2014年2月18日 星期二

[Travel Taiwan] Money Matters II: Costs and Prices

Taiwan is ideal for travel, because it has all the convenience of modernized cities, but its cost of living is relatively low.


Taiwan is cheaper than: Japan, Korea, Singapore, New York......
Taiwan is more expensive than: Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam......

To give you a better picture of what a trip to Taiwan will cost you, below is a chart of possible costs of traveling in Taipei. Being the capital city, Taipei is the most expensive city in Taiwan, so traveling in other cities will probably be cheaper.


Average Costs of living in Taipei
Category
Item
NTD
USD
NTD30=USD1
EUR
NTD40=EUR1
住宿
Accommodation
五星級飯店
5 star hotel
雙人房/double room/night
5000-10000up
167-334up
125-250up

高級汽車旅館
Luxury Motel
雙人房/double room/night
2500-8000up
83-267up
62.5-200up

飯店/青年旅舍*
Hotel/Hostel*
雙人房/double room/night
600-5000
20-167
15-125
交通
Transportation
計程車
Taxi fare
30分路程,無塞車30min ride, no traffic
200
7
5

公車
City Bus
一趟 per ride
15
0.50
0.37

市區客運
Long distance City bus
一趟 per ride
75-150
2.5-5
1.87-3.75

捷運
Metro System
一趟 per ride
20-40
0.60-1.2
0.5-1
飲食
Food& Drinks
小吃
Street side food
一份Per serving
50
1.7
1.25

便當
Bento
一份Per serving
50-120
1.7-4
1.25-3

小火鍋
Hot pot
一份Per serving
100-500
3.3-16.7
2.5-12.5

飲料店
Tea shop drink
一杯 per drink
15-60
0.50-2
0.37-1.5

麥當勞大麥克
McDonald’s Big Mac
80
2.8
2

瓶裝水
Bottled water
600ml
20
0.7
0.5
Entertainment
夜店*
Clubbing*
700
23
17.5

看電影
Movies
每場/per person
270
9
6.75

其他
Other
香菸*
Cigarettes*
每包per pack
60-90
2-3
1.5-2.25



*All prices are based on my own experience with a little help of Google. Please let me know if you find any item to be particularly off.
*There is a wide price range of hotels and hostels in Taipei, the price really reflects the accessibility (location), size of room, additional services and other factors. 
*There are  many discounts and free events for ladies, and different clubs have different calculation methods, but from my sparse experience, usually the entrance fee is NT700.
*I am stabbing myself in the thigh for showing you how cheap cigarettes are in Taiwan, because I absolutely hate it when people smoke, but I included it to show you chronic traveling smokers that you don’t have to pack any packs. 





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