Cost of living in Malaysia

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RM18
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) RM14
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast RM7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk RM7
12 eggs, large RM7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RM4.65
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM21
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM9
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM3.99
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RM11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RM79
2 liters of Coca-Cola RM3.79
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM3.21
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area RM3,232
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area RM1,755
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM219
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area RM1,998
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area RM1,281
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio RM172
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) RM121
40” flat screen TV RM1,468
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) RM396
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM18
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM28
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) RM247
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) RM146
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) RM274
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM355
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM144,230
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM2.24
Monthly ticket public transport RM116
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) RM22
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM30
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) RM64
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) RM21
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RM10
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RM15
4 rolls of toilet paper RM5.74
Tube of toothpaste RM6
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM38
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM81
2 tickets to the movies RM35
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RM202
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RM160
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM34
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM15
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM21
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB RM1,840
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM0.60
1 month of gym membership in business district RM145
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:
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.

Cost of Living Ranking in Malaysia

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Johor Bahru 89
2nd Kuala Lumpur 89
3rd Kota Kinabalu 89
4th Petaling Jaya 89
5th Georgetown (Penang) 79

Price 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.

Are you moving to Malaysia? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

Find out what is the real equivalent in Malaysia of your current salary and improve your chances of a happy relocation.

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Prices recently added

  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Petaling Jaya costs RM1,834 (about 9 hours ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Kuala Lumpur costs RM17 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Kuala Lumpur costs RM35 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Kuala Lumpur costs RM400 (about 23 hours ago)
  • 1 ticket to the movies in Kuala Lumpur costs RM40 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Kuala Lumpur costs RM200 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Kuala Lumpur costs RM400 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Kuala Lumpur costs RM250 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Utilities, monthly for 2 people in 85 m2 in Kuala Lumpur costs RM400 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Kuala Lumpur costs RM2,900 (about 23 hours ago)