TRA to allow train ticket buys further in advance


TAIPEI (CNA) — People wishing to travel on Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) trains will now be able to buy tickets further in advance than in the past starting Aug. 5, the state-run train operator said Tuesday.

Under the new measure, travelers will be able to reserve tickets 28 days in advance (not including the date the reservation is made), instead of the current 14 days, making it easier for people to plan their trips ahead of time, the TRA said in a statement.

The new extension will actually allow purchases of up to 30 days before the departure date if tickets are bought on a Friday to help with weekend bookings, the company said.

If, for example, a ticket is booked on Aug. 14, eligible departure dates will include the weekend dates of Sept. 12-13.

The Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. (THSRC) already allows people to buy tickets up to 28 days in advance, though its system includes the date the booking is made in the 28 days, the TRA said.

Also starting Aug. 5, the “TR-Pass,” which grants holders of the pass unlimited rides on trains operated by the TRA within a designated period, can be purchased 30 days in advance.

Regarding bookings for the Mid-Autumn Festival long weekend, which starts on Oct. 1, TRA said ticket reservations will likely start Sept. 2 at the earliest, but the final date has yet to be determined.