Kaohsiung Metro
Kaohsiung Metro

Located in the south, Kaohsiung is one of the most important cities in Taiwan. Kaohsiung Metro plays an essential role in avoiding traffic jams caused by a large population. Kaohsiung MRT opened in 2008 and combined two metro lines and one circular light rail. In addition, the MRT system includes other important transit systems such as high-speed rail, rail transport, harbor, and airport. You can easily transfer from one form of transportation to another.

All in all, whether you are a tourist or a citizen, you can take Kaohsiung MRT to any attractions in Kaohsiung, including Lotus Pond (蓮池潭), Shinkuchan Shopping Street (新堀江商圈), Liuhe Tourist Night Market (六合觀光夜市), The Pier-2 Art Center (駁二藝術特區), and so on. This article will provide all information about the Kaohsiung Metro, such as ticket prices, metro stations, and a metro map. You will learn more details about the Kaohsiung Metro.

Kaohsiung MRT Map

Kaohsiung MRT Map
Kaohsiung MRT Map

In the image above, you have a view of the Kaohsiung MRT Map. It depicts three distinct lines: the Red Line, the Orange Line, and the Green Line, which is a Light Rail Transit (LRT).

Red Line (Gangshan South-Siaogang)

The Red Line connects Siaogang (小港) with Gangshan (岡山) station. From Gangshan District (north of Kaohsiung) to Xiaogang District (south of Kaohsiung), this line passes through the Kaohsiung City Center and is made of 24 stations. You can go to the Kaohsiung International Airport by taking the Red Line and getting off at Siaogang Airport Station R4. This is the only international airport in the south of Taiwan.

Kaohsiung Metro Red Line Stations
Kaohsiung Metro Red Line Stations

First and Last Train

  • First Train:06:00
  • Last Train:24:00

Red Line Stations

  • R3 Siaogang
  • R4 Kaohsiung International Airport
  • R4A Caoya
  • R5 Cianjhen Senior High School
  • R6 Kaisyuan
  • R7 Shihjia
  • R8 Sanduo Shopping District
  • R9 Central Park
  • R10 Formosa Boulevard
  • R11 Kaohsiung Main Station
  • R12 Houyi
  • R13 Aozihdi
  • R14 Kaohsiung Arena
  • R15 Ecological District
  • R16 Zuoying
  • R17 World Games
  • R18 Oil Refinery Elementary School
  • R19 Nanzih Export Processing Zone
  • R20 Houjing
  • R21 Metropolitan Park
  • R22 Cingpu
  • R22A Ciaotou Sugar Refinery
  • R23 Ciaotou Station
  • R24 Gangshan South

Orange Line (Sizihwan-OT1 Daliao)

The Orange Line runs from Sizihwan to OT1 Daliao stations. It connects Gushan District (west of Kaohsiung) to Daliao District (east of Kaohsiung) and has 14 stations. Except for Daliao Station, all the other stations are underground. The Orange Line is the only metro line that can transfer to water transportation. You can go to the Sizihwan harbor by taking the Kaohsiung MRT to Sizihwan station.

Kaohsiung Metro Orange Line Stations
Kaohsiung Metro Orange Line Stations

First and Last Train

  • First Train:06:00
  • Last Train:24:00

Orange Line Stations

  • O1 Sizihwan
  • O2 Yanchengpu
  • O4 City Council (Former Site)
  • O5 Formosa Boulevard
  • O6 Sinyi Elementary School
  • O7 Cultural Center
  • O8 Wukuaicuo
  • O9 Martial Arts Stadium
  • O10 Weiwuying
  • O11 Fongshan West (Kaohsiung City Council)
  • O12 Fongshan
  • O13 Dadong
  • O14 Fongshan Junior High School
  • OT1 Daliao

LRT (Kaisyuan Park-Heart of Love River)

The LRT (light rail system) is a circular line that connects Kaisyuan Park to the Heart of Love River. Although the Kaohsiung LRT is not a metro system, it still plays an important role in the Kaohsiung traffic system. As of today, it has 31 stations (Lizihnei—Hamasen), and 7 stations (Hamasen—Ersheng Rd.) are currently under construction. They are estimated to be completed by 2023.

Kaohsiung LRT Stations
Kaohsiung LRT Stations

First and Last Train

  • First Train:06:30
  • Last Train:22:00

LRT Stations

  • C1 Lizihnei
  • C2 Kaisyuan Rueitian
  • C3 Cianjhen Star
  • C4 Kaisyuan Jhonghua
  • C5 Dream Mall
  • C6 Commerce and Trade Park
  • C7 Software Technology Park
  • C8 Kaohsiung Exhibition Center
  • C9 Cruise Terminal
  • C10 Glory Pier
  • C11 Love Pier
  • C12 Dayi Pier-2
  • C13 Penglai Pier-2
  • C14 Hamasen
  • C15 Shoushan Park
  • C16 Wenwu Temple
  • C17 Gushan District Office
  • C18 Gushan
  • C19 Makadao
  • C20 TRA Museum of Fine Arts
  • C21A Neiwei Arts Center
  • C21 Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts
  • C22 Kaohsiung Municipal United Hospital
  • C23 Longhua Elementary School
  • C24 Heart of Love River
  • C32 Kaisyuan Park
  • C33 Department of Health
  • C34 Wucyuan Elementary School
  • C35 Kaisyuan Wuchang
  • C36 Kaisyuan Ersheng
  • C37 LRT Depot

Information of Kaohsiung MRT Interchange Stations

Kaohsiung MRT Interchange Stations

Red LineOrange LineLRT Line
Red LineR10/O5
Formosa Boulevard
C3 Cianjhen Star / R6 Kaisyuan
C24 Heart of Love River / R13 Aozihdi
Orange LineR10/O5
Formosa Boulevard
C14 Hamasen / O1 Sizihwan
LRT LineC3 Cianjhen Star / R6 Kaisyuan
C24 Heart of Love River / R13 Aozihdi
C14 Hamasen / O1 Sizihwan
Kaohsiung MRT Interchange Stations

Kaohsiung MRT (transfer to other form of transportation)

Kaohsiung MRT (transfer to other form of transportation)
Source:Kaohsiung mass rapid transit
TRA
(Taiwan Railway Administration)
AirportTHSR
(Taiwan High Speed Rail)
Harbor
RedR23 Ciaotou Station,
R16 Zuoying,
R11 Kaohsiung Main Station
R4 Kaohsiung International AirportR16 Zuoying
OrangeO1 Sizihwan
LRTC18 Gushan,
C20 TRA Museum of Fine Arts
C14 Hamasen
Kaohsiung MRT (transfer to other form of transportation)

Kaohsiung MRT Ticket

MRT Regular Tickets

Single-Journey Tickets

Kaohsiung Metro Ticket
Kaohsiung Metro Ticket
  • Eligibility: General public
  • Price: NTD$20-$60
  • Validity: Valid on the day of issue only
  • Where to purchase:
    • Station Service Desk
    • Top-Up Machines

Single-Journey Ticket for Cyclists

Kaohsiung Metro Single-Journey Ticket for Cyclists
Kaohsiung Metro Single-Journey Ticket for Cyclists
  • Eligibility: Passengers with non-folding bikes
  • Price:$60 (discount price)
  • Validity: Valid for one person with a single bicycle
  • Where to purchase:
    • Station Service Desk

Group Ticket

Kaohsiung Metro Group Ticket
Kaohsiung Metro Group Ticket
  • Eligibility: Groups of over 10 people
  • Price:20% off the Fare
  • Validity: Valid on the day of issue only
  • Where to purchase:
    • Station Service Desk

iPass Adult card

Kaohsiung Metro iPass Adult card
Kaohsiung Metro iPass Adult card
  • Eligibility: General public
  • Price: The price of an empty card is NT$ 100. (cash only)
  • Discount:
    • 15% off the Fare for the Kaohsiung Metro
    • NT$3 discount for any transfer from the MRT to the Kaohsiung City bus within 2 hours.
    • NT$5 discount for any transfer from the MRT to Kaohsiung YouBike within one hour (and vice versa)
  • Where to purchase:
    • Station Service Desk

EasyCard Adult card

Kaohsiung Metro EasyCard Adult card
Kaohsiung Metro EasyCard Adult card
  • Eligibility: General public
  • Price: The price of an empty card is NT$ 100 (cash only)
  • Discount:
    • 15% off the Fare for the Kaohsiung Metro
    • NT$3 discount for any transfer from the MRT to Kaohsiung City bus within 2 hours.
  • Where to purchase:
    • Station Service Desk

LRT Regular Tickets

Single-Journey Tickets

Kaohsiung LRT Single-Journey Tickets
Kaohsiung LRT Single-Journey Tickets
  • Eligibility: General public
  • Price:$20-$60
  • Validity: Valid on the day of issue only
  • Where to purchase:
    • Station Service Desk
    • Top Up Machines

Group Ticket

Kaohsiung Metro LRT Group Ticket
Kaohsiung LRT Group Ticket
  • Eligibility: Groups of over 10 passengers
  • Price: The fare for each trip between C32 to C1 to C24 stations is NT$ 10
  • Validity: Valid within 2.5 hours after purchasing for one trip.
  • Where to purchase:
    • Station Service Desk

iPass Adult card

Kaohsiung LRT iPass Adult card
Kaohsiung LRT iPass Adult card
  • Eligibility:General public
  • Price:The fare of every ride is NT$ 10.
  • Discount:
    • The fare of every ride is NT$ 10 (C32~C1~C20)
    • Free ride (C21A~C24)
    • NT$5 discount for any transfer from the KLRT to Kaohsiung YouBike within one hour (vice versa)
  • Where to purchase:
    • Station Service Desk

EasyCard Adult card

Kaohsiung LRT EasyCard Adult card
Kaohsiung LRT EasyCard Adult card
  • Eligibility: General public
  • Price: The fare of every ride is NT$ 10.
  • Discount:
    • The fare of every ride is NT$ 10 (C32~C1~C20)
    • Free ride (C21A~C24)
  • Where to purchase:
    • Station Service Desk

Kaohsiung MRT most famous Stations

Formosa Boulevard (美麗島站)

Kaohsiung Metro Formosa Boulevard station
Source: Kaohsiung mass rapid transit
  • Station: R10/O5 Formosa Boulevard
  • Metro Line: Red/Orange Line

Before coming to Kaohsiung, you may have seen the picture above, as it is one of the landmarks of the city. Formosa Boulevard Station is located at the intersection of Zhongzheng Road and Zhongshan Road in Kaohsiung City. At the same time, it is also an interchange station for the Orange metro line and Red line.

It is known as the “Dome of Light,” designed by Italian artist Narcissus Quagliata. The “Dome of Light” is made from individual pieces of colorful glass. This amazing public art piece has four theme areas, including water, earth, light, and fire. They have different meanings; for example, water means the womb of life, and the earth means the act of growing and prospering. If you have a chance to go to Kaohsiung City, don’t forget to visit this special MRT station.

Love Pier (真愛碼頭站)

Kaohsiung Metro Love Pier station
Source: Kaohsiung mass rapid transit
  • Station: C11 Love Pier
  • LRT Line: Circular LRT Line

Love Pier station is beside the Love River Bridge. This bridge is one of the famous bridges in Kaohsiung City. At night, the colorful streamer lights will light up and make the whole bridge more romantic and colorful. You can walk or ride a bike on this bridge and enjoy the night view of the Love River. I have to say this is my favorite place in Kaohsiung.

Sanduo Shopping District (三多商圈站)

Kaohsiung Metro Sanduo Shopping District
Source: Kaohsiung mass rapid transit
  • Station: R8 Sanduo Shopping District
  • Metro Line: Red Line

Sanduo Shopping District station is on the red line. The design of the station entrance is not like others, as you can see from the picture above. In addition to the building’s exterior design, the station is located in the Sanduo Shopping District. There are three big shopping malls, including the Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Department Store, Pacific SOGO, and Mega 21 Far Eastern Shopping Complex. It is considered the best shopping district in Kaohsiung City.

Central Park (中央公園站)

Kaohsiung Metro Central Park
Source: Kaohsiung mass rapid transit
  • Station: R9 Central Park
  • Metro Line: Red Line

The top of Central Park station’s entrance is designed with a 3D arc. Once you leave the station, you will see a really green environment. Kaohsiung Central Park is located in the city center and is a good place to relax and enjoy a nice atmosphere for parent-child groups, couples, and elders.

Kaohsiung MRT Common FAQs

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