Cost of living in Malaysia

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RM17
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) RM14
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast RM8
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk RM7
12 eggs, large RM7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RM4.32
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM26
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM10
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM4.15
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RM11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RM77
2 liters of Coca-Cola RM3.82
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM3.08
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area RM2,981
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area RM1,820
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM252
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area RM2,351
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area RM1,272
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio RM211
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) RM142
40” flat screen TV RM1,521
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) RM523
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM18
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM18
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) RM232
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) RM137
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) RM281
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM270
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM159,343
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM2.12
Monthly ticket public transport RM134
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) RM13
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM19
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) RM53
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) RM20
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RM10
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RM14
4 rolls of toilet paper RM4.09
Tube of toothpaste RM8
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM30
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM67
2 tickets to the movies RM29
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RM108
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RM168
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM32
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM15
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM19
iPod nano 16GB RM911
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM0.32
1 month of gym membership in business district RM149
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes RM17

Map of Cost of Living in Malaysia

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This map shows only the top cities in Malaysia. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan.

The color of each marker corresponds with the Cost of Living in the city. Red markers show more expensive cities, green ones show cheaper cities.
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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Recent Prices Added

  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Seremban costs RM30 (about 11 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Seremban costs RM30 (about 11 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Seremban costs RM50 (about 11 hours ago)
  • Hourly rate for babysitter services in Seremban costs RM10 (about 11 hours ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Seremban costs RM20 (about 11 hours ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Seremban costs RM10 (about 11 hours ago)
  • 400 ml hair shampoo 2-in-1 in Seremban costs RM12 (about 11 hours ago)
  • 40ml deodorant, roll-on in Seremban costs RM10 (about 11 hours ago)
  • Short visit to private doctor in Seremban costs RM30 (about 11 hours ago)
  • 12 doses box of antibiotics in Seremban costs RM25 (about 11 hours ago)