Taipei Main Station

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Taipei Main Station (Chinese: 台北車站; pinyin: Táiběi chēzhàn) is a railway and metro station in Taipei, Taiwan.[13] It is served by Taiwan High Speed Rail, the Taiwan Railways Administration, and the Taipei Metro. It is also connected through underground passageways to the terminal station of Taoyuan Airport MRT and the Taipei Bus Station. In 2017, it was the busiest station on all three rail systems, with a total of 190 million entries and exits.


Taiwan High Speed Rail
Taiwan Railways Administration
THSR and TRA railway station
Taipei Main Station K 20210115.jpeg
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese台北
General information
Location3 Beiping W Rd
Zhongzheng, Taipei[1]
Coordinates25°02′51″N 121°31′01″E / 25.0475°N 121.5170°E / 25.0475; 121.5170Coordinates: 25°02′51″N 121°31′01″E / 25.0475°N 121.5170°E / 25.0475; 121.5170[1]
  • Rapid transit
  • Local bus
  • Coach
  •   Taoyuan Airport MRT (A1 Taipei Main Station)
Structure typeUnderground
Other information
Station code
  • TPE/02 (THSR)
  • 100 (TRA three-digit)[1]
  • 1008 (TRA four-digit)[1]
  • A10 (TRA statistical)[5]
  • ㄊㄞ (TRA telegraph)
ClassificationSpecial class (Chinese: 特等) (TRA)[4]
Previous namesTaihoku (Japanese: 臺北)
Key dates
2007-03-02THSR opened[9]
201830.403 million per year[10]Increase 3.27% (THSR)
Rank1 out of 12
201745.935 million per year[5]Decrease 1.22% (TRA)
Rank1 out of 228
Preceding station Taiwan High Speed Rail Taiwan High Speed Rail Following station
THSR Banqiao
towards Zuoying
Preceding station Taiwan Railways Administration Taiwan Railways Following station
towards Keelung
Western Trunk line Wanhua
towards Pingtung
Taipei is located in Taiwan
Location within Taiwan
Taipei Main Station

Taipei Metro
Taipei metro station
Exit M5, Taipei Station 20151222.jpg
Entrance M5
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese台北車站
General information
Location49 Sec 1 Zhongxiao W Rd
Zhongzheng District, Taipei
Structure typeUnderground
Bicycle facilitiesNo access
Other information
Station codeR10, BL12
Key dates
1999-12-24Bannan line opened
2017114.987 million per year[12]Increase 0.02%
Rank1 out of 108
Preceding station Taipei Metro Logo(Logo Only).svg Taipei Metro Following station
towards Tamsui or Beitou
Tamsui–Xinyi line NTU Hospital
towards Xiangshan or Daan
Ximen Bannan line Shandao Temple

Station overviewEdit

Layout of Taipei station in 2021, including the Taoyuan Airport MRT station and Beimen

The central building of Taipei Main Station is a rectangular building in Zhongzheng District with six stories above ground and four stories below ground. The building is 149 m (489 ft) long and 110 m (360 ft) wide. The first floor has a large ticketing hall with a skylight and three ground-level exits in each cardinal direction, the second is occupied by restaurants managed by the Breeze group, and all floors above are office spaces. At the B1 level, there are turnstiles for the TRA and THSR platforms, along with a myriad of underground passageways for Taipei Bus Station, the Taoyuan Metro station, and Beimen metro station. Zhongshan Metro Mall, Taipei City Mall, Station Front Metro Mall, and Qsquare all connect on this level as well. TRA and THSR each have two island platforms at the B2 level. As for Taipei Metro, the Bannan line's platforms are located at the south of the station building; the entrances are at the B2 level, and the platforms are at B3. The Tamsui-Xinyi line's entrance is directly under the station building at B3, and the platforms are at B4.[14][15][16]

Platform layoutEdit

TRA and THSREdit

Taiwan High Speed Rail (southbound) Towards Banqiao, Taoyuan, Taichung, Zuoying
Taiwan High Speed Rail (northbound) Towards Nangang
5 N/A Through services Trains do not stop here
West Coast line (southbound) Towards Banqiao, Hsinchu, Taichung, Chiayi, Kaohsiung, Pingtung
West Coast line (northbound, through traffic) Towards Banqiao, Shulin
West Coast line (northbound) Towards Songshan, Xizhi, Qidu, Keelung
West Coast line (southbound, through traffic and cross-line) Towards Yilan, Hualien, Taitung, Kaohsiung (through the South-link line)

Taipei Metro (MRT)Edit

1 Red line
(northbound, through traffic)
Towards Tamsui
Red line
(northbound, through traffic)
Towards Beitou
2 Red line (southbound, through traffic) Towards Xiangshan
Red line (southbound, through traffic) Towards Daan
3 Blue line (Eastbound) Towards Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center
Blue line (Eastbound) Towards Kunyang
4 Blue line (Westbound) Towards Far Eastern Hospital
Blue line (Westbound) Towards Dingpu

Station layoutEdit


Taiwan Railways Administration
Taiwan Railways Administration, Scheduling Control Center
TRA Employee Rooms
YMCA, other private companies (Rented)
TRA Auditorium
2F Retail level Taipei Station Breeze Center, Food Court (Elevator at East Entrance 2)
L1 Street level Entrance/Exit
TRA/THSR ticketing, automatic ticket machines, tourism counter
TRA Information Office, TRA Station Manager Office, railway police
TRA information desk, THSR police, THSR military police
TRA Entrance/Exit, Guard
TRA Luggage Office TRA Parcel Center (Separate structure)
THSR Administration offices
B1 Concourse THSR ticketing, TRA/THSR automatic ticketing, ticket gates, waiting area
Car park, Military Transportation Service
Connects to B1 of the Taipei Metro
Underground passageway Zhongshan Metro Mall, Taipei Underground Market, Eslite Taipei Station, restrooms
Connects to B1 of TRA/THSR, Taipei Bus Station
B2 Metro Lobby Information desk, faregates, restrooms (Inside fare area)
Red line, Blue line transfer area, escalators to platforms
Metro offices
(Separate structure)
Metro Control Center briefing rooms
2A TRA Control level TRA Traffic Room, Central Station Monitoring Center
2B Platform 1A THSR towards Zuoying (Banqiao)
Island platform
Platform 1B THSR towards Zuoying (Banqiao)
Platform 2A THSR towards Nangang
Island platform
Platform 2B THSR towards Nangang
Fifth track West Coast line does not stop here
Platform 3A West Coast line towards Taichung, Kaohsiung (Wanhua)
Island platform
Platform 3B West Coast line towards Shulin (Wanhua)
Platform 4A West Coast line towards Keelung (Songshan)
Island platform
Platform 4B West Coast line towards Yilan, Hualien, Taitung (Songshan)
TRA offices level Staff training classroom
2C Machinery level Machinery
B3 Concourse
(Transfer to Metro
TRA Entrance)
TRA/THSR ticketing, automatic ticket machines, ticket gates
Escalator to B2 - TRA/THSR platforms
Metro faregates, information desk, lost and found, gallery
Restrooms (inside and outside fare zone), Automatic ticket dispensing machines
One-way faregates
Platform 3   Bannan line towards Nangang Exhib Center / Kunyang (BL13 Shandao Temple)
Island platform, doors open on the left
Platform 4   Bannan line towards Dingpu / Far Eastern Hospital (BL11 Ximen)
Control Center
(Separate structure)
High-Capacity Traffic Control Center
(Another traffic center exists)
B4 Platform 1   Tamsui–Xinyi line towards Tamsui / Beitou (R11 Zhongshan)
Island platform, doors open on the left
Platform 2   Tamsui–Xinyi line towards Xiangshan / Daan (R09 NTU Hospital)

Around the stationEdit

Taipei Main Station of the Taoyuan Airport MRT is connected to Taipei station via underground passageways
Taipei City Mall

(K)K Underground MallEdit

  • Exit M1/Y2: TRA/THSR(Entrance North 1)
  • Exit M2:Civic Blvd Expressway
  • Exit M3:Cosmos Hotel Taipei/ Talk Club Taiwan(美立達留學遊學中心)
  • Exit M4:TRA/THSR(Entrance South 1)
  • Exit M5:Station Front Plaza
  • Exit M6:Caesar Park Hotel Taipei, National Taiwan Museum
  • Exit M7:Zhongshan N. Rd.
  • Exit M8:Gongyuan Rd, YMCA Taipei

(M)Zhongshan Metro MallEdit

(Y)Taipei City MallEdit

(Z)Station Front Metro MallEdit


Taipei station in 1914
The old Taipei station in 1948.

The first rail station in Taipei was completed in Twatutia in 1891, during Qing rule, when the railway to Keelung was opened for service.[17][18] Initially, a temporary station was built while a permanent station was constructed in 1897, during Japanese rule (1895-1945). In 1901, the station was located to the east of its current location. It was rebuilt in 1940 to accommodate growing passenger traffic.

To alleviate traffic congestion caused by railroad crossings in downtown Taipei, an underground railway tunnel between Huashan and Wanhua was built along with the present station building as part of the Taipei Railway Underground Project.[19] When the underground system was completed on 2 September 1989, railway service was moved to the newly completed building (completed on 5 September 1989) and the old building as well as a temporary station were demolished.

The current station was further expanded with the opening of the Taipei Metro. The metro station is connected to the basement of the railway station and opened to passenger traffic in 1997 to the Tamsui–Xinyi line. Extensive underground malls now exist at the front and back of the station,[20] which emulate those found in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. The station also became a terminus for Taiwan High Speed Rail trains when the network began service in 2007.

Ongoing developmentsEdit

Taipei station and the area surrounding it have been undergoing renovation since 2005. Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki was chosen to design two skyscrapers that will surround the railroad station.[21] Maki will also oversee the renovation of Taipei station. The height of the taller tower will be 76 stories, whereas the shorter tower will be 56 stories.[22] The two skyscrapers will be constructed on empty parcels found adjacent to Taipei station, above the Taoyuan Airport MRT station.

The station interior underwent renovation work from February to October 2011.[23] Basement restrooms were renovated, the basement and first floor preparations for additional Breeze Plaza retail space began, the large ticket office in the first floor lobby was removed, and additional retail space was allocated.[23] In addition, the flooring on the first floor was completely replaced, fire and evacuation regulations were improved, and solar panels will be installed on the station roof.[23]

See alsoEdit



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  2. ^ 高鐵沿線里程座標相關資料. (in Chinese). Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  3. ^ 各站營業里程-1.西部幹線. Taiwan Railways Administration (in Chinese). 11 December 2008. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  4. ^ 車站數-按等級別分 (PDF). Taiwan Railways Administration (in Chinese). Retrieved 30 October 2018.
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  6. ^ Lee, Yung-chang (April 2017). A Living Landmark (PDF). Taipei, Taiwan: Taiwan Railways Administration, MOTC. ISBN 978-986-05-1933-4. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
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  8. ^ 臺灣鐵路電訊. Taiwan Railways Administration (in Chinese). Retrieved 4 September 2018.
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  12. ^ 臺北市交通統計查詢系統. (in Chinese). Retrieved 15 September 2018.
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  14. ^ "Taipei Main Station Information Map" (PDF). Taipei Metro. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
  15. ^ 鍾志鵬 (July 3, 2020). "老照片故事/34年前台北車站這樣擠月台 竟然有陽光" (in Chinese). SET News. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
  16. ^ Everington, Keoni (July 22, 2017). "New 3D map of Taipei Main Station complex". Taiwan News. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
  17. ^ "Building History of Main Routes of Taiwan Railway". Taiwan Railways Administration. Retrieved 2010-06-16.
  18. ^ Davidson (1903), p. 249.
  19. ^ "Taiwan Railway History". Taiwan Railways Administration. Retrieved 2010-06-16.
  20. ^ MacDonald, Phil (2007). Taiwan. National Geographic Books. p. 59. ISBN 1426201451.
  21. ^ "Japanese architect wins design bid". Taipei Times. Deutsche Presse-Agentur. 2005-07-20. p. 11. Retrieved 2010-06-17.
  22. ^ "Diaphragm Wall and Foundation Piles Construction of Taipei Main Station JD Buildings". Department of Rapid Transit Systems. 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2011-07-22.
  23. ^ a b c 2-10月大翻修 台北車站黑暗期來了 (in Chinese). 中國時報. 2011-01-17. Archived from the original on 2011-01-20. Retrieved 2011-01-25.


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