Cost of living in Taiwan

Summary of cost of living in Taiwan

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 86,587 NT$
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 39,499 NT$
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 142 NT$
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 131 NT$
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 81 NT$
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 89 NT$
12 eggs, large 70 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 106 NT$
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 293 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 128 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 87 NT$
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 47 NT$
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 558 NT$
2 liters of coca-cola 43 NT$
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 40 NT$
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 26,907 NT$
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 20,322 NT$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 4,092 NT$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 25,106 NT$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 17,842 NT$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 2,011 NT$
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 680 NT$
40” flat screen tv 10,779 NT$
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 3,461 NT$
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 129 NT$
Hourly rate for cleaning help 286 NT$
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 1,747 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) 2,521 NT$
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,654 NT$
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 926,942 NT$
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 31 NT$
Monthly ticket public transport 943 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) -
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 69 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 984 NT$
2 tickets to the movies 577 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 1,026 NT$
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 311 NT$
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 106 NT$
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 103 NT$
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 11,593 NT$
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 5.56 NT$
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,106 NT$
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 101 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:
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 135
2nd Yun-lin 96
3rd Tainan City 93

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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