Cost of living in Johor Bahru, Malaysia

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RM15
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) RM12
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast RM5.54
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk RM7
12 eggs, large RM4.93
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RM4.56
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM14
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM11
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM3.56
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RM11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RM70
2 liters of Coca-Cola RM4.49
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM3.09
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area RM3,067
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area RM1,518
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM184
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area RM1,744
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area RM1,161
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio RM108
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) RM154
40” flat screen TV RM1,396
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) RM505
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM26
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM11
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) RM256
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) RM149
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) RM218
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM259
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM164,825
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM2.04
Monthly ticket public transport RM95
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) -
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) RM97
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) RM22
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RM8
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RM13
4 rolls of toilet paper RM7
Tube of toothpaste RM6
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM40
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM69
2 tickets to the movies RM31
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RM72
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RM161
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM29
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM14
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM16
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM0.23
1 month of gym membership in business district RM109
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes RM16
These prices are lacking data. It provides a decent estimate, but they are not yet reliable. They are based on 110 prices entered by 29 different people.
Latest price update: November 20, 2017.

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