I had no pre-determined budget, as my priority was getting through the trip rather than looking for cheap options. There were extra costs as I had mechanical issues which necessitated buying supplies at a bike store. Plus I bungled up the airfare at the end when I was too tired to care and paid for an earlier flight, as well as overweight baggage so I could dump my wet, sandy bags and clothes into my bike box.

I did note some prices that will help you to plan your own budget. Prices with asterisks (*) are estimates as I forgot to record every single purchase. The rest are actual prices in New Taiwan Dollars (NTD). Details and photos on accommodation are on the Accommodation page.

Day 1 = NTD 2,080

Local mobile prepaid card = NTD 500 (see Logistics page for details)
Lunch at airport = NTD 130*
Dinner (duck rice) = NTD 70
Wind Coast Hotel, Hsinchu = NTD 1380

taiwan budget

Duck rice dinner on an obscure street in Hsinchiu

 

Day 2 = NTD 2,440

Lunch (Bean paste bun and tea below) = NTD 80
Snacks (2 bananas, 2 bottles water, 1 Nigri) = NTD 150*
Dinner (dumplings and rice) = NTD 130*
Spring Wind Hotel, Changhua = NTD 2080

pao lunch

Bean paste bun and milk tea in Taichung. The owner was friendly and pulled out a Taiwan map to help me navigate my route.

 

dumplings dinner

Hand made dumplings, recommended by a local lady. They taste yummier than they look!

Day 3 = NTD 5,920

Breakfast (coffee and pineapple tart) = NTD 70
Lunch (beef noodles) = NTD 125
Bike supplies (new tyre, tubes, canisters, pump)= NTD 4,565
Asia Emperor Hotel, Tainan = NTD 1,160

coffee stop

My first coffee, only on Day 3 when I was able to relax a little. Taiwanese pineapple tarts are my favourite type – soft, flaky and melt in your mouth.

 

beef noodles

Chanced upon a restaurant selling Taiwanese beef noodles – my only “must eat” of the trip. Day 3 was my lucky day in terms of food!

Day 4 = NTD 2,580

Lunch (typical 7-11) = NTD 130*
Dinner = NTD 250
Uni Hotel, Eluanbi = NTD 2,200

My celebration beer with fried rice, for reaching the southernmost point of Taiwan today.

My celebration beer with fried rice, for reaching the southernmost point of Taiwan

Day 5 = NTD 1,425

Lunch (7-11) = NTD 150*
Dinner (chicken rice) = NTD 75
Two Flowers B&B, Taidong = NTD 1,200

banana price

Bananas were my staple energy food on this trip. Available at all 7-11 stores at NTD 23 each

 

Nigri is a Japanese rice snack also available at 7-11. NTD 38 each

Nigri is a Japanese rice snack also available at 7-11. NTD 38 each

Tea eggs were my sustenance, at all 7-11 stores for only NTD 8 each

Tea eggs were my favourite sustenance, at all 7-11 stores for only NTD 8 each

Day 6 = NTD 2, 658

Lunch (7-11) = NTD 148
Train tickets = NTD 215
Dinner (beef noodles) = NTD 95
Yoai Hotel, Yilan = NTD 2,200

My typical lunch at 7-11: tea eggs and coffee. The bananas and water are for the ride.

My typical lunch at 7-11. Coffee costs NTD 45-55, and water NTD 28-45

 

I took the train from Hualien to Yilan to bypass the dangerous Suhua highway on which bicycles are not allowed. Just tell the counter you have a bike and they give you a ticket for the bike too!

I took the train from Hualien to Yilan to bypass the dangerous Suhua highway on which bicycles are not allowed. Just tell the counter you have a bike and they give you a ticket for the bike too!

Day 7 = NTD 4, 125

Lunch (7-11) = NTD 150*
Bike box deposit (NTD 300 per day) = NTD 2,100
Taxi (airport to hotel) = NTD 195
Motel near airport = NTD 1,680

Pen from the "chi che lu dian" or car motel near the airport on the last night.

Pen from the “chi che lu dian” or car motel near the airport. That’s the motel name.

 

Car motels provide a simple packed breakfast of sandwiches or in this case fried egg and flour cakes. Plus a drink

Car motels provide a simple packed breakfast of sandwiches or in this case fried egg and flour cakes. Includes a drink.

 Day 8 =  NTD 1,880

Lunch (fried noodles) = NTD 70
Room extension (NTD 200 per hour) = NTD 1,200
Taxi to airport = NTD 220
Dinner (at airport) = NTD 390

Fried beef noodles for lunch near the motel near the airport. Tea was complimentary

Fried beef noodles for lunch near the motel near the airport. Tea was complimentary

 

Beef noodles at the airport just before departure. My last meal in Taiwan.

Beef noodles at the airport just before departure. My last meal in Taiwan.

Total cost (Days 1 – 8) = NTD 23,108

Airfare (Singapore Dollars) = SGD 722

Jetstar return = SGD 562
Flight change = SGD 51
Overweight baggage = SGD 109

Total trip cost = SGD 1,772

Days 1 to 8 in Taiwan = NTD 23,108 = SGD 1,050
Total airfare = SGD 722