Keep reading to learn how to take and pay for the Taichung Mass Rapid Transit (Taichung MRT or TMRT). Also, find stations along its route and nearby attractions.
Those traveling to Taichung City may need some help with the MRT. I want to help you navigate it by presenting information based on my experience.
Taichung MRT Route Map
Here’s a map of Taichung MRT’s green line:
Taichung MRT Green Line
The TMRT’s Green Line has the following stations:
|Beitun Main Station||Costco|
|Songzhu||Songzhu TRA Station|
|Sihwei Elementary School||Beitun Children’s Park|
|Wenxin Zhongqing||Riverside cycling path|
|Wenhua Senior High School||NA|
|Taichung City Hall||National Taichung Theater|
|Shui-an Temple||Shui-an Temple|
|Wenxin Forest Park||Wenxin Forest Park & Fulfillment Amphitheater|
|Feng-le Park||Fongle Sculpture Park & Costco|
|Daqing||Daqing TRA Station|
|Wuri||Wuri Night Market|
|HSR Taichung Station||Taiwan High-Speed Rail station|
Taichung only has the green line now. But it makes traveling around Taichung City more accessible. Especially if you combine it with taking the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) trains.
What does that even mean?
Transfer at Daqing or Songzhu stations will allow you to transfer to their correlating train stations. These will enable you to navigate to the following states throughout the inner city:
- Taichung Station
Taichung Station lies by Miyahara, the Green Waterway, and various other popular attractions. And it gives you access to TRA trains that exit the city. A great way to get out of Taichung without paying the High-Speed Rail (HSR) prices.
It’s still a pain to navigate through the city center. You could rent a YouBike, hail a taxi, take a bus, or walk. I walked. Because God knows I need the exercise.
How Much Does the Taichung Metro Cost?
The Taichung MRT costs between NT$10-50 for a one-way trip. The amount you’ll pay depends on the stations you depart from and arrive at. The fare increases by NT$5 for every 3 miles (5 km) traveled.
How Do I Pay To Take the Taipei Metro?
Pay for the Taichung MRT by using single-journey tickets or stored value cards. The former is a token you’d purchase from the ticket vending machine or customer service booths.
Groups of 10 or more people should purchase a group ticket from the TMRT customer service booths. These tickets will give you 20% off your fare.
I recommend using these cards over the single-journey tickets. They make decent souvenirs and are cashless for hundreds of shops and services throughout Taiwan. For instance, you can only pay for YouBike bicycle rentals using an EasyCard or iPass.
How to Buy Taichung MRT Tickets
Purchase your ticket from a customer service center or one of the ticket vending machines. Those using a stored value card will set their card on the card scanner and add money to it through the machine.
The Single-Journey Tickets will require you to push the button with the large round green token.
Let’s talk about passes.
Taichung MRT Travel Passes
Compare the various passes accessible through the Taichung MRT:
|One-Day Pass||NT$120||Staying in Taichung for less than a day|
|24-hour Pass||NT$150||Staying in Taichung for over a day|
|48-hour Pass||NT$250||2-day Taichung travel|
How to Enter & Exit the Taichung MRT
Make your way toward the gates with the green arrow. Tap your card or Single-Journey Pass against the card sensor and wait for the gate to open.
If you’re familiar with the Taipei MRT, it’s the same method of entering.
Taichung MRT Tips & Etiquette
Find a Taichung MRT Station by looking for signs like this outside the station:
And keep these tips in mind when taking the MRT:
- Don’t eat
- If not walking up/down escalators, stand on the right side
- Wait for departing passengers to leave before entering the MRT
- Sit in the light green seats
- Don’t sit in the pink seats unless you’re pregnant, elderly, or disabled
I couldn’t find any mobile apps for the Taichung MRT.
Future Taichung MRT Line Expansions
Taichung’s working on the following MRT expansions:
- Blue Line: Taichung Harbor-Taiping
- Orange Line: Taichung Airport-Wufeng
- Red Line: Shepi-Shin Min High School
- Purple Line: Yuanshan New Village-Daqing
Here’s a plan of their planned proposal:
Nothing too exciting. But it’ll make navigating the central city and its outskirts much easier. No more having to take the bus everywhere.
FAQ: Taichung MRT Guide
Keep reading to find more information on Taichung’s mass rapid transit.
How Many Stations Are on the Taichung MRT Map?
The Taichung Metro has 18 stations so far.