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) RM13
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast RM8
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk RM8
12 eggs, large RM7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RM5.33
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM35
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM10
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM4.49
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RM10
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RM64
2 liters of Coca-Cola RM4.13
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM3.17
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area RM3,849
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area RM1,948
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM259
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area RM2,535
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area RM1,500
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio RM145
Internet 8MB (1 month) RM150
40” flat screen TV RM1,362
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) RM548
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM21
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM20
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) RM245
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) RM145
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) RM281
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM269
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM143,893
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM2.05
Monthly ticket public transport RM111
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) RM15
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) RM17
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM34
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) RM58
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) RM21
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RM10
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RM14
4 rolls of toilet paper RM5.30
Tube of toothpaste RM6
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM35
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM78
2 tickets to the movies RM32
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RM154
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RM214
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM37
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM13
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM21
iPod nano 16GB RM532
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM0.17
1 month of gym membership in business district RM177
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes RM14
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 6,027 prices entered by 817 different people.
Latest price update: February 09, 2016.

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