Taipei may be one of the most expensive cities in Taiwan, but it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune to explore and enjoy the city on a visit there. There are plenty of ways to explore Taipei on a budget, from eating out and accommodation, to entertainment and transportation.
Enjoy the full Taipei experience on a budget with our helpful guide for those looking to explore the city on the cheap.
Also, if you’re looking for hotels in Taipei, do check out our Top 3 most value for money hotels in Taipei:
Eating on a Budget
Eating out in Taipei is probably the best aspect of visiting the city. Food culture in Taiwan is huge and Taipei is one of the most important culinary capitals in the country. From night markets to locally owned restaurants, there are hundreds of options for eating on a budget in Taipei. One tip is to avoid English-speaking restaurants and international menus if you want to save cash, as these tend to be more expensive. Fortunately for you, the cheapest eats are locally produced dishes. Night markets are definitely the best places to eat on a budget, while also being important cultural and tourist attractions in the city. Check out Shilin Night Market or Tong Hua Street Night Market for some of the best budget snack food in the city.
Entertainment on a Budget
There are lots of things to do in Taipei for cheap, and many for free. Many of the most memorable activities such as climbing up to Elephant Mountain for spectacular views across the city, are completely free. While going to the top of the famous Taipei 101 tower costs just NT$500 (SG$20). Other free attractions across the city include the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, the Longshan Temple, and the Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall. Of course, one of the most popular activities for travelers is walking around the night-markets to sample the delicious food, take photos and enjoy the unique atmosphere.
Accommodation on a Budget
Accommodation will probably be your biggest expense in Taipei. It’s definitely possible to find budget hotels and hostels in the city, and your range of options will be huge. While Taiwan is not as cheap as mainland China, you can save a lot of money by staying in hostels, B&B’s or mid-range hotels. You can expect to pay around NT$480 – NT$720 for a hostel bed. Mid-range hotels cost on average NT$1530 – NT$4000.
Here’s our quick list of the Top 3 most value for money hotels in Taipei:
Transportation on a Budget
The metro system in Taipei is extremely cheap, efficient and easy to use. It is by far the easiest and quickest way of getting around the city. Most rides cost between NT$20 and NT$25, so it is very budget friendly. Taxis in Taipei are also quite cheap starting at NT$70 and metered, but you’ll avoid the traffic by using the simpler metro system. Tipping is not expected in taxis in Taipei, but you should definitely come prepared with the address you want to get to, written down in Chinese since most taxi drivers in Taipei do not speak much English.
China Airlines flies twice a day direct to Taipei from Singapore and twice a week to Kaohsiung from Singapore, also a direct flight. You can search your flight and book directly only at www.china-airlines.com. If you prefer a package deal, you can also take a look at China Airlines’ Dynasty Packages for free & easy packages to Taiwan.
This article is supported by China Airlines and the Taiwan Tourism Board.