Cost of Living in Taipei

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 59.77
Rent Index: 20.63
Groceries Index: 68.29
Restaurants Index: 28.71
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 41.21
Local Purchasing Power: 123.02
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 100.00 NT$ 85.00-150.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 750.00 NT$ 600.00-1,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 129.00 NT$ 108.00-150.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 50.00 NT$ 40.00-100.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 70.00 NT$ 50.00-120.00
Cappuccino (regular) 83.44 NT$ 50.00-120.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 27.84 NT$ 20.00-35.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 19.10 NT$ 15.00-25.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 333.03 NT$ 295.26-454.25
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 42.03 NT$ 36.29-45.36
Rice (white), (1 lb) 44.23 NT$ 34.02-58.97
Eggs (12) 58.61 NT$ 50.00-80.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 238.39 NT$ 68.04-453.59
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 99.79 NT$ 90.72-113.40
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 265.03 NT$ 158.76-408.23
Apples (1 lb) 42.99 NT$ 30.00-68.04
Banana (1 lb) 27.02 NT$ 15.10-40.00
Oranges (1 lb) 29.95 NT$ 22.68-43.54
Tomato (1 lb) 42.42 NT$ 22.68-68.04
Potato (1 lb) 32.22 NT$ 22.68-40.82
Onion (1 lb) 28.53 NT$ 22.68-54.43
Lettuce (1 head) 39.89 NT$ 20.00-60.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 30.90 NT$ 25.00-39.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 400.00 NT$ 300.00-500.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 44.82 NT$ 37.00-50.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 61.88 NT$ 50.00-70.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 90.00 NT$ 80.00-100.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 20.00 NT$ 15.00-30.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 1,000.00 NT$ 900.00-1,500.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 70.00 NT$ 70.00-75.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 32.19 NT$ 32.19-40.23
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 240.00 NT$ 200.00-300.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 97.57 NT$ 90.47-113.56
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 950,000.00 NT$ 850,000.00-1,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 2,032.56 NT$ 1,500.00-2,500.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 7.46 NT$ 6.00-9.60
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 807.71 NT$ 550.00-1,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 1,601.36 NT$ 1,300.00-2,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 383.33 NT$ 200.00-500.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 300.00 NT$ 280.00-320.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 2,936.09 NT$ 1,800.00-3,980.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 1,249.60 NT$ 799.00-2,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 2,623.33 NT$ 2,200.00-3,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 3,016.96 NT$ 2,000.00-4,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 16,827.05 NT$ 11,890.00-23,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 10,565.79 NT$ 7,000.00-15,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 40,586.21 NT$ 30,000.00-60,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 23,586.21 NT$ 18,000.00-30,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 31,701.16 NT$ 22,668.15-46,451.13
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 15,661.46 NT$ 10,219.25-23,225.57
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 58,719.64 NT$ 30,000.00-93,240.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 2.10 2.00-2.50

Prices in Taipei, Taiwan

These data are based on 1885 entries in the past 18 months from 235 different contributors.
Last update: April, 2016
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Cost of living in Taipei is 40.23% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 662.73$ (21,390.32NT$) and for four person family at 2,451.43$ (79,122.43NT$) (without rent).
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41 Comments so far
#FactsAboutTaipei on Apr 10, 2016 :
Average earning for fresh uni graduate is around 28000 NT/month. Cost per meal (1 pax) on average is around 100 NT if you eat outside (cheaper of course if you cook on your own). Hence, meal alone, it will set you back around 7000~10000 NT/month, another 1000~1500 NT for transport. According to the official report from ministry of manpower of Taiwan, more than 700 Taiwanese choose to migrate to other countries like US, Japan, Korea, Singapore just to name a few.
#reignOFmanipulation on Feb 08, 2016 :
in a month from last month to until today, most asian currencies has been enormously appreciated like japan, thailand bath appreciated 1 whole bath from 36.5 to 35.5 bath per a us dollar in less than a month.

thanks to the asian currency appreciation, the taiwan central bank temporarily stops its almost daily interference activities of taiwan currency depreciation which the taiwan central bank has been carrying on over 1 year according to the us government's analyzed data so the value of taiwan currency is stuck at around 33.5 taiwan currency per a us dollar at the moment. however, this "stuck" signal is not a good sign while most currecies are being appreciated so expect resumption of terrible continued currency depreciation by the taiwan central bank very soon.

indeed the taiwan central bank makes a fortune monthly like about 700 million us dollar with is interference of currency devaluation during over the last one year because the taiwan central bank prints worthless taiwan currency and endlessly buy us dollar worth of about 700 million every month so this results endless taiwan currency depreciation.

most central bank of other countries do not interfere in the currency market even just a day in a month unless necessary unlike dishonest taiwan. it is a disgrace to see taiwan depreciating its currency almost daily during over the whole last year.

the taiwan central bank should be accountable with the billions dollar earning it makes from its whole-year interference of taiwan currency depreciation. where is the money or how they waste the money or who pocket the money?

taiwan money printer is very good until now but soon it might be turned into paper printer because sooner or later most countries shall realize the dishonest behavior of the taiwan central bank and then consequently shall not trust its bountiful paper currency thus shall no longer be welcomed in international currency market.

with the already choked international diplomacy, adding the currency collapse may predict the end of taiwan without a surpise.
#TaipeiTooExpensive on Feb 03, 2016 :
Taiwan accommodation is extremely expensive, even more expensive than the more developed Japan.

At Osaka, Japan, you can get a single room at the price of TWD 278, USD 8.3 (Reference ; hotel name : Hotel Diamond, Osaka)

At Taipei, Taiwan, the price of a single room at the same level of condition as the above Osaka hotel shall cost almost more than 2 times, probably TWD 900+, USD 26.9

Being too expensive is the reason why tourist stay away from Taipei.

Hope Taipei has the price range that is comparable to Osaka the soonest possible, and then prosper immediately with the flush of many million tourists due to the affordable accommodation price.
#TrueValue on Jan 15, 2016 :
Only with the solution of good vision, export would be driven up, no other tricks shall work and instead shall harm the whole society.

Currency devaluation shall only NOT drive up export but also might repeat the terrible consequence experienced after WW2 in 1945-1949 of the very hyperinflation caused by the preceding central bank of Taiwan which totally resulted erosion , destruction of the foundation of the preceding government of Taiwan in 1949 in China.

At the end of 1945: 1,222 yuan = USD $1
May 1949: 23,280,000 yuan = USD$1
#TrueValue on Jan 14, 2016 :
Hope Ma president keeps his last promise which is not to use currency as a weapon to drive up export and restore the value of Taiwan currency to the benchmark point which is 27 NT dollar per a US dollar the soonest possible.

With trust, there is a bright future.
#TrueValue on Jan 14, 2016 :
The value of Taiwan currency has been falling over 20% from 27(benchmark) to 33.4 against a US dollar.

However, though the value of China currency has been falling but is still overvalued over 17% from 8(benchmark) to 5.9 against a US dollar.

It is best to always stick to the fair benchmark value to gain the utmost trust on currency value from all international holders.
#Dylan Mor on Sep 27, 2015 :
I love Taipei so much, Taiwan is a very advanced country in Asia.
Perfect transportation system, clean public space...
People are nice.
#Jessica on Aug 18, 2015 :
For the salary in Taipei is similar to Seoul
People have skills always got very high income, but those without particular skill always get around 26K - 30K
My Korean friend who got full-time job in a restaurant, and they pay him like 946882 KRW (26K TWD).
So I think it make sense to see this average salaries number in Taipei.
#Taipeir on Aug 17, 2015 :
The numbers are generally a bit on the low side for expenses such as rent, and a bit on the high side for incomes after tax.

Average meal would set you back 150 NTD in a restaurant chain these days. 200-300 ntd business lunch. I pay 26k ntd all in for renting a 3bdroom apartment in the suburbs. In Taipei city itself I'd be paying 35-50k/mth, so the numbers aren't too far out for that.

Beers price varies very much according to if you are drinking in a bar or restaurant or outside the local convenience store!

Young grads incomes are about 22k-30k for a first few jobs. A lot of people in Taipei, even managers, would make 50-60k NTD/mth and think that is a fairly good income. They might get a couple of months bonus if lucky per year. Of course you get some people earning a relatively large salary but they are really really rare. I mean people earning over 100k/mth as a salary, it's really not common. That's only approx 3000 USD/mth!

The average income for Taipei is hugely skewed because of large numbers of very wealthy people owning businesses and property but then a lot of younger people on peanuts. Also Taipei city is full of older people, most young people live in New Taipei City outside the core city.

What you need to look at is the MEDIAN and split between Taipei City and New Taipei City.
You'd also want to look at earnings at each age.
#Sam the Korean on Aug 13, 2015 :
How is the job market for foreigners trying to get a job in the pharmaceutical industry? Is there a labor shortage in this field or what?
#Saki Arakaki on Aug 08, 2015 :

I didn't see any homeless in Taipei.
Not as much as Tokyo.
And most of my Taiwanese friend got more than 35K...
I think it depends which university you graduated or what kind of skill do you have.
If you have particular skills, I don't think you will get lower salary in Taipei.
#Josh Ferman on Aug 08, 2015 :

Are your sure we are living in the same Taipei city?
I think you've nevern been to any western cities in your life.
Compare to my city ( Vancouver )
It's so difficult to see any homeless in Taipei city.

For the salary, officials always create fancy numbers you should know that.
For example, the average monthly salary in Vancouver is like 3500 CAD ( 84,000 TWD )
But the reality is, most of young generation only got 1800 CAD ( 43,000 TWD ), which is not enough to live in such an expensive place like Vancouver.

You guys should appreciate you have Taipei to live, amazing MRT and affordable prices.
Stop complaining.
#IamTW on Aug 08, 2015 :
The "Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax)" is way off from the reality. A fresh uni graduate here get paid for 25K ~ 30K NT (30K NT if you are really lucky. The unemployment rate here is actually many times higher from the official figure shown by our govt, do not simply believe whatever is written here. Simply stroll around the city in Taipei and you will see quite a number of beggars/homeless) and in fact, lots of information shown above are inaccurate and incorrect. Please update your info or else more people will be mislead by the wrong info provided.
#Dav Leith on Aug 05, 2015 :

I know right !
I'm a Canadian, even I can't afford Taipei.
Too expensive
#Caroline on Jul 26, 2015 :
I'm looking at your numbers for Taiwan in July 2015 and there is NO WAY you are able to find a 1-bedroom apartment in the city centre for the prices you state - the reality is about DOUBLE THAT. So please don't understate everything. The cost of meals in Taipei is also in the neighborhood of $150-200 NTD and not as little as you think either. Your numbers look like they are several years old - you should do a revision - would be glad to help you with that.
#Agnes on Jun 15, 2015 :
I'm from Germany.
I love Taiwan, and boys are so cute.
can somebody tell me how to Become citizen here?
#Jessica Clark on Jun 13, 2015 :

250000 in Xinyi District, Taipei... just the average.
There are lots people spend more than 250000 per months, believe me.
#IamTW on May 14, 2015 :
Do you mean 250000 NT/month after tax deduction? If that is the case, you can live like a King (no joke). Renting a studio would typically cost you between 8.5K ~ 10K NT. Food budget (if you are eating out everyday, 3 meals/day) would cost you between 250~350 NT. Eating in restaurant should be very affordable for you, roughly cost between 300~800 NT (in very decent restaurant of course). Transport tend to be quite cheap if you travel by bus & train. Simply approach a staff over the counter at any Metro Station and get yourself a "EasyCard" which allows you to get a 20% discount for every trip of your journey with train. Leisure wise tend to be even dirt cheap. Many of the attractions are free or for a small fee (at most a few hundreds NT). You could easily save more than 200000 NT/month even if you really spend a lot everyday.
#Anonymous on Apr 26, 2015 :
250,000 NT is per month after tax, medical and all other deductions.
#Manu on Apr 26, 2015 :
Hi friends.
I am considering moving to Taipei for 8-10 months.. After tax deductions i will be getting around 250,000 NT..

How good is this, to have a good and decent life in taipei? Is this is a good salary, considering living there and what kind of life i can have there?

Please help, so i can decide on coming there in few weeks.. :)
#IamTW on Mar 04, 2015 :
@Expat Life

Hi. Not to worried too much. If you are renting a studio (with bathroom), it should only cost you between 7K~11K NT.
Price of food, transportation, entertainment etc tend to be cheaper compare to the U.S. A simple meal would probably cost you around 100~150NT and a decent meal in the restaurant should cost you about 300~600NT/pax. I would suggest you to try out the food in the night market it delicious, reasonably cheap price and lots more.
Beer (canned 330ml) would probably cost you between 30~60NT from the convenient store. Cinema ticket tends to be expensive, a adult ticket could cost you 300~350NT.
50K/month (after tax) would ensure a decent living for you and your wife that's for sure (with little or no saving at all).
#Expat Life on Feb 18, 2015 :
Hi all!! I'm planning to move to Taipei soon. It's just me and my wife so we would be happy with a 1br, max 2br apartment for rent in a good area of the city.
As soon as my researches goes, these numbers here does not seem to face reality (1br ~17k NT/month).

Is there anyone around that can tell the real situation on living costs per month?? Going out for food, some fun on weekends (beer, cinema, etc), living in a good area...

Another question: you guys mention NT is losing a lot compared to US$. Is it common to pay things in US$?? (commerce, rental, etc).

Appreciate any help!! (y)
#UselessTaiwan on Jan 29, 2015 :
Accumulated NT dollar value of a month has almost been lost in 2 days, today and yesterday so far.

The despicable manipulation of NT currency from no-brainer Taiwan is bad and dangerous for NT dollar holders.

So it is time to dump NT dollar to retain your money value and never ever touch good-for-nothing NT dollar for safety.
#Anonymous on Jan 26, 2015 :
Dining out: A restaurant is not a food stall or a local fast food store

Beer: Draught Beer is "DRAUGHT" and mostly only served in Pubs and Bars (it's not the bottled Taiwan Beer which is called "Draught" thus much more expensive) Where to get such a beer for 80 NTD in a Bar....

Prices in Taipei are about 50% higher than the average level in Taiwan, income is also higher , rents are almost twice as much as in Taichung and Kaohsiung

Salary> a job with a salary of 35 k makes your life a nightmare in Taipei
#Taiwan without currency monopoly on Jan 05, 2015 :
Something is wrong with the current Taiwan government regarding the handling of the value of her currency being dragged down mercilessly for almost 10 percentages in less than a year.

Looking at the root cause of the Russia Rubles currency falling up to 40 percentages had nothing to do with the Russia government so Russia government is not a part of the problem causing the currency crash but external factors, especially from Europe.
The attempt of Russia government to rescue her currency value so far is respectable though it seems no hope and hopefully enlisting others ' help might settle her problem.

Ok, let's review the root cause of NT dollar falling for up to 10 percentages. The Taiwan government is the sole culprit behind all of this. The reason why they have been committing this crime is to help businesses which earn abroad, with more money during exchange back to NT dollar.
No consideration for others with NT dollar holding, right?
No problem without consideration from the no brainer government, trash NT dollar and turn it into other currency where the respective governments care her currency value unlike the no brainer Taiwan government.
Even if citizens like me don't want to hold NT dollar, possibly NT dollar might end up being dumped by all in the future.
To prevent this terrible situation, Taiwan government must abolish the central bank playing currency monopoly pocketing a fortune and strengthen NT dollar like China currency.
#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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