Cost of Living in Taipei

Summary about cost of living in Taipei, Taiwan:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 150.00 NT$ 100.00-250.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 1,200.00 NT$ 800.00-2,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 150.00 NT$ 130.00-180.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 60.00 NT$ 40.00-170.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 95.00 NT$ 60.00-200.00
Cappuccino (regular) 97.28 NT$ 45.00-160.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 29.60 NT$ 22.00-50.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 22.07 NT$ 20.00-30.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 355.17 NT$ 302.83-492.10
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 51.57 NT$ 27.22-136.08
Rice (white), (1 lb) 43.60 NT$ 24.95-72.57
Eggs (regular) (12) 91.96 NT$ 54.00-120.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 232.63 NT$ 99.79-453.59
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 127.96 NT$ 68.04-200.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 291.43 NT$ 140.00-453.59
Apples (1 lb) 65.81 NT$ 27.22-195.04
Banana (1 lb) 30.94 NT$ 18.14-58.51
Oranges (1 lb) 39.43 NT$ 18.14-68.04
Tomato (1 lb) 46.75 NT$ 22.68-77.11
Potato (1 lb) 37.69 NT$ 26.76-58.97
Onion (1 lb) 31.71 NT$ 22.23-48.99
Lettuce (1 head) 58.00 NT$ 30.00-100.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 33.55 NT$ 15.00-50.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 400.00 NT$ 250.00-700.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 50.85 NT$ 35.00-80.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 82.53 NT$ 45.00-120.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 130.00 NT$ 110.00-150.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 25.00 NT$ 15.00-30.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 1,280.00 NT$ 1,280.00-1,380.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 75.00 NT$ 70.00-90.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 40.23 NT$ 32.19-40.23
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 300.00 NT$ 225.00-500.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 116.94 NT$ 109.78-124.92
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 968,000.00 NT$ 900,000.00-1,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 742,300.00 NT$ 700,000.00-800,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 2,157.76 NT$ 1,143.67-5,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 5.08 NT$ 2.00-6.60
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 767.80 NT$ 500.00-1,099.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 1,214.03 NT$ 800.00-2,500.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 451.82 NT$ 220.00-600.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 320.00 NT$ 290.00-350.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 18,867.37 NT$ 10,000.00-32,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 448,351.94 NT$ 300,000.00-700,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 2,559.97 NT$ 800.00-4,390.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 1,003.33 NT$ 500.00-1,500.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 2,786.33 NT$ 2,000.00-3,800.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 3,744.74 NT$ 2,500.00-5,500.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 20,534.88 NT$ 15,000.00-30,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 13,052.63 NT$ 9,000.00-20,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 46,060.61 NT$ 32,000.00-70,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 29,620.69 NT$ 22,000.00-50,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 42,586.04 NT$ 27,870.68-74,321.81
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 23,283.60 NT$ 13,935.34-41,806.02
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 47,390.94 NT$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 1.67 1.30-2.50

Prices in Taipei

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Last update: June 2022
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95 Comments so far
Anonymous on May 31, 2022:
President Tsai makes the life of Taiwanese worse during the last 6 years of her corruption reign comparing to her benevolent predessors.

Though Mainland China paid about 10 Taiwan dollar per kg of rice from India last year but the rice price in the PX Mart in Taiwan has been skyrocketed from 20 Taiwan dollar per kg of rice to at least 50 Taiwan dollar per kg of rice now, skyrocketing of 150% for rice during her 6 years of corruption reign

Vegetable price has been skyrocketed out of control due to the drought last year and there is no more drought now but the skyrocketed price of vegetables is still maintained unfairly until now such as cabbage which is currently sold for as much as gold price, etc.

Vegetables are essential for the healthy lifestyle of Taiwanese so should be affordable but the corruption of the current government for allowing the inhumanely greedy farmers to rip off and bully Taiwanese unfairly and consequently more and more Taiwanese consume less and less vegetables and getting less healthy, thanks to the most wicked president Tsai, enriching the few inhumanely greedy farmers at the expense of destroying the health of all Taiwanese.

Skyrocketing the electricity price by 27% starting from tomorrow is not acceptable because this is the mistake of the foolish president Tsai for phasing out the Nuclear power plant which cost almost nothing to  generate lot of electricity but the foolish Tsai stubbornly substituted the nuclear power plant with the expensive fuel powered plant which is unsustainable as the price of fuel has skyrocketed unacceptably since last year.
President Tsai shouldn't use her sense into implementation because she should know that her head is no different to a pig's head.
The consequence of using her pig's head shall skyrocket inflation out of control very soon as the 27% increase from the electricity price shall be passed to the consumers. This is absolutely unfair and unacceptable to all Taiwanese and in doing so, the pig head Tsai must be accountable very soon after leaving her post.

So the unreasonable 27% increase of the electricity price should be suspended immediately and the government should immediately invest in clean hydropower plan, nuclear power plant and clean fusion power plant immediately to generate electricity and with these solutions, the government no need to raise the electricity price at all.

The pork price has been dropped over 40% in Mainland China last year but there is no any price drop in Taiwan since last year under the corruption reign of president Tsai. So it seems Taiwanese has no value in president Tsai's eye comparing to her beloved few inhumanely greedy pig farmers. Unlike cattle, pig is very cheap to farm as it just takes merely 6 months (3 months is also enough for some pig fimers) for pig to grow up fully for slaughter so the pork price should not be higher than chicken.
So the price of pork should be dropped for at least 40% immediately to return justice to Taiwanese.

Is president Tsai still standing with the few inhumanely greedy rice/vegetable/pig farmers instead of Taiwanese?
If so, it's time for Taiwanese to take justice into their own hand until landing the corrupt president Pig Tsai into jail for colluding with farmers in order to punish Taiwanese with unacceptable, sky-high food price during her last 6 years of corruption reign.

It's nothing wrong with the government providing the affordable train service to Taiwanese but this god-damned wicked pig head Tsai don't want Taiwanese to receive any benefit from the government and consequently wants the train to be owned by a greedy private company. Taiwanese shall not forgive Tsai for transferring ownership of the train to a private company so it's best for Tsai to not touch the train which benefits Taiwanese. Nothing is worthy for Taiwanese but only rip-off according to the most cunning mind of the pig head Tsai but Taiwanese are not dumb neither so the pig head Tsai and her bloodlines would enjoy the forever maximum punishment of Taiwanese after retirement and the pig head Tsai would go to hell for her wicked mind of always colluding with inhumanely greedy farmers to rip off and bully Taiwanese.
Anonymous on May 22, 2022:
Inflation must be fought from the top, not from the bottom or else messing up the bottom sector shall further increase inflation out of control.

The bottom sector includes minimum wage and so on. If the minimum wage were increased, additional increase from the minimum wage shall be simply passed to the price and consequently further increase inflation endlessly. So whoever says to increase the minimum wage to tackle inflation is absolutely not qualified for the job so this kind of dumb people should be removed immediately in order to not further increase trouble for the people who have already suffered enough trouble already now.

The top sector includes the essential food such as wheat, chicken, vegetable, etc, international shipping, oil, gas,  raw materials such as gold, aluminum, copper, etc. The current undutiful government has been ignoring its essential duty to tackle the top sector for so long already so the mess-up we see today is 100% due to the current ignorant government. The best course of action is indeed sacking all of the undutiful, ignorant, unqualified and irresponsible people in the government immediately for good from creating further trouble and immediately replace with dutiful, qualified, responsible and capable people who shall rigorously follow up all the issues of the top sector until being resolved to return price of the top sector to this pre-pandemic period and consequently shall return justice to the taxpayer.
Anonymous on Jan 03, 2022:
Too late for the ccp trolls to hide anymore. The United States military will lite a fire under China that will incinerate everything in China.A rude awakening is coming to china's doorstep it's called death.
Anonymous as well on Dec 07, 2021:
Wow. So many CCP trolls here. This is an information site not a political site. Please go and earn your 50 cents for posting somewhere else
Anon on Nov 13, 2021:
Lots of ridiculous posts from sad Chinese trolls here.

Taiwan's economy is doing amongst the best worldwide now.
Anonymous on Aug 20, 2021:
Biden lifted Taiwan high in the air and then trashed Taiwan mercilessly later in his both recent speech and action and this should be predictable as always since US is used to betraying the corrupt ROC government of Taiwan countless time since the end of WW2 so the traitor US is not a reliable partner in need as KMT always keeps in mind.

The current unrealistic separatist regime in Taiwan should stop all of its unachievable treacherous dreaming immediately and be very careful not to provoke China anymore because they might be hunt worldwide eventually even if they run away from Taiwan later for the crime of unforgivable treasons.

1. Action sounds louder than speech
2. A war that should result losing completely shouldn't be provoked, are the 2 messages for the selfish bigmouth separatist regime in Taiwan for the sake of millions of Taiwanese in Taiwan.

US weapons certainly would not prevent from China invasion eventually so shouldn't waste a lot of money on the useless US weapons anymore and instead invest only on the one almighty weapon which even US is afraid of today so doesn't dare to touch China militarily even under the previous Trump's administration.

The priority now is for peace so peaceful existence between Mainland China and Taiwan under One China policy is so important today much more than before so Taiwan must use the One China policy wisely and beneficially in order to maintain peace at all cost during this current unpredictable era.
Anonymous on Jun 26, 2021:
Taiwan government is the most shameless scammer the world has ever seen as it's overcharging its returning citizen for a whopping 2000 NT dollar per night for staying in shabby or lowest-class, ultra small single room in the government quarantine centre where this kind of shabby single room is charged as merely as around 400 NT dollar in Osaka, Japan where it's called the economy Japanese style single room. This is the greatest corruption ever committed by any government overcharging against its citizen outrageously unlike never seen before in world history.

No one in Taiwan but only the working people automatically receive the payment of coronavirus stimulus unfairly unlike other countries and this is the most unfair scam ever committed by any government in history.
This the most unfair Taiwan government is wasting Taiwanese's tax money by automatically providing payment of up to 30000 NT dollar to all of the working people or all employees in Taiwan recently in the name of coronavirus stimulus wrongfully but there is no plan to automatically support for the unemployed people or other idle people in Taiwan unfairly unlike other countries.

The recent approved Coronavirus stimulus package of over 7 billions US dollar wasn't necessary if the Taiwan government were good enough to prevent the recent outbreak of coronavirus but this good for nothing Taiwan government delayed the purchase of coronavirus vaccines deliberately in order to wait endlessly until the local-made unreliable coronavirus vaccines is available which consequently results the terrible death of hundreds of Taiwanese now unnecessarily due to the recent worst coronavirus outbreak in Taiwan , all thanks to the foolish Tsai president who is the main culprit forcefully pushing for the local made coronavirus unnecessarily so this immoral culprit should step down immediately for indirectly killing of hundreds of innocent Taiwanese as well as for causing the loss of Taiwanese's tax money of over 7 billions US dollar in the name of coronavirus stimulus package for her world-record ignorance as well as for her world-record foolishness to insist with the local-made unreliable coronavirus vaccine which most Taiwanese have no trust upon, maybe the recent terrible death of hundreds of innocent Taiwan due to the outbreak might not be enough for her world-record foolishness.
Anonymous on Jun 06, 2021:
The current worse coronavirus pandemic outbreak is due to the fault, ignorance and mismanagement of the current Taiwan government for not strictly conducting coronavirus test on every traveller on arrival coming from abroad.

Consequently everyone here are suffering now so everyone should be entitled to be supported financially if the Taiwan government decided to indemnify for its mishandling of the pandemic.

However, only specific group or individual such as the rip-off taxi drivers, etc are being indemnified unfairly out of the over 7 billions US dollar which the current government decided to spend to indemnify for its mistake so everyone suffering here is not indemnified and it's extremely unfair for everyone currently suffering in Taiwan.

Everyone is entitled to be indemnified out of the government's 7 billions US dollar support fund.
So for the sake of fairness, the fund should be used to alleviate the expense such as food (so the food price should be much more cheaper now, etc), health insurance (the cost of health insurance should be reduced by half, etc), transportation (city bus fare should cost no more than 15 NT dollar, etc), etc of everyone equally instead of wasting to indemnify the rip-off taxi driver and so on. Anyway, the government's fund should not benefit only specific group or individual unfairly because this is not fair for everyone currently suffering in Taiwan.
Anonymous on Jun 06, 2021:
Most people in Taiwan can't afford the very expensive taxi ride so for the sake of the benefit of most people in Taiwan, Taiwan government should immediately allow Grab, etc to operate in Taiwan so most people in Taiwan would be able to enjoy cheap rides in Taiwan again just like in Asean countries and consequently people would be grateful to the government for siding with the people instead of the rip-off Taiwan taxi mafia.
Anonymous on May 31, 2021:
While Taiwanese have been mourning the greatest deaths of coronavirus now, unethical companies such as 雃博 (4106), 優盛(4121) have been taking advantage of Taiwanese's tragedies without any regards by happily skyrocketing their stock price for at least 10% daily for the last 3 days so their stock price have been skyrocketed for 30% altogether for the stock trading of last 3 days, thanks to Taiwanese's suffering which makes these unethical companies inhumanely rich now unimaginably during the very difficult time like now for Taiwanese.

Taiwan government shouldn't allow culprit companies such as 雃博 (4106), 優盛(4121) to take advantage of the suffering of Taiwanese in order to profiteer in the stock market unreasonably during the tragic period like now, the criminal behavior of these companies must be investigated immediately for justice.
Anonymous on May 15, 2021:
Birth rate in Taiwan is falling out of control now, thanks to the current sick government.

The rice price has been skyrocketed over 150% since 2016 from about 20 Taiwan dollar per kilogram to over 50 Taiwan dollar per kilogram now while India is selling rice for merely 10 Taiwan dollar per kilogram to Asia countries recently.
So the rice price in Taiwan is 400% more expensive than the current export price of India.

A chicken rice set meal at 7 Eleven convenient store in Thailand is just about 30 baht or 26.77 Taiwan dollar but the similar chicken rice set meat at 7 Eleven convenient store in Taiwan cost a whopping above 70 Taiwan dollar.
7 Eleven convenient store in Taiwan used to be cheaper where a chicken rice set could be purchase at 50 Taiwan dollar until 2016 but this offer is no longer available under the current sick government.

The city bus fare has been doubled under the current sick government as well and it's worst for location between Xindian, New Taipei City and Taipei where even if taken just for 3 bus stops, one shall be ripped off for 30 Taiwan dollar for bus fare under the current sick government unlike never seen before.

Throwing rubbish is the greatest pressure all Taiwanese have been suffering until now unlike Singapore , etc where Singaporean have no pressure throwing the rubbish as rubbish bin is available at every building in Singapore unlike in Taiwan where Taiwanese have to chase the rubbish car twice daily shamefully in order to eliminate rubbish.
The current sick government has done nothing to eliminate this pressure for Taiwanese until so far.

Restaurant food price has been skyrocketing rapidly under the current sick government for at least 30%.

Going to the supermarket to purchase meat and vegetable is no longer convenient for all nondrivers as plastic bag is banned from using in the supermarket under the direction of the current sick government unlike in Japan where plastic bag is offered for free at every supermarket.

So the current sick government is the root cause and the culprit of causing birth rate falling rapidly unlike never seen before because this sick government contributes more inflation and inconvenience to all Taiwanese comparing to all of the previous government before.
Anonymous on May 09, 2021:
Yep ruins it but mostly great Chinese trolls fault(apart from no moderation ) . They do that to every site they can.
Anonymous on Mar 12, 2021:
Are there any houses in Taiwan? I wanna live there when I grow up. I am actually from that place and is wanting to go back soon. I was wondering how much the houses cost in Taiwan like a house with 3-4 bedrooms in it. I know there are because my grandparents but I was just wondering. For those who want to go visit Taiwan, here are some heads up. You must change your money because their currency has a bigger number to it. Taiwan is pretty crowded but its really fun there. When visiting a beach, the water is warm during the summer. I don't know about the winter but I'm sure that if you go during the summer or with your family, Please wear some sunscreen or your body is going to be really red. Also, If you are moving there, If you're American and you are working somewhere in Taiwan, You will be able to take your child to a certain school for those American Children who are in Taiwan and are fluent in English (It doesn't matter if you aren't just as long as you have a American Citizenship), You're child will be able to get into the School. Alright that's all I got. A child ain't got a big brain. (and yes I am a child). Have a good day and Stay Safe during the Virus! God Bless ya'll!!
Anonymous on Mar 09, 2021:
I am from Europe and I was interested in checking out Taipei and Taiwan in general.
Unfortunately, I am also aware of the current situation.
In all honesty my plans should be reconsidered after reading the comment section.
Anonymous on Jan 05, 2021:
To anonymous comments on Jan.4 2021.

We lost our two sons one daughter and 5 close friends to covid19 so far.

There isn't any forgetting or forgiveness.

What the Chinese government and citizens of China did was just cold blooded heartless murders on a global scale as the comments on Jan.5 2021 stated.
Anonymous on Jan 05, 2021:
However good it was in the past before Xi took over that's gone forever now.The world will never forgive or forget how the Chinese government intentionally murdered innocent people worldwide.Countries worldwide will hand China its fate in the very near future,that being death watch and see.Chinese citizens had every opportunity to stop the Chinese government but they didn't. Instead they celebrated the Chinese new year so they're just as guilty.
Anonymous on Jan 04, 2021:
China did well under Zhang Zemin but under Xi China has gone downhill and is going downhill fast. China peaked in reputation, growth, economy during 2008. With Xi in charge all the growth and progress has stopped and going backwards
Anonymous on Dec 28, 2020:
Sooner or later china will try something stupid on countries thinking they can intimidate those countries militarily the other poster mentioned. But make no mistake about it, woe to those in China if they try because certain inialiation will follow to all in China no matter if foreigners are in China or not.To other Chinese people living in other countries especially in the U S. Woe to those too because Americans will serve their own brand of justice unto them, meaning death rest assured.
Anonymous on Dec 27, 2020:
Chinese troops caught a cold when trying to invade India territory due to weather plus China isn't any match for India military and Japan is quite capable of destroying China on its own and that's a fact because other countries stepped in to ask Japan not to kill everyone in China many years ago.Vietnam handed China their az when China tried to invade Vietnam.Then there's Russia finished with chinanese government bs.Its not U S governments decision to act on China aggression but it's the U S military that determines the outcome only.The world knows the U S military is the most deadly on the planet.All the U S military is waiting for is for China to make the grave mistake of firing the first shot towards the U S then there'll be nothing living in China.There are over 15 countries against China now and the list gets bigger everyday. Xi's father was run out of his office in government many years ago. Xi went into hiding working at a pig farm in a remote area area of China many years ago.The world is looking right down china's throat just waiting for China to do something really bad and then China will be hot ashes.
Anonymous on Dec 22, 2020:
Little pink.. so cute. I guess you need to post more since your 5 cents salary is now down to 1 cents. Keep writing its hilarious
Anonymous on Nov 29, 2020:
Humm so many ccp members trying to push their narratives upon Tsia through this site.
Anonymous on Sep 25, 2020:
The unmarried, childless, mentally retarded witch Tsai, the current president of Taiwan should be forced to live on the minimum wage for a month and to take a public bus instead of taxi for daily activities.

Then the witch Tsai might understand the hardship of Taiwanese who are suffering due to the very inhumane policies imposed by her that resulting not being provided of the essential plastic bag for food purchase in the super market as well as being unreasonably and outrageously charged of additional consumer tax for each individual bamboo chopstick, paper box, plastic spoon of takeaway food.

Tsai and her blood line shall not rest in peace forever as long as Taiwanese are suffering due to the aforementioned inhumane policies imposed by her so before it's too late Tsai must abolish the aforementioned inhumane policies imposed by her immediately so as not to harm Taiwanese anymore.
Anonymous on Aug 30, 2020:
Though the traitor Tsai is the president of ROC government in Taiwan, this traitor has no whatsoever respect and loyalty to the ROC Constitution and the traitor's intention is clearly to destroy the ROC government sooner or later so as to announce Taiwan as an independent country.

Traitor Tsai is the main reason why Taiwan might be attacked very soon by China or else no war is expected for Taiwan for the next 100 years.

Trump is out at the end of this year and China is coming for revenge only upon the most hateful traitor Tsai and roast the traitor Tsai alive until her death to appease its anger.

Butchering of the Traitor Tsai by China is not important for all Taiwanese but people in Taiwan should not suffer for the sake of the wicked, moron traitor Tsai which is nothing more than a dog in Taiwanese's eye as the traitor Tsai is making the people's life harder by forcing to pay inhumane tax for each and individual chopstick, spoon, box of takeaway food unlike never seen in human history and the fare of city bus was also raised double under her administration, etc.
The traitor Tsai shall surely go to hell for causing suffering and unnecessary pressure and burden to all Taiwanese unlike never seen before during her administration after China roasts her alive to death.
Anonymous on Aug 26, 2020:
Nah. I live in Taipei, and it way more expensive than that. Or maybe it needs to be updated. The reality should be +30% of what the list said.
Anonymous from Taipei on Aug 16, 2020:
Average monthly net salary over 47K NT (after tax)? Where did this figure came from?
Uni graduate barely making 30~40K NT/month (before tax).
Taipei-er on Jul 06, 2020:
Yeah maybe that's partly why these rents are so inaccurate. A 1 bedroom is not a taofang (studio).
Anonymous on Jun 17, 2020:
I agree asw ell in Taipei the average for a semi decent meal is 150 NTD these days. Inflation.
Anonymous on Jun 17, 2020:
You know what is taofang, studio apartment right? I'd say it's a reasonable number for Taipei.
Taipei-er on Jun 05, 2020:
The Taipei rent listed here is wildly inaccurate. Please show me where to find a 1 bedroom apartment for $16K that fits the conditions listed: central, modern, and good condition. Maybe people are interpreting the question to mean 1 bedroom rented in an apartment with roommates, because that’s the only way this makes sense.
Anonymous on May 04, 2020:
Taipei rents have gone up a little over the last few years. Quite accurate stay for that.
Anonymous on May 04, 2020:
Chinese lies exposed for all the world to see.
Jack on Apr 05, 2020:
To whom anonymous comments,
Taiwan or Taipei is good or bad can be seen through web
Be aware, here we discuss about cost of living, rather than politics of living. Although there are quite some people admire China and the “One country two system”, they refuse to live in China....
See what happens when Covid-19 occurs these months, and the world understands.
Anonymous on Mar 13, 2020:
Is Taiwanese an ATM machine to be fined with whatever unreasonable amount by the Taipei government ?

According to a recent news, a Taiwanese left his quarantined hotel room in Taipei to travel to abroad but was fined with a whopping 1 million NT dollar unreasonably for leaving his quarantined hotel room.

Taipei hotel is well known to be expensive comparing other cities, such as Kuala Lumpur, Osaca, etc.
And the aforementioned person is a Taiwanese, not a tourist so he should have a house in Taiwan so should be quarantined in his home in Taiwan instead in order to save the burden of the expensive hotel room cost in Taipei for a whopping 2 weeks stay.

Taiwanese should be well treated with respect and fiarness according the way of democracy so Taiwanese should not be targeted for ripoff especially by their government or else where is law and justice for Taiwanese?

Government servents such as the culprit vice mayor should not abuse power given by Taiwanese people to add unreasonable burden to Taiwanese such as the aforementioned victim Taiwanese. If home quarantine were not allowed by the government for Taiwanese, government should bear the cost of all other types of quarantined methods.

The Taipei government is very inconsiderate of the burden of the returning Taiwanese by not arranging a home stay quarantine for the aforementioned Taiwanese so the seemingly lawless vice mayor of the Taipei government should take a responsibility by resigning immediately for her foolish action of badly harming the well-being and interest of the aforementioned Taiwanese.
TruthSpeaker on Feb 11, 2020:
What's the source reference of the cost of a meal in inexpensive restaurant ? The cost should be a little higher at least $150 NTD.
Taipei Guy on Jan 27, 2020:
Taiwan is a wonderful place with a great society and very competent government and health system.

Please everybody believe the spiteful virus infected Chinese 50 centers comments below , don't come here . :)
Anonymous on Dec 23, 2019:
President candidate Mr. Song is destroying the hope of the return of KMT for the president seat as almost half of KMT supporters are willing to vote Mr. Song.

Don't know how much Mr. Song received offer from the ruling democratic party to run for the presidential race because the ruling democratic party is well aware that as long as Mr. Song is in the presidential race, KMT has absolutely no chance to win.

So KMT must find a way not to lose vote due to Mr. Song.
Anyway, Mr. Song must withdraw from the presidential race in order for KMT to be able to race with the ruling democratic party fairly.
Or else the ruling democratic party is now merely playing with the hopeless KMT for fun's sake without the stupid KMT being aware of its destined doom in this presidential race though KMT racing seriously which is useless as long as Mr. Song is a candidate in the presidential race.
Anonymous on Dec 09, 2019:
Taipei ranked top city for living worldwide by expats ...
Anonymous on Nov 23, 2019:
Milk is expensive because it's an import. Cows are not native to the island.
Anonymous on Oct 08, 2019:
Dude give up your crazy political stuff.

And the guy before
Anonymous on Oct 07, 2019:
Now back to prices in Taipei.
Cheap lunches, noodles and rice are 100 ntd, better lunches 200 to 300 ntd.
Anonymous on Oct 07, 2019:
Yes they are allies according to the US Congress .

Taiwan is spending BILLIONS of USD purchasing US made weapons systems supporting thousands to tens of thousands of jobs in the US.

Also the Taiwan relations act.
Anonymous on Oct 07, 2019:
The list of weaponry includes:

108 General Dynamics Corp M1A2 Abrams tanks worth around $2 billion (€1.7 billion)
1,240 TOW anti-tank missiles worth $200 million
409 Javelin anti-tank missiles
250 Stinger portable air defense systems.
There are also reports that Taiwan may be seeking to buy 66 more F-16 fighter jets.

The US Congress, which has to approve the deal, has been sent an informal notification, according to Reuters news agency.
Anonymous on Oct 05, 2019:
Shaddap , Taiwan pays billions for the weapons and supports thousands of jobs in the US.

Taiwan and the US are allies .

Now stop talking politics here especially if you don't live in Taiwan . Bye.
Anonymous on Sep 11, 2019:
Shaddap Wu Mao, let us learn something here leave your politics at home .
Anonymous on Aug 30, 2019:
The U S convinced Taipei it needed to buy some high-end military equipment.Now the U S can watch Taipei and China obliterate each other,a good thing.
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Anonymous on Jun 08, 2019:
I've been checking the rents this week, it's pretty accurate.
Anonymous on May 16, 2019:
The "taiwan news" is spreading fake news which defames and harms the interest of all residents of the Greater Taipei as well as the reputation of the Greater Taipei.

However, sadly the inaction and irresponsible attitude of both mayors, Ko Wen-Je and Hou You-Yi of Taipei and New Taipei is regrettable.

If these both mayors were responsible a bit, they should secretly shut down the culprit "Taiwan news" immediately and detain all responsible people without bail indefinitely in prison with the hardest labor in return for defamation of the interest of the residents of the Greater Taipei.
Taiwan Foreigner on Apr 25, 2019:
Why do Chinese Trolls think they have ANY effect? Waste of time NOBODY believes it, never did, ever will
Taipei dude on Apr 07, 2019:
Rubbish made up statements from mainland Chinese Wumao.

Ignore folks. They are bitter people wreck every internet forum!
Anonymous on Mar 24, 2019:
Corruptions are rampant under Tsai government like a project to install escalators for 16 MRT stations has been budgeted more than requied in resource as much as whopping 20.4 millions US dollar (630 millions Taiwan dollar).
20.4 millions US dollar for just escalators for 16 MRT stations, can anyone believe? How come the tax blood of Taiwanese are being sucked and cheated gradually by the most stupid Taiwanese called Tsai president.

Expanding Taipei’s Popular MRT

This is just one case and Tsai also initiated many projects for infrastructures so should already make lots of money by raising the budget more than needed by as much as more than half.

Tsai is the most worthless president ever elected in Taiwan as her stupidity has been exceedingly clarified since she argued and acted like a crippled moron with the previous Ma president on TV debate for presidential election where she failed miserably.

What can Taiwan blame for electing the most unworthy Tsai for president position? Blame the ignorant Taiwanese who most of them also already regret now electing the most stupid Taiwanese for president position.

Tsai moron makes Taiwan the worst living hell on earth where in Taiwan you won't be provided a free plastic bag for shopping at RTC, Carrefour, etc and even with money you can't purchase plastic bag at the cashier but only more expensive bag costing at least 15 times of the price of plastic bag.
Hope the moron Tsai shops like a normal Taiwanese without taking taxi and personal car and instead take the city transport bus or MRT to understand the hardship of Taiwanese.

Even Japan provide free environment friendly plastic bag for the convenience of its citizen unlike inconvenient Taiwan under Tsai mess-up

Meal cost has also been raised as much as 50% under Tsai mess-up so Taiwanese are not happy anymore comparing to the era under the previous great presidents. Taiwanese were much happier under the previous Chen president who did help alleviate the burden, hardship, etc of his people and Taiwanese were content during his presidency.
Anonymous on Mar 09, 2019:
Ignore the ignorant comment by dumb Chinese below.

The title is President Tsai.

Enjoy the pollution in Beijing.
Anonymous on Feb 24, 2019:
Under Tsai government, the fee of city bus is collected twice if you stay at new taipei, instead of only one time collection as usual before her brainless government.

Cheaper option of taxi such as Grab is not still yet allowed to operate in Taiwan to protect the interest of expensive taxi service.
Tsai government seems to treat Taiwanese as walking ATM machine worthy to be ripped off.

This dumbass Tsai government even announced in the news below to subsidize taxi driver to purchase new cars as much as NT$350000 (US$11300) for each car.

Ministry outlines taxi subsidies

After wasting all the government money and consequently destroying Taiwan, Tsai should not worry where to run because her late father's boss, the japan emperor and his descendants would accept her as a faithful dog as usual but not as worthy as the pure Japanese in blood.
Tradewind4 on Feb 13, 2019:
Why is milk so expensive? $11+ for a gallon of milk?
Vivian on Nov 15, 2018:
The average Salary in Taipei is no 55-60k that not true. Maybe is 40k
1234567 on Nov 14, 2018:
@Anonymous: Either you are completely blind or completely moronic. I'm inclined to say both. In the document it CLEARLY states that the average household in Taipei has 1.29 working adults. 2.2 = the figure for the number of adults, period.

Anyway I'm done arguing here. Now the average salary in Taipei is 36k? Lmao. This site is laughable.
Anonymous on Nov 13, 2018:
Average Monthly NET Salary (AFTER TAX) is Very Different from House Hold Gross Income.(Possibly 1-4 working individuals in a household prior to Tax)
In Taipei many working age professionals live at home to save money this adds their salary to the household income along with their parents. This is actually very common to have a household of 3 working adults in Taipei and Taiwan. The average household in Taipei has 2.2 working Adults.
Anonymous on Nov 12, 2018:
if you do a 591 search under 1 bedroom they show a lot of Studios which are not 1 bedroom, its a cheaper studio. There are 1 bedroom apartments in Taipei and they are usually newer buildings like the one I rent in Songshan. Ive lived in both most of my time in Studios now I have a 1 bedroom apartment. Almost every true 1 bedroom apartment I found in Taipei is above 22k some go as high as 40k but most of them are around 22k-29k. Studios can be found cheaply anywhere but then you don't have a seperate bedroom with a door.
Jing on Nov 12, 2018:
I think this website should differentiate between Studio and 1 bedroom apartments because the prices are different.
Jing on Nov 12, 2018:
I can rent a Studio for 14-18k but a single bedroom costs over 22k in center of Taipei I just checked rent 591.
TPE Boy on Nov 12, 2018:
36k might be a bit low it should be closer to 40k for Taipei (per Capital Salary -NOT HOUSEHOLD INCOME). 123456 is a Retard that doesnt understand the difference between HOUSEHOLD INCOME and INDIVIDUAL INCOME. SO STFU
Monthly basic wages rose 1.63 percent from last year to NT$38,656, the data showed.
TPE Boy on Nov 12, 2018:
MONTHLY income is not the same as Household Income. The statistic for Household income include 1-multiple family members. They are not averaged (Not divided by the number in household) That means when you have a Household income of 60-70k in some cases its 2 people's salaries combined to reach 70k.
TPE Boy on Nov 12, 2018:
Id say the rent price is about right. It lists as 1 BEDROOM. NOT A STUDIO!. If it was a studio it would be cheaper than 26k but if you try to rent a 1 bedroom apartment in DAAN you'd be paying about 24-26k easily
K FLey on Nov 04, 2018:
This website is joke!
Average income in Taipei is around 55K - 60K
40K is probably Taichung.
Nobody is controlling the fake abroad contributions here?
1234567 on Oct 29, 2018:

Just check if you've received a significant numbers of contributions that had the same pattern recently. If you do, maybe you should do something about it. Not that this site is particularly relevant, but those who come and check the statistics do exist.
1234567 on Oct 29, 2018:

So you are not going to look into the fact that the contribution has dramatically altered the figures within a few months? Comparing the mid-year statistics and the statistics NOW, the rent has sored by 50% and the salary dropped by 50%. Isn't there something fishy there? Have you not received waves of "contribution" that have manipulated the figures?

As for the sources I provided, if the household income is 1.6 million in a city, how on earth can the average salary be only 40k? Even if you take the percentage of female workforce and other incomes into account, that is still ridiculous. 40k*12 is not even a third of that number. Btw the average working population within a household is 1.34 in Taipei City. Not 3.

Finally, according to official statistics, average salary in all of Taiwan is around 50k. Source: (It's hard to find something in English as you obviously wouldn't be able to read Chinese).
1234567 on Oct 28, 2018:
@Administrator: <- Household income. <- Renting site.

If you're the real administrator, don't you find that the sudden drop of the salary from your contributors a bit weird? Last year and the first half of this year it was still around 60-70k, now it's only 40k. Same with the rent. It was still 15k a month ago, and now suddenly it's 26k. This is very misleading. I'm suspecting that some of your contributors are actively trying to vandalise the figures.

And to the idiot who says that household income has nothing to do with salary: where do you think the household income comes from? Besides, you think a family of four has 4 fucking salaries? Are you really that stupid?
1234567 on Oct 28, 2018:
Now a one bedroom costs 26k in Taipei city center? Is this a joke? It's not even 15k.

And again the salary is way higher than 40k in Taipei city. This site is turning into a joke.
Raffaele Ruocco on Oct 25, 2018:
I never visit Taiwan but I want visit this city ...
Luisa Rodriguez n on Oct 23, 2018:
#Jack Barnes, It's safer than western countries
People are well educated and well behaved than most Asian countries.
MRT system is very clean and efficient, you have to buy a transit card - 悠遊卡
Their transit card can also use at shops like 7-11 or coffee shops.
I really like this city more than Canada, it's my 7th year in here.
Jack Barnes from the US Branch on Oct 20, 2018:
I'm a single guy moving to Taipei for work. How is it living in the city? Can someone say a few words on their experiences?
NC on Oct 20, 2018:
Average income in Taipei is way higher than this number.
About 55K a month.
Some people use different IP to type the fake number try to lower the average, we all know it isn't real!
Anonymous on Oct 14, 2018:
No the average has been given as 40k to 50k NTD per month for Taipei city only (including bonuses).

Outside the average drops except for Hsinchu.

Average household income is all members of the household and all assets, that's a different thing!
Anonymous on Oct 14, 2018:
No the average has been given as 40k to 50k NTD per month for Taipei city only (including bonuses).

Outside the average drops except for Hsinchu.

Average household income is all members of the household and all assets, that's a different thing!
1234567 on Oct 02, 2018:
Btw the average annual household income in Taipei City in 2017 was 1.65 million ... 45k my ass.
1234567 on Oct 02, 2018:
Lol these numbers are a joke. The crowd source is absolutely laughable. The average salary in Taipei is 60-65k (data from actual household income report).

Graduates make less money everywhere in the world.
Asian_Liberals_4_Trump_2020 MAGA on Sep 25, 2018:
47,000 Sounds about right for Taipei. Would be great if the average and median Salary could be Higher for Taiwan so people can have a living wage.
TPEBoy on Sep 11, 2018:
Average Salary in Taipei is around mid 40k before Income Tax. Also per capital Credit Card debt in Taipei as of 2018 is now raised to 250k NTD a person. 50% of young workers earn roughly 22k-25k, 50% of them carry debt. The majority of Wealth in Taiwan is held by the Boomer Generation.
#NYCTRADERZ on Sep 11, 2018:
IAmFromTaipei you are completely correct. Even the governments own Treasury Dept statistics published in 2018 show Taipei (The Wealthiest City) before TAX to have an Average Income of 48,600. After tax would be slightly lower.
IAmFromTaipei on Sep 08, 2018:
average monthly salary 56K NT after tax? where did the figure came from? ask around and get feedbacks from the local graduates and/or those who have less than 3 or above 3 years and less than 5 years work experience. trust me, majority of them will answer you they are getting paid less than 50K/month (before taxes)
NYCTRADERZ on Jul 12, 2018:
Extreme Bubble in Taiwan= Bad for current buyers or first time home owners.
Soaring house prices only benefits people like me who are selling at this time, I agree its horrible if you're looking to buy in a 2018 market that is overpriced like Taipei.
#Anonymous on Jul 07, 2018:

You talk as if soaring house prices are a good thing. Laughable.
NYCTRADERZ on Jul 06, 2018:
Taipei, New Taipei City housing prices falling rapidly in last 2 yrs LOL.
Good luck Taiwan Real Estate Bubble investors...Losing so much money sucks.
Meanwhile I'm making a killing in the US, Singapore on my properties.
#Anonymous on Jul 05, 2018:
What are some of your government data from? You guys are having the most pointless argument in history. The average household income in Taipei is 1.5 million per annum. 55-70k per month (1800-2200 USD) on average is about right.

And give me a fucking break. In which country isn't the average skewed to the ultra rich? I feel like none of you idiots really know what the word "average" means.
MaoKongme on Jul 03, 2018:
80k isnt anything to brag about...its not much although sadly by local standards its a lot. It won't even allow you to buy a house or save for retirement...what a sad state of affairs Taiwan has come to....Once the Top of the Asian Tigers now the LAST. Its pay used to be on par with Singapore only as far back as 1990....Now its effectively Half of Singapore
TPEBoy on Jun 25, 2018:
Lisa A, thats cause you work for a Foreign company enjoy those benefits. Most people in Taiwan dont work for foreing companies. I make about 250k a month and hire engineerings and other employees from HTC, HongHai, Ren Bao, Gogoro so I have a good idea what people make in Taipei and its not a lot as I have data sheets for all job sectors including bonuses. Also have direct knowledge from friends and family cousins and HR friends to draw from thousands of examples along with Taiwans own Treasury ministrys statistics. In fact Google has raised wages 33% on all ex HTC employees and increase benefits forcing HTC to raise wages to retain its current staff. Taipeis real average and medium has always been about 40k
Lisa A. on Jun 24, 2018:
I'm a supervisor at Zara Taichung, my salary is higher than 80K.
Zandar on Jun 19, 2018:
Agreed Robbin, I've been living in Taipei for 18 years, 58,000 is 30% more than every Government statistic on Salaries in Taipei. Whats more is this is after tax. The ultra wealthy dont live on wages but assets. Wages for average Taipei citizen including bonuses after tax according to Government Data is about 40k pre tax...After Tax is probably 38k
RobbinZheng on Jun 14, 2018:
58,000 NTD After Taxes is definitely skewed due to super rich. It goes totally against statistic from the Taiwan Directorage General for 2017

"About 31 percent of all workers in Taiwan earned less than NT$30,000 per month this year, falling for the eighth consecutive year, according to the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS). The data also showed that 18.94 percent of employees earned more than NT$50,000 a month this year,"
TPEBoy on Jun 04, 2018:
At this pont Tokyo is a good investment in 2018. 15 mins from Center of Tokyos downtown....300k USD for Brand new 3 Bedroom detached house.

Now this is a sane investment as rental can fetch quite a lot. Salary is high to justify the cost and there are many renters in this part of town.
Japans real estate bubble has burst a while back due to aging/ dwindling population something Taiwan is about to go through.
TPEBoy on Jun 04, 2018:
JIN Clearly you're the big idiot who will lose money on real estate Speculation. I'm making money on Real Estate on rising markets and strong profitable rentals.

Asia Tigers Real Estate Bubble Bursting/Cooling off

World’s Worst Property Market Confronts Taiwan’s New President 2016- Falling ever since 2016

Bejing, Shanghai, Shenzhen Prices falling -2018

Bangkok Property falling 2018

Seoul Property Cooling down

Hong Kong’s home prices may fall by half in next 10 years, Deutsche Bank says
NYCTraderZ on Jun 04, 2018:
JIN you insulting facts sounds like youve made a very bad investment and youre about to realize a severe less. No need to attack someone else for your bad decisions. You're about to lose a lot of money and calling others idiot isn't going to help your situation. Best to don't put all your eggs in one basket with real estate investments so you don't get so defensive. There is a lot more balance in some western markets right now like the US, Canada for example is not as Toronto and Vancouver has seen severe losses recently.

Lots of markets are in a bubble now, even in Uzebekistans capital Azgabat a 1000sq ft condo goes for 500k USD! There is no reason for this as I've studied the area/rent etc. In Malaysias Sabah reigion in the Jungle there are poorly built condos selling for 500k USD! All are incredible bubbles of speculation. Jin I can clearly tell you're a speculation buyer....its called gambling, you can make a lot if the timing is right but you can lose a lot of the timing is bad because the rental value is incredibly low compared to purchase price. Singapore and HK still demand a decent rental return on price.
NYCTraderZ on Jun 04, 2018:
Like I said, I personally own Property in Bangkok, Singapore and my family has properties in Taipei. Buying in Taipei now is a BAD INVESTMENT.
When trying to profit off real estate you have to check your ego and pride for your country at the door. Its all business and Taipei and much of Taiwan is a bad investment in 2018 to buy in.

I can clearly tell don't understand the Hongkong, Bangkok or Singapore markets. Singapore and Hongkong have increasing populations and extremely limited land. Bangkok is over valued like Taipei which is why their real estate is dropping fast recently and I see Taipei eventually going the way of Bangkok.

As for Singapore and HK They are also financial centers of the world, a lot of money and trading goes through here. There is also a sizable population with a very high income that can sustain it.. HK is mainly due to Wealthy main land buyers the past 20 yrs. Taipei is not it does not have a population that is open to world trade markets having been more open to Mainland trade alone. Yes Taipei is also a small city but that doesn't account for why New Taipei City is incredibly expensive.

Taipei real estate prices are dropping, I will pick them up cheaper when people like you sell them at a loss. Taiwan needs to do more to boost its local economy and raise wages across the board. Taiwans Rent vs Property price is the highest disparity on the world. Seoul is also in a Bubble currently as well as Beijing. The property is only worth what someone will pay for it.
Jin on Jun 01, 2018:
Why not also compare the ratio of rent and property price to other Asian cities such as Bangkok, Seoul, Shanghai, etc.
Beijing property is almost at least twice as expensive as Taipei property. Don't you think the property price in Beijing isn't acceptable either, you idiot. It is very idiotic of you in the first place to compare Asian cities with cities from America or Euro.
Unless being suppressed of the property price by the current Taiwan government, Taipei property price should have already caught up with similar cities such as Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Seoul, Singapore, etc. So it is just a matter of time, Taipei property will climb up to where it belongs where its colleagues are now. (The property price of future Taipei can be predicted accurately now just by looking at its colleagues)
Crooked Semi-foreigner ! Fighting for Taiwan doom will never work with your idiotic slander !