Cost of living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Summary of cost of living in Kuala Lumpur

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: RM9,739
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: RM4,547
  • Cost of living in Kuala Lumpur is cheaper than in 61% of cities in Asia (11 out of 18)
  • Cost of living in Kuala Lumpur is cheaper than in 73% of cities in the World (174 out of 239)

List of prices in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Current as of Jul 2020.

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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 RM9
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk RM6
12 eggs, large RM8
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RM5.02
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM22
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM10
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM5.00
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RM12
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RM68
2 liters of coca-cola RM3.97
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM3.40
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area RM3,824
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area RM1,836
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM254
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area RM2,105
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area RM1,209
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio RM171
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) RM101
40” flat screen tv RM1,396
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) RM380
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM20
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM26
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) RM252
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) RM154
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) RM286
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM297
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM162,212
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM2.28
Monthly ticket public transport RM96
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) RM33
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) RM18
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM23
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) RM66
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) RM18
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RM10
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RM17
4 rolls of toilet paper RM6
Tube of toothpaste RM9
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM32
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM84
2 tickets to the movies RM38
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RM200
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RM191
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM35
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM14
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM24
Ipad wi-fi 128gb RM1,926
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM0.61
1 month of gym membership in business district RM184
1 package of marlboro cigarettes RM17
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 847 prices entered by 150 different people.
Latest price update: July 02, 2020

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Kuala Lumpur position in our World Ranking

the world
174th
out of 239
asia
11th
out of 18

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