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Cost of Living in Taipei, Taiwan

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 57.03
Rent Index: 23.20
Groceries Index: 61.44
Restaurants Index: 30.50
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 40.53
Local Purchasing Power: 82.90

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 100.00 NT$
75.00
150.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 600.00 NT$
400.00
800.00
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 125.00 NT$
109.00
144.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 50.00 NT$
42.00
80.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 80.00 NT$
60.00
120.00
Cappuccino (regular) 78.17 NT$
55.00
120.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 29.44 NT$
25.00
35.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 20.13 NT$
18.00
25.00
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 79.45 NT$
70.00
90.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 50.45 NT$
45.00
60.00
Rice (white), (1kg) 67.00 NT$
50.00
100.00
Eggs (12) 62.54 NT$
47.00
90.00
Local Cheese (1kg) 296.68 NT$
290.03
300.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 210.00 NT$
200.00
250.00
Apples (1kg) 84.00 NT$
60.00
120.00
Oranges (1kg) 55.00 NT$
50.00
60.00
Tomato (1kg) 72.57 NT$
50.00
100.00
Potato (1kg) 50.71 NT$
36.00
60.00
Lettuce (1 head) 36.67 NT$
20.00
50.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 31.82 NT$
30.00
35.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 300.00 NT$
300.00
400.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 46.00 NT$
35.00
50.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 61.00 NT$
40.00
90.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 82.50 NT$
80.00
90.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 20.00 NT$
15.00
22.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 1,000.00 NT$
1,000.00
1,500.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 70.00 NT$
70.00
80.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 20.00 NT$
20.00
50.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 150.00 NT$
90.00
300.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 35.07 NT$
35.00
36.00
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 800,000.00 NT$
500,000.00
900,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 2,595.67 NT$
1,500.00
4,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 8.24 NT$
7.00
10.00
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 680.00 NT$
500.00
800.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 1,574.67 NT$
1,200.00
2,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 212.50 NT$
150.00
300.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 300.00 NT$
250.00
320.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 2,763.67 NT$
2,000.00
3,500.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 1,493.77 NT$
1,000.00
2,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 2,376.92 NT$
2,000.00
3,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 3,222.22 NT$
2,500.00
4,000.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 18,000.00 NT$
12,000.00
25,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 12,312.50 NT$
8,000.00
15,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 42,105.26 NT$
35,000.00
50,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 22,687.50 NT$
20,000.00
25,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 314,000.00 NT$
280,000.00
350,000.00
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 149,000.00 NT$
100,000.00
200,000.00
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 43,899.56 NT$
30,893.90
65,000.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 2.04
2.00
2.20

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Last update: November, 2014

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16 Comments so far

#Anonymous on Nov 21, 2014 :
Taipei has older walk-up flats and then newer high rise flats. High rise come with security and elevators and are usually more expensive. A large number of young single people live in studio aparatment, they are cheap but they are literally a room and sometimes don't even have their own toilet (although many do now), no kitchen etc.
#Anonymous on Nov 21, 2014 :
Prices for beer are off, those prices are convenience store prices, not restaurant prices.
Rental prices can vary from Xinyi city centre of 70k ntd/mth for 3 bdroom to suburbs for approx 20k ntd/mth or into the county for less. Salaries are average 40k/nth month. These figures also don't include the sad fact that many women get underpaid and many people get laid off at 50.
#Seb on Nov 07, 2014 :
Taipei is a city of high rise apartments and flats. Rent for a two bedroom flat fairly close to the city centre and with a good finish (white goods, shower, lift etc) is around $22000 NT (Taiwan Dollars).
Transportation is very cheap, probably I spent about $1400 in a month going around the city every day on buses and metro.
Food is also pretty cheap, you can expect to spend about $10000 NT a month, which includes going out at weekends, and buying breakfast/lunch/dinner everyday but nothing too lavish.
#Anonymous on Oct 29, 2014 :
Can any one tell me how much u will spend a month with 2 bedroom house or flat with food and tranportion?
#YuChang Zhang on Oct 17, 2014 :
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre is not that high, I now live in a 3 bedrooms apartment near Taipei 101 and it only costs NT24000(USD800) a month. The salary for college graduates is between 28000~32000. In my opinion, Taipei is a good place to live but not a good place to get a good job.
#rc on Aug 02, 2014 :
most jobs pay around 60k??? No way, most salaries round the 40k
#Anonymous on Jul 12, 2014 :
I was paying 15000 NT rent for a 3BD/2BT in Luzhou New Taipei so it's not so far off.
#Anonymous on Jan 13, 2014 :
Rents about 10000 to 20000 NT. Most jobs are about 60000nt
#Anonymous on Jan 06, 2014 :
Hello I recently got a position in Taipei with 35000 NT. Would it be sufficient for me ??
#Anonymous on Dec 18, 2013 :
The Volkswagen is off, around 920000 TWD for one
#jimmy on Dec 16, 2013 :
the salary number is wrong
2013 in average is 46000 per month before tax, after tax the average will be 40700
#Anonymous on Oct 05, 2013 :
What are costs in Taipei compared to Yonghe? I think I heard that Taipei is considered one of the more expensive cities in Taiwan, but wonder how much more than Yonghe.
#Donna Stevens on Sep 03, 2013 :
I am planning to move to Keelung City. I have been offered a job offering about 14 000 ZAR. I am concerned that I will not be able to cope on this salary
#taipei dweller on Jun 04, 2013 :
easy to find a 3 bedroom apartment in taipei city for 35k ....but it generally will be basic
#Mike on Feb 28, 2013 :
I used to rent a small room with bathroom next to a metro station(Dapinglin) for 12500NT a month, and for such rooms it's about 15000NT next to a metro station.
You can get a 3 bedroom flat for the same price if you're willing to walk for 15min. (This was in 2011)
#anonymous on Jan 03, 2013 :
I'm planning to move to Taipei and have been researching a lot about costs. I don't know about other costs mentioned here, but rentals are far from reality. I doubt you can even dream of finding a 3 bedroom flat in city centre for 35000 NT. I would take that lease anytime. From my recent research, price in city centre is not less then 75000-90000 NTD at the lower end for 3 bedroom house. Can double from there as you go premium.

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