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Taiwan Travel Budget: How Much Does It Cost To Travel Taiwan

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Taiwan isn’t on the radar of many travelers and I don’t understand why. I really feel this small island deserves much more attention as it has much to offer!

Perhaps it’s because travelers feel it will be too expensive and I admit I also wasn’t sure what to expect from the cost of travel in Taiwan.

However, after spending a month in Taiwan I can safely say that it’s a very affordable country!

Taiwan travel budget

Gate of Great Centrality and Perfect Uprightness Taipei

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How to travel Taiwan on a budget

Wondering how much money to bring to Taiwan? You may be surprised to learn that during our trip around Taiwan we spent approximately 2065 NT / €63 / $69 per day as a couple.

Is Taiwan cheap? Is Taiwan expensive? This obviously depends on your personal opinion, but for us, the daily amount we spent was similar to several countries in Southeast Asia.

While not among the cheapest places we traveled (Sri Lanka is the cheapest country so far) we were pleasantly surprised by how affordable Taiwan actually is.

In the infographic below you can find more detailed information about the costs of a trip to Taiwan.

How to travel Taiwan on a budget! We spent €63/$69 per day during our 1-month trip. Read all about the costs for accommodation, transport, food & activities. #Taiwan #Travel

Taiwan budget: facts and figures

  • I traveled with my husband, all Taiwan expenses mentioned are for the two of us together.
  • I quote prices in the Taiwanese dollar (NT), as well as and $. When we were in Taiwan (May 2017), €1 was around 33NT and $1 was around 30NT. Of course, the exchange rate varies, you can check the current rate here.
  • I spent 29 days in Taiwan, on an average day we spent 2065NT (€63/$69). I found prices in Taiwan to be fairly similar throughout the country.
  • Our Taiwan trip budget includes all our travel costs in Taiwan, it does not include the costs for our tickets to Taiwan.
  • Our Taiwan trip started in Kaohsiung and ended in Taipei. We also visited Kenting National Park, Tainan, Taichung, Sun Moon Lake, and Hualien.
Taichung by night

Cost to travel Taiwan: our average daily expenses

  1. Accommodation: 37% of daily costs
  2. Transportation: 13% of daily costs
  3. Food + drinks: 42% of daily costs
  4. Paid activities + miscellaneous: 8% of daily costs

1. Where to stay in Taiwan on a budget

I was expecting accommodation to be more expensive but there is plenty of budget accommodation available in Taiwan!

On average we spent 775NT / €23 / $26 per day. We stayed at hotels and accommodation via Airbnb.

In the table below you can find the places we stayed at (only the ones I recommend!), but I’ve also written a separate post about our accommodation in Taiwan.

LocationAccommodationPrice per nightBook viaBook via
HengchunKenting Light Blue Bed and Breakfast€22/$26Agoda 
HualienHoney B Trip B&B€25/$30AgodaBooking
KaohsiungYichi’s place€26/$31Airbnb 
Sun Moon LakeItathao Hotel€39/$46AgodaBooking
TaichungModern Inn€32/$38AgodaBooking
TainanTie Dao Hotel€17/$20AgodaBooking
TaipeiJemma’s place€25/$30Airbnb 
TaipeiDavid’s place€21/$25Airbnb 
Itathao Hotel at the Sun Moon Lake Taiwan

2. How to get around Taiwan on a budget

Getting around by public transport in Taiwan is easy and not expensive. We traveled by train, bus, MRT, taxi, and bicycle.

Our average transport expenses were 260NT / €8 /$9 per day. You can find detailed information about how much it costs to travel from place to place in my Taiwan itinerary.

Bicycles in Kaohsiung city Taiwan

3. Our food costs in Taiwan

And how about the food costs per day in Taiwan? Truth be told, we spent most of our money on food and drinks, on an average day we paid 870NT / €27 / $29.

But that’s only because Taiwanese food is absolutely delicious and we ate a lot…

Food in Taiwan is not expensive as long as you stick to local food, which you should because there are countless options to choose from and they are all yummy!

Dry beef noodle Kaohsiung

My favorite things to eat (and drink) in Taiwan were beef noodles (both with soup and dry), Chao zhou noodles, dumplings with pork filling, bubble tea and the amazing fresh fruit that was for sale everywhere.

In conclusion, while food prices in Taiwan are quite low but you’ll probably still spend most of your Taiwan budget on food as there are simply too many amazing things to eat…

4. Our activities and miscellaneous costs in Taiwan

Finally, we spent 160NT / €5 / $5 on paid activities (such as scooter rental, cinema tickets and entrance fees for museums) and miscellaneous things (see below) on an average day.

Most things we did in Taiwan were free, you can find more details about all our Taiwan activities in my other Taiwan posts.

Da'an Forest Park Taipei

Miscellaneous costs may not be the correct term since the only expense in this category is a 30 Day Unlimited 4G Internet SIM card. We bought this SIM card for 1000NT / €30 / $33 upon arrival at Kaohsiung airport.

I think this SIM offers amazing value for money, we put the card in our backup phone and used that phone as a personal hotspot.

We connected up to 4 devices to it without any connectivity problems! Staying online was therefore not an issue in Taiwan.

Our Taiwan expenses: in conclusion

I started this post by stating Taiwan isn’t expensive and that it’s easy to travel this lovely island on a budget.

I hope this guide provides some insight into the average daily travel budget for Taiwan. Feel free to ask any questions you may have and enjoy planning your Taiwan vacation!

This post was updated in May 2022.

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Steve Cummings

Sunday 16th of August 2020

It is a great breakdown of costs. As a resident of Taiwan, and doing a round trip of Taiwan right now with my wife, I would say you all did a great job. Your food portion of the budget looked quite expensive. My wife and I are working on a budget of 600NT for the two of us. We are quite frugal and want to experience a bunch, but not spend the most. We were lucky to have an amazing fish hot pot at Dapu lake for 100 NT each. Great post for sure. The food is amazing, the sights are great, and Taiwan is a great place to visit.

Lotte

Monday 17th of August 2020

Hi Steve,

Thank you for reading and how wonderful you are living in Taiwan and making a roundtrip at the moment! I agree we spent quite a lot on food;-) It's definitely possible to spend less, especially if you speak Chinese and can eat at local places where there isn't even a menu. The fish hot pot sounds amazing! Enjoy your trip and I hope you find many more great food stops:-)

Lotte

JOHN

Saturday 21st of September 2019

FANTASTIC READING! EXACTLY WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR, I WAS PLANNING ON GOING TO TAIWAN FOR 7 DAYS. AS I'M ON A PENSION AND WAS CONCERNED ABOUT THE COST. BUT I'VE SAVED UP ENOUGH TO GO FOR 7 DAYS NOW I'VE READ YOU ARTICLE, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. BREAK DOWN OF EVERY THING! I'VE LOOKED AT MANY BUT YOURS IS THE BEST BY FAR. SO IF ME AND MY WIFE GO WITH 1000 USD FOR 7 DAYS YOU THINK WE CAN HAVE A NICE TIME? MY FRIEND WHO WENT THERE SAID HE FOUND THE NORTH BETTER THAN THE CITY. WE LIKE TO TRAVEL, SO HOPE WE CAN FOLLOW YOU ON PLACES YOU HAVE BEEN. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, JOHN

Lotte

Monday 30th of September 2019

Hi John,

Thank you very much reading and for your kind comment:-) With 1000 USD I think you will have a great time traveling Taiwan! I did like Taipei but it's also very worthwhile to explore other places, such as the Sun Moon Lake and Kenting or closer to Taipei (Beitou or Wulai).

Have a great trip! Lotte

M

Friday 8th of February 2019

Fantastic information! This will be quite useful when we will spend 3 months in Taiwan in our slow travel journey. Which of area of Taiwan do you think it's convenient with nature around? Thinking of spending a month going around the island in a car, already have 1 month booked in Taipei. Any tips are so welcome, thank you!

Lotte

Monday 11th of February 2019

Wow 3 months in Taiwan sounds amazing! I think exploring the island by car is an excellent plan. The East Coast is the most beautiful in my opinion though if you have a car you can also explore the center of Taiwan which is very mountainous and beautiful hiking opportunities. Because we were limited to public transport we didn't get to visit those places but definitely would if I had a car and a month! Enjoy your trip:-)

Sue

Thursday 4th of October 2018

Hi! We are planning to travel as a family of four; we have 2 kids ages 6 and 3. Any recommendations on kid friendly things to do?

Thanks! Awesome blog.

Lotte

Saturday 13th of October 2018

Hi Sue,

Thank you for your kind words, happy to hear you like my blog:-) About your question, I think there are lots of things to do with kids in Taiwan! In Taipei you could go to the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall or ride the Maokong Gondola. In Kaoshiung it's fun to take the ferry to Qijin Island. At the Sun Moon lake you can go boating if weather permits and in Tainan Anping Old Fort may be an interesting place to visit. I hope this helps! You can check out my Taiwan itinerary for more ideas about things to do: https://www.phenomenalglobe.com/taiwan-1-month-itinerary/.

Enjoy your trip! Lotte

Rosie

Friday 20th of July 2018

Hey thats a really useful guide thank you! What time of year did you go? Are those average prices per person, or total as a couple? We are going for 2 weeks in November as a couple so its really helpful to see this! Thanks

Lotte

Monday 23rd of July 2018

Hi Rosie,

Thanks you, I'm happy to help:-) About your questions, I was in Taiwan in May 2017. All the prices I mention in the post are for the two of us together (so not per person). Have a wonderful trip in November!

Lotte