Cost of living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Summary of cost of living in Kuala Lumpur

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: RM10,011
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: RM4,883
  • Kuala Lumpur is the 3rd cheapest city in Asia (16 out of 18)
  • Cost of living in Kuala Lumpur is cheaper than in 97% of cities in the World (189 out of 195)
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List of prices in Kuala Lumpur
Current as of Feb 2024.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RM18
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) RM18
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast RM9
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk RM8
12 eggs, large RM10
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RM6
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM27
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM11
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM4.72
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RM11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RM66
2 liters of coca-cola RM5.03
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM3.64
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area RM4,166
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area RM2,170
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM333
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area RM2,278
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area RM1,441
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio RM220
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) RM111
40” flat screen tv RM1,839
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) RM566
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM24
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM31
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) RM237
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) RM160
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) RM333
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM298
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM152,752
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM2.04
Monthly ticket public transport RM57
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) RM39
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) RM16
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM24
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) RM77
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) RM25
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RM12
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RM14
4 rolls of toilet paper RM7
Tube of toothpaste RM8
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM35
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM82
2 tickets to the movies RM41
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 RM119
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM33
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM14
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM19
Ipad wi-fi 128gb RM2,393
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM0.35
1 month of gym membership in business district RM196
1 package of marlboro cigarettes RM18
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 324 prices entered by 82 different people.
Latest price update: February 23, 2024

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Kuala Lumpur position in our World Ranking

the world
189th
out of 195
asia
16th
out of 18

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