Cost of living in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Summary of cost of living in Petaling Jaya

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: RM9,152
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: RM4,119
  • WARNING!  These estimates are currently based on just a small amount of data. They provide a decent starting assumption, but they are not yet completely reliable.

List of prices in Petaling Jaya
Current as of Nov 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RM17
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) RM16
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast RM10
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk RM7
12 eggs, large RM12
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RM4.87
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM26
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM8
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM4.72
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RM11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RM64
2 liters of coca-cola RM3.38
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM3.96
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area RM3,026
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area RM1,858
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM303
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area RM2,385
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area RM1,485
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio RM158
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) RM122
40” flat screen tv RM1,309
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) RM456
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM18
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM26
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) RM239
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) RM129
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) RM279
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM292
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM160,496
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM1.98
Monthly ticket public transport RM95
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) RM19
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) RM14
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM22
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) RM60
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) RM23
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RM12
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RM15
4 rolls of toilet paper RM4.69
Tube of toothpaste RM6
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM38
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM75
2 tickets to the movies RM33
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RM273
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RM152
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM35
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM15
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM18
Ipad wi-fi 128gb RM2,097
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM0.34
1 month of gym membership in business district RM184
1 package of marlboro cigarettes RM17
These prices are lacking data. It provides a decent estimate, but they are not yet reliable. They are based on less than 10 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: November 27, 2022

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