Cost of living in Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Summary of cost of living in Johor Bahru

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: RM9,550
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: RM4,427
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.
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List of prices in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Current as of May 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RM18
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 RM5.70
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RM4.93
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM15
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM11
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM3.70
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RM11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RM80
2 liters of coca-cola RM4.36
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM3.94
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area RM3,714
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area RM1,776
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM215
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area RM1,597
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area RM1,043
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio RM195
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) RM145
40” flat screen tv RM1,395
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) RM457
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM27
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM36
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) RM241
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) RM319
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM317
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM161,735
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM2.28
Monthly ticket public transport RM121
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) RM16
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) RM14
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM27
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) RM93
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) RM22
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RM9
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RM14
4 rolls of toilet paper RM8
Tube of toothpaste RM7
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM33
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM88
2 tickets to the movies RM37
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RM175
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 RM29
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM14
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM17
Ipad wi-fi 128gb RM2,341
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM0.26
1 month of gym membership in business district RM143
1 package of marlboro cigarettes RM17
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 120 prices entered by 16 different people.
Latest price update: May 30, 2020

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