If you’re planning a trip to Taiwan’s dreamy Cingjing Farm (清境農場), one of the very first things you’re probably trying to figure out is how to get from Taichung to Cingjing.
Cingjing, also spelled Qingjing, is a gorgeous mountaintop resort located in Taiwan’s central region, Nantou. Often dubbed as the “Little Europe in Taiwan,” it’s just the spot to enjoy a slice of unparalleled beauty, get some fresh air, and check out all the amazing things to do in the area. Make sure to read my detailed Cingjing Farm guide to find the very best things to do!
While Cingjing is a great add-on to any Taichung itinerary, most people only visit Cingjing on a day trip from Taichung. With that said, though, it’s worth staying overnight to really enjoy all this beautiful area has to offer.
Since Cingjing is a popular attraction in Taiwan, there are quite a few ways to go there. To help you make sense of all the options, here’s a quick transport guide including the absolute best ways to go to Qingjing Farm.
Ready to find out how to get to Cingjing from Taichung or Taipei? Let’s go!
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How to Get to Cingjing from Taichung
Taichung is the main gateway to Cingjing, so if you’re already in Taichung, half of the work is already done! Those heading to Cingjing from Taipei, keep reading as I’ve also included the best ways to do so below.
Taichung HSR Station to Cingjing
The most straightforward way to travel to Qingjing Farm is to take the direct Nantou Bus from Taichung HSR Station. There are only four direct buses daily, so timing is crucial if you’re coming from elsewhere in Taiwan. See the Nantou bus schedule here.
Once you arrive at Taichung HSR Station, make your way to Exit 5, where you’ll find the Nantou Tour Bus ticket booth. The staff speak great English and are really helpful. Don’t forget to grab a map and the bus timetable while you’re there!
While it’s possible to pay with your Easy Card or buy a one-way ticket, it’s worth investing in the Cingjing Farm Pass. The pass costs NT$600 for a return ticket (valid up to 15 days from departure) and includes access to Cingjing Farm, Cingjing Skywalk, and discounted admission to the Little Swiss-Garden.
Direct Nantou Bus from Taichung HSR Station to Qingjing:
Buses depart at 8:50 am, 9:35 am, 10:15 am, and 11:35 am from Taichung HSR Station daily. There is also an additional bus which leaves at 12:35 pm on weekends and special holidays.
- Bus Fare: A one-way bus ticket to Cingjing Farm costs NT$239, but as mentioned, I highly recommend getting the Cingjing Pass instead (NT$600).
- Duration: 2 hours
Insider’s Tip: Whichever bus you take, it’s crucial to ask your hotel where to get off as only the main stops are indicated on the bus schedule. The hotels are quite spread out in Cingjing, and since the little town is set on a mountain, it would be a nightmare tugging along your luggage. The bus announcements are in English and Chinese, but it’s best to keep Google Maps open to keep track of your whereabouts.
Taichung to Cingjing Farm via Puli Station
If you’ve missed the direct bus from Taichung to Cingjing, don’t worry. It’s still possible to get there, but you’ll first need to get yourself to Puli Bus Station and from there transfer to the Qingjing bus. Here are the steps.
- From Taichung to Puli: Take Nantou Bus 6670 bound for Sun Moon Lake from Gancheng Station or Taichung HSR Station to Puli. Buses depart every few minutes, with the first bus leaving at 7:15 am. See bus 6670’s schedule here.
- From Puli to Cingjing: Take bus 6658, 6659, or 6664. The first bus comes at 6:00, and the last bus is at 18:45. Buses arrive every 20-45 minutes and take just over an hour. The ticket costs around NT$130, and you can see the schedule here.
Insider’s tip: Combining your Cingjing trip with Sun Moon Lake? No problem! Book a shared transfer between Cingjing and Sun Moon Lake for a stress-free experience.
Joining a Day Tour to Qingjing Farm
If you’re only going to Cingjing for the day, then joining an organized day tour from Taichung, like this one, is by far your best choice. The tour includes a pickup right at your hotel in Taichung and lasts about 9 hours.
Besides stopping at several iconic sites like the Green Green Grassland, the Skywalk, Little Swiss Garden, and the uber-luxurious Old England Hotel, it’s a great hassle-free experience as you won’t need to plan a thing!
Taking a Transfer or a Taxi to Cingjing from Taichung
For those pressed for time or traveling in a group, it might be worth taking a transfer or a taxi to Cingjing. While this is certainly the most expensive option included in this guide, it will save you the headache of figuring out all the logistics.
Alternatively, grab an Uber via the Uber app to pick you up directly at your hotel. From time to time, there might also be a few taxi drivers offering rides from Taichung HSR Station to Qingjing. Expect prices to start at around NT$2000, but you could always try to negotiate for a cheaper rate.
How to Get From Taipei to Cingjing
If you are traveling to Qingjing from Taipei and not taking a private transfer, the very first thing you’ll need to do is get yourself to Taichung.
Since Taichung is approximately 160km from Taipei, I wouldn’t recommend taking a bus or the local train as you’d be wasting too much time on traveling. Instead, the fastest and most convenient way to go from Taipei to Taichung is by HSR, Taiwan’s highly efficient high-speed train.
Trains leave every 10-15 minutes from Taipei Main Station and cost NT$700 for a standard reserved seat. (Check timings here). The journey takes about 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the train you take. Once in Taichung, follow the same steps as above.
If you’re traveling on a tight budget, here are a few alternatives to go to Cingjing from Taichung or Puli.
- Taking the local train to Taichung:
If you must take the local train, you can catch any south-bound train from Taipei Main Station to Taichung TRA Station. From there, walk ten minutes to Gancheng Station where you can get a bus to Cingjing. (See the Nantou bus schedule here).
- Taking the bus to Taichung:
You can also take Ubus 1619 to Taichung from Taipei Main Bus Station and alight at TRA Taichung Station. The ride takes about 2.5 hours and costs NT$300. Check the Ubus schedule here. Once there, you’ll need to get to Gancheng Station (same as above).
- Taking the bus to Puli Station:
Another option is to take Kuo-Kuang bus 1831 to Puli from Taipei Bus Station. The ride takes 3h40 and costs NT$405. Once in Puli, you’ll need to transfer to the Nantou Bus to Cingjing. Buses depart frequently, and the journey will take about 1 hour from here. See the Nantou bus schedule here.
Getting to Cingjing in Conclusion
All in all, Cingjing is a very accessible destination, whether you’re coming from Taichung or elsewhere in Taiwan. Have you visited Qingjing Farm? If you think I’ve missed anything or have an easier route to go to Cingjing, let me know in the comments below so that I can keep this post updated!
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