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Taipei, T'ai-pei Shih, Taiwan

How much does it cost to travel to Taipei?

You should plan to spend around $185 (NT$5,879) per day on your vacation in Taipei. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $16 (NT$517) on meals
  • $10 (NT$327) on local transportation
  • $296 (NT$9,398) on hotels

A one week trip to Taipei for two people costs, on average, $2,592 (NT$82,312). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Taipei cost?

A one week trip to Taipei usually costs around $1,296 (NT$41,156) for one person and $2,592 (NT$82,312) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Taipei on average costs around $2,592 (NT$82,312) for one person and $5,185 (NT$164,624) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Taipei will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Taipei on average costs around $5,555 (NT$176,383) for one person and $11,111 (NT$352,766) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Taipei has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Taipei expensive to visit?

Prices in Taipei are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within Asia, Taipei is a very expensive destination compared to other places. It is in the top 10% of cities in Asia for its travel costs. There are only a few cities as expensive as Taipei in the region, such as Similan Islands.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Taipei Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Taipei?

The average Taipei trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Taipei travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) NT$9,398 ($296)
Local Transportation 1 NT$327 ($10)
Food 2 NT$517 ($16)
Entertainment 1 NT$544 ($17)
Tips and Handouts 1 NT$104 - 312 ($3 - 10)
Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps 1 NT$94 - 281 ($3 - 9)
Alcohol 2 NT$292 - 876 ($9 - 28)
Accommodation Budget in Taipei
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Taipei is $148 (NT$4,699). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Taipei is $296 (NT$9,398). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Taipei

Looking for a hotel in Taipei? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

Find the best hotel for your travel style.


Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Taipei based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $64. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Taipei
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Taipei is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $10 (NT$327) per person, per day, on local transportation in Taipei.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Taipei
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Rental Cars in Taipei
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What did other people spend on Transportation in Taipei?

Typical prices for Transportation in Taipei are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Taipei, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.

  • Easycard
  • Easycard

Food Budget in Taipei
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • While meal prices in Taipei can vary, the average cost of food in Taipei is $16 (NT$517) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Taipei should cost around $6.52 (NT$207) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Taipei is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


What did other people spend on Food in Taipei?

Typical prices for Food in Taipei are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Taipei, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.

  • EasyCard
  • Lunch at The Can
  • EasyCard
  • Lunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Lunch

Entertainment Budget in Taipei
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • Entertainment and activities in Taipei typically cost an average of $17 (NT$544) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Tips and Handouts Budget in Taipei
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Taipei is $6.56 (NT$208) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Taipei is None.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps Budget in Taipei
Average Daily Costs

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  • Unfortunately, bad things can happen on a trip. Well, you've just got to deal with it! The average price for a scam, robbery, or mishap in Taipei is $5.91 (NT$188), as reported by travelers.

  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1

Alcohol Budget in Taipei
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average person spends about $18 (NT$584) on alcoholic beverages in Taipei per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Water Budget in Taipei
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • On average, people spend $4.86 (NT$154) on bottled water in Taipei per day. The public water in Taipei is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Last Updated: Apr 28, 2023
Taipei On a Budget
Taipei National Concert Hall, Taipei, Taiwan
Few cities in the world are full of more diverse opportunities than the cultural crosshairs city of Taipei. As the capital of Taiwan, this 300-year-old city is the financial, cultural and governmental center of Taiwan. Located in the northern part of the island between the Yangming Mountains and Central Mountains, this city of 2.6 million people is always ready to welcome more visitors.

While English is taught in all Taiwanese schools, don't expect everyone to be fluent. Most of the people of Taipei understand enough to get by, but you'll want to learn a bit of Mandarin or Minnan to make your stay a little smoother.

The semi-tropical climate provides a comfortable vacation spot. The most comfortable season in the fall, and beware that typhoon season runs from May to October.
Simply wandering the streets of this charming city can provide you with an entertaining experience. Taipei is a must-see destination, as it offers so much. In fact, it should be part of your 8-day itinerary in Taiwan because of it's cultural and culinary significance to the island.

For the most stunning view in the city, take a trip up one of the world's tallest buildings. The Taipei 101 is a 1,670-foot skyscraper with stunning views from the observation decks on the 89th and 91st floors. This is a must-see in the city, and is on the list of things to do in Taipei if you have 5 days.

One way to immerse yourself in the culture of Taiwan is to take a bus or taxi over to Muzha Tea Plantations. Located just outside of Taipei, this area is sprinkled with temples and teahouses spanning back centuries. Be sure to taste the local flavors and watch the teapot and tea making demonstrations.

The National Palace Museum is one of the world's best. The stunning assembly of ancient art and cultural artifacts includes a collection of calligraphy, paintings, porcelain and antiques that were smuggled out of China before the Communist takeover.

There is certainly no shortage of temples in Taipei. It is said that those who make weekly visits to the Hsingtian Temple ensure great career and personal success. Take your leftover snacks from your trip as your plate of food offerings. With any luck this offering will see away your evil spirits and bring you success, too.

As Taiwan is very modern, you'll likely need your phone everywhere to find information. So, it's recommended that everyone get a Taiwan tourist SIM card for their device.
Taipei is divided into seven central districts and five suburban districts.

The central districts include Wanhua. As the oldest district, Wanhua is home to historic buildings like the Longshan Temple. Zhongzheng is another central district. As the home to the presidential office, this region is the heart of the city's government.

Taipei's suburban districts include Beitou with its hot springs and Yangmingshau National Park, and Shilin with fantastic museums including the National Palace Museum.

Be sure to take advantage of Taipei's night markets. When the sun goes down, shop the rows and rows of food, massages, clothes and accessories. Come prepared to haggle.

You cannot visit this enchanting city without taking a dip in the hot springs. With various types all over the city, you'll find springs offered by the city and some offered by hotels. Some are outdoors and some have groupings of several large baths of varying temperatures. Find the one that's right for you, and enjoy.

For the adventurous traveler, there are various areas to find a trail worth tracking. The main spot is in Yangmingshan National Park. This park is full of dozens of trails including the Elephant Mountain Hiking Trail. The steep steps through a shaded hill overlook the city and give every traveler amazing views. Another amazing nearby place to visit is the hilltop village of Maokong to the south of the city. It's quite easy to take the gondola cable car to Maokong which offers some amazing views before you experience the wonders of this small town. Finally, if you want to go further out of town, consider one of these affordable day trips from Taipei.

And also, check out this guide to spending 6 days in Taiwan for more information.
Food and Dining
Taipei is a city where all cultures can happily collide, and that manifests itself in its food. This region can boast one of the highest restaurant populations in the world. Every taste is represented including Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean, Italian and more. All of these styles are available all around, even at the street carts. Be sure to try little bits of everything.

Getting around Taipei is much easier than in most major cities. Their MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) system is extremely clean, efficient and reliable. The stations and trains are clearly marked in English with every stop announced in Mandarin, Taiwanese, Hakk and English. Even further, many stops have designated "safe zones" with heavy surveillance for women and children traveling at night. Simply purchase an EasyCard or day cards for quick and easy travel.

The bus system in Taipei experiences the same level of ease and efficiency.

Travel by taxi is the most flexible as there are always plenty available all around. Be warned, most taxi drivers don't speak English. It is a wise idea to have your destination written down in Chinese to hand to the driver. Most are equipped with GPS, and tipping is not expected.

Renting a car is not recommended unless you plan to leave the city, traffic is rough and parking is a nightmare.
Check out this article if you're looking for a nice hotel in Taipei.

And here's more information on the best hostels in Taipei for budget travelers and backpackers.

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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.

Budget Your Trip is all about finding out how much everything costs so that you can travel cheaper and longer. Created by avid travelers Laurie and Bryan, our goal is to help you plan your next trip on the right budget. With average daily travel costs that are calculated from the budgets of real travelers, plus an analysis of hotel and tour prices, you can find out how much money you need to plan your next adventure. We also have plenty of travel advice, accommodation reviews, and activity suggestions.

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