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How to get to Jiufen from Taipei in Taiwan

One of the best day trips from Taipei is to visit Jiufen (九份), a quaint little town 40km east of the capital city. You can easily spend the entire day seeing some of the best highlights including Jiufen Old Street, Yinyang Sea and the Golden Waterfall.

And since public transit in Taipei is super efficient, there are several ways to go to Jiufen from Taipei for independent and solo travellers. Each transportation method is cost-effective and easy to navigate.

In this guide, I’ll show you three ways to travel from Taipei to Jiufen with my step-by-step guide. I also included maps and travel tips for getting to and from the charming town of Jiufen.

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Before you go to Jiufen from Taipei

Before you take a trip from Taipei to Jiufen, take a look at my post on all my best tips for travelling to Taiwan. I included a lot of information, including getting a Taiwan prepaid SIM card, transportation around the country, and more.

Here are a few quick tips for travelling to Jiufen from Taipei:

  • Get a contactless smartcard, EasyCard or iPass, for your travels from Taipei to Jiufen and back. It will save you time from purchasing individual tickets and save you money as the fare is discounted when you use the smartcard.
  • If you want to hike Teapot Mountain first before you explore Jiufen Old Town, stay on Bus 1062 at Jiufen until you reach the last stop at Quanji Temple. Teapot Mountain Trail starts at the road just northeast of Quanji Temple, off Qitang Road

How to get to Jiufen from Taipei

There are several ways to go to Jiufen from Taipei. Besides calling an Uber, which is a viable but more expensive option, there are 3 ways of getting to Jiufen by public transportation

  1. Bus 1062 from Taipei to Jiufen (easiest and most direct way)
  2. Bus 965 from Taipei to Jiufen (less frequent)
  3. Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) train to Ruifang and catch a bus to Jiufen 

1. Taipei to Jiufen: Bus 1062

Perhaps the easiest way to get to Jiufen from Taipei is to take a direct bus 1062 from Taipei city centre to Jiufen. Taking a direct form of transportation can take out all the headaches of figuring out where to transfer, bus schedule, etc. 

Bus 1062 route starts from Taipei via the National Freeway No. 1 to Jinguashi. The route starts from MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing Station (忠孝復興站) and ends at Quanji Temple (祈堂廟).

Direct bus 1062 from Taipei to Jiufen 

  • Bus 1062: from MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing Station to Jiufen Old Street bus stop
    • Time: 60 minutes +
    • Frequency: every 5-15 minutes (peak hours) and 10-20 minutes (off-peak hours)
    • Cost: NT$113 (can use EasyCard or iPass)

Bus stop at MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing Station

Wherever you are in Taipei, take the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) to MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing Station, which is on both Bannan Line (blue) and Wenhu Line (brown).

Once you are there, take Exit 2, which will take you to Sogo Department Store (Fuxing Branch).

The bus stop is at the southwest corner of the intersection at MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing Station, on Fuxing South Road, between Zhongxiao Road and Section3, Zhongxiao East Road.

Where to alight at Jiufen 

The bus journey takes about 60 minutes or so as it stops at various places, including TRA Ruifang Station. 

Alight at Jiufen Old Street bus stop, which is three stops after TRA Ruifang Station. Then walk 3 minutes up the same road, and you will arrive at Jiufen Old Street.

As I mentioned earlier, if you want to hike Teapot Mountain first before you explore Jiufen Old Town, stay on Bus 1062 at Jiufen until you reach the last stop at Quanji Temple (see location). Teapot Mountain Trail starts at the road just northeast of Quanji Temple, off Qitang Road

2. Taipei to Jiufen: Bus 965

There is another direct bus from Taipei to Jiufen. Bus 965 passes by MRT Beimen Station (捷運北門站) and goes to TRA Ruifang Station, Jiufen and Jinguashi. The route is similar to bus 1062, but there is less bus on this route. 

Once you are at MRT Beimen Station, take Exit 2. The bus stop is near the subway entrance on Tacheng Street (see location). See the map below.

When you reached Jiufen, alight at the same bus stop as bus 1062. 

Direct bus 965 from Taipei to Jiufen 

  • Bus 965: from MRT Beimen Station to Jiufen Old Street bus stop
    • Time: 60 minutes +
    • Frequency: every 30-40 minutes (peak hours) and 40-60 minutes (off-peak hours)
    • Cost: NT$90 (can use EasyCard or iPass)
    • Fare and schedule: Taipei Bus

3. TRA train to Ruifang and bus to Jiufen

If you like train travel as much as I do, you would want to experience the efficient Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) train system.

However, you cannot go directly from Taipei Main Station to Jiufen via a TRA train. The train only goes to Ruifang

If you take this route, you will have to first take a train to Ruifang then a bus to Jiufen.

You don’t have to buy the train ticket in advance; make sure you have enough money on your EasyCard or iPass. 

TRA train from Taipei to Ruifang 

Bus stop for Jiufen bus in Ruifang

Once you arrived at TRA Ruifang Station, there is a sign at the entrance/exit indicating where you can take a bus to Jiufen and Shifen. See photo below. 

The bus stop for Jiufen is at District Square, which is a few blocks east of the train station on the same road, Section 3, Mingdeng Road.

Multiple buses from Ruifang to Jiufen

Once you are at the bus stop (pictured below), wait for bus 788, 825, 827 (these three buses go to Jiufen) 965 or 1062 (these two buses go to Jiufen and Jinguashi).

Whichever bus you take, alight at the same stop as bus 1062 and 965. 

Bus from Ruifang to Jiufen

  • Bus 788, 825, 827965, 1062: from TRA Ruifang Station to Jiufen Old Street bus stop
    • Time: 12 minutes 
    • Cost: NT$15 (can use EasyCard or iPass)

Returning from Jiufen to Taipei

After a day of exploring Jiufen and surrounding areas, it is time to head back to Taipei. And the only way to leave Jiufen is on a public bus.

When you leave Jiufen to Taipei, catch any of the following buses at the Jiufen Old Street bus stop, on the other side of the road and up the hill (see map location).

Buses from Jiufen to Taipei

  • Bus 788, 825, 827: from Jiufen Old Street bus stop to TRA Ruifang Station
  • Bus 965: from Jiufen Old Street bus stop to TRA Ruifang Station and MRT Beiman Station
  • Bus 1062: from Jiufen Old Street bus stop to TRA Ruifang Station and MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing Station

Tips for travelling from Jiufen to Taipei

There will likely be a lot of people leaving Jiufen at the same time as you. This means there will be a lot of people waiting at the bus stop. Don’t worry that you won’t be able to get back to Taipei or wait a long time. Many buses leave Jiufen. Just make sure to allow for some waiting time.

And make sure you know when the last bus leaves Jiufen. Last bus for buses 788, 825 and 1062 leaves at 9:35 pm. The last bus 965 leaves at 9:00 pm. And the last bus 827 is at 5:30 pm

How are you going to Jiufen from Taipei?

Jiufen is one of many easy day trips from Taipei. If you want to see the rural side of Taiwan and get out of the hustle and bustle of Taipei, definitely make your way out to Jiufen and enjoy a day of exploring a charming town and taking in breathtaking views. 

Thank you for reading my Jiufen travel post

You might also like these other posts on solo travel in Taiwan:

Introduction to Taiwan

Travel guide posts

Taipei posts

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