Taiwan Railways operates five service classes of standard train, the highest two of which are Tze-Chiang, a limited express train and the fastest of the classes, and Chu Kuang. Tze-Chiang trains travel up to 130 kilometres an hour, are fully air conditioned, have comfortable seats and an at-seat trolley refreshment service.
The Taroko Express is part of the Tze-Chiang service class, an electric tilting train that runs up and down the scenic east coast line. While most Tse-Chiang trains have both reserved and unreserved seating, the Taroko Express is all reserved.
Chu Kuang trains, also limited express, are also fully air-conditioned but are considered less comfortable that Tse-Chiang and are a slower and cheaper option for those travelling intercity. Below Chu Kuang are local trains that stop at all stations.
We use a standard train to travel between Taipei and Hualien on our private Taiwan by Rail tour.