Shifen Waterfall: A Breathtaking Day Trip from Taipei


Shifen waterfall is really big, really pretty, and really photogenic. It is a natural wonder that beckons travelers from all over Taiwan. The waterfall, also known as the “Little Niagara” of Taiwan,” is a must-visit destination for those looking to escape the bustling streets of Taipei for a day. Marvel at the 40-meter-high waterfall, which plunges dramatically into a jade-colored pool. You can admire the falls from a viewpoint or take a short hike to get closer and feel the refreshing mist on your face.

Front View of Shifen waterfall

However, Shifen Waterfall can be a bit touristy, and depending on when you go, it can be quite crowded (favor weekdays rather than sunny weekends).

Tourists at Shifen Waterfall

You can walk on paved trails, stairs, wooden paths, and various bridges for about 10 to 20 minutes (round trip) in a nice scenic environment.

You cannot swim there, but the waterfall is impressive, and if you are in the neighborhood I think it is a nice spot to see.

We also included Shifen Waterfall as part of our Pingxi Waterfall Hopping Itinerary.

The park is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (the last entrance to the park is at 5:30 p.m.). No entrance fee is required and there are some food stands close to the waterfall.


About 1h15 bus ride. The falls are easily accessible as the bus drops you at the visitor center and you can follow the trail.


From anywhere in Taipei:

Bus: Take the MRT or bus to MUZHA MRT Station (brown line)

  • At Muzha, get out at the only exit and go to road 106.
directions to Shifen Waterfall
  • Take the 795 bus Towards Shifen Falls. (bus stop that is on the side of the road that has the OK mart (NOT the 7-Eleven)).
  • Stop at the Shifen Visitor Center (it is actually the last stop of the bus).

Since it is a pretty touristy place, it will be easy to figure out how to get to the waterfall once you reach the visitor center. All you have to do is follow the trail or the people.

Train: Head to Taipei Main Station, and from there, catch a train bound for Ruifang Station. Once at Ruifang, transfer to the Pingxi Line and alight at Shifen Station. The train ride itself is an experience, offering glimpses of Taiwan’s lush countryside. Shifen Waterfall is a short walk from Shifen Station.

Car: If you prefer flexibility and comfort, consider renting a car for the day. The drive from Taipei to Shifen takes approximately 1.5 hours, depending on traffic conditions. Remember to have a GPS or navigation app handy.


Shifen Old Street: If you are traveling to Shifen to get a picture of the waterfall, then you will also have the opportunity to visit Shifen Old Street. This historic street is famous for its quaint lantern shops and street food stalls. Don’t miss the opportunity to release a sky lantern, a traditional activity that’s believed to bring good luck and make wishes come true.

Shifen Railway Tracks: The railway tracks that run through the village provide unique photo opportunities. Wait for the moment when the train passes by, and you can capture an iconic shot of the Shifen train crossing the waterfall.

Pingxi District: While you’re in the area, consider exploring nearby Pingxi. This charming town is known for its annual Sky Lantern Festival and offers a chance to immerse yourself in Taiwan’s rural culture. See our article about the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival HERE.

With its stunning natural beauty, cultural attractions, and the chance to participate in the lantern-releasing tradition, Shifen offers a well-rounded and memorable experience. Whether you’re a nature lover, a photography enthusiast, or simply seeking a day of relaxation, Shifen Waterfall has something to offer everyone.