Hey all, I arrive in Taoyuan on May 5th, and I have a place rented out in Taitung…so I need to get there. I’ve read that there are some problems getting tickets down the east coast from Friday to Monday, and I’m wondering if this is still the case?
Second, if I book online, WHERE exactly do I book that? I have found what seems to be two sites that book tickets, and I’m just not sure which one to use. First, there is what appears to be the official Railway site:
And second, there is a site that I am sent to when I navigate through a link that appears to be government. But the site looks fishy (it redirects you to a different URL, then you click “order tickets”)
The other difference is that on the 2nd site, it will let me “book” a ticket for Friday 4/21, and the 1st site says there are no tickets available. I tend to think the first site is correct and there are no tickets really left for that day.
SO…if you guys can tell me if you think that second site is legit and have used it before…or if I should stay far away from it, that would be awesome.
And if you have any additional advice about getting to Taitung on a Friday…that would also be appreciated. I land in Taiwan pretty early in the morning, so I’m guessing I could make it to the Taipei station at a fairly early time if you think that would be helpful. If I fail at getting one booked online, what are my chances of being able to buy one if I show up at the train station empty-handed?
I have a one-way ticket, no job, limited Chinese, and ZERO friends in Taiwan…so having one less stress (the train ticket taken care of) would be simply amazing!