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Note that this page is for the Republic of China; for the People's Republic of China, see China.

Railway System

There are two major rail operators. Information for both is available at the Man in Seat 61.


Taiwan Railways Administration

TRA owns and operates the "classic" 3'6" gauge network. This forms a complete circuit around the island, with several branches.


  • Gauge: 1067mm (3'6")
  • Electrification: 25kV 60Hz AC
  • Rule of the road: not known


Taiwan High Speed Rail

THSR owns and operates the standard-gauge high-speed line between Taipei and Zuoying (near Kaohsiung), on the more-populated western side of the island. This line opened in 2007.


  • Gauge: standard (1435 mm, 4' 8½" )
  • Electrification: 25kV 60Hz AC
  • Rule of the road: not known


  • Website: https://en.thsrc.com.tw/
  • Journey planner: on the website front page
  • Downloadable timetable: use the timetable search on the front page to access the main "Timetable and Fare Search" page; this includes a "Timetable Downloads" section.
  • Real-time information: train operation status

Tourist Lines

The highly scenic Alishan Forest Railway was built as a 762mm (2'6") gauge logging railway, but is now operated as a tourist line. There is further information at Wikipedia.

Other tourist lines are listed at Wikipedia; these were also built for industrial use, either logging or sugarcane transport.

Metro and light rail systems

Taipei area

See also UrbanRail: Taipei and Taoyuan



Obscure and Sparse Passenger Services

None known