#LDlifehacks: Getting to Long Dong

Most people who have been commuting from Taipei to Long Dong will be well-acquainted with the Kuokuang Long Distance Bus 1811 & 1812. They runs five times daily departing from Taipei Main Station and terminate in Yilan.

Departure time at Taipei Main Station (exact location here):

1811 – 8:50, 10:20, 17:40, 20:20
1812 – 14:20

So what happens if the buses are full, or you miss your bus?

Here are two alternatives for you to consider:

Option 1: Take TRA Train to Keelung & transfer to Bus 791

  1. Walk to Bus Stop “Keelung Station (Renxiang Clinic)” (exact location here)
  2. Take Bus 791 towards Fulong (福隆)*, travel time: approx. 45min
  3. Get off at Longdonggang stop (龍洞港) – closest bus stop to School Gate

Bus 791
Estimated arrival time at Keelung Train Station (Renxiang Clinic)

Weekdays

Sat, Sun & National Holidays

5:00

5:20

5:20

5:50

5:55

6:30

6:30

7:40

7:10

8:45

7:41

9:25

8:30

9:50

9:12

10:30

10:12

11:08

11:12

11:50

12:12

12:30

13:10

13:10

14:08

13:50

14:52

14:32

15:38

15:08

16:40

16:17

17:10

17:17

18:13

18:13

19:17

19:17

20:12

20:12

21:40

21:40

*Time of arrival at bus stop estimated from official bus schedule here

Reminder:
Make sure you’re taking 791 towards Fulong, NOT 791 towards “Country Xincheng” (國家新城)!



Option 2: Take TRA Train 
to Rueifang & transfer to Bus 856

Take the TRA train to Rueifang Train Station, the closest train station to LD, then hop onto the Golden Fulong Shuttle Bus 856.

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Train schedule from Taipei Main Station to Rueifang Train Station from 6am to 8am (https://www.railway.gov.tw/en/index.aspx)

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Bus 856 weekend schedule, including national holidays (http://www.gold-fulong.com.tw/en/Default.aspx)

The first bus departs Ruifang at 8am, goes up to the mountains to Jiufen before it hits the coast at Yiyang Sea (yes the bay with contrasting hues of blue and yellow, resembling the Yin & Yang symbol ☯️) and continues on the Coastal Highway towards LD.

The great news is Bus 856 now stops at Longdonggang stop (龍洞港), the closest bus stop to School Gate parking since August 2017. The bus schedules above are not updated with the new bus stop addition but Longdonggang is in between LD Bay Ocean Park and LD Four Seasons Bay.

The entire bus ride from Ruifang to Longdonggang takes about 40min. The bus comes every 30min on weekends, and every hour on weekdays. A pretty good option if you want to get some breakfast or pack lunch from Ruifang before making your way to the crags. Ruifang has a quite a bustling day market scene, more on that in future posts 😉

Reminders:

  1. It is recommended that you take this option only when you’re taking Bus 856 before 10am. The traffic towards Jiufen through the mountains could be crazy with tour coaches and tourists who usually turn up around late morning!
  2. To get to LD/Jiufen, board Bus 856 at Bus Stop B (see map below). This is NOT the bus stop (Bus Stop A) right in front of the train station.
856 bus stop

Get on Bus 856 from Bus Stop B

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