With TRA train, it takes about 2-3 hours to reach Hualien.
We managed to book the Taroko Express which is a mere 2hr 15 mins ride there.
Tickets can be purchased from the TRA counter at Breeze Centre, Taipei Main mrt station too, there're lots of directional signs to direct you to the place you want to go, no worries on that.
Alternatively, you can try to book tickets online http://www.railway.gov.tw/en/
Better book the train tickets early as it can get sold out fast, we went the purchase the tickets on our first Day or 2nd I think but we have trouble getting the return tickets so end up taking the longer and older train back to Taipei the next day. Takes about 3 hours.
cos we book the tickets late, only the 2pm train is available so we spent the morning and early afternoon around Ximending again since it's gona be our last day at Ximending area...
and finally...remember this stall
|the infamous Ah Zhong Mian Xian|
Since it's a rainy weekday morning and there's no Q so....
|even the mee sua here is nicer than Ah Zhong's Mee Sua loh!!!!|
Oh their trains are really on time so better be punctual else they will leave without you...
When the train says 2pm it really means, depart at 2pm so you gotta be on the train by 2pm.
|finally onboard Taroko Express - it's also called the scenic route...|
|pretty scenery along the way...|
|tadah! that's our hotel, Hotel Bayview at Hualien. Chose this hotel specifically just for it's seaview!|