to get from Taipei to Sun Moon Lake you will probably want to catch the high speed rail then transfer to a bus. The guide you are reading now will help you.
The easiest option seems to be to catch the bus. To catch the bus from Taichung to Sun Moon Lake make your way to the bus stop across the road from the main entrance from the Taichung Train Station. From the other side of the road if you are looking at the train station, the bus stop is on your right.
Other people may be waiting for the bus also. You may also encounter taxi drivers who offer a cheap rate to get to Sun Moon Lake. It probably won't end up that cheap, so just wait for the bus.
The buses run from 7:50 am in the morning all the way until 7:50 pm in the evening. Buses run between the two places every 10 to 60 minutes. Payment is via easycard or by cash. The full fare cost is just over NTD $200 per person. We are unsure of the exact amount sorry.
Jump on the bus, and the next stop will be the Taichung HSR Station. Those of you who have caught the fast train from Taipei will get on the bus at this this station.
There are special Sun Moon Lake Passes that can be purchased from the Taichung HSR Station. We weren't aware of these at the time, so we didn't get these ourselves. The information below is what we found once we reached Sun Moon Lake. You can also buy these when you reach Sun Moon Lake but if we had of known of the Transport Passes we would have bought them in Taichung.
Here are the prices of various Sun Moon Lake Passes that include transport from Taichung according to a flyer we picked up in 2012. The "full price" figures are from the flyer and we can't vouch for their accuracy.
Taichung - Sun Moon Lake (round trip ticket) - NTD $660 (Full Price - NTD $1084)
Taichung - Sun Moon Lake (round trip ticket) + Formosan Aboriginal Cultural Village Ticket - NTD $990 (Full Price - NTD $1614)
For more information about the above passes and others that you can purchase, please see this website. Andrew and I wish we had of found this website sooner!
The bus ride from Taichung to Sun Moon Lake was very comfortable. The seats were large, heaps of legroom, and a comedy television show played for the first hour. For the last thirty minutes or so, a travel show on Sun Moon Lake was shown. A very enjoyable ride indeed.
The bus drops you at a visitor's center that has plenty of nearby restaurants and hotels. Mei Jen House, where we stayed, was a very short stroll down the road.
When you are ready to catch the bus back from Sun Moon Lake to Taichung you just come back to this visitor center. From Taichung you can catch the train to wherever you need to go.
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We stayed at a lovely place called Mei Jen House. It was slightly more expensive than our usual budget but Sun Moon Lake is a popular destination so prices are a little higher than elsewhere. It was clean, the manager was friendly and the place had a ton of personality.
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