Cost of living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

List of prices in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Current as of Mar 2019.

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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) RM14
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast RM7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk RM7
12 eggs, large RM7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RM4.51
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM20
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM9
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM4.33
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RM12
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RM86
2 liters of Coca-Cola RM3.74
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM3.36
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area RM3,289
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area RM1,833
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM206
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area RM2,120
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area RM1,470
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio RM154
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) RM125
40” flat screen TV RM1,560
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) RM362
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM18
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM30
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) RM268
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) RM152
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) RM268
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM351
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM149,852
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM2.23
Monthly ticket public transport RM109
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) RM20
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) RM21
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM25
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) RM64
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) RM20
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RM9
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RM15
4 rolls of toilet paper RM7
Tube of toothpaste RM7
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM39
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM78
2 tickets to the movies RM36
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RM192
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RM155
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM36
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM16
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM22
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB RM1,847
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM0.91
1 month of gym membership in business district RM160
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes RM17
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,752 prices entered by 308 different people.
Latest price update: March 19, 2019

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