Cost of living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RM19
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) RM14
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 RM4.28
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM22
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM10
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM4.13
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RM11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RM80
2 liters of Coca-Cola RM4.13
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM3.01
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area RM3,262
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area RM2,104
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 RM2,835
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area RM1,576
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio RM216
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) RM141
40” flat screen TV RM1,564
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) RM553
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM19
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) RM133
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) RM332
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM307
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM158,569
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM2.01
Monthly ticket public transport RM149
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) RM19
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) RM15
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM23
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) RM57
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) RM19
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RM11
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RM15
4 rolls of toilet paper RM5.92
Tube of toothpaste RM7
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM36
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM82
2 tickets to the movies RM29
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RM96
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RM217
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM40
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM15
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM19
iPod nano 16GB RM1,113
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM0.42
1 month of gym membership in business district RM170
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes RM17
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 2,040 prices entered by 312 different people.
Latest price update: February 27, 2017.

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