Cost of living in Taipei, Taiwan

Summary of cost of living in Taipei

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 101,998 NT$
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 52,082 NT$
  • Cost of living in Taipei is more expensive than in 74% of cities in Asia (6 out of 19)
  • Cost of living in Taipei is cheaper than in 59% of cities in the World (118 out of 201)

List of prices in Taipei, Taiwan. Current as of Apr 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 130 NT$
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 146 NT$
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 143 NT$
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 94 NT$
12 eggs, large 101 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 96 NT$
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 299 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 149 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 80 NT$
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 51 NT$
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 432 NT$
2 liters of coca-cola 59 NT$
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 52 NT$
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 44,571 NT$
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 27,093 NT$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 4,526 NT$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 20,744 NT$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 14,499 NT$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 1,956 NT$
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 620 NT$
40” flat screen tv 14,890 NT$
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 4,128 NT$
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 201 NT$
Hourly rate for cleaning help 383 NT$
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 2,319 NT$
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 924 NT$
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,744 NT$
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 3,385 NT$
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 895,333 NT$
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 29 NT$
Monthly ticket public transport 1,272 NT$
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 261 NT$
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 232 NT$
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 240 NT$
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 988 NT$
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 327 NT$
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 179 NT$
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 224 NT$
4 rolls of toilet paper 84 NT$
Tube of toothpaste 101 NT$
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 679 NT$
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 1,262 NT$
2 tickets to the movies 600 NT$
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 3,811 NT$
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 942 NT$
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 382 NT$
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 101 NT$
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 60 NT$
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 13,268 NT$
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 4.98 NT$
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,330 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 273 prices entered by 38 different people.
Latest price update: April 18, 2021

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Taipei position in our World Ranking

the world
118th
out of 201
asia
6th
out of 19

Cheapest and most expensive products in Taipei compared to other cities:

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