Pingxi Branch Rail Line Tours

Pingxi Branch Rail Line
The 8-mile (12.9 kilometer) stretch of track known as the Pingxi Branch Rail Line, falls a bit off the beaten tourist path but is a day well spent for its charming old-school train experience and excellent stops along the way, most notably the towns of Shifen, Jingtong and Pingxi.

The Pingxi Branch Rail Line was completed in 1921, and until the late 1980s, it was used exclusively as a mining train, transporting coal south from the mountains of Northern Taiwan. Today, the train whisks passengers through a wooded gorge area, past waterfalls, trail heads and old mining towns. It’s an inexpensive and easy way to get out of the city for a day and see the Taiwanese countryside.

Trains only pass along the line every hour or so, but because many of the stops and attractions are relatively close together, it’s possible to walk from one station to the next if you’ve just missed a train. Pick up a line map and schedule at the station before you head out so you’ll know when and where you need to be to catch the next one.
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5-Hour Must-Go Shifen & Sky Lantern Private Tour

Travel to Shifen in New Taipei City to experience the town’s two most notable attractions. First, visit Shifen Waterfall, the broadest waterfall in Taiwan known as “Little Niagara.” Then head into town to explore the Old Street, a bustling hub centered around the railroad tracks that were so important to Shifen’s coal mining history. Shop, release a sky lantern, and enjoy a few street snacks.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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$290.00 USD
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Pingxi and Jiufen Day Trip from Taipei with Sky Lantern Experience

Travel from Taipei to Jinguashi, Jiufen, and Pingxi. These charming, old-world destinations are great for romantic outings, nostalgic walks, and dining in traditional restaurants and teahouses. Take in amazing views of the ocean and surrounding landscapes while getting taught about the area's history. Wander the narrow cobbled streets of Jiufen, a town famous for having been an inspiration for the Miyazaki classic Spirited Away. Make sky lanterns by yourself and release them to send your wishes to the heaven in Pingxi, known for its annual Sky Lantern Festival. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$100.00 USD
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Private Full-Day Northern Taiwan Tour by Car from Taipei

Even if you’ve only got limited time in Taipei, a visit to northern Taiwan’s countryside is a must-do. Skip the hassle of arranging transfers and entrance fees on a private tour that transports you to Jiufen Village and your choice of national park with ease. Depending on your interests, you can customize your itinerary and choose between three different routes, which include Yehliu, Houtong, and Yangmingshan National Park.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$60.00 USD
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Small-Group Tour: Jiufen, Yehliu Geopark, and Shifen from Taipei

Taiwan's Northeast Coast National Scenic Area is one of the country's most beautiful and best reputed; discover why on this day trip to Jiufen, Yehliu Geopark, and Shifen from Taipei. Travel with a guide and a small group of eight people or fewer to see the striking natural and cultural attractions of the region, including distinctive rock formations, waterfalls, and historical alleys lined with contemporary street food. This tour includes guided commentary (choose between Mandarin or English) and round-trip transportation from Taipei.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$33.00 USD
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5-Hour Shifen Old Street Walk and Pingxi Sky Lantern Tour from Taipei

Experience the historic relics, natural wonders, and cultural traditions of Pingxi on this 5-hour tour from Taipei. Take part in the age-old tradition of releasing a Sky Lantern; discover the town’s coal mining heritage as you walk down Shifen Old Street; and marvel at the magnificent Shifen Waterfall. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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$52.00 USD
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Private full day trip to Pinxi, Shifen & Jiufen

Escape the crowded city of Taipei for the day and discover the natural beauty of the Taiwanese countryside. It takes over an hour to get to Pingxi and Shifen by train, so enjoy a private tour with a professional guide to save yourself time and stress. Immerse yourself in the culture and history of these towns. Experience a 40 meter waterfall, fly your own sky lantern, and taste a taro dessert at a mountaintop café.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$64.61 USD
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Private Charter from Taipei: Shifen and Jiufen (6 Hours)

Escape from the bustling city and discover the beauty of northern Taiwan on this 6-hour private tour. First head to the beautiful Shifen Waterfall, the widest in the country, before exploring the quaint railway town. After a stroll through the streets, head to Jiufen to try their famous street foods and take in the beautiful views from the Keelung Port.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$173.00 USD
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Jiufen & Pingxi Day Tour: Departing from Keelung Cruise Port

Get off your cruise ship and away from the noisy, stressful crowds onboard in two picturesque Taiwanese towns on this private, full-day shore excursion. Stretch your legs and walk down the old streets of Juifen, a mountain town in Ruifang District, and Shifen, in Pingxi District. Visit the tumbling waters of Golden Waterfall and Shifen Waterfall. Even partake in a traditional tiandeng (sky lantern) ritual, lighting a floating lantern, attaching your wishes to it and releasing it into the sky.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$70.00 USD
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Yehliu, Jiufen and Shifen Day Tour

See the traditional side of Taiwan with this Mandarin or English-speaking guided driving tour to the famous northern cities of Jiufen and Shifen. Explore Japanese-styled Jiufen’s Old Street and sample the local delicacies of Taiwan’s former gold rush town - a point of inspiration for Disney film Spirited Away - and release your very own sky lantern at nearby Pingxi.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$300.00 USD
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$300.00 USD
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Pingxi Sky Lantern Flying, Shifen Old Street Stroll (morning 5 hours)

Have you ever flown sky lanterns before? You will have an experience in writing messages on each side of lanterns before launching into the air. Travel from Taipei to Houtong Cat Village, Shifen Old Street, Jing Tong Station Railway Culture, Shifen Waterfall, and Suspension Bridge. Just a stone’s throw away from bustling Taipei, this tour will allow you to bask in the old-town atmosphere, take in beautiful scenery, and learn a thing or two about the area’s cultural heritage.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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$50.00 USD
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Private Charter from Taipei:Yehliu Geopark and Shifen (6 Hours)

Skip the stress of navigating public transport and make the most of your time in Taipei on a private tour of Shifen Waterfall and Yehilu Geopark, the ideal choice for nature lovers with limited time in Taiwan's capital. Traveling with a private driver means that you can make convenience stops whenever you see fit and customize your itinerary to spend as much or as little time at each stop. 
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$222.00 USD
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Jiufen and Shifen day trip from Taipei with sky lantern experience! (8 hours)

Visit Jiufen and Shifen on a day trip from taipei !  Prepare for your trip to Taiwan's mountainous interior with a door-to-door transport from Taipei hotels. Witness the historic villages and spectacular coast in Jiufen, enjoying your very first sky lantern experience in Shifen! Now grab your luggage, let's go to Jiufen and Shifen!And we don't have a minimum number of application, so no need to worry about sudden cancellation!Only on Finemakers!※The tour starts at 13:00 every day.※Please note that we pick up travelers at selected hotel only. Hotel information listed in pick up details.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$68.00 USD
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Half Day Culture Tour: Shenken Old Street and Pingxi Sky Lantern from Taipei

Step off the typical tourist trail, and explore two highlight districts in New Taipei City, on this seamless, small-group tour. Meet your guide directly at your Taipei hotel, and set off in the morning. You’ll head first to Shenkeng District: a former mining town that’s famed for its traditional tofu restaurants. Explore, and try any treats that catch your eye, from fried tofu to tofu ice cream (own expense). Then, transfer to Pingxi District. Explore its historical architecture, and then light and release a sky lantern.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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$180.00 USD
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Private Charter from Taipei: Shifen and Jiufen (8 Hours)

This is a private charter plan. We provide a personal driver whom can speak fluent English/Japanese to make sure that you can having no problem communicating with the driver.  Uncover Northern Taiwan using a convenient private charter to visit the broadest waterfall in Taiwan, Shifen Waterfall. Light your very own sky lantern over the railway tracks of Shifen Old Street and sip on a Taiwanese tea in one of the many teahouses in Jiufen. With 2 hours of free time, you can go to visit famous touring spot in Taipei wherever you want. Such as Shilin night market, Raohe night market, etc.The free time is completely up to your choice! **please note that our driver is for pick up and drop off only, not a tour guide.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$228.00 USD
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Private Charter From Taipei: night in Jiufen&Shifen with Haiyue tea house dinner

This is a private charter plan. We provide a personal driver whom can speak fluent English/Japanese to make sure that you can having no problem communicating with the driver.   Meet one of the most famous touring spot in Taipei: Jiufen and Shifen at night! Enjoy dinner in Haiyue tea house with the best view of Jiufen, take your own pictures of the famous tea house looks alike the one from animation Spirited Away: the A-mei tea house from the best angle! Light your very own sky lantern over the railway tracks of Shifen Old Street. Lighting a sky lantern during night time is a completely different view to day time. You can clearly see where your sky lanterns fly, and watch it flying all above to the sky. At the end, our driver will drop you off at your hotel or other location in Taipei as long as you wish.**Please note that our driver will not serve as a tour guide.**Please be sure to provide your wished hotel pick-up time and location when booking.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$372.00 USD
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