TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A special "buy one, get one free' discount for foreign tourists who take Taiwan's High Speed Rail (HSR) trains to Taichung and areas further south will run until Jan. 20, 2020.
In order to encourage more international tourists to visit Taiwan for sightseeing, particularly attractions in central and southern Taiwan, the Tourism Bureau has joined with the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation (THSRC) in launching the "two tickets for the price of one" incentive program. The discounts, which kicked in on Monday (Sept. 16) and last until Jan. 20 of next year, are available to tourists traveling in groups who hold a visa for a "short term" stay (less than 180 days), reported UDN.
The discounts are available to adult tourists traveling together on the same train. The free ticket is only offered to those traveling to Taichung, Changhua, Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan, or Zuoying (Kaohsiung), according to the report.
Last year, the Tourism Bureau offered the "Travel in a Pair, One Person Travels Free" discount program from Nov. 27, 2018 to Jan. 31, 2019 to encourage tourists to enjoy sites in central and southern Taiwan. Examples of attractions the bureau promoted during the program included the 2018 Taichung World Flora Exposition, National Taichung Theater, National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying), and 30th Taiwan Lantern Festival.
Foreigners who hold residency in Taiwan for work or study for an extended period are not eligible for the discount, according to the bureau. The number of free tickets is limited and will be issued on a first-come, first-serve basis.