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.
  • $ 9.5 per person
  • $ 2.9 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 917* (25564 NT$)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 70 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 15 per person
  • $ 7.1 per person
  • $ 10.4 per person

Total budget:

$ 1882* (52486 NT$)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 116 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 24 per person
  • $ 14 per person
  • $ 21 per person

Total budget:

$ 3226* (89978 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 2020

Cost of living: Taiwan VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Taiwan in 2020 is essentially the same as in the United States (USA)

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices United States in in the United States (USA) 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 6% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Taipei
Keelung 3% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Keelung
Taitung 3% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Taitung
Chiayi 7% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Chiayi
Tainan 7% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Tainan
Hsinchu 7% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Hsinchu

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Local prices in Taiwan by expense type

Taiwan: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Taiwan costs 49% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 4.3/person
($ 2.9 to $ 5.4)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 13/person
($ 9 to $ 18)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 4.5/person
($ 4.3 to $ 5.4)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.8 for 500ml
($ 1.4 to $ 3.6)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.8
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.4 for 330ml
($ 1.7 to $ 3.2)

20% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.7/cup
($ 1.8 to $ 4.3)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1/can
($ 0.7 to $ 1.3)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.7/bottle
($ 0.6 to $ 1)

56% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

Taiwan: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Taiwan costs 39% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 49/night
($ 45 to $ 54)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 108
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 67/night
($ 44 to $ 113)

46% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 73/night
($ 47 to $ 110)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 158/night
($ 113 to $ 230)

39% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 261
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 287/night
($ 219 to $ 379)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 504
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 48/month
($ 34 to $ 69)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 138/month
($ 88 to $ 239)

18% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 169
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 165/month
($ 107 to $ 251)

0% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 93/month
($ 51 to $ 176)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 155/month
($ 91 to $ 260)

12% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 176

Taiwan: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Taiwan is 20% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 3.1/litre
($ 2.7 to $ 4.3)

256% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.9/500g
($ 1.4 to $ 2.2)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 3.5/kg
($ 2.2 to $ 5.4)

16% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.4/12 eggs
($ 1.8 to $ 3.6)

0% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 21/kg
($ 11 to $ 44)

73% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 8/kg
($ 5.4 to $ 15)

12% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 4.8/kg
($ 3.6 to $ 7.2)

1% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.8
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.6/kg
($ 1.7 to $ 3.6)

39% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 3.7/kg
($ 1.8 to $ 7.2)

15% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 2.7/kg
($ 1.7 to $ 6)

1% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Salad
Salad
$ 1.7/salad
($ 1.1 to $ 2.2)

1% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.3
($ 1 to $ 1.8)

34% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 23/kg
($ 13 to $ 36)

81% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

Taiwan: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Taiwan costs 17% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.7/ticket
($ 0.6 to $ 1.1)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 47/month
($ 46 to $ 47)

39% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.7/km
($ 0.7 to $ 1)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.2)

36% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 2.7
($ 2.5 to $ 3.2)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.8
Car hire
Car hire
$ 61/24hrs
($ 47 to $ 119)

55% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Taiwan: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in Taiwan costs 38% less than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 77/month
($ 39 to $ 122)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 164
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.2)

28% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 27/month
($ 18 to $ 36)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 69
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 478/month
($ 287 to $ 897)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1391
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 316/month
($ 198 to $ 538)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1111
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1093/month
($ 717 to $ 1614)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2242
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 754/month
($ 467 to $ 1076)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1763
Gym
Gym
$ 47/month
($ 36 to $ 61)

17% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 555/month
($ 323 to $ 825)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 971
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 12638/yr
($ 6093 to $ 21505)

26% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17203

Taiwan: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Taiwan costs 18% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 10.4/ticket
($ 9 to $ 12)

19% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 14/hr
($ 7.2 to $ 22)

18% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

Taiwan: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Taiwan is 6% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 3.9/pack
($ 3.5 to $ 4.5)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 71
($ 36 to $ 108)

51% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 38
($ 22 to $ 54)

4% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 93
($ 72 to $ 108)

14% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 81
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 121
($ 90 to $ 180)

18% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 102

Plane ticket budget

London → Taipei
London → Taipei
London → Taipei
$ 758
(fair price: $ 640)
Los Angeles → Taipei
Los Angeles  → Taipei
Los Angeles  → Taipei
$ 776
(fair price: $ 645)
New York City → Taipei
New York City → Taipei
New York City → Taipei
$ 1001
(fair price: $ 775)
Manchester → Taipei
Manchester → Taipei
Manchester → Taipei
$ 952
(fair price: $ 812)
Toronto (Ontario) → Taipei
Toronto (Ontario) → Taipei
Toronto (Ontario) → Taipei
$ 943
(fair price: $ 812)
Dublin → Taipei
Dublin → Taipei
Dublin → Taipei
$ 838
(fair price: $ 741)
Edinburgh → Taipei
Edinburgh → Taipei
Edinburgh → Taipei
$ 967
(fair price: $ 844)
Auckland → Taipei
Auckland → Taipei
Auckland → Taipei
$ 789
(fair price: $ 701)
Montreal → Taipei
Montreal → Taipei
Montreal → Taipei
$ 1131
(fair price: $ 823)
Sydney → Taipei
Sydney → Taipei
Sydney → Taipei
$ 698
(fair price: $ 625)
Perth → Taipei
Perth → Taipei
Perth → Taipei
$ 616
(fair price: $ 544)
Melbourne → Taipei
Melbourne → Taipei
Melbourne → Taipei
$ 637
(fair price: $ 580)

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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 13-01-2020.

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