Taroko Tourist Shuttle
The Taroko hop-on hop-off tourist shuttle service was implemented in 2012 and serves as a convenient way for tourists to explore Taroko National Park.
1 day pass: NT$250 (unlimited journeys on the same day)
2 day pass: NT$400 (unlimited journeys for two consecutive days)
The pass must be bought before travel as it cannot be purchased on the bus.
Ticket service counters
- Hualien Bus Terminal: 100 Guolian 1st Road (turn left and walk straight after exiting Hualien railway station. You will see a prominent orange building)
- Hualien Visitor Info Center: 106, Guolian 1st Road (turn right and walk straight after exiting Hualien railway station) Opening hours: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Grab a brochure from the ticket service counter when you're buying your pass. It contains the essential info that you need, such as the bus route and timetable (which you will have to adhere to).
Note: Before touring Taroko, it is good to check the trail conditions either online (http://www.taroko.gov.tw/English/) or with the bus driver. Sometimes, certain trails may be closed due to reasons such as maintenance or hazardous damage from typhoons. Having this information will help you plan your day better.
|Travel brochure showing the route and stops along the way|
|Timetables - outbound and inbound. 7 buses a day.|
When I visited Taroko National Park in November, it was unfortunate that the Shakadang trail and Tunnel of Nine Turns were closed due to the effects of typhoon which occurred a few months back. I was really looking forward to doing these 2 trails prior to my arrival in Hualien. A consoling point was that the beautiful Baiyang trail had just newly reopened after being closed for 3 years. This trail can be accessed from Tianxiang.
I toured Taroko National Park over 2 days. On the first day, I covered Tianxiang, Baiyang Trail, Swallow Grotto and Changchun (Eternal Spring) Shrine. On the second day, I covered Buluowan, Swallow Grotto, Lushui and Wenshan Hot Spring (3 km further up from Tianxiang).
|Eateries at Tianxiang|
|The bus stop sign. You can recognise every bus stop by a sign like this.|
|The entrance of Baiyang Trail is 900m away from Tianxiang|
|Gently sloping up. You gotta walk through that concrete covered walkway.|
|That's the entrance of the Baiyang Trail|
|It is dark so you will need a flashlight. Our handphones' flashlight function served us well.|
|Baiyang Trail is 2 km one-way. We took about 2 hours to and fro, with plenty of photo stops.|
|Baiyang trail is characterised by its number of tunnels. 7 along the 2 km route.|
|The Cave of Water Curtain marks the end of the trail.|
|This was fun! Raincoats can be found at the entrance. Feel free to use one and put it back after you're done.|
|Next stop: Swallow Grotto. Indeed we took 40 minutes to cover the approx 1.4km trail.|
|Our final stop for the day: Changchun Shrine. We conquered the steep climb.|
|The stairs never seemed to end.|
|Feeling accomplished for the day.|