Tainan Station

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Taiwan Railways Administration
Tainan Station 02.JPG
Tainan Station's historic station front
Location Beimen Rd., Sec. 2, No. 4
East, Tainan
Operated by
Distance 353.2 km from Keelung
Connections Bus stop
Structure type At-Grade
Other information
Classification 一等站 (Taiwan Railways Administration level)
Opened November 29, 1900
Previous names 台南驛 (Japanese)
Passengers 52,081 daily (2014)[1]

Tainan Station (Chinese: 台南車站; pinyin: Táinán Chēzhàn) is a railway station of the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) Western Line located in East District, Tainan, Taiwan. Situated in center of the old town square of Tainan, Tainan Station is the main station of the city and also one of the major stations along the western trunk line in Taiwan.

The Shalun Line, opened in 2011, allows through services to link the station with THSR Tainan Station.


Tainan Station when it first opened in 1900.

The station has one island platform and one side platform. The current station structure opened on March 15, 1936, which included a hotel on the second floor (the only station of its kind in Taiwan). The hotel closed in 1965, and the restaurant was closed in 1986.

Construction is ongoing for a plan to move the tracks and station underground by 2017.


  • May 15, 1900: Construction on the station was completed.
  • November 29, 1900: The section from Tainan to Dagou (modern-day Kaohsiung Port) opens for service.
  • 1905: Slight expansion of the station.[2]
  • 1927: Due to double track construction from Tainan to Kaohsiung and inadequacy of the station, the station was demolished. Construction began on the second-generation station the same year.
  • March 15, 1936: The current (second-generation) station is completed, taking a total of two years seven months to complete. A hotel was opened on the second floor of the station.
  • June 6, 1954: The Taiwan Sugar Railways Guanmiao Line (關廟線) is extended to south of Tainan Station.
  • May 20, 1969: The Guanmiao Line was demolished.
  • June 1977: The station back area was constructed, facilitating transport for East District residents and local schools.
  • December 18, 1998: The Ministry of the Interior designates the station a historical site. (The government of Taiwan Province had previously declared it a historical site.)
  • July 1, 1999: Station operation is transferred from the provincial railway bureau to the Ministry of Transportation and Communications.
  • April 26, 2007: The plan to move railroad tracks underground in Tainan is set. The station is planned to be moved entirely underground.
  • August 10, 2009: Under the plan to move the station underground, construction begins. It is expected to last for over seven years and be completed by 2017.

Platform layout[edit]

A Tzu-Chiang train at Tainan Station.
1 1 Western Line (Northbound) Toward Chiayi, Changhua, Taichung, Taipei
Eastern Line (Southbound cross-line) Toward Yilan, Su-ao, Hualien
2 2A Western Line (Southbound) Toward Kaohsiung, Pingtung
South-Link Line (Southbound) Toward Fangliao, Taitung
3 2B Western Line (Southbound departure, through traffic) Toward Kaohsiung, Pingtung
Western Line (Northbound departure, through traffic) Toward Chiayi, Changhua, Taichung, Taipei

Around the station[edit]

Railway tracks leading into the station.

Station front[edit]

Station back[edit]

Preceding station   Taiwan Railway Administration   Following station
toward Keelung
West Coast Line
toward Kaohsiung

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Volume of Passenger and Freight Traffic" (PDF). Taiwan Railway Administration. 2015. Retrieved 2015-05-08. 
  2. ^ 《台灣七大經典車站建築圖集》,行政院文化建設委員會。

Coordinates: 22°59′49″N 120°12′45″E / 22.99694°N 120.21250°E / 22.99694; 120.21250