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$400–600
Bargaining is rare in Taipei except in markets like the Jade Market, where some (but not all) stallholders might shave a modest amount off the initial price.
Taiwan's currency is the New Taiwanese dollar (NT$); this is the only currency accepted in Taipei.
- ATMs are widely available at banks, convenience stores, post offices, MRT stations and outside high-street bank branches. They almost always have the option of choosing an 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).
- Credit cards are widely accepted, although hostels and cheap budget hotels often won't take them.
- 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.
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're 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 usually a tip that is shared with the staff.