Cost of living in Tainan City, Taiwan

List of prices in Tainan City, Taiwan. Current as of Dec 2018.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 162 NT$
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 139 NT$
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 43 NT$
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 81 NT$
12 eggs, large 56 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 75 NT$
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 150 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 82 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 89 NT$
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 41 NT$
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 350 NT$
2 liters of Coca-Cola 44 NT$
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 37 NT$
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 15,844 NT$
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 11,714 NT$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,667 NT$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 10,177 NT$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 6,294 NT$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 707 NT$
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 514 NT$
40” flat screen TV 18,609 NT$
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,000 NT$
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 246 NT$
Hourly rate for cleaning help 180 NT$
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 2,347 NT$
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 1,029 NT$
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 1,750 NT$
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,250 NT$
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 679,167 NT$
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 29 NT$
Monthly ticket public transport 917 NT$
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 231 NT$
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 255 NT$
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 150 NT$
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 350 NT$
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 200 NT$
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 150 NT$
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 199 NT$
4 rolls of toilet paper 113 NT$
Tube of toothpaste 73 NT$
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 250 NT$
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 450 NT$
2 tickets to the movies 488 NT$
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 757 NT$
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,033 NT$
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 250 NT$
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 74 NT$
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 57 NT$
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 4.33 NT$
1 month of gym membership in business district 927 NT$
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 91 NT$
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 49 prices entered by 7 different people.
Latest price update: December 16, 2018.

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