Travel budget and cost of living in Taiwan how much does a trip cost?

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Travel budget in Taiwan

Taiwan: calculate your travel budget

Taiwan: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Taiwan for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 41 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 8.3 per person
  • $ 2.9 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 882* (25914 NT$)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 70 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 14 per person
  • $ 7.6 per person
  • $ 9.6 per person

Total budget:

$ 1835* (53928 NT$)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 111 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 22 per person
  • $ 16 per person
  • $ 20 per person

Total budget:

$ 3122* (91784 NT$)

* Estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks. This represents an average across the country (budget may vary depending on the city or region visited).


Cost of living in Taiwan in 2019

Cost of living: Taiwan VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Taiwan in 2019 is 21% less than United States.

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in Taiwan in 2019 and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in Taiwan by city

See the table below for the variation in the cost of living in different cities in Taiwan compared to the national average.

Cities /Taiwan View Details
Taipei 11% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Taipei
Taitung 4% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Taitung
Chiayi 8% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Chiayi
Tainan 7% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Tainan
Hsinchu 8% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Hsinchu
Taichung 7% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Taichung

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Local prices in Taiwan by expense type

Restaurant budget in Taiwan

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Taiwan costs 51% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 3.5/person
($ 2.7 to $ 5.1)

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 12/person
($ 8.6 to $ 18)

56% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 4.3/person
($ 3.6 to $ 5.1)

42% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.9 for 500ml
($ 1.6 to $ 3.5)

56% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.2 for 330ml
($ 1.3 to $ 2.7)

28% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.6/cup
($ 1.7 to $ 3.7)

39% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1/can
($ 0.7 to $ 1.3)

51% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.7/bottle
($ 0.5 to $ 0.8)

56% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Taiwan

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Taiwan costs 39% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 45/night
($ 40 to $ 49)

58% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 67/night
($ 45 to $ 109)

44% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 121
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 72/night
($ 47 to $ 107)

59% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 177
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 150/night
($ 107 to $ 211)

42% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 279/night
($ 214 to $ 367)

44% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 501
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 48/month
($ 34 to $ 70)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 122
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 131/month
($ 83 to $ 225)

19% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 156/month
($ 100 to $ 235)

6% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 98/month
($ 53 to $ 189)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 212
Family room
Family room
$ 168/month
($ 108 to $ 272)

4% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 175

Supermarket food budget in Taiwan

On average, the price of supermarket food in Taiwan is 10% more expensive than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 3/litre
($ 2.4 to $ 3.5)

246% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.8/500g
($ 1.3 to $ 2.3)

36% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 3.2/kg
($ 1.7 to $ 5.1)

22% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.2/12 eggs
($ 1.7 to $ 3.2)

10% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 20/kg
($ 10.3 to $ 35)

69% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 7.3/kg
($ 5.1 to $ 12)

19% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 4.5/kg
($ 3.5 to $ 6.8)

3% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.7
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.5/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 3.5)

42% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 3/kg
($ 1.7 to $ 6.8)

29% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 2.4/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 4.1)

12% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Salad
Salad
$ 1.4/salad
($ 0.8 to $ 2)

13% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.2
($ 0.7 to $ 1.6)

38% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 18/kg
($ 10.3 to $ 35)

44% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Taiwan

On average, the price of transport in Taiwan costs 16% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.7/ticket
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

71% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 45/month
($ 35 to $ 45)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.8/km
($ 0.7 to $ 0.8)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.1)

32% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 2.5
($ 2.4 to $ 3.1)

26% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.5
Car hire
Car hire
$ 64/24hrs
($ 48 to $ 119)

61% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Taiwan

On average, the cost of housing in Taiwan costs 34% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 72/month
($ 35 to $ 110)

56% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.2/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.4)

67% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 28/month
($ 18 to $ 35)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 446/month
($ 241 to $ 855)

67% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1352
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 294/month
($ 171 to $ 616)

72% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1066
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1042/month
($ 684 to $ 1708)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2210
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 733/month
($ 410 to $ 1197)

57% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1725
Gym
Gym
$ 47/month
($ 35 to $ 63)

21% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 525/month
($ 274 to $ 684)

44% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 944
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 13621/yr
($ 6829 to $ 20487)

25% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18299

Leisure activity budget in Taiwan

On average, budget for leisure activities in Taiwan costs 21% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 9.6/ticket
($ 8.5 to $ 10.6)

25% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 14/hr
($ 6.8 to $ 22)

18% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 16

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Taiwan

On average, shopping budget in Taiwan is essentially the same as in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 3.5/pack
($ 3.1 to $ 4.1)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 64
($ 35 to $ 104)

36% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 38
($ 18 to $ 55)

1% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 88
($ 70 to $ 103)

10% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 115
($ 70 to $ 171)

13% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 102

Plane ticket budget

Los Angeles → Taipei
Los Angeles  → Taipei
Los Angeles  → Taipei
$ 821
(fair price: $ 686)
London → Taipei
London → Taipei
London → Taipei
$ 808
(fair price: $ 683)
New York City → Taipei
New York City → Taipei
New York City → Taipei
$ 1136
(fair price: $ 845)
Toronto (Ontario) → Taipei
Toronto (Ontario) → Taipei
Toronto (Ontario) → Taipei
$ 956
(fair price: $ 801)
Manchester → Taipei
Manchester → Taipei
Manchester → Taipei
$ 922
(fair price: $ 812)
Dublin → Taipei
Dublin → Taipei
Dublin → Taipei
$ 862
(fair price: $ 762)
Montreal → Taipei
Montreal → Taipei
Montreal → Taipei
$ 1206
(fair price: $ 800)
Edinburgh → Taipei
Edinburgh → Taipei
Edinburgh → Taipei
$ 893
(fair price: $ 805)

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About the information on the cost of living in Taiwan

The information about the cost of living in Taiwan shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including : Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in Taiwan updated on 21-05-2019.

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