Cost of living in Taiwan

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 194 NT$
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 127 NT$
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 97 NT$
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 88 NT$
12 eggs, large 78 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 120 NT$
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 216 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 164 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 87 NT$
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 49 NT$
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 604 NT$
2 liters of Coca-Cola 51 NT$
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 38 NT$
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 45,228 NT$
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 21,538 NT$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 2,220 NT$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 23,718 NT$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 13,955 NT$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 3,623 NT$
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 768 NT$
40” flat screen TV 14,968 NT$
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,962 NT$
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 213 NT$
Hourly rate for cleaning help 368 NT$
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 2,341 NT$
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 1,256 NT$
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,739 NT$
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 3,011 NT$
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 991,591 NT$
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 29 NT$
Monthly ticket public transport 1,254 NT$
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 208 NT$
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 142 NT$
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 696 NT$
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 275 NT$
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 141 NT$
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 169 NT$
4 rolls of toilet paper 66 NT$
Tube of toothpaste 93 NT$
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 400 NT$
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 808 NT$
2 tickets to the movies 540 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 1,515 NT$
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 277 NT$
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 127 NT$
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 177 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 1,577 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.

Recent Prices Added

  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Taichung City costs 150 NT$ (about 3 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Taichung City costs 120 NT$ (about 3 hours ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Taichung City costs 250 NT$ (about 3 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Taichung City costs 1,200 NT$ (about 3 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Taichung City costs 700 NT$ (about 3 hours ago)
  • Taxi, initial meter charge, weekday at noon in Taichung City costs 90 NT$ (about 3 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Taichung City costs 750 NT$ (about 3 hours ago)
  • Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) in Taichung City costs 3,000 NT$ (about 3 hours ago)
  • 40′ flat screen tv in Taichung City costs 8,000 NT$ (about 3 hours ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Taichung City costs 750 NT$ (about 3 hours ago)