Cost of living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Summary of cost of living in Kuala Lumpur

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: RM10,234
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: RM5,004
  • Cost of living in Kuala Lumpur is cheaper than in 60% of cities in Asia (9 out of 15)
  • Cost of living in Kuala Lumpur is cheaper than in 75% of cities in the World (127 out of 169)
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List of prices in Kuala Lumpur
Current as of Jan 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RM20
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) RM16
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast RM8
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk RM7
12 eggs, large RM8
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RM7
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM26
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM10
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM4.58
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RM11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RM97
2 liters of coca-cola RM4.80
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM2.82
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area RM4,329
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area RM2,166
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM336
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area RM2,414
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area RM1,451
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio RM232
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) RM132
40” flat screen tv RM1,624
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) RM436
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM21
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM32
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) RM229
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) RM162
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) RM289
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM291
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM151,516
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM2.11
Monthly ticket public transport RM97
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) RM35
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) RM17
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM24
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) RM64
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) RM16
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RM10
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RM16
4 rolls of toilet paper RM6
Tube of toothpaste RM7
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM39
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM85
2 tickets to the movies RM32
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RM201
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RM205
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM33
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM14
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM24
Ipad wi-fi 128gb RM1,928
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM0.54
1 month of gym membership in business district RM190
1 package of marlboro cigarettes RM18
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 301 prices entered by 55 different people.
Latest price update: January 28, 2022

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Kuala Lumpur position in our World Ranking

the world
127th
out of 169
asia
9th
out of 15

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