As there is no high speed rail services to Nantou, many tourists would take the high speed rail to Taichung and then transfer to a bus to get to Cingjing. For those who don't mind to pay more for a hassle-free and comfortable ride, you can also go to Cingjing from Taichung by taxi.
Bus from Taichung to CingjingFrom my research, Nantou Bus Company 南投客運 seems to be the most cost efficient bus service provider from Taichung City to Cingjing Farm. The journey passes through Puli town, where attractions include Paper Dome and Feeling 18℃ Chocolate Factory.
Travel Time:The bus journey from Taichung to Cingjing Farm is about 2 hours.
Bus Fare:A one-way ticket costs TWD 251.
If you intend to take a round trip on the same day or within 15 days, you may want to purchase the Cingjing Farm Pass at the bus counter for TWD 600. This pass includes an admission ticket to Green Green Grassland where you can watch sheep grazing on grassy hills and be treated to animal rides. You would also be given a discount coupon to stay at Cingjing Guest House, with a one-way bus ticket to the guest house.
Both the one-way ticket and the Cingjing Farm Pass can be purchased at Taichung Gancheng Bus Station and Taichung HSR Station. See the next section for details.
Where to Board the Bus in Taichung:
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If you are staying nearer to Taichung Railway Station (TRA) 臺中火車站 or Taichung Park, you should proceed to Taichung Gancheng Bus Station 臺中干城站. It is about 10 minutes walk from the railway station (see map above)
If you are staying within or nearer to Taichung Wuri district, you should board the bus at Taichung High Speed Rail Station (HSR) 臺中高鐵站. Do note that unlike in Taipei where the HSR and TRA stations are located next to one another, Taichung HSR Station is not anywhere near to Taichung Railway Station. Instead it is located closer to Xinwuri and Wuri Railway Stations.
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Taxi from Taichung to Cingjing
Travel Time:The cab journey from Taichung to Cingjing is about 1 hour 40 minutes.
Taxi Fare from Taichung to Cingjing:
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According to TaxiAutoFare.com, a cab ride from Taichung City to Cingjing costs around TWD 1,246 to TWD 1,479 depending on traffic conditions.
Various friends and I were quoted TWD 2,000 for a direct cab ride to Cingjing Farm. If you intend to make multiple stops and visit nearby places like Puli town, Hehuanshan, Carton King, Old England, etc, it may cost you from TWD 3,000 for a 8-hour taxi charter.