Cost of living in Georgetown (Penang), Malaysia

Summary of cost of living in Georgetown (Penang)

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: RM7,738
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: RM3,263
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.

List of prices in Georgetown (Penang)
Current as of Aug 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RM23
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) RM16
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast RM5.51
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk RM5.74
12 eggs, large RM7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RM3.57
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM29
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM8
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM3.13
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RM9
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RM75
2 liters of coca-cola RM3.47
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM3.24
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area RM2,130
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area RM1,366
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM163
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area RM2,046
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area RM1,304
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio RM148
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) RM102
40” flat screen tv RM1,798
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) RM445
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM27
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM21
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) RM229
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) RM115
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) RM289
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM264
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM136,585
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM1.82
Monthly ticket public transport RM82
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) RM37
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) RM14
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM23
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) RM49
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) RM17
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RM11
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RM17
4 rolls of toilet paper RM4.06
Tube of toothpaste RM8
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM27
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM148
2 tickets to the movies RM32
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RM100
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RM103
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM26
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM13
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM14
Ipad wi-fi 128gb RM1,934
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM0.34
1 month of gym membership in business district RM131
1 package of marlboro cigarettes RM17
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on less than 10 prices entered by 6 different people.
Latest price update: August 19, 2022

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