Peak-time express train tickets on TRA lines for holiday sold out

TAIPEI (CNA) — Long-distance express train tickets for travel on Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) rail lines at peak times during the four-day Dragon Boat Festival holiday in late June have been sold out, the agency said Wednesday.

As of 9 a.m. Tze-Chiang Express tickets for travel during certain daytime hours had quickly sold out after advance sales began at midnight Tuesday, the agency said in a press release.

More than 285,000 tickets were sold online, via telephone or at convenience stores in the early hours of Wednesday morning, TRA data showed.

Among the sold-out Tze-Ching Express tickets were those for travel from Taipei to Hualien County from noon on June 24 (the day before the holiday begins) to 6 p.m. on June 25; from Taipei to Taitung County on June 24 and 25; and from Taitung and Hualien to Taipei on June 28 for all trains departing after 7 a.m.

On the line that goes north-south in western Taiwan, express train tickets from Taipei to Kaohsiung between 1 p.m. on June 24 and 11 a.m. on June 25, as well as those from Kaohsiung to Taipei between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on June 28 were sold out.

Tze-Chiang express train tickets from Kaohsiung to Taitung on the South-link line for travel on June 25 before noon were also sold out, the agency said.