Cost of living in Taiwan

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 187 NT$
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 127 NT$
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 91 NT$
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 88 NT$
12 eggs, large 74 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 89 NT$
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 206 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 140 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 77 NT$
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 47 NT$
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 617 NT$
2 liters of Coca-Cola 48 NT$
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 30 NT$
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 41,848 NT$
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 20,261 NT$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 2,271 NT$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 22,194 NT$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 13,112 NT$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 2,893 NT$
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 740 NT$
40” flat screen TV 14,669 NT$
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,877 NT$
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 198 NT$
Hourly rate for cleaning help 337 NT$
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 2,098 NT$
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 1,243 NT$
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,688 NT$
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,632 NT$
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 915,541 NT$
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 29 NT$
Monthly ticket public transport 1,319 NT$
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 232 NT$
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 142 NT$
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 761 NT$
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 275 NT$
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 128 NT$
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 98 NT$
4 rolls of toilet paper 77 NT$
Tube of toothpaste 79 NT$
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 422 NT$
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 814 NT$
2 tickets to the movies 520 NT$
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 2,239 NT$
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,643 NT$
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 281 NT$
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 123 NT$
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 177 NT$
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 13,731 NT$
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 6 NT$
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,448 NT$
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 110 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.

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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Prices recently added

  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Taipei costs 300 NT$ (8 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Taipei costs 180 NT$ (8 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Taipei costs 3,500 NT$ (8 days ago)
  • 1 ticket to the movies in Taipei costs 540 NT$ (8 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Taipei costs 1,800 NT$ (8 days ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Taipei costs 550 NT$ (8 days ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Taipei costs 90 NT$ (8 days ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Taipei costs 120 NT$ (8 days ago)
  • 400 ml hair shampoo 2-in-1 in Taipei costs 380 NT$ (8 days ago)
  • Public transport in Taipei costs 1,280 NT$ (8 days ago)