Cost of living in Taiwan

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 204 NT$
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 132 NT$
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 96 NT$
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 90 NT$
12 eggs, large 75 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 119 NT$
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 199 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 169 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 84 NT$
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 49 NT$
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 611 NT$
2 liters of Coca-Cola 54 NT$
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 38 NT$
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 38,398 NT$
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 21,062 NT$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,813 NT$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 24,882 NT$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 14,366 NT$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 2,118 NT$
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 732 NT$
40” flat screen TV 13,833 NT$
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,779 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 29 NT$
Monthly ticket public transport 1,152 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) 610 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 387 NT$
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 773 NT$
2 tickets to the movies 540 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 1,224 NT$
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 244 NT$
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 124 NT$
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 160 NT$
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 13,900 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 112 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 125
2nd Hsinchu City 97
3rd Yun-lin 96

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

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Taipei costs 110 NT$ (3 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Taichung City costs 8,000 NT$ (4 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Taipei costs 400 NT$ (7 days ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Taipei costs 55 NT$ (7 days ago)
  • 10 eggs, large in Taipei costs 72 NT$ (7 days ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Taipei costs 160 NT$ (7 days ago)
  • Short visit to private doctor in Taipei costs 3,000 NT$ (7 days ago)
  • Utilities (studio), monthly for 1 person in 45 m2 in Taipei costs 20,000 NT$ (7 days ago)