Traveling to Taiwan without visiting Shifen and Jiufen is a big waste and regret! Especially for those who love photography, like the ancient Japanese-style small houses that you have fallen in love with in the famous Spirited Away film of the Ghibli Studio, want to see the exciting scene of dropping sparkling sky lanterns like in the Tangled movie, you definitely have to go Shifen. If you want to know what’s is hot in Jiufen and Shifen, please read these articles: Jiufen Shifen itinerary: Jiufen Shifen day trip — How to visit Jiufen and Shifen in one day from Taipei and Jiufen day trip from Taipei — How to spend 1 perfect day in Jiufen, you will want to pack your luggage to go to Taiwan immediately! Remember to prepare your visa and take a look at the essential things you need to know before going to Taiwan, my friends. So, how to get to Jiufen and Shifen from Taipei? Let’s check out our 3 best suggested ways on how to get to Jiufen Shifen from Taipei including how to get to Jiufen from Taipei (how to go to Jiufen from Taipei) also as the wat to getting to Houtong cat village to find out the answer!

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Jiufen ancient village is as beautiful as in epic movies.

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Although it takes quite a lot of time to travel from Taipei, and also has to change routes with different means of transport, but with Living Nomads’s tips plus with a bit of your agility and clever that you will conquer Shifen in your hands! You should buy a 4G sim card or a pocket wifi transmitter to easily check the train and bus schedules (the schedule is very accurate!) or find your most convenient travel route.

The narrow roads, 2 meters wide, consists of granite-covered steps that are unique to the ancient village of Jiufen.
JiuFen Old Street
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Lovers often realease sky lanterns together and wish for long love at Shifen Village

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Pingxi Railway built by the Japanese.

However, if you want to take advantage of time the most without waiting for public transport and visiting many places in a day, you can consider buy day tours or private transfer services from Taipei, both convenient and the cost is also reasonable, too. You can refer to some best day tours and transfer services below:

How to get to Jiufen from Taipei by bus

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Bus stop from Taipei to Jiufen

You can take the MRT or bus and get off at the Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT station, exit at Exit 1 and go back to the first intersection, turn left and continue straight to find the bus stop and catch the bus No. 1062 to go to Jiufen. It will takes a total of about 1.5 hours to reach Jiufen, pay attention to watch the time so you do not get lost the station.

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Bus Stop to Jiufen Old Street
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Bus 1062 from Taipei to Jiufen
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Jiufen Bus Stop right next to 7 Eleven store | how to get to jiufen shifen from taipei

How to get to Jiufen and Shifen from Taipei by bus and train

Traveling from Taipei to Ruifang

Exterior of Taipei Main Station

To get to Shifen or Jiufen, you first need to get to Ruifang Station by train. From Taipei, you go to Taipei Main Station to buy tickets to getting to Ruifang station, buy tickets at the ticket counter or vending machines are okay! There are many trains to choose from, so you don’t need to worry about missing the train. Travel time will takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Ruifang is a nice little station that is suitable for virtual living, so don’t forget to check-in here!

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Traveling from Ruifang to Jiufen

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Bus 1062 to Jiufen | how to get to jiufen shifen from taipei

From Ruifang Station, follow the signs to find the bus stop, looking for the buses No. 788 or 827, 1062 to go to Jiufen. Besides, there is an bus No. 825 that only operates on weekends, but it’s also another option for us. It only takes about 15 minutes to reach Jiufen!

Jiufen bus stop

From Jiufen – Ruifang – Shifen

The sad news is that there is no direct trip from Jiufen to Shifen, so you need to go back to Ruifang station to choose the means to going on to Shifen.

District Square (Ruifang Train Station) Bus Stop
Ruifang Bus Stop | how to get to jiufen shifen from taipei

Usually on the way to Shifen, young people will often visit the Houtong cat village by taking a train from Ruifang Station to Houtong Station (Pingxi line) (and it only takes about 7 minutes by train). Houtong Station itself is also very pretty, and just a few hundred meters away you will reach the cat village – where there are many cats walking leisurely or lying down. Well, every 1 hour there is a train from the Houtong station to Shifen so please watch the time to not miss the trip!

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Houtong Station
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Train from Ruifang to Houtong
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Shifen station

If you do not have enough time to visit Houtong, you can go directly from Ruifang station to Shifen station (also the Pingxi line). In addition, instead of going to Shifen to dropping the sky lanterns (often quite crowded), you can choose to experience at Pingxi – also a beautifuland unique small town which is no less than Shifen. Instead of stopping at Shifen Station, you can go straight to Pingxi Station.

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Pingxi railway | how to get to jiufen and shifen from taipei
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Pingxi town
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Pingxi/Shifen – Ruifang – Taipei

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Shifen Station

On the way back, you will also move the same way as the first round. From Shifen you need to catch the train back to Ruifang station, from Ruifang station take the train back to Taipei main station. Take care not to be too busy shooting and forget about time, so you can miss the last train!

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Dropping Sky Lantern in Pingxi
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Wish you and your family have a trip to conquer Jiufen – Shifen is really fun!

Some best day tours, trips, activities and transfer services, tickets in, to and from Taipei you can refer to

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