Cost of living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RM21
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) RM13
500 gr (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 RM4.16
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM31
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM10
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM3.99
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RM10
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RM67
2 liters of Coca-Cola RM3.96
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM2.85
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area RM3,504
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area RM2,010
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM300
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area RM2,664
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area RM1,646
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio RM206
Internet 8MB (1 month) RM152
40” flat screen TV RM1,422
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) RM406
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM19
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM17
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) RM263
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) RM141
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) RM324
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM310
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM160,429
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM1.95
Monthly ticket public transport RM118
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) RM16
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) RM13
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM25
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) RM67
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) RM21
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RM13
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RM13
4 rolls of toilet paper RM6
Tube of toothpaste RM7
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM34
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM84
2 tickets to the movies RM31
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RM160
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RM232
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM37
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM13
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM20
iPod nano 16GB RM604
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM0.26
1 month of gym membership in business district RM159
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes RM16
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,863 prices entered by 314 different people.
Latest price update: August 26, 2016.

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