Cost of living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RM20
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 RM7
12 eggs, large RM7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RM4.12
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM26
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM10
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM4.23
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RM11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RM76
2 liters of Coca-Cola RM4.21
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM2.94
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area RM3,519
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area RM2,274
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM279
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area RM2,675
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area RM1,593
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio RM248
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) RM154
40” flat screen TV RM1,555
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) RM535
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM22
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM18
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) RM270
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) RM143
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) RM327
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM338
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM160,085
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM1.86
Monthly ticket public transport RM148
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) RM23
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) RM14
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM17
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) RM53
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) RM24
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RM12
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RM15
4 rolls of toilet paper RM6
Tube of toothpaste RM8
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM32
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM83
2 tickets to the movies RM30
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RM125
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RM251
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM38
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM14
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM20
iPod nano 16GB RM605
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM0.40
1 month of gym membership in business district RM181
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes RM17
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,894 prices entered by 301 different people.
Latest price update: January 18, 2017.

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