Cost of living in Taiwan

Summary of cost of living in Taiwan

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 99,397 NT$
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 49,321 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 172 NT$
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 145 NT$
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 105 NT$
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 87 NT$
12 eggs, large 90 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 96 NT$
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 195 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 119 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 96 NT$
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 50 NT$
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 350 NT$
2 liters of coca-cola 83 NT$
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 41 NT$
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 36,383 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 3,785 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 4,920 NT$
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 618 NT$
40” flat screen tv 12,491 NT$
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 3,656 NT$
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 108 NT$
Hourly rate for cleaning help 254 NT$
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 3,000 NT$
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 1,711 NT$
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,273 NT$
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 3,000 NT$
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 982,976 NT$
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 31 NT$
Monthly ticket public transport 1,200 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 61 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 700 NT$
2 tickets to the movies 700 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 800 NT$
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 350 NT$
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 180 NT$
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 227 NT$
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 12,917 NT$
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 5.05 NT$
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,200 NT$
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 265 NT$

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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.

Prices recently added

  • Public transport in Kaohsiung City costs 399 NT$ (4 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Kaohsiung City costs 31 NT$ (4 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Kaohsiung City costs 800 NT$ (4 days ago)
  • Hourly rate for domestic cleaning help in Kaohsiung City costs 300 NT$ (4 days ago)
  • Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) in Kaohsiung City costs 6,000 NT$ (4 days ago)
  • Utilities, monthly for 2 people in 85 m2 in Kaohsiung City costs 3,000 NT$ (4 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Kaohsiung City costs 28,462 NT$ (4 days ago)

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