BACKPACKER INDEX: US$30.20
Taipei hotel prices
Hotels in Taipei are generally busy all year round so there isn’t much seasonal variance in price. The only period that slows down a little is from September through November, so it’s sometimes possible to get good deals then, especially at the higher end places. Prices at hostels in Taipei tend to stay steady all year long.
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Taipei is an enormous city with things in nearly every price range, but for most tourists it might appear to be on the expensive side, at least compared to mainland China, though certainly cheaper than Japan. It’s also quite a bit more expensive than the rest of Taiwan, so those touring the island can find reasonable bargains at their other stops.
Hotels and hostels in Taipei are of reasonable value, and standards tend to be fairly high, even at most of the places near the lower end of the spectrum. Food and drinks also come in a wide spectrum on the price scale, and of course visitors can stretch their budget by concentrating more on the places locals eat and drink instead of the tourist restaurants with English-language menus.
The main attractions are reasonably priced compared to similar offerings elsewhere, so it’s possible to get by on very little once you arrive if your budget is tight. Using public transportation also cuts way down on costs, so even backpackers can manage Taipei if they can find a good hostel or cheap hotel.
Taipei attraction prices
|Taipei 101 observation deck||Take a fast elevator up this giant tower in the central city.||adults||15.20|
|National Palace Museum||This must-see museum houses more important Chinese art than anywhere else in the world.||adults||5.41|
Taipei Transportation prices
|Taxi from airport to city center||30.41 - 40.54|
|Express bus from airport to city center||4.05 - 5.07|
|3km taxi ride in Taipei||6.08 - 8.11|
|Metro ride in Taipei||0.68 - 2.20|
|Bus ride in Taipei||0.51 - 1.01|
Taipei food and drink prices
|Budget breakfast||If your room doesn't include breakfast then you'll have many budget options, including street food.||1.35 - 4.05|
|Budget lunch||There are many fast food and casual options, plus great and cheap street food.||1.69 - 5.07|
|Budget dinner||Sit-down restaurants can be pricey, but follow the locals for the good stuff and great deals.||2.70 - 6.76|
|Beer (pint)||The local lager can be cheap in some places, but not everywhere. Imports will cost more.||1.69 - 5.07|
|McDonald's Big Mac||Taipei is one of the cheaper Big Mac cities in Asia.||2.53|
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|Currency||Taiwan New dollar|
|Airports||Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE)|
Avg temps & precip
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Taipei is known for hot and steamy summers, when monsoon rains can sometimes cause problems. The best times to visit are generally the spring and fall, when temperatures are moderate and the rainfall isn’t out of control. Winters are also generally nice, with mild temperatures and the least amount of rainfall in the year.
Sunrise and sunset