Cost of living in Taiwan

Summary of cost of living in Taiwan

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 113,641 NT$
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 50,998 NT$
  • Cost of living in Taiwan is more expensive than in 73% of countries in Asia (4 out of 11)
  • Cost of living in Taiwan is more expensive than in 70% of countries in the World (26 out of 82)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 183 NT$
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 142 NT$
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 147 NT$
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 92 NT$
12 eggs, large 111 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 171 NT$
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 305 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 186 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 178 NT$
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 70 NT$
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 536 NT$
2 liters of coca-cola 71 NT$
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 37 NT$
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 36,975 NT$
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 25,389 NT$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 7,611 NT$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 27,227 NT$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 16,594 NT$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 2,175 NT$
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 916 NT$
40” flat screen tv 16,501 NT$
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 5,162 NT$
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 266 NT$
Hourly rate for cleaning help 423 NT$
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 2,259 NT$
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 1,408 NT$
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,784 NT$
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 3,361 NT$
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 912,103 NT$
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 35 NT$
Monthly ticket public transport 1,734 NT$
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 319 NT$
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 313 NT$
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 1,168 NT$
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 318 NT$
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 286 NT$
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 259 NT$
4 rolls of toilet paper 84 NT$
Tube of toothpaste 101 NT$
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 437 NT$
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 1,199 NT$
2 tickets to the movies 641 NT$
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 3,360 NT$
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,528 NT$
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 440 NT$
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 122 NT$
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 133 NT$
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 13,781 NT$
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 11 NT$
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,427 NT$
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 142 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.

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