Cost of living in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Summary of cost of living in Petaling Jaya

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: RM8,975
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: RM4,019
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.
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List of prices in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. Current as of Jan 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RM21
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) RM16
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast RM7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk RM7
12 eggs, large RM7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RM4.87
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM24
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM8
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM4.55
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
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area RM2,899
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area RM1,831
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) RM127
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 RM25
Clothes [Edit]
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 [Edit]
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) RM17
Personal Care [Edit]
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 [Edit]
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
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 130 prices entered by 8 different people.
Latest price update: January 23, 2021

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