Cost of living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RM18
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) RM14
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast RM8
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk RM8
12 eggs, large RM8
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RM4.39
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM23
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM10
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM4.20
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RM11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RM81
2 liters of Coca-Cola RM3.80
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM3.28
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area RM3,158
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area RM2,055
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM237
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area RM2,838
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area RM1,449
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio RM231
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) RM132
40” flat screen TV RM1,590
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) RM602
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM16
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM19
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) RM206
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) RM147
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) RM314
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM270
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM158,215
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM2.15
Monthly ticket public transport RM152
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) RM19
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) RM12
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM20
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) RM53
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) RM21
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RM10
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RM16
4 rolls of toilet paper RM4.60
Tube of toothpaste RM8
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM34
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM67
2 tickets to the movies RM29
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RM109
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RM175
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM34
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM17
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM19
iPod nano 16GB RM937
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM0.40
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 1,953 prices entered by 326 different people.
Latest price update: August 21, 2017.

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