Cost of living in Johor Bahru, Malaysia

List of prices in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Current as of Mar 2019.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RM16
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) RM14
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast RM5.97
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk RM6
12 eggs, large RM5.71
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RM5.04
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM15
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM11
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM3.78
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 RM4.39
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM3.61
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area RM3,699
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area RM1,800
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM202
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area RM1,667
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area RM1,067
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio RM208
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) RM144
40” flat screen TV RM1,429
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) RM479
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM27
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM32
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) RM234
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) RM150
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) RM302
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM288
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM158,110
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM2.30
Monthly ticket public transport RM123
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) RM15
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM32
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) RM98
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 RM38
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM88
2 tickets to the movies RM33
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RM532
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RM203
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 RM2,472
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM0.27
1 month of gym membership in business district RM135
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 208 prices entered by 19 different people.
Latest price update: March 25, 2019

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