Cost of living in Taiwan

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 205 NT$
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 134 NT$
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 109 NT$
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 90 NT$
12 eggs, large 74 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 113 NT$
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 319 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 150 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 79 NT$
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 49 NT$
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 591 NT$
2 liters of Coca-Cola 53 NT$
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 38 NT$
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 38,238 NT$
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 20,785 NT$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 2,172 NT$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 24,901 NT$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 14,233 NT$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 2,745 NT$
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 721 NT$
40” flat screen TV 13,833 NT$
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,859 NT$
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 219 NT$
Hourly rate for cleaning help 389 NT$
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 1,456 NT$
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 1,205 NT$
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,638 NT$
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 3,009 NT$
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,029,670 NT$
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 28 NT$
Monthly ticket public transport 1,211 NT$
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 174 NT$
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 193 NT$
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 1,025 NT$
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 275 NT$
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 124 NT$
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 154 NT$
4 rolls of toilet paper 66 NT$
Tube of toothpaste 90 NT$
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 370 NT$
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 713 NT$
2 tickets to the movies 547 NT$
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,121 NT$
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,268 NT$
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 256 NT$
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 124 NT$
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 160 NT$
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 13,520 NT$
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 7 NT$
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,644 NT$
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 105 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 126
2nd Hsinchu City 100
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.

Recent Prices Added

  • Public transport in Taipei costs 1,280 NT$ (3 days ago)
  • Short visit to private doctor in Taipei costs 1,200 NT$ (7 days ago)
  • Public transport in Taipei costs 1,280 NT$ (9 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Taipei costs 30 NT$ (9 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Taipei costs 15 NT$ (10 days ago)
  • Taxi, initial meter charge, weekday at noon in Taipei costs 70 NT$ (10 days ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Taipei costs 499 NT$ (10 days ago)
  • Utilities (studio), monthly for 1 person in 45 m2 in Taipei costs 1,800 NT$ (10 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Taipei costs 12,000 NT$ (10 days ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Taipei costs 80 NT$ (10 days ago)