Cost of Living Comparison Between Penang and Kuala Lumpur 

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Consumer Prices in Kuala Lumpur are 6.7% higher than in Penang (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Kuala Lumpur are 9.2% higher than in Penang
Rent Prices in Kuala Lumpur are 17.7% higher than in Penang
Restaurant Prices in Kuala Lumpur are 15.5% higher than in Penang
Groceries Prices in Kuala Lumpur are 0.6% lower than in Penang
Local Purchasing Power in Kuala Lumpur is 14.1% higher than in Penang
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Restaurants
Penang Edit Kuala Lumpur Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12.00 RM 15.00 RM      +25.0 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 90.00 RM 120.00 RM      +33.3 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 18.00 RM 20.00 RM      +11.1 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 20.00 RM 15.00 RM      -25.0 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 18.75 RM 25.00 RM      +33.3 %
Cappuccino (regular) 13.36 RM 12.56 RM      -6.0 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.34 RM 3.53 RM      +5.6 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.05 RM 2.18 RM      +6.3 %
Markets
Penang Edit Kuala Lumpur Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 28.18 RM 30.15 RM      +7.0 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.74 RM 3.76 RM      +0.5 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.58 RM 3.04 RM      +17.9 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 8.40 RM 8.91 RM      +6.1 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 30.39 RM 27.52 RM      -9.5 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 10.13 RM 8.99 RM      -11.3 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 25.06 RM 21.01 RM      -16.2 %
Apples (1 lb) 5.29 RM 5.36 RM      +1.2 %
Banana (1 lb) 2.86 RM 2.89 RM      +0.9 %
Oranges (1 lb) 5.67 RM 5.52 RM      -2.7 %
Tomato (1 lb) 2.25 RM 3.03 RM      +34.3 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.35 RM 1.96 RM      +45.7 %
Onion (1 lb) 2.97 RM 1.84 RM      -38.2 %
Lettuce (1 head) 4.79 RM 4.49 RM      -6.2 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.91 RM 2.94 RM      +54.0 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 50.00 RM 70.00 RM      +40.0 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 10.85 RM 13.95 RM      +28.6 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 13.83 RM 18.44 RM      +33.3 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 18.50 RM 18.00 RM      -2.7 %
Transportation
Penang Edit Kuala Lumpur Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.15 RM 3.00 RM      +39.5 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 100.00 RM 50.00 RM      -50.0 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5.00 RM 5.00 RM      0.0 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.61 RM 8.05 RM      +400.0 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 RM 15.00 RM      -50.0 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.76 RM 7.77 RM      +0.1 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 167,112.73 RM 160,000.00 RM      -4.3 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 127,222.00 RM 134,474.45 RM      +5.7 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Penang Edit Kuala Lumpur Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 175.12 RM 254.89 RM      +45.6 %
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 41.67 RM 52.27 RM      +25.5 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 123.36 RM 121.96 RM      -1.1 %
Sports And Leisure
Penang Edit Kuala Lumpur Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 127.14 RM 213.38 RM      +67.8 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 16.67 RM 37.08 RM      +122.5 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 18.00 RM 20.00 RM      +11.1 %
Childcare
Penang Edit Kuala Lumpur Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 858.33 RM 984.62 RM      +14.7 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 19,750.00 RM 30,714.29 RM      +55.5 %
Clothing And Shoes
Penang Edit Kuala Lumpur Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 288.57 RM 230.10 RM      -20.3 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 135.00 RM 146.32 RM      +8.4 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 321.43 RM 328.36 RM      +2.2 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 239.00 RM 302.92 RM      +26.7 %
Rent Per Month
Penang Edit Kuala Lumpur Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,987.50 RM 2,317.31 RM      +16.6 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,357.14 RM 1,652.17 RM      +21.7 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,342.86 RM 4,537.93 RM      +35.8 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,762.50 RM 2,612.50 RM      -5.4 %
Buy Apartment Price
Penang Edit Kuala Lumpur Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 912.40 RM 1,042.14 RM      +14.2 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 671.50 RM 514.71 RM      -23.3 %
Salaries And Financing
Penang Edit Kuala Lumpur Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,711.11 RM 5,871.94 RM      +24.6 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.98 4.13      +3.6 %
Last update: February 2024March 2024
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