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) RM15
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast RM7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk RM7
12 eggs, large RM8
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RM4.61
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM21
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM9
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM4.35
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RM11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RM63
2 liters of Coca-Cola RM4.30
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM3.19
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area RM3,037
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area RM1,785
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM221
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area RM2,393
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area RM1,405
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio RM172
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) RM126
40” flat screen TV RM1,715
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) RM451
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM18
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM26
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) RM295
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) RM149
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) RM282
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM285
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM140,679
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM2.20
Monthly ticket public transport RM143
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) RM23
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) RM16
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM20
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) RM66
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) RM19
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RM9
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RM15
4 rolls of toilet paper RM5.39
Tube of toothpaste RM5.50
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM39
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM78
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 RM136
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM30
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM15
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM20
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB RM1,948
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM0.28
1 month of gym membership in business district RM175
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes RM17
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,919 prices entered by 351 different people.
Latest price update: August 18, 2018.

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