Cost of living in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Summary of cost of living in Kota Kinabalu

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: RM9,339
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: RM3,898
  • 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 Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Current as of Aug 2020.

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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) RM16
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast RM11
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk RM6
12 eggs, large RM8
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RM8
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM26
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM8
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM6
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RM11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RM109
2 liters of coca-cola RM4.33
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM3.85
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area RM2,774
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area RM1,484
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM197
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area RM1,411
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area RM947
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio RM196
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) RM125
40” flat screen tv RM1,828
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) RM623
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM29
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM26
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) RM291
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) RM139
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) RM294
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM319
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM157,792
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM2.22
Monthly ticket public transport RM117
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) RM44
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) RM12
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM20
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) RM68
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) RM34
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RM7
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RM12
4 rolls of toilet paper RM5.06
Tube of toothpaste RM7
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM39
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM61
2 tickets to the movies RM26
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RM37
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RM114
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM26
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM12
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM16
Ipad wi-fi 128gb RM1,915
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM1.36
1 month of gym membership in business district RM180
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 less than 10 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: August 12, 2020

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