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) 132 NT$
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 111 NT$
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 87 NT$
12 eggs, large 79 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 112 NT$
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 198 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 119 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 80 NT$
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 48 NT$
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 490 NT$
2 liters of Coca-Cola 54 NT$
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 49 NT$
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 40,505 NT$
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 23,914 NT$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 2,494 NT$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 19,728 NT$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 10,677 NT$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 1,325 NT$
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 670 NT$
40” flat screen TV 13,800 NT$
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,619 NT$
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 208 NT$
Hourly rate for cleaning help 267 NT$
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 2,329 NT$
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 1,267 NT$
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,654 NT$
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 3,205 NT$
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,019,570 NT$
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 26 NT$
Monthly ticket public transport 1,119 NT$
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 194 NT$
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 185 NT$
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 169 NT$
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 350 NT$
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 130 NT$
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 162 NT$
4 rolls of toilet paper 58 NT$
Tube of toothpaste 86 NT$
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 370 NT$
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 790 NT$
2 tickets to the movies 593 NT$
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 856 NT$
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,115 NT$
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 292 NT$
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 96 NT$
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 86 NT$
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 15,925 NT$
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 6 NT$
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,570 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 Taipei 114
2nd Hsinchu City 113
3rd Yun-lin 99

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.

Are you moving to Taiwan? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

Find out what is the real equivalent in Taiwan of your current salary and improve your chances of a happy relocation.

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Recent Prices Added

  • 500 g of bread in Taipei costs 70 NT$ (about 21 hours ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Taipei costs 150 NT$ (about 21 hours ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Taipei costs 250 NT$ (about 21 hours ago)
  • 330 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Taipei costs 227 NT$ (about 21 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Taipei costs 120 NT$ (about 21 hours ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Taipei costs 300 NT$ (about 21 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Taipei costs 1,600 NT$ (about 21 hours ago)
  • Taxi, initial meter charge, weekday at noon in Taipei costs 80 NT$ (about 21 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Taipei costs 1,500 NT$ (about 21 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Taipei costs 29 NT$ (about 21 hours ago)