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There are 7 ways to get from Taipei to Kaohsiung by train, bus, car or plane

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Train via Guiren  •  2h 27m

  1. Take the train from Taipei to Tainan Taiwan High Speed Rail Line

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Fly to Kaohsiung  •  3h 33m

  1. Fly from Taipei Songshan (TSA) to Kaohsiung (KHH) TSA - KHH

5 alternative options

Train  •  3h 36m

  1. Take the train from Taipei to Kaohsiung 山線 / ...

Bus  •  4h 59m

  1. Take the bus from Taipei Bus Station to Jianguo 1610

Bus via Xinzhuang  •  6h 5m

  1. Take the bus from Xinzhuang Station to Kaohsiung 3999

Drive  •  3h 36m

  1. Drive from Taipei to Kaohsiung 345.9 km

Fly to Tainan, train  •  4h 17m

  1. Fly from Taipei Songshan (TSA) to Tainan (TNN) TSA - TNN
  2. Take the train from Tainan to Kaohsiung

Taipei to Kaohsiung by train

The train journey time between Taipei and Kaohsiung is around 3h 36m and covers a distance of around 373 km. Services are operated by Taiwan Railway. Typically 169 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

169 Weekly Trains
3h 36m Average Duration
$21 Cheapest Price
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Questions & Answers

The cost-effective way to get from Taipei to Kaohsiung is to bus, which costs $19 - $27 and takes 4h 59m.

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The quickest way to get from Taipei to Kaohsiung is to train via Guiren which costs $50 - $65 and takes 2h 27m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Taipei Bus Station station and arriving at Jianguo. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 59m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Taipei and arriving at Kaohsiung. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 36m.

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The distance between Taipei and Kaohsiung is 296 km. The road distance is 345.9 km.

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The best way to get from Taipei to Kaohsiung without a car is to train via Guiren which takes 2h 27m and costs $50 - $65.

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It takes approximately 2h 27m to get from Taipei to Kaohsiung, including transfers.

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Taipei to Kaohsiung bus services, operated by U Bus, depart from Taipei Bus Station.

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Taipei to Kaohsiung train services, operated by Taiwan High Speed Rail, depart from Taipei station.

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The best way to get from Taipei to Kaohsiung is to train via Guiren which takes 2h 27m and costs $50 - $65. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $19 - $27 and takes 4h 59m, you could also fly, which costs $14 - $280 and takes 3h 33m.

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Map of how to get from Taipei to Kaohsiung.
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  • Distance: 296.4 km
  • Duration: 2h 27m

What companies run services between Taipei, Taiwan and Kaohsiung, Taiwan?

Taiwan High Speed Rail operates a train from Taipei to Tainan every 30 minutes. Tickets cost $45 - $55 and the journey takes 1h 46m. Alternatively, U Bus operates a bus from Taipei Bus Station to Jianguo every 30 minutes. Tickets cost $19 - $27 and the journey takes 4h 59m.

Airlines
Uni Airways
Website
uniair.com.tw
Flights from Taipei Songshan to Kaohsiung via Penghu
Ave. Duration
2h 58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$13 - $270
Flights from Taipei Songshan to Kaohsiung via Kinmen
Ave. Duration
3h 27m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$21 - $300
Flights from Taipei Songshan to Kaohsiung via Kinmen, Penghu
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$21 - $300
Flights from Taipei Songshan to Tainan via Penghu
Ave. Duration
2h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$12 - $270
Flights from Taipei Songshan to Tainan via Kinmen
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$20 - $290
Mandarin Airlines
Website
mandarin-airlines.com
Flights from Taipei Songshan to Kaohsiung via Penghu
Ave. Duration
2h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$13 - $270
Flights from Taipei Songshan to Kaohsiung via Kinmen
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$21 - $300
Train operators
Taiwan High Speed Rail
Phone
4266-3000
Website
en.thsrc.com.tw
Train from Taipei to Tainan
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$45 - $55
Schedules at
en.thsrc.com.tw
Book at
klook.com
Non-Reserved
$45 - $51
Standard
$45 - $55
Business
$81
Taiwan Railway
Phone
+8862-2191-0096
Website
railway.gov.tw
Train from Taipei to Kaohsiung
Ave. Duration
3h 36m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
https://www.railway.gov.tw/tra-tip-web/tip?lang=EN_US
Train from Tainan to Kaohsiung
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Website
https://www.railway.gov.tw/tra-tip-web/tip?lang=EN_US
Bus operators
U Bus
Website
ubus.com.tw
Bus from Taipei Bus Station to Jianguo
Ave. Duration
4h 59m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$19 - $27
Schedules at
ubus.com.tw
Book at
ordertickets.ubus.com.tw
Aloha Bus
Phone
+886 0800-043-168
Website
aloha168.com.tw
Bus from Xinzhuang Station to Kaohsiung
Ave. Duration
5h 14m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27
Schedules at
taiwanbus.tw

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There is no direct flight from Taipei Songshan Airport to Kaohsiung Airport. The quickest flight takes 2h 10m and has one stopover.

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Taipei to Kaohsiung bus services, operated by U Bus, arrive at Jianguo station.

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Taipei to Kaohsiung train services, operated by Taiwan High Speed Rail, arrive at Tainan station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Taipei to Kaohsiung is 346 km. It takes approximately 3h 36m to drive from Taipei to Kaohsiung.

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Mandarin Airlines and Uni Airways offer flights from Taipei Songshan Airport to Kaohsiung Airport.

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There are 305+ hotels available in Kaohsiung. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Taipei to Taipei Songshan Airport is to subway which takes 4 min and costs $1.

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