From Tainan to Lugang (Lukang鹿港) via Changhua by train and bus, and from Lugang to Taichung by bus

The bus from Changhua to Lugang, Taiwan Taiwan
The bus from Changhua to Lugang, Taiwan

Lugang (Lukang鹿港) is a small town where there are still lots of traditional buildings left. We went to Lugang after we had stayed a couple of nights in Tainan, then we travelled to Taichung on the same day.

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Access to Lugang (Luknag鹿港)

There is no train station in Lugang town, so the bus is the most reasonable way to get to Lugang. Between Lugang and Taichung there seemed to be two bus companies: Changhua Bus (彰化客運) and Chunglu Bus (中鹿客運).

We went to Lugang from Tainan, and tried to get to Taichung on the same evening. We could have stayed in Lugang, but we decided to sleep in Taichung because there were more accommodation options in Taichung than Lugang and we wanted to go to Taipei on the following day.

Therefore, we took the train to Changhua and then the bus to Lugang.

From Tainan to Changhua彰化 by train

Ticket counter in Tainan station, Taiwan

Ticket counters in Tainan station, Taiwan

We went to Changhua from Tainan by train (there is no train station in Lugang).

Train ticket from Tainan to Changhua, Taiwan

Train ticket from Tainan to Changhua, Taiwan

There are several types of train in Taiwan. We took a limited express train (自強) at 8:46. It cost NT$323 each.

Platform of Tainan station, Taiwan

The platform of Tainan station

There were carriage numbers and seat numbers on the tickets. On the platform of the station at Tainan, there are signs for the carriage numbers. According to our train ticket, we waited at the carriage number 4 sign.

inside of the train, Taiwan

inside of the train, limited express

Taiwan express trains were very comfortable. There was a lot of space and the seats were very comfortable. Our train departed on time and arrived at Changhua station on schedule at 10:27.

Changhua station, Taiwan

Changhua station, Taiwan

Getting Bus to Lugang from Changhua

Changhua bus terminal in Changhua, Taiwan

Changhua bus terminal in Changhua, Taiwan

Changhua Bus station is close to the railway station of Changhua. You just need to walk two minutes opposite the train station.

CHANG HUA BUS Changhua Station:

Time schedule of bus for Lugang from Changhua, Taiwan

Time schedule of the bus for Lugang from Changhua, Taiwan

The Changhua bus station was not big, and there was not much of an English explanation. We asked the guy at the counter and he told us to go to platform 5 for Lugang.

There were a few people lined up at platform 5, and there was a time table for the bus for Lugang(in Chinese). The photo above is the time schedule of the bus from Changhua to Lugang, the left side is for weekdays and the right is for weekends. There were lots of buses to Lugang.

Bus for Lugan from Changhua, Taiwan

Bus for Lugan from Changhua, Taiwan

Shortly after we arrived, the bus came to the platform. The driver got off the bus and indicated for people to get on. There was no sign in English, but it was written in Chinese “Lugang(鹿港), via Changhua(彰化), High-Speed Rail(高鐵)”. It must have come from the Taichung High Speed Rail Station.

Inside of the bus to Lugang, Taiwan

Inside of the bus to Lugang, Taiwan

Most passengers paid their bus fare by scanning their cards (there was no place to buy bus tickets in advance), but we didn’t have cards and the driver was not on the bus. We had to wait for the driver to come back to the bus.

I don’t know if the driver could understand basic English. I said, “We want to pay cash” in Chinese. He said it would be NT$50 each. The ticket price could be different depending on which bus you take.

I want to pay cash.
我想付現金
Wǒ xiǎng fù xiànjīn.

(cash=現金xiànjīn)

The bus was a local bus. It went through the town, stopping several times. Our bus left Changhua at 10:40 and arrived at Lugang bus stop which was the last station at 11:38.

We were stuck in a traffic jam for about 10-15 minutes which was caused by the election campaign. Otherwise, it would have taken less time.

Lugang bus station, Taiwan

Lugang bus station, Taiwan

Changhua bus station in Lugang 彰化客運 鹿港乗車処:
No. 96, Zhengxing Road, Lukang Township, Changhua County, 台湾 505
+886 4 777 2611

 

Sightseeing in Lugang

Tourist information in Lugang, Taiwan

Tourist information in Lugang, Taiwan

There was a tourist information centre near the bus station where we got off the bus from Changhua. We got the town map of Lugang there. They said there was free wifi at the tourist information centre, but it didn’t work without a Taiwan phone number.

 

The town of Lugang was small but well-organised as a tourist spot. The main spots were located in the same area, so we could walk around to see them. We visited some temples and wandered around alleys where traditional houses still remained.

Old town in Lugang, Taiwan

The old town in Lugang, Taiwan

We spent about three hours for sightseeing in Lugang town and then headed to the bus station for Taichung.

Getting to Taichung from Lugang by bus

To get to Taichung from Lugang, Changhua Bus (彰化客運) and Chunglu Bus (中鹿客運) are the options. We took the Changhua Bus (彰化客運) from Changhua to Lugang, but it would take two hours to Taichung Railway Station from Lugang with Changhua Bus. It would take 70 minutes to Taichung HSRT station.

Time table of bus to Taichung from Lugan, Changhua Bus, Taiwan

Time table of the bus to Taichung of Changhua Bus, Taiwan

We decided to go with the Chunglu Bus (中鹿客運) to Taichung which took only one hour to Taichung Railway Station. Chunglu Bus (中鹿客運) station was located by the Family Mart near the tourist information office.

Chung-Lu bus station, Lugang, Taiwan

Chung-Lu bus station, Lugang, Taiwan

Time table of the bus for Taichung from Lugang of Chung-Lu bus, Taiwan

Time table of the bus for Taichung from Lugang of Chung-Lu bus, Taiwan

Taichung→LugangLugang→Taichung
6:00
6:40
7:20
7:40
8:00
8:20
9:00
9:30
10:00
11:00
12:00
12:30
13:00
14:00
15:00
15:30
16:10
16:30
17:20
17:40
18:10
18:40
19:10
19:40
20:00
20:40
21:30
22:00
6:00
6:40
7:00
7:20
8:00
8:40
9:00
9:30
10:00
10:30
11:00
12:00
13:00
14:00
14:30
15:10
15:40
16:00
16:30
17:30
17:50
18:30
18:50
19:20
20:00
20:30
21:30
22:00

The bus goes directly to Taichung Railway Station via the high way. It cost NT$94 each. We bought the tickets at the counter 5 minutes before departure.

Bus tickets for Taichung from Lugang, Taiwan

Bus tickets for Taichung from Lugang

The bus came five minutes before the departure time and left Lugang on time.

The bus from Lugang to Taichung, Taiwan

The bus from Lugang to Taichung

The bus was not big, but it was not full. However, It might be better to buy the bus ticket in advance if it’s weekends or holiday time.

Taichung station, Taiwan

Taichung Station, Taiwan

Our bus went smoothly on the high way and we arrived at the east side of Taichung Railway Station about 70 minutes after we had left Lugang.

 

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