Cost of living in Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Summary of cost of living in Johor Bahru

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: RM9,132
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: RM4,066
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.

List of prices in Johor Bahru
Current as of Apr 2024.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RM21
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) RM15
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast RM10
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk RM6
12 eggs, large RM7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RM4.81
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM18
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM13
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM4.21
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RM11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RM81
2 liters of coca-cola RM4.73
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM3.10
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area RM2,798
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area RM1,774
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM311
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area RM1,597
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area RM912
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio RM575
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) RM112
40” flat screen tv RM1,579
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) RM480
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM20
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM26
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) RM217
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) RM171
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) RM320
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM384
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM143,076
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM2.11
Monthly ticket public transport RM128
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) RM16
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) RM16
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM27
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) RM68
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) RM22
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RM11
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RM14
4 rolls of toilet paper RM8
Tube of toothpaste RM8
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM30
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM125
2 tickets to the movies RM53
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RM175
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RM210
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM62
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM14
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM18
Ipad wi-fi 128gb RM2,126
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM0.27
1 month of gym membership in business district RM122
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 26 prices entered by 7 different people.
Latest price update: April 18, 2024

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