Cost of Living Comparison Between Kuala Lumpur and Penang 

Indices DifferenceInfo
Consumer Prices in Penang are 7.2% lower than in Kuala Lumpur (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Penang are 12.1% lower than in Kuala Lumpur
Rent Prices in Penang are 27.7% lower than in Kuala Lumpur
Restaurant Prices in Penang are 21.4% lower than in Kuala Lumpur
Groceries Prices in Penang are 3.4% lower than in Kuala Lumpur
Local Purchasing Power in Penang is 24.6% lower than in Kuala Lumpur
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Restaurants
Kuala Lumpur Edit Penang Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 RM 10.00 RM      -33.3 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 100.00 RM 60.00 RM      -40.0 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 18.00 RM 18.00 RM      0.0 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 17.50 RM 15.00 RM      -14.3 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 20.00 RM 18.00 RM      -10.0 %
Cappuccino (regular) 12.07 RM 12.88 RM      +6.7 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.68 RM 2.17 RM      -19.3 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.71 RM 1.69 RM      -1.0 %
Markets
Kuala Lumpur Edit Penang Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 28.25 RM 27.29 RM      -3.4 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.28 RM 3.62 RM      +10.7 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.74 RM 2.46 RM      -10.3 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 7.89 RM 7.40 RM      -6.2 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 18.01 RM 23.70 RM      +31.6 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 7.95 RM 10.65 RM      +34.1 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 19.38 RM 15.79 RM      -18.6 %
Apples (1 lb) 5.42 RM 4.38 RM      -19.1 %
Banana (1 lb) 3.01 RM 2.62 RM      -12.8 %
Oranges (1 lb) 5.56 RM 4.54 RM      -18.4 %
Tomato (1 lb) 2.79 RM 2.19 RM      -21.6 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.92 RM 1.36 RM      -29.1 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.80 RM 1.74 RM      -3.5 %
Lettuce (1 head) 3.96 RM 4.60 RM      +16.1 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.83 RM 1.65 RM      -41.7 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 67.50 RM 70.00 RM      +3.7 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 11.27 RM 9.73 RM      -13.7 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 15.50 RM 13.94 RM      -10.1 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 18.00 RM 18.50 RM      +2.8 %
Transportation
Kuala Lumpur Edit Penang Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.00 RM 2.00 RM      -33.3 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 70.00 RM 80.00 RM      +14.3 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5.00 RM 5.50 RM      +10.0 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 8.05 RM 2.90 RM      -64.0 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 15.00 RM 30.00 RM      +100.0 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.93 RM 7.87 RM      -0.8 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 157,500.00 RM 170,000.00 RM      +7.9 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 129,278.11 RM 128,981.33 RM      -0.2 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Kuala Lumpur Edit Penang Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 231.61 RM 223.24 RM      -3.6 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.45 RM 0.25 RM      -44.8 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 111.06 RM 125.36 RM      +12.9 %
Sports And Leisure
Kuala Lumpur Edit Penang Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 182.15 RM 123.75 RM      -32.1 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 35.00 RM 16.67 RM      -52.4 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 20.00 RM 15.00 RM      -25.0 %
Childcare
Kuala Lumpur Edit Penang Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,086.36 RM 762.50 RM      -29.8 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 35,404.71 RM 27,800.00 RM      -21.5 %
Clothing And Shoes
Kuala Lumpur Edit Penang Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 198.72 RM 300.00 RM      +51.0 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 125.57 RM 122.00 RM      -2.8 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 294.97 RM 300.00 RM      +1.7 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 279.57 RM 325.00 RM      +16.3 %
Rent Per Month
Kuala Lumpur Edit Penang Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,112.50 RM 1,444.00 RM      -31.6 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,271.79 RM 1,206.25 RM      -5.2 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 4,396.88 RM 2,560.00 RM      -41.8 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,325.81 RM 2,100.00 RM      -9.7 %
Buy Apartment Price
Kuala Lumpur Edit Penang Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 909.95 RM 787.57 RM      -13.4 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 491.69 RM 553.75 RM      +12.6 %
Salaries And Financing
Kuala Lumpur Edit Penang Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 5,733.61 RM 3,800.00 RM      -33.7 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.58 3.51      -1.7 %
Last update: February 2023February 2023
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