I’m on a two-week trip around the island of Taiwan using public transportation. My goal is to show non-Chinese speaking visitors to Taiwan how easy it is to travel in Taiwan
|Highway 5 fastest route to Yilan/Luodong|
Luodong was my first stop on my trip around Taiwan. I wanted to visit the National Center for Traditional Arts. A cultural theme park with shops and performances. Getting to Luodong was very easy. I decided to go by bus since I heard taking Highway-5 is quicker than taking a train which first must go to Keelung then down the coast to Yilan/Luodong. I went to the Taipei City hall bus station which was very very clean and looked new.
|Huge croissants - so tempting|
The huge croissants on the way to the information desk looked very tempting. At the information desk, I told the helpful person at the counter where I wanted to go and she directed me to a colleague who printed off a bus ticket. The ticket was NT$105 about US$3.50. Another advantage of travelling in Taiwan by public transportation is that it’s cheap! Also, before the bus door there was an Easy Card reader, so that is also an option.
|Information and ticket counter|
Buses leave for Luodong every 10 minutes so I had a short wait at platform 13 for bus 1570. Buses leave for Yilan at the same frequency. I was very impressed by how orderly and clean the station was. When the bus arrived, we were directed to the bus.
|US$3.50 Taipei to Luodong. Amazing!|
|Signs to platforms well marked in English|
|13 Platform to Luodong|
|Inside platform area|
|Easy Card reader|
|Very comfortable bus|
The bus looked new and was very comfortable.
|Taipei 101 - not a bad shot from a moving bus!|
|AC vent and light controls|
|Bus stop in front of Luodong station|
|Luodong bus terminal|
There were few people on the bus during this weekday and after some traffic getting out of Taipei, Highway-5 it was smooth sailing! It took about an hour to arrive at the Luodong bus station which was in front of the rear entrance to the train station.
I was pleasantly surprised by how nice this experience was, but then again, I shouldn’t be because this is Taiwan where hospitality and customer service comes first.
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