Taiwan has two major airports, Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE, http://www.taoyuan-airport.com/english/index.jsp ) and Kaohsiung International Airport (KHH, http://www. kia.gov.tw/english/e_index.asp ). Kaohsiung International Airport is a 45-minute drive from CJCU and is much closer to the University than Taipei Taoyuan International Airport (a 4-hour drive); however,Taipei Taoyuan International Airport is served by many more flights.
Both airports have public transportation links to the Taiwan High Speed Rail (HSR). In Taipei, there is shuttle bus service between the airport and the Taoyuan Station of the HSR; in Kaohsiung, the city’s MRT links the airport (Stop R4) with both the Kaohsiung train station (R11) and the HSR station in Zuoying (R16).Students flying into Kaohsiung with large amounts of luggage can apply to the Office of International Affairs for pick-up at the airport.
The opening of the Taiwan High Speed Rail (English website: http://www.thsrc.com.tw/en/?lc=en)in 2007 has made travel between the major cities of Taiwan’s populous west coast extremely convenient.Travel time between CJCU and Taipei on the HSR is 1 hour 45 minutes; travel time between CJCU andTaoyuan on the HSR is 1 hour 24 minutes. However,those planning to take the HSR to Taipei Taoyuan International Airport should plan to leave at least 4 hours before their flight departure to allow time for the shuttle ride to the airport and for check-in procedures. In addition, to ensure that connections between Taoyuan Airport and the HSR are possible, it is best to schedule flights that arrive at Taoyuan before 20:00 at night and depart after 11:00 in the morning.
With the opening of the Chang Jung Christian University rail station on the Shalun Line in January 2011, rail transportation is now available to the front gate of the University; the Tainan station of the HSR is only 5 minutes away on the rail link. The link also connects CJCU to Taiwan’s regular train system, which remains a good, low-cost option for travel to many Taiwanese communities and provides a means of reaching Taiwan’s scenic east coast. Discounted 5-day, 7-day, or 10-day rail passes are available to international students who are in Taiwan on short-term (visitor) visas.
Schedules for rail service are available on the English website of the Taiwan Railways Administration (http://188.8.131.52/TWRail_en/index.aspx ).
Both Taipei and Kaohsiung have mass rapid transit systems that are linked to the island’s ordinary and high-speed rail systems.
In recent years, the city of Tainan has put a great deal of effort into promoting the city bus system. The present position of the buses on each of the city’s bus lines can be tracked on a website entitled “Tainan City Dynamic Bus Information System” (http://2384.tncg.gov.tw/TNWeb/EIndex.jsp?locale=en_US&agis=Yes ). Route 88 runs from Tainan City Park and the train station to the city’s main tourist sites, including Koxinga Shrine, Confucius Temple, and the Anping Historical District.
Taxi service in Taiwan is relatively inexpensive (NT$85 for the first 1.5 km and NT$5 for each additional 300 m, with surcharges for late night service and travel to Taipei and Kaohsiung airports). Travel by taxi from CJCU to the downtown area of Tainan costs approximately NT$320-350. Most local taxi drivers do not speak English, so persons who do not speak Chinese should the carry the address of their destination.
It is generally easy to hail a taxi on the main streets of Tainan, but persons wanting to take a taxi from CJCU will need to call (or ask a Chinese speaker to call) to arrange for taxi pick-up. The telephone number for local taxi service are (06)2085555;(06)2296000.