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 RM4.53
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM26
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM10
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM3.93
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RM11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RM81
2 liters of Coca-Cola RM3.97
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM3.10
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area RM3,071
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area RM1,712
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM226
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area RM2,561
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area RM1,267
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio RM215
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) RM143
40” flat screen TV RM1,620
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) RM481
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM22
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM22
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) RM232
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) RM139
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) RM285
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM280
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM151,949
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM2.14
Monthly ticket public transport RM149
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) RM12
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM20
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) RM55
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.) RM15
4 rolls of toilet paper RM4.35
Tube of toothpaste RM8
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM33
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM67
2 tickets to the movies RM29
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RM92
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 RM30
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM15
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM20
iPad Air 2, 64GB RM2,394
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM0.35
1 month of gym membership in business district RM173
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 91
2nd Petaling Jaya 82
3rd Kota Kinabalu 81
4th Georgetown (Penang) 73

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

  • 24 tablets box of cold medicine (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) in Georgetown (Penang) costs RM30 (about 16 hours ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Georgetown (Penang) costs RM1.50 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Georgetown (Penang) costs RM180 (about 16 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Georgetown (Penang) costs RM2.20 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Men’s leather business shoes in Georgetown (Penang) costs RM600 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Georgetown (Penang) costs RM500 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in Georgetown (Penang) costs RM129 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in Georgetown (Penang) costs RM299 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Georgetown (Penang) costs RM240 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Hourly rate for domestic cleaning help in Georgetown (Penang) costs RM30 (about 16 hours ago)