From Taipei Main Station (台北車站) to Jiantan／Chien Tan (劍潭)
One can travel from the Taipei Main Station to the Chien Tan Overseas Youth Activity Center (劍潭海外青年活動中心; CTOYAC) by Taipei City Bus or Taipei MRT (metro Taipei). Taipei Main Station refers to an area where most inter- and intra-city transportation networks converge at in Taipei. Consult Floor Guide of Taipei Main Station, and Bus Route Map, TTIA－Taipei Main Station to guide you through the station area.
Attention: The transliteration of Chien Tan in Hanyu Pinyin is Jiantan. Therefore you may come across references to Jiantan instead.
Take Taipei City Bus No. 218, 220, 260 or 310 from the north side of Taipei Railway Station main building. Get off at the "Jiantan (劍潭)" bus stop. The Chien Tan Overseas Youth Activity Center should be located across the street towards the southwest direction. The bus fare should be NT$15. Purchase an EasyCard if you plan to frequently use Taipei's public transportation system. (This bus stop is actually closer than the #MRT (捷運) stop.)
Hail a taxi and show the following Chinese words to the driver : 劍潭海外青年活動中心 (Chien Tan Overseas Youth Activities Center). Most of the taxi drivers do not understand English, although they will do their best to communicate with non-locals.
Enter the Taipei Railway Station.
After alighting from the freeway bus at the stop near the Taipei Railway Station, walk to the Taipei Railway Station building and enter the station by the East 3 Gate.
Take the escalator near the post office to reach B1.
Pass though the Eslite Taipei MRT Mall to reach the MRT Taipei Main Station entrance.
After arriving at B1, turn right (or left if you move downstairs by other escalators) and follow the signs leading to the MRT Taipei Main Station. You will have to take escalators to B2, where the fare gates and ticket machines are located.
Buy a single journey ticket/token unless you have purchased an EasyCard.
After arriving B2, purchase your single journey ticket (magnetic card or IC token) at a ticket vending machine. Fare between Taipei Main Station and Jiantan Station is NT$20. (Left: magnetic card vending machine; Right: IC token vending machine)
Proceed to the Danshui Line (淡水線) platform.
Pass the fare gate and follow the signs leading to the Danshui Line platform. Three escalators from the concourse level lead to the Danshui Line platform. One escalator goes directly to B4, where the platform is located. The two other escalators only reach B3, making it necessary to reach B4 through an additional escalator.
Wait for trains.
Wait at Platform 1 for trains bound for Danshui (淡水) or Beitou (北投). The travel time from this station to Jiantan Station is about 10 minutes.