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 RM9
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk RM8
12 eggs, large RM7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RM4.32
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM29
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM9
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM3.96
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 RM4.19
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM3.06
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area RM2,924
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area RM1,676
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM235
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area RM2,387
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area RM1,241
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio RM195
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) RM140
40” flat screen TV RM1,638
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) RM490
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM21
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM23
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) RM249
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) RM140
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) RM290
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM263
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM151,047
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM2.20
Monthly ticket public transport RM137
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) RM11
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM22
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) RM66
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) RM21
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RM12
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RM15
4 rolls of toilet paper RM4.54
Tube of toothpaste RM7
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM31
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM69
2 tickets to the movies RM29
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RM102
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RM150
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM28
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM15
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM21
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB RM2,378
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM0.24
1 month of gym membership in business district RM168
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 89
2nd Petaling Jaya 85
3rd Kota Kinabalu 84
4th Georgetown (Penang) 77

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?

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Recent Prices Added

  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Georgetown (Penang) costs RM90 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Kuala Lumpur costs RM2,033 (2 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Kota Kinabalu costs RM900 (3 days ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Shah Alam costs RM160,000 (5 days ago)
  • Public transport in Kuala Lumpur costs RM200 (5 days ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Kuala Lumpur costs RM150,000 (5 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Kuala Lumpur costs RM200 (5 days ago)
  • Hourly rate for domestic cleaning help in Kuala Lumpur costs RM40 (5 days ago)
  • Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) in Kuala Lumpur costs RM800 (5 days ago)
  • 40′ flat screen tv in Kuala Lumpur costs RM2,500 (5 days ago)