Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp (THSRC,
A THSRC spokesman said that passengers interested in buying tickets online for same-day travel should complete the booking and payment with a credit card at least two hours before the departure of the designated train.
When the booking is completed, THSRC's Web site will issue a confirmation number for the transaction. Passengers can present the number at a THSRC station to claim their ticket.
The THSRC's decision to allow online booking for same-day travel is part of the company's move to provide more convenient service to passengers.
On Nov. 12, the company began offering open-seat tickets to passengers, with tickets sold at a discount through Dec. 31. Between Nov. 12 and Nov. 19, the high speed rail sold a total of 158,000 open-seat tickets, or an average of 19,000 passengers per day.
On Sept. 24, the company began to allow 24-hour online booking of tickets from one day up to 14 days prior to the scheduled time of departure.