Taking Taiwan Tourist Shuttle Buses Between Tamsui and Keelung
The North Coast of Taiwan is the stretch of coastline from the port town of Tamsui in the west to the harbor city of Keelung in the east. Getting to the starting points of trips along this scenic coast from downtown Taipei is convenient. If you want to follow the coast from west to east, take the MRT Tamsui-Xinyi Line to the northern terminus, Tamsui Station; if you want to start in the east, take a commuter train to Keelung Railway Station. Then hop aboard a Taiwan Tourist Shuttle bus from designated stops located outside the MRT station in Tamsui or close to Keelung’s railway station.
In Tamsui, board a bus plying the Crown Northern Coast Line, which will take you to such scenic attractions as Baisha Bay, the Fugui Cape Lighthouse (at the northernmost tip of Taiwan), Shimen Arch, the town of Jinshan’s Shitoushan Park, and Yehliu Geopark. For a stretch (between Shimen Arch and Jinshan) the bus leaves the coast and takes a minor road uphill to the Juming Museum (Ju Ming is an internationally acclaimed Taiwanese sculptor) and Yun Garden (the cemetery where famous pop singer Teresa Teng is buried).
At Keelung, you can take a bus on the Keelung Shuttle Bus West Line, which passes by Lovers Lake Park and Green Bay and terminates at Yehliu Geopark. If you want to travel all the way between Tamsui and Keelung using the Taiwan Tourist Shuttle service, you need to change buses at Yehliu Geopark or Guihou Fishing Harbor.
Note: Other regular buses ply the coastal road as well, in full or in part, including No. 860 (Tamsui-Sanzhi), No. 863 (Tamsui-Jinshan), and No. 862 (Tamsui-Keelung), but these do not stop at some of the tourist attractions, such as the Juming Museum/Yun Garden, Shitoushan Park, and Yehliu Geopark.
A third way to get to the North Coast (at Jinshan) from central Taipei by bus is via the mountain route traversing Yangmingshan National Park. Take a Royal Bus Co. (www.royalbus.com.tw) No. 1717 bus from Taipei Main Station (the bus stop is a 3-min. walk from Exit M8 at MRT Taipei Main Station, on Gongyuan Road). Buses leave every 30~60 minutes, the ride from Taipei to Jinshan takes about 90 minutes, and tickets are priced NT$150. This route has the advantage that you can take in the splendid mountain scenery of Yangmingshan on your way to the coast. At Jinshan, you can then take a Taiwan Tourist Shuttle bus headed for Tamsui or Yehliu.