Cost of living in Taiwan

Summary of cost of living in Taiwan

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 94,036 NT$
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 49,364 NT$
  • Cost of living in Taiwan is more expensive than in 73% of countries in Asia (4 out of 11)
  • Cost of living in Taiwan is more expensive than in 56% of countries in the World (31 out of 68)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 129 NT$
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 145 NT$
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 146 NT$
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 99 NT$
12 eggs, large 75 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 111 NT$
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 295 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 144 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 87 NT$
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 50 NT$
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 462 NT$
2 liters of coca-cola 44 NT$
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 34 NT$
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 44,916 NT$
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 23,840 NT$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 2,985 NT$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 19,425 NT$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 13,997 NT$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 2,013 NT$
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 627 NT$
40” flat screen tv 10,779 NT$
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 3,604 NT$
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 155 NT$
Hourly rate for cleaning help 293 NT$
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 2,313 NT$
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 884 NT$
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,677 NT$
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 3,195 NT$
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 595,803 NT$
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 28 NT$
Monthly ticket public transport 1,263 NT$
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 196 NT$
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 158 NT$
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 700 NT$
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 279 NT$
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 190 NT$
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 213 NT$
4 rolls of toilet paper 52 NT$
Tube of toothpaste 84 NT$
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 287 NT$
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 716 NT$
2 tickets to the movies 594 NT$
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 11,330 NT$
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 860 NT$
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 292 NT$
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 99 NT$
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 54 NT$
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 12,208 NT$
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 4.91 NT$
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,300 NT$
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 160 NT$

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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:
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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 117
2nd Tainan City 93
3rd Yun-lin 0

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.

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