Traffic in the Area
Lake touring bus
The lake touring bus travels around the Huanhu area. There are bus stops and signs located at all the important attractions, so this is an ideal transportation for visitors to visit all the attractions. Bus fare is discounted if you have an IC card.
Bus routes and departure times
Sun Moon Lake→Ita Thao→Xuanguang TempleIta（6669）
Sun Moon Lake (Shuishe) departure time: 8:10am; last bus 5:20pm
Xuanguang Temple→Ita Thao→Sun Moon Lake（6669）
Ita Thao departure time: 8:35am; last bus 6:10pm
Xuanguang departure time: 9:40am; last bus 6:00pm
※For actual bus fares, departure times and routes, please check the Lake Touring Bus website.
Ferry or motor boat
To quickly get to each destination at Sun Moon Lake, the best transportation is to take the ferry. You can enjoy the scenery around the lake and listen to the captain’s interesting commentary while you’re on the ferry. It’s a great way to learn about Sun Moon Lake’s attractions and history from the perspective of a local resident.
There are 3 main piers at Sun Moon Lake: Shuishe, Xuanguang Temple and Ita Thao. Each ferry travels in a counterclockwise direction (Shuishe Pier → Xuanguang Temple Pier → Ita Thao Pier → Shuishe Pier). The one-day ferry ticket allows you to take the ferry as many times as you like within the same day.
How To Take The Ferry
Please go to the ticket booth at the pier when you take the ferry for the first time, and stay in the waiting area and show your ticket. After your ticket is stamped, present your stamped ticket as you board the ferry.
Departure time: 1st ferry 9:00am; Last ferry 5:00pm
Frequency: Departs every 15-20 minutes
- All ferries travel in a counterclockwise direction.
- Please note the last ferry departure time at each pier.
- Green World, Sun Moon Lake Shuttle Boat, Sun Moon Lake Yacht Fleet, Chengkung, Harbor Yacht, Sun Moon Star and Green Lake Yacht. Bikes are allowed on the ferry, but please check with staff regarding related fees first.
Tickets for ferry lake tour can be purchased as a package deal that covers other forms of transportation, which is a more affordable option. If lake touring is your only preference, then you can purchase a ticket for ferry rides only.
※Please avoid buying low-cost ferry tickets from non-official channels. (Currently the Nantou County official price is NT$300 per ticket.)
On Site Ticket Booths
Please purchase tickets at all the major ferry piers in Sun Moon Lake.
Ita Thao Visitors Center
Purchase ferry tickets or package deal tickets at the Sun Moon Lake Service Station for Boats in Shuishe.
Purchasing tickets online
A must-not-miss experience when you visit Sun Moon Lake is the ropeway. From the Sun Moon Lake Ropeway Station take the ropeway to Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village. Visitors who hold admission ticket for the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village or package deal ticket have direct access to the park. Visitors who didn’t purchase admission tickets can shop at the stores and buy some souvenirs before taking the ropeway back to the Sun Moon Lake Ropeway Station.
Please note that the ropeway has regular passenger cabins and crystal passenger cabins. Passengers who want to experience the spectacular views over the valley must try the crystal passenger cabin!
Weekdays 10:30-16:00, Holidays 10:00-16:30
Days ropeway is out of service for maintenance: Usually the first Wednesday each month the ropeway is closed for maintenance. For details, please check the Sun Moon Lake Ropeway website.
※The closing time of Sun Moon Lake Ropeway is earlier than that of Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village. Please take note to avoid missing the last ride.
Sun Moon Lake Ropeway Station ←→ Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village (Single round trip, each trip is about 7 minutes)
Ropeway Ticket Price
The round-trip fare from Sun Moon Lake Ropeway to Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village is NT$300.
Visitors who purchased admission tickets for the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village can take the Sun Moon Lake Ropeway for free, and there’s no need to buy a ticket just for the ropeway.
Besides buying the Sun Moon Lake Ropeway ticket, the more cost-effective package deal ticket is also an option.
※For actual fare, please check the official website and ticket booth on site.
Car Park Information
Bus and car NT$100
Car park operating hours: 09:00-18:00
On Site Ticket Purchase
Available on the 2nd floor of Sun Moon Lake Ropeway Station ticket counter.
Shuishe area’s Sun Moon Lake Service Station for Bus and Boat (across from the Sun Moon Lake Police Bureau) sells ropeway tickets and package deal tickets.
Purchasing tickets online
Sun Moon Lake ← Xiangshan → Checheng shuttle
Sun Moon Lake → Xiangshan → Toushe → Snake Kiln → Shuili → Checheng
Departure time: 8:10am; Last departure 5:25pm (departs approximately every 80 minutes)
Checheng → Shuili → Snake Kiln → Toushe → Xiangshan → Sun Moon Lake
Departure time: 8:50am; Last departure 6:05pm (departs approximately every 80 minutes)
※Sun Moon Lake – Checheng one-day ticket NT$100, unlimited rides on the same day
Shuili ←→ Shuang Long Shuttle Bus
Shuili Departure Time 6:10am; Last bus 4:30pm
Shuang Long Departure Time 6:40am; Last bus 5:20pm
※For details please inquire at Green Transit
Puli – Sun Moon Lake – Shuili Shuttle Bus
Puli Departure Time 6:00am; Last bus 6:00pm (departs about every 60 minutes)
Shuili Departure Time 6:00am; Last bus 7:00pm (departs about every 60 minutes)
Tour bus – Yuchi Huang Cong-rong Taxi
Sun Moon Starlight Taxi
Sun Moon Lake Xin Huan Qiu Taxi
Giant Sun Moon Lake Station (next to Zhongxing Parking Lot)
Suong-Meeng Bicycle Rental (next to Zhongxing Parking Lot)
Merida Bicycle Rental Zhongxing Branch (next to Zhongxing Parking Lot)
Merida Bicycle Rental Xiangshan Branch (across from Xiangshan Visitor Center)
Sun Moon Lake Zhongxin Bicycle Station (Across from Sun Moon Lake Ropeway Station)