Cost of living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Summary of cost of living in Kuala Lumpur

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: RM9,718
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: RM4,475
  • Cost of living in Kuala Lumpur is cheaper than in 50% of cities in Asia (8 out of 16)
  • Cost of living in Kuala Lumpur is cheaper than in 75% of cities in the World (150 out of 200)

List of prices in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Current as of Jan 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RM23
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 RM5.21
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM23
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM10
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM4.38
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RM12
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RM81
2 liters of coca-cola RM4.35
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM3.44
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area RM3,593
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area RM1,892
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM338
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area RM2,261
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area RM1,299
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio RM198
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) RM90
40” flat screen tv RM1,337
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) RM389
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM20
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM34
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) RM229
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) RM161
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) RM280
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM316
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM165,013
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM2.23
Monthly ticket public transport RM91
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) RM33
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) RM18
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM24
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) RM64
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) RM19
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 RM8
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM33
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM84
2 tickets to the movies RM35
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 RM197
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM34
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM14
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM24
Ipad wi-fi 128gb RM1,900
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM0.54
1 month of gym membership in business district RM183
1 package of marlboro cigarettes RM17
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 492 prices entered by 84 different people.
Latest price update: January 22, 2021

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150th
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8th
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