Cost of living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Summary of cost of living in Kuala Lumpur

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: RM9,723
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: RM4,513
  • Cost of living in Kuala Lumpur is cheaper than in 56% of cities in Asia (10 out of 18)
  • Cost of living in Kuala Lumpur is cheaper than in 73% of cities in the World (174 out of 238)

List of prices in Kuala Lumpur
Current as of Aug 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RM22
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 RM7
12 eggs, large RM9
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RM5.20
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 RM11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RM73
2 liters of coca-cola RM4.15
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM3.36
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area RM3,751
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area RM1,852
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM266
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area RM2,038
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area RM1,196
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio RM163
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) RM101
40” flat screen tv RM1,525
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) RM403
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM21
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM27
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) RM248
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) RM153
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) RM286
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM309
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM161,842
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM2.26
Monthly ticket public transport RM93
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) RM63
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) RM19
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 RM8
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM31
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM85
2 tickets to the movies RM37
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 RM193
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM34
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM14
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM24
Ipad wi-fi 128gb RM1,900
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM0.58
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 780 prices entered by 133 different people.
Latest price update: August 07, 2020

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Kuala Lumpur position in our World Ranking

the world
174th
out of 238
asia
10th
out of 18

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