Cost of living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RM19
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) RM15
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast RM9
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk RM8
12 eggs, large RM7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RM4.30
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM23
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM9
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM4.37
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RM12
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RM64
2 liters of Coca-Cola RM4.36
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM3.09
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area RM3,071
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area RM1,860
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM238
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area RM2,720
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area RM1,446
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio RM201
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) RM131
40” flat screen TV RM1,671
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) RM460
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM19
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM22
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) RM260
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) RM168
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) RM288
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM232
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM144,237
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM2.15
Monthly ticket public transport RM156
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) RM21
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) RM11
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM19
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) RM58
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) RM20
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RM12
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RM16
4 rolls of toilet paper RM4.34
Tube of toothpaste RM7
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM37
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM77
2 tickets to the movies RM30
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RM163
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RM177
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM29
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM16
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM21
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB RM2,109
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM0.23
1 month of gym membership in business district RM194
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes RM17
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,636 prices entered by 342 different people.
Latest price update: April 21, 2018.

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