- The boundaries of Taroko National Park has no barriers and is open to the public at all times and all days of the year. The Central Cross-Island Highway (Provincial Highway No. 8) traverses along Taroko Gorge through the National Park, and is open all year round unless stated on our Road Conditions website. Note that Provincial Highway 8 may be subject to closure during and immediately after earthquakes, landslides, and/or rockfalls, and Highway 14A (14甲) is subject to snow conditions during the winter months: https://www.taroko.gov.tw/en/Event/HighwayCondition
In addition, with the exception of Zhuilu Old Road, all scenic spots and hiking trails have no barriers and are open all year round unless stated on our Trails Conditions website: https://www.taroko.gov.tw/en/Event/TrailCondition?id=111
The Visitor Center, Service Stations, and Exhibition Halls are open every day with the exception of certain Mondays and the eve of Chinese New Year. All services will be open if the Monday falls on a public holiday. (NB: For the following, all weeks begin on a Sunday)
1. Taroko National Park Visitor Center: 08:30 - 17:00, closed every second Monday of each month
2. Buluowan Service Station: 08:30 - 16:30, closed every first and third Monday of each month
3. Lüshui Geological Exhibition Hall: 09:00 - 16:00, closed every first and third Monday of each month
4. Tianxiang Service Station: 09:00-16:30, closed every second and fourth Monday of each month
5. The Central Cross-Island Highway Story Hall: 09:00-16:00, closed every second and fourth Monday of each month
6. Mt. Hehuan Service Station: 08:30 - 16:30, closed every first and third Monday of each month
Please consult our Visitor Center website for additional information about each service: https://www.taroko.gov.tw/en/AboutThePark/CenterList
- Taroko National Park is located in the east of Taiwan and spans 3 administrative areas: Hualien County, Taichung City, and Nantou County.
The Headquarters of Taroko National Park is located adjacent to the Visitor Center at the 186.5 km marker of Provincial Highway 8. It is about 26km north of Hualien City/ about 30-40 minutes by car /about 40 minutes by public bus.
For more information, please go to "About the Park > Location > Where is Taroko National Park" on our website.
- Useful Contacts:
Taroko National Park Headquarters (tel): (03) 862-1100 ext. 6
Taroko National Park Headquarters (fax): (03) 862-1083
Buluowan Service Station: (03) 861-2528
Lushui Exhibition Hall & National Park Mountaineering School: (03) 869-1129
Tianxiang Service Station: (03) 869-1162
Mt. Hehuan Service Station: (04) 2599-1195
Park Entry Permits Office, Taroko National Park HQ: (03) 862-1576 / (03) 862-1100 ext. 605
9th Division, the 7th Special Police Corps, National Police Agency (Taroko Division): (03) 862-1405 ext. 6
Taroko Division - Wenshan Branch: (03) 869-1202
Taroko Division - Hehuan Branch:(04) 2599-1191
Taroko Gas Station (near the East Entrance Arch Gate): (03) 861-1009
Guanyuan Gas Station (116.9 km marker on Provincial Highway 8): (04) 2599-1176
1. Check the weather and road conditions, and arrange for a stay. Check our website. Please click English/visitor information/weather,or check "news" or "Road & Trail" for the trail and road opening conditions.
2. Abide by the park rules as posted on signs. (eg. No swimming. No camping. No campfires. No river tracing. Beware of falling rocks. Beware of cliff. Watch out for poisonous snakes and wildlife. )
3. Pay attention to developing situations and always follow the park rangers’ advice.
For further information, please contact:
(Tel): 886-3-862-1100 ext 360, or 810-812, or 801-806
- Tourist Suggestions Boxes: There are eight suggestions boxes in the park. Tourists may submit their opinions in the suggestions boxes located at the park Headquarters Visitor Center, park HQ Administration Office, Buluowan Service Station, Lushui Geological Exhibition Hall, Tianxiang Service Station, Mt. Hualien Service Station.Send us an e-mail at: email@example.com
Send us a letter at: 291 Fushi Village, Xiulin Township, Hualien 97253, Taiwan, R.O.C.
For further information, please contact:
(Tel): 886-3-862-1100 ext 360, 811, 803
(Fax): 886-3-862-1112, 862-1263
- Those who meet the following requirements can receive substantive training to become a voluntary interpreter in Taroko National Park:
(1)School teachers (i.e. elementary school teachers).
(2)Graduates from departments of geology, biology and zoology, forestry, tourism, environmental education, interpretation, etc.
(3)Those who love the natural environment, have a dedicated spirit and sense of responsibility, and have the ability to speak clearly with a good command of foreign language(s).
(4)Elderly people (those retired or planning to retire and younger than 70) have been voluntary interpreters since 1999.
(5)Others deemed as having special skills.
(6)Sign up: Apply with your personal details (name, date of birth and ID No) and your autobiography (200 words) online. Recruitment depends on meeting requirement (good English and other language ability preferred). After information is uploaded and reviewed by the supervisor, further notification of an interview and training may be given.
Taroko Volunteer Forum Web Site: http://travel.mcu.edu.tw/taroko/ or write an e-mail to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
(03)8621100 ext 806, 803 or 360
- The East Entrance to Taroko National Park (24° 09' 20" N, 121° 37' 17.5" W) is located at the East Arch Gate of the Central Cross-Island Highway (Provincial Highway 8). It is a 30-40 minute drive (26 km) north by car from downtown Hualien to Taroko National Park's East Entrance via Provincial Highway 9.
In addition, there are two boundary markers to Taroko National Park:
- West boundary marker on Provincial Highway 14A (14甲) at Kunyang (24° 07' 18.5" N, 121° 16' 22" E)
- Northeast boundary marker on Provincial Highway 9 at Heren (24° 13' 55" N 121° 42' 26" E)
- With the exception of Zhuilu Old Road (NT $200 per adult ticket / NT $100 per student or child ticket), all other areas within Taroko National Park are accessible free of charge.
Some areas within the Park domain may require a Park Entry Permit and/or a Mountain Entry Permit. Please consult "Permits: How do I apply a permit to enter the Taroko National Park Ecological Protection Area?" within the FAQ for more information on obtaining these permits.
- 1.Suggestion Box:
There are 6 suggestion boxes in the park, including the Taroko National Park Headquarters and Visitor Center, Buluowan and Lushui Geological Exhibition Hall, Tianxiang, Bilyu Sacred Tree and Mt. Hehuan Service Station.
2.By Internet :
Email for visitors: email@example.com
3.Administrative mail address:
Address: No. 291, Fushi Villiage, xiulin Township, Hualien, 97253, Taiwan, R. O. C.
Tel: 886-3-8621100 ext 360, 803
- The Headquarters and the Visitor Center of Taroko National Park (24° 09' 29.5" N 121° 37' 22.5" E) is situated at the 186.5 km marker of Provincial Highway 8 (the Central Cross-Island Highway), and is roughly 25 km north of Hualien City. The nearest TRA (train) station is Xincheng-Taroko (新城-太魯閣), about 5 km southeast from the Park Headquarters.
Train from Taipei to Hualien:
There are express trains running regularly between Taipei and Hualien. There are three types of express trains that run along the east coast (from fastest to slowest): Taroko (太魯閣), Puyuma (普悠瑪), Tze-Chiang (自强號). A one-way journey by train takes between 2-3 hours and costs NT$440.
Occasional Puyuma and Tze-Chiang express trains also stop at Xincheng-Taroko station (NT$403). Train tickets can be purchased up to 14 days in advance. We advise visitors to book tickets well in advance as express trains are often fully booked. Tickets can be purchased online, in-person at any TRA station (up to 12 days in advance), or at any 7-11 or FamilyMart through i-bon machines. Please consult our website for more information under Tourism > Transportation > By Train: https://www.taroko.gov.tw/en/Tourism/Railway
Bus/Train combination from Taipei to Xincheng-Taroko:
Travelling from Taipei to Xincheng-Taroko station via a combination of bus (from Taipei to Luodong) and train (from Luodong to Xincheng-Taroko) takes roughly 3 hours and does not require any advance ticket reservations.
A number of bus companies provide transport from Taipei to Luodong (~1 hour):
- Bus #1570 from Taipei City Hall (every 10-15 minutes): https://www.taiwanbus.tw/information.aspx?Line=3383&Lang=En
- Bus #1879 from MRT Yuanshan, MRT Nangang Exhibition Center Stations (every 15-20 minutes): https://www.taiwanbus.tw/information.aspx?Lang=En&Line=8961
- Bus #1917 from MRT Banqiao, Taipei Main, MRT Technology Building Stations (every 15-20 minutes): https://www.taiwanbus.tw/information.aspx?Lang=En&Line=3930
- Bus #9028 from MRT Dapinglin, MRT Xindian Stations (every 30-45 minutes): https://www.taiwanbus.tw/information.aspx?Lang=En&Line=9101
From Luodong, local (區間車/區間快), semi-local (Fuxing, 復興), semi-express (Chu-Kuang, 莒光號), and express (Tze-Chiang, 自强號) trains travel to Xincheng-Taroko averaging 45-80 minutes. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket counter; alternatively, you can also use the Taipei Metro EasyCard to pay the fare at the ticket barrier.
From Hualien Station to Taroko National Park:
TaiwanTrip (台灣好行) runs regular shuttles between TRA Hualien Station and Tianxiang via the Taroko National Park Visitor Center, with routes #1126, #1129, #1133, #1133A, and #1141. The fare can be paid by cash (exact change only) or via Taipei Metro EasyCard, iPass, or iCash. Additionally, a one-day ticket (NT$250) allows you to hop on and off at any bus stop on any of the above lines. These tickets can be purchased at Hualien Bus Station, or at any 7-11/FamilyMart store:
From Xincheng-Taroko Station to Taroko National Park:
In addition to Buses #1133 and #1133A, Taroko Bus (Bus #302) runs between Xincheng-Taroko Station and Tianxiang via the Taroko National Park Visitor Center. The fare can be paid by cash (exact change only) or via Taipei Metro EasyCard, iPass, or iCash. Additionally, a one-day ticket can be purchased directly from the bus driver (NT$150, cash only needing exact change), allowing you to hop on and off at any bus stop on the #302. Note that Bus #302 and the above buses are different companies and therefore the one-day tickets are not mutually exchangeable: https://www.taroko.gov.tw/en/Tourism/Timetable
Please note that train and bus schedules are provided by the respective companies and therefore are subject to change.