New Taiwan Dollar (NT$)
Budget: Less than NT$1500
- Dorm bed: NT$400–800
- Double room in a budget hotel: NT$1200–2000
- Noodles or rice dish: NT$80–150
- Public transport around the city: NT$80–150
- Double room in a hotel: NT$3000
- Lunch and dinner: NT$800–1000
- Public transport and two short taxi trips: NT$300
Top end: More than NT$7000
- Double room in a top-end hotel: NT$6000–12,000
- Lunch and dinner: NT$3000
- Two or three taxi trips: NT$400–600
Prices are generally marked on goods and bargaining is not common. However, in tourist and wholesale markets you may be able to shave off 10% or 20%, particularly if you buy several items.
Taiwan's currency is the New Taiwanese Dollar (NT$); you won't be able to use other currencies in Taipei.
- ATMs are widely available at banks, convenience stores, post offices and MRT stations, and almost always have the option of choosing English-language service.
- Most ATMS are linked with Visa, MasterCard, JCB, Plus, Cirrus and American Express.
- There may be limits on the amount of cash you can withdraw per transaction or per day (often NT$20,000 or NT$30,000).
Tipping is not customary in restaurants or taxis (but is still appreciated).
- Hotels It is usual to tip the porter at better hotels (NT$100 is considered courteous).
- Tour guides A 10% addition to the fee if you are happy with the service is common.
- Restaurants and bars Note that the 10% to 15% service charge added to bills at many establishments is not a tip that is shared with the staff.
- Credit cards are widely accepted.
- Cheap budget hotels, however, won't take them. If rooms cost more than NT$1000 a night the hotel usually accepts credit cards; hostels generally do not.
- Small stalls and night-market food joints never take credit cards.
- Most midrange to top-end restaurants do, but always check before you decide to eat.