Putting Bikes on Trains in Taiwan: How To Get Around By Rail


#81

Can somebody confirm? I’m going to Taidong in a few weeks.

a) I go to this site:
http://twtraffic.tra.gov.tw/twrail/English/e_index.aspx
b) pick my train by manipulating the drop-down menus and making sure it states "Bicycle bag available"
c) show up with my bike in a bag and everything is cool.

Is that right? Thanks to anyone who can help.


#82

If you are taking any kind of express train down to Taidong, there’s a very very low chance you won’t be allowed on the train with your bike bagged. Most, if not all, express trains have a “oversized” luggage compartment in the first or last compartment of the train.

Their are trains that allow your bike on board un-bagged. Those tickets must be booked in a few days or maybe a week in advance. I suggest going in person to ask and book these kinds of tickets.

I honestly can’t confirm what “Bike bag available” means. I don’t ever recall anyone getting a free bike bag from train stations to bag their bike. Otherwise, no one would be buying bike bags!


#83

When I do the search in Chinese, only the icon appears and an explanation of the icon at the top of the search results is as follows: 可攜帶「置於攜車袋之自行車」(放置12車)

But you seem to be saying that most trains should be okay (on the day I’m traveling, only two trains have the icon). This is so confusing! I’ll go ask today at Songshan.

By the way, I’m searching here:
http://twtraffic.tra.gov.tw/twrail/index.aspx


#84

Yes, please double check. I’m just sharing from experience!

I booked a ticket on an express train to Hualien and it did NOT have the bike icon next in the time table, however, there was still the first/last compartment available to put our bike bags in.


#85

:smiley:

There are always ways around.

::ADMIN EDIT::

FYI above pictures is for the High Speed Rail (HSR), NOT the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA).


#86

I’m getting mixed messages. Yesterday when I went to the information desk and they started by saying that as long as it’s bagged and does not exceed 150cm in length, then it’s treated as luggage. Then they looked at my departure date, the icon, etc., and changed their position.

Today when I went to the information booth, the (different) lady insisted that as long as it’s bagged, no problem. I also went to the lady at the gate and she assured me that I wouldn’t be stopped at the gate if the bike is bagged.

I’m starting to think that the whole icon thing is a confusing matter and has to do (as the lady today told me) big groups of cyclists.

Does anybody have a number I can call to get a definitive answer? Can anybody provide more instances of personal experiences?

Thanks.


#87

Mind you, I’ve never done this, but I’ve seen pictures of bikes on the trains. I think some trains have special compartments for where the bagged bikes (or even unbagged bikes) go. Even for the trains that don’t have those compartments, I believe you could still put your bagged bike somewhere on the train. The only question is how much babysitting you need to do for your bike. If you’re just bringing your bike on a train that has no special compartment, then you’ll have to find a space for it and possibly keep a closer eye on it. I think that’s what jesus80 did above. Good luck in Taidong!


#88

Okay, I called the TRA at 2-2381-5226. I was transferred to a guy who seemed to know all the rules without having to look them up.

He told me that as long as it’s bagged and meets the size criteria, then taking a bike on a train is okay. Length x width x height cannot exceed 220 cm. Length cannot exceed 150cm seemed to be the most important dimension. So if you take the front and rear wheels off, it should be okay.

He didn’t know why only two trains on the day I want to depart had that icon associated with it. So that’s it, folks!


#89

Yes…so let’s break it down. You will have zero to no issues traveling on express trains on the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) if you follow these simple rules:

  • Bike must be bagged (it must be covered with something that’s not transparent)
  • Bagged bike must not exceed a total 220cm (LxW) Length of the bike from front to end must not exceed 150cm and the weight cannot exceed 40kg. (http://www.setn.com/News.aspx?NewsID=140839)
  • Bagged bike must be placed in the “luggage” compartment normally located on the last or first train compartment

REPEAT REPEAT. THIS IS FOR EXPRESS TRAINS on the TAIWAN RAILWAY

Local trains is a completely different story.