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) RM15
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 RM4.67
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM22
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM10
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM4.33
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RM11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RM70
2 liters of Coca-Cola RM4.17
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM3.31
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area RM2,985
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area RM1,673
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM224
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area RM2,096
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 RM198
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) RM128
40” flat screen TV RM1,611
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) RM453
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM19
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM22
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) RM248
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) RM148
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) RM270
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM288
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM138,710
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM2.25
Monthly ticket public transport RM131
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) RM16
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM28
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) RM63
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) RM20
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RM11
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RM14
4 rolls of toilet paper RM5.42
Tube of toothpaste RM5.50
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM33
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM73
2 tickets to the movies RM30
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RM266
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RM135
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM32
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM14
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM19
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB RM1,921
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM0.36
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.

Cost of Living Ranking in Malaysia

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Petaling Jaya 90
2nd Kota Kinabalu 88
3rd Kuala Lumpur 84
4th 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.

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

  • 1 kg of rice in Petaling Jaya costs RM3.00 (2 days ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Petaling Jaya costs RM4.00 (2 days ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Petaling Jaya costs RM6.00 (2 days ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Petaling Jaya costs RM50 (2 days ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Petaling Jaya costs RM8 (2 days ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Petaling Jaya costs RM4.00 (2 days ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Petaling Jaya costs RM10 (2 days ago)
  • 250 g of local cheese in Petaling Jaya costs RM6.00 (2 days ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Petaling Jaya costs RM4.00 (2 days ago)
  • 6 eggs, large in Petaling Jaya costs RM5.00 (2 days ago)