Booking Alisan Forest Train Tickets

2016年10月9日 星期日

        Alisan Forest Train is an independent system, no matter its track system or ticket system. It's ticket system was supported by Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) since 2016. Now you can book the tickets online and collect at convenient stores. By the booking system, you can decrease the uncertainty of your trip.
Alisan Cherry Blossom Season

About the Track System
        Alisan Forest Railway System includes the main line and some branch lines. The main line is between Chiayi Train Station and Alisan Train Station. However, the main line is open between Chiayi Train Station and Fenchihu Train Station only. Branch lines start from Alisan and extend to Zhusan (Zhusan), Zhaoping (Zhaoping Line) and Shenmu (Shenmu Line). You can book the tickets of main line online. But you still need to book the tickets of branch line on spot. 
      The fare of main line between Chiayi and Fenqihu is NTD 384 (one way) and the fare of Zhusan branch line is NTD150(one way).

Booking Main Line Tickets
        The ticket system is not totally merged with TRA ticket system. Therefore, you cannot  buy/book/pay/collect at another stations or buy/book at Kiosk of convenient stores (you can collect your tickets at convenient stores). There are 2 options to book/buy the tickets of main line.

  • On Spot

         If you arrive Chiayi Train Station one day in advance. You can buy ticket at the station. You can buy the tickets up to 11+1 days (1: the day you buy the ticket) in advance. The ticket office opens between 08:00~16:00.  Be noted that the ticket office of Alisan Forest Railway is 10 m in front of Chiayi Train Station.
The ticket office of Alisan Forest Railway
         You can go to the official website of Alisan Forest Railway and book the ticket of  main line. You can book 15+2 days in advance . If today is Monday, you can book the Monday 2 weeks later. On Friday, you can book the tickets of the weekends in 2 weeks.
Official Website of Alisan Forest Railway

         The timetable is as below. The timetable is not updated right away if there is any change.  Please check the remarks first. The timetable is not for everyday. The timetables for weekday and weekend & holiday are not the same.

        You can query the tickets available first or book directly. Please follow the steps:
      The booking web page is different from the official web page. You can find details of the forest train in the official web page. But you need to book train tickets at booking web page.

      In the general booking page, there are 4 routes options. If you want to take bus to Alisan after the the forest train, choose ChiaYi-Shizulu route. Fenchihu is in ChiaYi-Shizulu route. Remember to book Chushan route if you want to see the Alisan  sunrise.
        Although you can pay before the end of the next day after the day you book the train ticket(Taipei Time Zone, GTM+8), it is better to pay right away to confirm your schedule. The online payment accepts VISA, MasterCard, JCB.

        You can only collect your tickets of Alisan Forest Train at any train station of Alisan Line or 7-11 convenient stores..

Booking Branch Tickets
        If you want to go to see the Alisan sunrise, taking Zhusan branch line to the sunrise platform is the best choice. You can book the branch line ticket at booking web page..
        The departure hour of Zhusan branch is not fixed. The time varies according to the time of sunrise. You can check the departure time at the board in front of the ticket office.
Alisan Sunrise, Zhusan
Itinerary tips
        The following 3 itineraries are common. There are some tips for your reference:
<1. Alisan & Sun Moon Lake>
        You can read more details from Transportation Between Cinjing, Sun Moon Lake, and Alisan if you want to go to Sun Moon Lake or Cingjing as well.

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<2. Alisan and Fenqihu (without Sun Moon Lake)>
        If you want to go to Alisan and Fenqichu from Chiayi Train Station and back, you should go to Alisan by bus first since you have to buy the sunrise train ticket for the next morning which is sold from 1pm at Alisan Train Station. You can also collect your Main Line ticket (Fenqichu->Chiayi) at the same time.

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  2. Hi Sullivan,
    Need your advise urgently on how I can still get to see the sunrise at Zhusan as my arrival to Taoyuan airport is 1.40 p.m.
    Not sure MRT travelling time to THSR for Chaiyi too.
    I estimate to reach after tChaiyi station the ticketing hours.
    already booked Gao San Ching hotel at Alisan.
    Do they sell same day ticket at alisan station as well?
    If not, is there any viewing area within walking distance from my hotel, presumably at Shermul station?
    Thank you in advance for your kind advice.

  3. BTW, my arrival to Alisan is on 24th July, 2 days from now.

  4. Thank you. I'll travel Taiwan in next 2 months and your post give me a lot of information.

  5. Foreigners not able to book online

    1. I booked the train tickets a few days ago for my foreign friends. It works

  6. Hello! Do you know if I can pay for the Alishan forest train ticket online with a Union Pay debit card?

  7. Hi Sullivan,

    Could you help us with our itinerary? We are planning to travel from Sun Moon Lake to Alishan by bus on a Tuesday. Wednesday morning catch the sunrise. Then on the same Wednesday we want to go down with the Forest Railway. Couple of questions:

    1. We will book train tickets in advance and pay with creditcard. Where can we pick them up in Alishan?
    2. We need to take a bus from Alishan to Fenqihu first and board the train their. Do you know the time table for the bus?

    Thanks a lot!!

  8. 1.You can pick up your tickets at Alisan Station or Fenchihu Station.
    2.Bus Route

  9. Hi. I tried booking the railway tickets for October online but the website said no train in service? Is it not open for public in October?


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