Cost of living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RM22
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 RM4.98
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM31
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM11
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 RM70
2 liters of Coca-Cola RM4.38
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM3.12
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area RM4,040
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area RM2,063
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM278
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 RM1,662
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio RM168
Internet 8MB (1 month) RM144
40” flat screen TV RM1,621
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) RM475
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM23
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM19
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) RM265
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) RM150
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) RM306
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM325
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM149,165
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM1.99
Monthly ticket public transport RM112
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) RM17
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) RM15
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM27
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) RM72
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) RM20
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RM13
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RM15
4 rolls of toilet paper RM6
Tube of toothpaste RM7
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM36
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM93
2 tickets to the movies RM32
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RM164
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RM277
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM38
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM12
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM22
iPod nano 16GB RM604
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM0.24
1 month of gym membership in business district RM192
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes RM16
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 2,112 prices entered by 310 different people.
Latest price update: May 03, 2016.

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