Sun Moon Lake in Nantou Yuchi Township, Taiwan, is a serene lake surrounded by mountain ranges and is visited by millions of visitors every year. It is one of the most beautiful places in Taiwan and was named such after its physical resemblance to a sun and a crescent moon. The name itself is so serene and seems like encompassing the sky and the water. You can read my post here.
How to reach Sun Moon Lake
Reaching Sun Moon Lake from Taipei
High Speed Train from Taipei City to Taichung and transfer to the Nantou Bus
There are no direct trains to Sun Moon Lake.
Simplest way is to take a High Speed Rail (HSR) Train from Taipei City to Taichung which takes about an hour. From Taichung HSR Station, the direct shuttle bus to Sun Moon Lake can be taken. The schedules can be found at Nantou Bus. The journey takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes. A day trip can be done in case one used the HSR Train.
Taking a bus would mean spending a lot of time on travel between Taipei and Sun Moon Lake. The schedule can be found here. The Taipei bus station is situated at exit Z5 of Taipei Main Station. One way adult fare is NT470 and the journey takes around 3 to 3.5 hours.
Doing a day trip from Taipei by bus is not suggested since the journey time itself takes around 7 hours. As you can see from my post here, there are a lot of attractions in Sun Moon Lake which depending upon your interest, may need at least a day, if not more
A private taxi can also be booked for travel from Taipei City to Sun Moon Lake. You can book your car here and the journey would take around 3-3.30 hours.
Reaching Sun Moon Lake from Taichung
Nantou Shuttle Bus
The direct shuttle bus to Sun Moon Lake can be taken from Taichung Gancheng Station. The first bus departs at 7:20 AM. The bus also stops at Taichung Railway Station and Taichung HSR Station. The schedules can be found at Nantou Bus.
A private taxi can also be booked for travel from Taipei City to Sun Moon Lake. You can book your car on Klook and the trip would take around an hour.
Whatever be the mode you take or time you travel, make sure to visit this gorgeous beauty-Sun Moon Lake.
Note : Due to the current Covid 19 restrictions, please check the schedules before traveling.