Cost of living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Summary of cost of living in Kuala Lumpur

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: RM9,475
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: RM4,510
  • Cost of living in Kuala Lumpur is cheaper than in 53% of cities in Asia (9 out of 17)
  • Cost of living in Kuala Lumpur is cheaper than in 88% of cities in the World (182 out of 207)
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List of prices in Kuala Lumpur
Current as of Feb 2023.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RM15
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) RM17
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast RM8
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk RM7
12 eggs, large RM9
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RM6
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM21
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM11
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM4.79
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 RM5.12
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM3.52
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area RM3,340
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area RM2,358
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM288
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area RM1,938
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area RM1,258
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio RM243
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) RM108
40” flat screen tv RM1,969
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) RM396
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM22
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM28
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) RM208
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) RM111
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) RM292
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM239
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM167,242
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM2.07
Monthly ticket public transport RM93
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) RM29
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) RM18
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM25
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) RM69
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.) RM13
4 rolls of toilet paper RM7
Tube of toothpaste RM8
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM43
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM84
2 tickets to the movies RM38
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 RM91
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM36
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM13
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM19
Ipad wi-fi 128gb RM1,985
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM0.24
1 month of gym membership in business district RM169
1 package of marlboro cigarettes RM17
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 230 prices entered by 57 different people.
Latest price update: February 05, 2023

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Kuala Lumpur position in our World Ranking

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182nd
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9th
out of 17

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