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 RM4.55
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM26
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM10
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM4.10
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RM11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RM74
2 liters of Coca-Cola RM3.83
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM3.11
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area RM2,999
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area RM1,841
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM253
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area RM2,422
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area RM1,247
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio RM224
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) RM141
40” flat screen TV RM1,487
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) RM555
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM19
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM18
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) RM226
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) RM138
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) RM283
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM268
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM152,237
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM2.15
Monthly ticket public transport RM143
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, ...) RM19
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RM10
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RM15
4 rolls of toilet paper RM4.22
Tube of toothpaste RM8
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM30
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM62
2 tickets to the movies RM29
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RM87
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RM162
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM29
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM16
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM19
iPod nano 16GB RM885
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM0.33
1 month of gym membership in business district RM159
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.

Cost of Living Ranking in Malaysia

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Kuala Lumpur 90
2nd Petaling Jaya 83
3rd Georgetown (Penang) 78

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.

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Recent Prices Added

  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Kuala Lumpur costs RM142,310 (3 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Kuala Lumpur costs RM1,017 (4 days ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Georgetown (Penang) costs RM1,400 (4 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Kuala Lumpur costs RM157 (5 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Shah Alam costs RM17 (5 days ago)
  • Ipod nano 16gb in Shah Alam costs RM600 (5 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Shah Alam costs RM22 (5 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Shah Alam costs RM25 (5 days ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Shah Alam costs RM6.00 (5 days ago)
  • 400 ml hair shampoo 2-in-1 in Shah Alam costs RM12 (5 days ago)