Cost of living in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Summary of cost of living in Petaling Jaya

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: RM9,095
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: RM4,117
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.
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List of prices in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. Current as of Jan 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RM19
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) RM15
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast RM8
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk RM5.78
12 eggs, large RM7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RM4.50
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM24
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM8
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM4.71
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RM10
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RM57
2 liters of coca-cola RM3.94
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM2.99
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area RM3,070
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area RM1,829
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM333
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area RM2,632
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area RM1,510
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio RM159
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) RM143
40” flat screen tv RM1,357
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) RM471
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM17
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM35
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) RM220
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) RM127
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) RM303
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM305
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM152,886
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM2.25
Monthly ticket public transport RM113
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) RM16
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) RM15
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM36
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) RM61
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.) RM14
4 rolls of toilet paper RM4.92
Tube of toothpaste RM5.52
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM40
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM80
2 tickets to the movies RM32
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RM199
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RM142
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM31
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM15
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM20
Ipad wi-fi 128gb RM2,047
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM0.36
1 month of gym membership in business district RM181
1 package of marlboro cigarettes RM17
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 169 prices entered by 16 different people.
Latest price update: January 26, 2020

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