You can take the following public transportation or drive to Sun Moon Lake in Nantou: Taiwan Railways, Taiwan Tour Bus and Kuo-Kuang Motor Transport.
Taichung International Airport→Sun Moon Lake
1. Taiwan Tourist Shuttle Sun Moon Lake Route
Please board the shuttle at the 2nd platform. There is only one shuttle departing from the airport each day. Departure time - 3:10pm; travel time – 2 hours
2. Bus No. 156 + Taiwan Tourist Shuttle Sun Moon Lake Route
Taichung International Airport ←→ Taiwan Railways Taichung Station (1st floor, Exit 5, 3rd platform, about 40 minutes) ←→ Sun Moon Lake (approximately 90 minutes)
3. Bus No. 302 + Taiwan Tourist Shuttle Sun Moon Lake Route
Taichung International Airport ←→ Taichung Gancheng Station ←→ Sun Moon Lake
※ Please check the Taiwan Tourist Shuttle website for actual departure time and route.
TRA & THSR
TRA→Sun Moon Lake
Because Taiwan Railway’s price is reasonable and the trains run frequently, it’s the first choice of transportation for many people coming to Taichung. Take the train and get off at Taichung Station, then take the Taiwan Tourist Shuttle to Sun Moon Lake.
TRA Jiji Route Information
The Jiji line runs from Ershui in Changhua County to Checheng in Nantou County. The entire distance is about 30 km. This is a popular nostalgic railway route. It stops at Ershui, Yuanquan, Zhuoshui, Longquan, Jiji, Shuili and Checheng Stations. Visitors can take a local train at Changhua Station or Taiwan High Speed Rail-Taichung Station, head to Shuili Station or Checheng Station, and then take the Nantou Bus to Sun Moon Lake.
Departure time: First train 6:00am; Last train 9:40pm
Departure time: First train 7:00am; Last train 10:40pm
※Departure time is for reference only. Please check the Taiwan Railway website for actual departure time.
THSR Taichung Station→Sun Moon Lake
The High Speed Rail travels very fast and is good for visitors who want to reduce their time spent on traveling. Take the High Speed Rail train and get off at Taichung Station, then go to the 1st floor, Exit 5, Platform 3rd platform and take the Taiwan Tourist Shuttle to Sun Moon Lake.
THSR Taichung Station
Ticket Booking Information
Taiwan Tourist Shuttle Sun Moon Lake Route
Taiwan Tourist Shuttle is a bus service that connects to all the popular attractions, train and high-speed rail stations. Ticket packages and high-speed rail combo tickets are available to make visiting Sun Moon Lake an easy and enjoyable event. If you don’t want to drive or join a tour, Taiwan Tourist Shuttle is your best choice.
Taiwan Tour Bus
Taiwan Tour Bus has a number of routes traveling to Sun Moon Lake. Not only does it include food and fun, but it also includes accommodation for 2-day trips. There is also a tour guide to help visitors learn the stories of Sun Moon Lake. This is a great option for visitors who don’t have time to plan their trip.
Long Distance Bus
Taipei←→Sun Moon Lake
Kuo-Kuang Motor Transport (1833)
Distance: approximately 4 hours
Taipei Departure: First bus 7:00am; Last bus 5:00pm
Sun Moon Lake Departure: First bus 7:30am; Last bus 4:20pm
Sun Moon Lake ←→ Xitou bus connection
Puli Bus Station → Sun Moon Lake (Shuishe) → Shuili → Jiji → Sheliao (Zinan Temple) → Guangxing → Xitou
Departure time at Puli Bus Station: 6:20am
Departure time at Sun Moon Lake (Shuishe): 7:00am, 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm
Departure time at Xitou: 7:00am, 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm
Alishan ←→ Sun Moon Lake
There are not that many buses going from Alishan to Sun Moon Lake, because there are relatively few passengers. Passengers with ticket packages or passes, please call the sales office to reserve seats 3 days prior to departure.
Departure from Alishan: 1st bus 1:00pm; last bus 2:00pm
Departure from Sun Moon Lake: 1st bus 8:00am; last bus 9:00am
※Please check website or onsite announcement of each bus company for actual departure time.
If you want to plan your schedule yourself and have an unrestricted trip, you can drive. We recommend 7 different routes to Sun Moon Lake. Whether you’re coming from the northern, central or southern part of Taiwan, you can enjoy a self-guided trip by driving to Sun Moon Lake.
Coming from Taipei
Coming from Taichung
Coming from Kaohsiung
Ita-Thao – Shuanglong
Township Road 63
Shuili – Xinyi
Provincial Highway 16
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