Cost of living in Taiwan

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 183 NT$
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 130 NT$
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 109 NT$
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 88 NT$
12 eggs, large 77 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 120 NT$
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 329 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 115 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 75 NT$
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 48 NT$
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 461 NT$
2 liters of Coca-Cola 47 NT$
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 47 NT$
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 39,165 NT$
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 23,044 NT$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 2,177 NT$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 17,839 NT$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 10,013 NT$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 1,211 NT$
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 650 NT$
40” flat screen TV 15,000 NT$
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,667 NT$
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 473 NT$
Hourly rate for cleaning help 250 NT$
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 2,246 NT$
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 1,199 NT$
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,706 NT$
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 3,101 NT$
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,014,630 NT$
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 26 NT$
Monthly ticket public transport 1,132 NT$
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 198 NT$
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 185 NT$
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 175 NT$
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 267 NT$
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 124 NT$
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 90 NT$
4 rolls of toilet paper 50 NT$
Tube of toothpaste 57 NT$
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 350 NT$
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 706 NT$
2 tickets to the movies 591 NT$
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 667 NT$
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,083 NT$
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 286 NT$
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 87 NT$
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 69 NT$
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 15,975 NT$
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 6 NT$
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,626 NT$
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 95 NT$

Map of Cost of Living in Taiwan

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This map shows only the top cities in Taiwan. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan.

The color of each marker corresponds with the Cost of Living in the city. Red markers show more expensive cities, green ones show cheaper cities.
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Cost of Living Ranking in Taiwan

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Hsinchu City 113
2nd Taipei 110
3rd Yun-lin 97

Price Index:

To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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Recent Prices Added

  • 600 g of potatoes in Taipei costs 187 NT$ (6 days ago)
  • 600 g of tomatoes in Taipei costs 242 NT$ (6 days ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Taipei costs 89 NT$ (6 days ago)
  • Laundry detergent, 3 liters in Taipei costs 1.00 NT$ (9 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Kaohsiung City costs 10,000 NT$ (10 days ago)