Cost of living in Georgetown (Penang), Malaysia

Summary of cost of living in Georgetown (Penang)

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: RM7,968
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: RM3,270
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List of prices in Georgetown (Penang), Malaysia. Current as of Jan 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RM20
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) RM16
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast RM5.43
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk RM7
12 eggs, large RM8
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RM4.61
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM27
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM10
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM3.54
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RM11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RM95
2 liters of coca-cola RM5.26
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM3.96
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area RM2,342
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area RM1,128
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM183
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area RM1,614
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area RM815
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio RM146
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) RM91
40” flat screen tv RM1,541
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) RM462
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM25
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM22
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) RM189
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) RM123
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) RM282
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM274
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM127,002
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM2.18
Monthly ticket public transport RM112
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) RM35
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) RM13
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM23
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) RM61
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 RM4.41
Tube of toothpaste RM8
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM24
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM106
2 tickets to the movies RM31
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RM218
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RM175
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM28
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM16
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM17
Ipad wi-fi 128gb RM2,007
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM0.30
1 month of gym membership in business district RM140
1 package of marlboro cigarettes RM17
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 222 prices entered by 14 different people.
Latest price update: January 23, 2020

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