Cost of living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Summary of cost of living in Kuala Lumpur

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: RM9,696
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: RM4,452
  • Cost of living in Kuala Lumpur is cheaper than in 52% of cities in Asia (11 out of 21)
  • Cost of living in Kuala Lumpur is cheaper than in 76% of cities in the World (216 out of 283)

List of prices in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Current as of Jan 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RM22
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) RM15
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 RM4.50
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM23
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM10
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM5.26
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RM12
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RM82
2 liters of coca-cola RM4.02
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM3.44
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area RM3,537
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area RM1,887
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM243
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area RM2,091
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area RM1,371
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio RM170
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) RM115
40” flat screen tv RM1,522
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) RM321
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM21
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM30
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) RM267
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) RM153
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) RM298
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM376
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM157,194
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM2.42
Monthly ticket public transport RM107
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) RM25
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) RM19
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM23
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) RM66
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) RM18
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RM10
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RM15
4 rolls of toilet paper RM5.91
Tube of toothpaste RM8
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM41
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM84
2 tickets to the movies RM38
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RM200
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RM179
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM35
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM16
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM23
Ipad wi-fi 128gb RM1,894
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM0.64
1 month of gym membership in business district RM188
1 package of marlboro cigarettes RM17
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,177 prices entered by 190 different people.
Latest price update: January 27, 2020

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Kuala Lumpur position in our World Ranking

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216th
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11th
out of 21

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