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) RM14
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast RM8
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk RM7
12 eggs, large RM8
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RM4.30
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM23
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM10
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM4.29
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 RM4.00
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM3.22
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area RM3,264
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area RM1,865
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM224
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area RM2,932
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area RM1,475
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio RM240
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) RM136
40” flat screen TV RM1,556
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) RM473
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM18
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM21
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) RM237
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) RM151
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) RM295
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM262
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM160,909
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM2.15
Monthly ticket public transport RM161
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) RM20
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) RM12
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM19
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) RM56
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) RM20
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RM11
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RM16
4 rolls of toilet paper RM5.06
Tube of toothpaste RM8
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM37
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM71
2 tickets to the movies RM29
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RM114
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RM181
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM32
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM16
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM21
iPad Air 2, 64GB RM2,236
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM0.40
1 month of gym membership in business district RM195
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes RM17
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,964 prices entered by 338 different people.
Latest price update: October 20, 2017.

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