Cost of living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Lunchtime menu in the business district RM24
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) RM13
1/2 Kg (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast RM8
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk RM8
12 eggs, large RM7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RM5.40
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM38
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM10
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM4.23
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RM10
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RM66
2 liters of Coca-Cola RM4.02
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM3.20
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area RM3,886
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM336
Internet 8MB (1 month) RM149
40” flat screen TV RM1,390
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt RM576
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM21
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM16
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) RM244
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) RM137
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) RM277
1 pair of leather business shoes RM275
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM147,890
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM2.09
Monthly ticket public transport RM106
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 Km. (5 miles) RM16
Personal Care
Medicine against cold for 6 days (Frenadol, Coldrex, ...) RM18
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) RM19
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RM9
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RM13
4 rolls of toilet paper RM5.22
Tube of toothpaste RM7
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM38
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM79
2 tickets to the movies RM31
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RM249
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant including wine and dessert RM233
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM36
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM13
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM20
iPod nano 16GB RM564
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM0.16
1 month of gym membership in business district RM169
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes RM14
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 5,633 prices entered by 745 different people.
Latest price update: November 29, 2015.

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