Cost of living in Taipei, Taiwan

Summary of cost of living in Taipei

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 114,068 NT$
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 55,081 NT$
  • Taipei is the 4th most expensive city in Asia (4 out of 19)
  • Cost of living in Taipei is more expensive than in 57% of cities in the World (113 out of 259)

List of prices in Taipei, Taiwan. Current as of Mar 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 264 NT$
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 159 NT$
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 133 NT$
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 104 NT$
12 eggs, large 105 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 136 NT$
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 391 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 172 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 164 NT$
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 57 NT$
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 684 NT$
2 liters of coca-cola 69 NT$
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 31 NT$
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 46,798 NT$
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 25,886 NT$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 7,208 NT$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 27,234 NT$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 18,326 NT$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 1,787 NT$
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 791 NT$
40” flat screen tv 15,126 NT$
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 4,090 NT$
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 241 NT$
Hourly rate for cleaning help 366 NT$
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 2,615 NT$
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 1,357 NT$
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 3,227 NT$
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 3,221 NT$
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 919,770 NT$
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 34 NT$
Monthly ticket public transport 1,352 NT$
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 258 NT$
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 225 NT$
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 246 NT$
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 869 NT$
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 283 NT$
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 183 NT$
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 236 NT$
4 rolls of toilet paper 87 NT$
Tube of toothpaste 105 NT$
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 636 NT$
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 1,262 NT$
2 tickets to the movies 617 NT$
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 3,578 NT$
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 2,312 NT$
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 392 NT$
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 146 NT$
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 188 NT$
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 13,983 NT$
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 7 NT$
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,654 NT$
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 130 NT$
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 422 prices entered by 34 different people.
Latest price update: March 28, 2020

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Taipei position in our World Ranking

the world
113th
out of 259
asia
4th
out of 19

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