Cost of living in Taiwan

Summary of cost of living in Taiwan

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 105,414 NT$
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 56,167 NT$
  • Cost of living in Taiwan is cheaper than in 46% of countries in Asia (6 out of 13)
  • Cost of living in Taiwan is cheaper than in 59% of countries in the World (40 out of 68)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 186 NT$
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 149 NT$
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 102 NT$
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 96 NT$
12 eggs, large 107 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 110 NT$
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 149 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 133 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 93 NT$
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 50 NT$
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 397 NT$
2 liters of coca-cola 60 NT$
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 35 NT$
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 49,961 NT$
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 27,651 NT$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 2,955 NT$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 16,948 NT$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 11,905 NT$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 5,194 NT$
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 730 NT$
40” flat screen tv 20,000 NT$
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,000 NT$
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 50 NT$
Hourly rate for cleaning help 492 NT$
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 2,452 NT$
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 1,072 NT$
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,717 NT$
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 3,554 NT$
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 929,519 NT$
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 32 NT$
Monthly ticket public transport 1,467 NT$
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 200 NT$
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 600 NT$
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 500 NT$
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 327 NT$
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 183 NT$
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 289 NT$
4 rolls of toilet paper 100 NT$
Tube of toothpaste 69 NT$
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 761 NT$
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 500 NT$
2 tickets to the movies 644 NT$
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 6,000 NT$
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,243 NT$
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 402 NT$
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 104 NT$
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 74 NT$
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 13,973 NT$
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 5.05 NT$
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,192 NT$
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 132 NT$

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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.

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  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Hsinchu City costs 25,000 NT$ (9 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Taipei costs 56,000 NT$ (10 days ago)

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