Taichung actively builds infrastructures on top of its location advantages and works towards making Taichung the gateway for visitors and offering convenience and free flow of cargos. High speed rails, railways and highway buses also make Taichung a hub for day trips. Besides, because of its location, Taichung is the only city in Taiwan where people can travel to any of the other five special municipalities in an hour.
Taichung International Airport
Taichung International Airport is working towards the goal of being one of the airports that serves both international flights and direct cross-strait flights to people in the central area. The airport continues improving its designs for custom traffic flows and upgrading service facilities. The airport is aiming at moderately adding new international flights within a radius of 4 to 6 hours flight time. The newly built terminal could service 1.7 million passengers. The new and existing terminals combined can handle 2.9 million visitors per year.
The airport hosts international flights such as Hong Kong, Macao, Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi), Korea (Incheon), Japan (Okinawa, Kansai and Nagasaki) and the scheduled or non-scheduled direct cross-strait flights include Shanghai, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Nanjing, Jinan, Qingdao, Hohhot, Hefei, Taiyuan, Nanning, Yichang, Kunming, Tianjin, Chengdu and any future international and cross-strait flights airlines may apply and get approval by the Civil Aeronautics Administration.
Taichung International Airport officially started handling international cargo transportation since February 5th, 2015. It is expected for the airport to handle around 8,600 tons of cargos at the beginning and brings convenience to cargo owners located in the center part of Taiwan to deal with import and export procedures.臺中國際機場官方網站
Both western mountain line and ocean line offered by the Taiwan Railway make stops at Taichung. The only special class station in the central Taiwan – Taichung Station services average 50,000 passengers every day. Visitors can connect to public transportation such as highway buses, city buses and public bikes from here.臺灣鐵路局官方網站
Taiwan High Speed Rail
Taiwan High Speed Rail offers high speed railway services between major cities on the western Taiwan. There are currently nine stations – Nangang, Taipei, Banqiao, Taiyuan, Hsinchu, Taichung, Chiayi, Tainan and Kaohsiung. The lines can operate as fast as 300 km per hour and with an on-time rate of over 99.6%. The fastest it takes from Taichung to any of the five special municipalities by the high speed trains is 40 minutes.臺灣高鐵官方網站
Major passenger buses stations in Taichung are: Taichung Bus Station, Chungkang Interchange, Chao Ma Interchange, and Shuinan Transportation Center. Various bus companies offer routes connecting counties and cities and offer visitors a wide range of alternatives to reach their destinations.交通部公路總局官方網站
Ever since the “first 10 km free” policy took place and the bus routes on Taiwan Boulevard were optimized, the increase rate of bus usages in Taichung tops the six special municipalities while traffic congestions during rush hours reduced, traffic accidents lessened, air quality improved and carbon emissions lowered.交通局公共運輸處官方網站
Taichung Port owns a huge hinterland and is the important hub for consolidating loose products like coal, natural gases, imported cars, powder, chemical materials, timber and machineries. The port also hosts the Chungkang Export Processing Zone and has the highest cargo throughput rate in Taiwan in these two years. Besides, to boost cruise travel in the central Taiwan, large cruise ship terminals are under construction and the cruise businesses are promoting cruise travel packages together with the government.臺中港務公司官方網站
Taichung City Government is planning on building a bicycle sharing system (ibike) to cover the last mile to peoples’ final destinations. As of July 2017, there were 214 bike stations in Taichung City. It is encouraged that people use low pollution and low energy consumption bike-sharing system as a short-distance transportation method. By doing this, there will be less people own and use personal motor vehicles, reducing the traffic congestions in the city, decreasing the environment pollution and energy consumption.ibike臺中市公共自行車官方網站