I will reveal to you a secret.
When you are in Taiwan, staying in Taipei and have a day to spare, there is an important tour that you must make. It’s known among locals, takes you outside of Taipei, and costs only 100NTD per person–roundtrip fare plus shuttle service ride to 11 tourist spots. The tour takes a whole day and it’s all worth it.
It’s the Crown Northern Coastline tour.
This is a chance for you to go outside of Taipei and experience another place in Taiwan before you leave. Think of it as a cherry-on-top of your Taiwan trip. No need to ride the HSR, no need to take the plane, just the good old Taipei MRT from wherever you might be staying.
This tour runs along the Northern coastline of New Taipei City and is my favorite shuttle tour so far. I only discovered this via the Tamsui MRT station’s information center and was thoroughly surprised how easy it is to do this trip.
What You Need
Make sure you have these three items before proceeding:
1. Timetable and Fare sheet which can be downloaded via the Taiwan Shuttle bus Service Information tab
2. Pamphlet from the Tamsui MRT station information center (open from 9AM-6PM)
3. 100 NTD for ticket fare
Taking the Shuttle
This is the shuttle that will be your tour guide/service to this amazing yet underrated trip to the New Taipei City coastline.
The shuttle leaves from the Tamsui MRT station–the last station on the North side of the red line. The trip towards the 1st tourist spot takes about 2 hours, which is why I suggest that you begin the trip in the morning so you can cover enough tourist spots within the day.
Admittedly, it’s kind of impossible to visit all 11 in just one trip. So to maximize your time, refer to the timetable and aim for the first trip from Tamsui MRT station.
Soon as you get off the Tamsui MRT station, look for this sign on one of the exit gates.
Turn right upon exiting the gates and go straight ahead until you see the bus stops. Go on and stop right at the front of 7-eleven and Mr. Brown Coffee. Around that area, you will see this Tour Taiwan bus stop.
Chances are, there would be a line queued up by then. If there isn’t one, I suggest you line up already and consider yourself lucky. This tour gets quite a long queue especially on weekends.
Once you are in the shuttle, pay your fare via the shuttle’s driver. It would be 100 NTD per person and it is absolutely important that you keep the ticket that will be given to you.
You will need to show this to the driver every time you hop on a bus from a tourist spot. In case you lose this, you will need to pay 100 NTD again for the tour ticket.
Hopping On and Off the Shuttle
Once you are within New Taipei City, the shuttle will be stopping by red Tour Taiwan bus stops.
This is why you need to make sure you have a pamphlet on hand or at least the timetable sheet so you will know the name of the current tourist spot. Everytime you visit a spot, make sure you remember where the red sign is. This is where the shuttle would stop by and depending on the time, it would either stop there and proceed to the next destination or stop there and proceed to the next destination on its way back to Tamsui MRT station.
I’ve been to this trip around three times already, but I still haven’t had the chance to visit all the tourist spots. The shuttle’s last trip from Keelung is around 5PM. In case you miss it, you can also take the bus going to Tamsui MRT station but well, I found that that is quite a tricky thing to do and you need to make sure you are riding the bus to Tamsui and not the one from Tamsui. Suffice it to say, we did that before and we ended up in Keelung.
Spots You Shouldn’t Miss
I think that this is the closest beach getaway that you can experience in Taiwan, if you are in Taipei. There’s no entrance fee and the only thing you need to pay for here are rentals of the water sports equipment and the tents by the beach.
There’s a nearby cafe that sells food but you can bring your own food too. It also has a public bath in the nearby building where you can shower before and after enjoying the waters.
This place is striking and why won’t it be especially once you see this?
The first time I saw this, I said to myself that I must try to drop by next time and take a closer look at the area. And so I did and that’s when it dawned on me that this is not just another garden but actually one big memorial garden.
And the bronze-looking building that previously caught my attention is actually a crematorium.
Despite those truths, the Yun Garden is still a must-see tourist spot because it provides you a view of the entire Jinshan district. It’s also quite a relaxing place (no puns here okay) and I think you should stop by just because the photos above actually look stunning and amazing when you see it for real.
Once you’ve made it to the Yehliu bus stop, you will notice a smattering of seafood restaurants in the area.
I suggest you try one of these restaurants and converse with the owners in English. They would be able to speak to you anyway. If you have are feeling more adventurous, you can also try and walk down the road facing the port because that’s where we sampled one of the best seafood restaurants I have ever tried here in Taiwan.
Yehliu Geo Park
This remains to be one of my most favorite tourist spots here in Taiwan.
And that awesomeness would be detailed much further in a separate post because I love cliff-hangers and because I don’t want the beauty of this place overpowered by the rest of the information in this post.
Also because I just want to be plain annoying. Kidding. In the three times that I’ve taken this trip, the primary reason has always been to take friends to see this place. It’s the only tourist spot I’ve been to that’s just so picture-perfect that no matter what kind of camera you bring, you will always be able to capture its beauty and wonder.
I hope you find the time to try this trip. I’m actually planning to come back here next year in spring time to see the other spots. The Crown Northern Coastline trip is just one of the many other Tour Taiwan bus offerings within the island and I am hoping to also try their trip towards Sun Moon Lake and Taroko Gorge.
Before I end this post, I want to give you another secret. If you decide to take on this trip, I would suggest you stretch the entire day or at least make sure that you will take the last trip on the timetable. Why? It’s because you wouldn’t want to miss out on the lovely strip of sunset that you will pass by, going back to Tamsui.
You might just have cotton candy skies or golden streaks of night time waving to you a sweet goodbye. And that is another authentic Taiwanese experience you’ll remember for a very long while.