Monday, November 14, 2011

Taiwan Trip Day 6 - On the way to Ruifang Train Station from Taipei Main Station


Day 6, we decided to take the conventional rail to Ruifang Station to visit Juifen.

Looking at the board in the huge Taipei Railway Station, we could not understand any of it even though we understand mandarin lol. Cause the board only shows the final destination.

We decided to seek help from the information counter which proves very helpful. The information personnel can speak English and Mandarin. They showed us the computer monitor of the trains going to Ruifang Station. We just choose the time and train station we wanted to go and yes we could choose to take the normal train or the express train of couse the fare will differs. We took the Chu Kuang (which is the middle range train while the express train is Tze Chiang train).

It costs us NT59 each for one way and we got the reserved seats. The journey to Ruifang Station was about 1 hour. If you get the non reserved seat means you dont guaranteed a seat, if all the seats were occupied you gotta stand for the whole hour.

From here it was easy to follow the signs to our platform to get to our train at the correct platform.

Before we made our way down we had to look at the above screen to see that the train we were taking, had flashed onto the screen. We dont want to take the wrong trains. As this is not the high speed rail trains, the duration between each conventional trains can be quite close.

The yellow portion is the high speed rail station while the blue is the normal train station.

We could eat in the train so we bought some snacks and drinks from the seven eleven store in the train station.


The train was quite cramped and not as spacious as the high speed rail. It was a mad rush cause Taipei Main Station had a huge crowd and many trying to get down the train and just as many as trying to get up the trains. The train will move off and not wait for you so you gotta to be punctual.

Those passengers standing in the front were chased out of their seats cause the rightful owner came to claim their seats. These passengers bought the non reserved seats so they gotta stand for the whole journey. No warden will checked your tickets.

View outside

The train that we took to Ruifang Station.

Short video of housing estate and the next train station.
Before we board the train, we had checked the computer monitor screen at the information counter and counted we need to alight at the sixth station for Ruifang Station. But depending on which train and final destination you are taking, do not take for granted Ruifang Station is the sixth cause some trains skipped a few stations so Ruifang Station could be the 3rd or 4th Station. Best to check with the information counter before boarding if you are unsure.

Even though they announced the station, it was quite noisy in the train so we could hardly hear properly the announcement.
Before the train pulled over to the Ruifang station, we hurried to the exit cause we need to hurry down as many people will tried to go up the train and you wont be able to alight in time.

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