Cost of Living in Taiwan

If you've ever considered moving to Taiwan, one of the first questions that likely crossed your mind is, "What is the cost of living in Taiwan?" After all, it's essential to have a clear picture of your potential expenses before making such a life-changing decision. At this page, we'll dive into the nitty-gritty of the cost of living in Taiwan and whether the reported $1680 per month figure aligns with the average monthly salary of $1395.38.

Restaurants
Markets
Transportation
Childcare
Clothing
Rent Per Month
Buy Apartment
Salaries
Taiwan
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Restaurants

Price

World Range

Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant

3.76 $

Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course

28.2 $

McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)

4.7 $

Domestic Beer (1 pint draught)

1.88 $

Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle)

2.51 $

Cappuccino (regular)

2.62 $

Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle)

0.95 $

Water (12 oz small bottle)

0.66 $

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Markets

Price

World Range

Milk (regular), (1 gallon)

2.93 $

Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb)

1.85 $

Rice (white), (1 lb)

2.83 $

Eggs (regular) (12)

2.67 $

Local Cheese (1 lb)

15.46 $

Chicken Fillets (1 lb)

7.5 $

Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat)

17.92 $

Apples (1 lb)

3.73 $

Banana (1 lb)

1.86 $

Oranges (1 lb)

2.55 $

Tomato (1 lb)

3.24 $

Potato (1 lb)

2.37 $

Onion (1 lb)

2.17 $

Lettuce (1 head)

1.79 $

Water (1.5 liter bottle)

1.09 $

Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range)

12.53 $

Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle)

1.54 $

Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle)

2.34 $

Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro)

3.76 $

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Transportation

Price

World Range

One-way Ticket (Local Transport)

0.78 $

Monthly Pass (Regular Price)

40.1 $

Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)

2.66 $

Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff)

0.78 $

Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff)

7.05 $

Gasoline (1 gallon)

0.95 $

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car)

31328.81 $

Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car)

23814.37 $

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Utilities (Monthly)

Price

World Range

Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment

71.32 $

1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans)

0.16 $

Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)

24.21 $

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Sports And Leisure

Price

World Range

Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult

36.29 $

Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend)

11.47 $

Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat

9.4 $

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Childcare

Price

World Range

Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child

500.27 $

International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child

11805.09 $

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Clothing And Shoes

Price

World Range

1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar)

71.23 $

1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...)

31.21 $

1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range)

78.97 $

1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes

110.5 $

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Rent Per Month

Price

World Range

Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre

440.58 $

Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre

303.74 $

Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre

1014.03 $

Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre

706.55 $

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Buy Apartment Price

Price

World Range

Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre

6599.08 $

Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre

4187.13 $

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Salaries And Financing

Price

World Range

Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax)

1395.38 $

Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate

1.75 %

Taiwan

How Safe Is Taiwan for Travel?
Warnings & Dangers in Taiwan

OVERALL RISK: LOW

Taiwan is generally safe to travel to, but it's not without its dangers. The only concern is a petty crime on the streets, but if you apply the basic precaution measures, your trip should go smoothly.

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK: LOW

Though public transport is mostly safe and reliable, it is filled with pickpockets and petty thieves. Always negotiate everything in advance and never pay upfront. Transportation stations are also risky, as they are known to attract criminals. Bear in mind that Taiwan is filled with unlicensed taxi vehicles that don't use meters and might try to rip you off.

PICKPOCKETS RISK: MEDIUM

There is a heightened risk of pickpockets in Taiwan since it has around 10 million visitors a year. Don‘t leave anything valuable in your back pockets and be especially vigilant in crowded places.

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK: LOW

As for natural disasters, Taiwan has a high risk of earthquakes. There are also risks of typhoons, especially between July to November and tourists are recommended to refrain from visiting the mountains during these periods.

MUGGING RISK: LOW

Taiwan, on the whole, is extremely safe. Crime against foreigners is rare, and violent crime, and incidents such as mugging and rape, against foreigners are extremely rare.

TERRORISM RISK: LOW

Even though in Taiwan's recent history there haven't been any terrorist attacks, one can never be too cautious, and things such as terrorist attacks can never be ruled out, so be aware of your surroundings at all times.

SCAMS RISK: HIGH

The most common scams are connected with the ATMs. There is the popular scam of someone calling you, impersonating a bank employee or a hotel staff and asking you to confirm your credit card information. There is also the risk of ATM fraud so try and use the machines that are inside.

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: LOW

Taiwan is safe for solo women travelers. Just use your common sense and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Avoid wearing purses and do not walk alone or ride in taxis at night.

Useful Information & Tips
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Visas

Many countries in Europe, U.S.A, Australia and New Zealand do not need a visa to enter Taiwan, for any stays shorter than 90 days. If you are not sure about your visa status, visit www.doyouneedvisa.com which will let you know whether or not you need a visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.

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Currency

The New Taiwan dollar is the official currency in Taiwan. ATMs are widely available throughout the country, except in rural areas, while credit cards are accepted at most establishments.

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Weather

There are two climates in Taiwan: the north part of Taiwan has a sub-tropical climate zone, while the southern part has a tropical climate zone. Winters in Taiwan are warm and mild while summers are hot and wet, with typhoons and thunderstorms.

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Airports

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is an international airport in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. It is located about 40 km west of Taipei in Dayuan District. The airport is Taiwan's largest and busiest.

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Travel Insurance

Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Taiwan, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.