Cost of living in Taiwan

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 175 NT$
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 127 NT$
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 106 NT$
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 87 NT$
12 eggs, large 78 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 103 NT$
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 329 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 110 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 73 NT$
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 49 NT$
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 481 NT$
2 liters of Coca-Cola 48 NT$
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 46 NT$
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 40,194 NT$
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 23,010 NT$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 2,252 NT$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 16,744 NT$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 9,990 NT$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 1,211 NT$
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 659 NT$
40” flat screen TV 15,000 NT$
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,667 NT$
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 269 NT$
Hourly rate for cleaning help 250 NT$
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 2,321 NT$
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 1,212 NT$
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,663 NT$
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 3,156 NT$
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,014,630 NT$
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 26 NT$
Monthly ticket public transport 1,089 NT$
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 185 NT$
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 185 NT$
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 179 NT$
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 267 NT$
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 127 NT$
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 90 NT$
4 rolls of toilet paper 54 NT$
Tube of toothpaste 73 NT$
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 400 NT$
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 719 NT$
2 tickets to the movies 591 NT$
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 740 NT$
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,131 NT$
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 267 NT$
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 87 NT$
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 68 NT$
iPad Air 2, 64GB 15,975 NT$
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 6 NT$
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,715 NT$
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 94 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 111
2nd Hsinchu City 104
3rd Yun-lin 98

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?

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Recent Prices Added

  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Taichung City costs 12,000 NT$ (4 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Taichung City costs 20,000 NT$ (4 days ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Taichung City costs 100 NT$ (4 days ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Taichung City costs 1,300 NT$ (4 days ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Taichung City costs 100 NT$ (4 days ago)
  • 6 eggs, large in Taichung City costs 60 NT$ (4 days ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Taichung City costs 200 NT$ (4 days ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Taichung City costs 160 NT$ (4 days ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Taichung City costs 250 NT$ (4 days ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Kaohsiung City costs 30,000 NT$ (4 days ago)