In this travel guide, I will teach you how to do a DIY day trip to Shifen and Jiufen for only $8!
Shifen Old Street is a hub for those eager to see an old railroad town which still retains the beauty of old Taiwan. Originally built to transport coal, the Shifen Old Street stop has now become one of the most popular tourist attraction in Taiwan.
Jiufen is a mountain town in northeastern Taiwan, east of Taipei city. It’s famous for its narrow alleyways of its old town, packed with small eateries, street-food shacks and souvenir stores. Jiufen is also the inspiration of the famous Japanese anime movie “Spirited Away”.
How to get to Shifen
From Taipei Main station, ride the Blue Bannan line and alight Riufang station. Travel time is 1 hour and fare is 70ntd ($2.34)
Transfer to the Pinxi line going to Shifen old street. Travel time is 40 to 50 minutes and return ticket is 60ntd ($2).
What to do in Shifen :
Light a sky lantern for good luck. 100ntd ($3.35)
Visit the Shifen waterfalls
Cross the Jingan Bridge
Eat street food
Take a lot of pictures.
How to get to Jiufen
From Shifen station, take the train going to Riufang station.
Ride bus 827 going to Jiufen. 15ntd ($0.5) Travel time is 15 to 20 minutes. Be sure to have the exact amount as buses will not give change.
How to get to Taipei from Jiufen
Ride bus 1062 going to Taipei. Travel time is 1 hour and bus ticket is 80ntd ($2.7)
The bus will drop you off at Raohe night market where you can have a few street food to end your day trip.
From Raohe take the MRT going to Taipei Main Station. 40ntd ($1.2)
day trip fare 265ntd = $ 8
After reading this travel guide, now you know how to do a DIY day trip to Shifen and Jiufen for only $8!
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to enjoy Taiwan. Plan your trip well so you can have an amazing vacation.
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